Monday, December 14, 2009

Decoupaged Sketchbook

Hello All!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours went too fast. But we started making the sibling gifts over the weekend — which was very exciting. Here's the link to our 2009 sibling gift plan. The first thing we made? Maude decoupaged a sketchbook for Ralph. (Note: my apologies for the dark photos. We have to sneak in these projects whenever we can — and don't always have ideal picture taking scenarios.)

Maude started with a pretty typical sketchbook we found at Borders, then she marked off a 1.25 inch border on the cover.

Next, she cut images out of magazines and catalogs and collected other images from around the house. These were all trimmed down to 1.5 inch squares. Maude was able to work in an iTouch image, a letter R and other references she knew Ralph would like.

She used Mod Podge and a foam brush to attach the images within the penciled border. Afterwards, she painted on 3 more layers of Mod Podge on top of the images — letting them dry between each layer.

It turned out really cool — she's excited to give it to Ralph. Before she wrapped it up, she inscribed the inside back cover.

Want more ideas? Here are links to what we've made in past years:
- Tutu, decoupaged bucket for matchbox cars, after-school bags, tiedye tees
- Flower headbands
- Wool mittens from recycled sweaters, embellished dragon mittens, sculpey bracelets, bibs, snowglobes and romper stompers made from cans

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Blogger mrs boo radley said...

Looks great! Nice work

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger Blogful said...

Not like the rest of your blog isn't fabulous--like all the time--but I SO look forward to your children's gifts to each other. Simple cute ideas and I always steal every one of them! This year one daughter made the other a tutu. Thank you!

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stacey said...

I simply adore seeing what your kids gift each other. Such creative ideas and i know they have a ball making them and even more fun watching with excitement as the sibling opens his/her gift! How you keep coming up with such great ideas is inspiring. Even my husband was impressed when I showed him what you guys have been up to!

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 9:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kim said...

Love that you do this every year. I remember making gifts as a child and can't wait to pass that along to my daughter and future children.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 11:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Amy said...

I love this idea and I love that you have your children make gifts for each other. Way better than buying more toys!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 9:23:00 AM EST  
Blogger Andrea said...

Oh, I love the decoupage idea. My four-year-old is making sketchbooks (well, "idea books") out of cereal box cardboard and pretty paper for his two older siblings. But the decoupage would have been a fun route too. I'm logging this one away for next year. Actually, I'm logging away all of the ideas for future gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:13:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

What a wonderful project! I love it...and I bet my 3-year-old would too.

Thanks so much for the idea.

P.S. Where did you get that sketchbook?

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mod Podge Amy said...

I love it that it says "sketchbook" on the front. How very Acme! :D

Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 8:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger Janine said...

What a rockin fantastic book!! I love this project---on my short list for the weekend! Thanks for sharing. Also...found a link to your post from Mod Podge Rocks!

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11:09:00 AM EST  

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