Scrappy Color Book

When it comes to craft supplies, I'm a hoarder.  I have an insane amount of scraps that I just can't bear to throw away.  I even collect scraps that other people are willing to donate to me!  I love when I don't have to buy a single thing for a craft... I can just put it together with what I already have on hand.  (Not gonna lie... Mr. Oopsey Daisy is a huge fan of these kinds of crafts too!)

Lucky for me, I organize my scraps by color... which worked out perfectly for this project!

Today, I want to show you my scrappy Color Book.

As I considered what to do with my many scraps, I immediately remembered Everyday Celebrations' color book.  It had been on my to-do list for a few years now, so this was the ideal opportunity for me to create my own scrappy color book!  Little Man is learning about colors right now, so the timing was perfect.

I not only raided my stash of fabric scraps... I also threw in some ricrac and ribbon, too!  I searched high and low for scraps of all different sizes and textures. 
I'm a dork, I know.  But one of my favorite things is to organize by color.

Seeing my rainbow of scraps really makes me happy!

Last year, I made 2 gigantic quiet books.  I used the leftover muslin to make the pages for this book.

Now for the fun part!

I arranged a page of scraps for each color, careful to leave a good inch around the edges for seams.  I adore ricrac, so I included it on every page.  I used different shades of fabric, and even used a bit of burlap on this page for texture.

I cut the words out of fabric scraps using my Cricut.  Because the letters need some stiffness in order to be cut, I applied Heat 'N Bond before cutting them on the Cricut.  Once cut, they are all ready to be ironed on!

Now for the sewing... nothing too technical!

This is a scrap book, after all!  (I still consider myself a sewing novice, so scrappy projects are perfect for me!)

Once the pages were complete, I pinned them right sides together, and sewed all the way around, leaving an opening.

I flipped it inside out, punched out the corners, and then top stitched all the way around the edges.

Once all the pages were sewn together, I inserted grommets in each page, and tied on some scrappy ribbons to add some punches of color!

The entire project only took a couple of hours, and I LOVE how it turned out! It's a rainbow of scraps!

Here are just a few of my favorite pages:

As for Little Man, this project was a definite success!

He loves to name the colors on each page and feel the different fabric textures.

And another quiet book I can toss into our church bag for instant entertainment!

Have a happy week, friends!!

Linking up to Today's Creative Blog, Whipperberry,

Halloween Peek-A-Boo Book

Seriously... I was just sane enough to finish TWO quiet books, but here I am, doing it again!  But how could I resist?!  Halloween is all about the kids!  Little Man knows nothing about Halloween, and this will be the first year he really understands and remembers it somewhat.  So I wanted to make a little peek-a-BOO to show him what Halloween is all about.  Little Man loves playing peek-a-boo and loves reading peek-a-boo books.  What better time to bust out the BOO's than on Halloween?!
First of all, I cut the fabric for my 6 peek-a-boo flaps.  I bought the cheapest Halloween fabric I could find, and cut out squares that are about 3.5 inches by 4 inches.  I planned 6 simple pages--nothing fancy--but I liked the idea of being able to add to this if I wanted to later on.
It's hard to see in this picture, but I decided I wanted the peek-a-boo flaps to have a bit of crunchy sound!  I cut out a square of plastic gift wrap and pinned it all together!  I pinned right sides together, with the plastic square underneath.  I sewed almost all the way around, flipped it inside out, punched out the corners, and then top-stitched around the entire flap.  I did this 6 times for each peek-a-boo flap.
Now for the fun part!  I cut out some cute Halloween images using my handy-dandy cricut.  I discovered this incredible site for Halloween clip art.  Because the images are already silhouettes, they were easy to cut out on the cricut using my Sure Cuts A Lot software!  Score!  Because cutting fabric on the cricut requires using a layer of Heat-N-Bond, the cut images ironed right on to the center of my pages!  
I used white squares of muslin left over from the quiet book as the pages.  They were 6 inches by 6 inches.  Next, I sewed the peek-a-boo flaps so they would cover the images.  I zigzagged the flaps so they would endure all of the turning over and over!  I sewed some flaps on the right, some on the left, some on the top, and some on the bottom!  I like to switch things up!
I made a front and back cover out of more fabric left over from... yes, the quiet book!  I also cut the title out of fabric using the cricut.  My Mama taught me that Heat-N-Bond isn't quite enough over the long run, so I sewed over all of the fabric ironed on!
Now it's time to sew the pages together!  Just like the quiet book, I wanted some stiffness to the pages.  So I sewed a layer of interfacing in between pages.  I sewed 2 pages together, right to right together, with interfacing underneath.  Flip it inside out (this is a little tricky because the pages are so stiff!) and top-stitch all the way around.
Voila!  Now I inserted the eyelets and bound it all together with a book ring!  Of course the book ring looked awfully bare without some ribbon to brighten it up!
Try not to too scared!  Peek-a-BOO!  Here's a sweet little ghost...
And a jack-o-latern...
Frankenstein is awfully cute, I think!
One of my personal favorites:  The witch on her broomstick!
And her friend, the black cat...

And what would Halloween be without bats?!  
Little Man LOVES this book!  It's simple, it's sweet, and he loves lifting the flaps!  It keeps him busy in his crib just after he wakes up from his nap while I put away all of my craft supplies!  I think this took me about 4 hours start to finish, and I only had to purchase the orange fabric for a dollar or two.  Keep in mind, I'm a slow poke, and if you only knew how many oopseys I make along the way!
Have a BOO-tiful day!!  

Quiet Book Templates

Well, you asked for it... you got it!!  Today, I have 9 quiet book templates to share with you!  I am definitely not an artist, so with a little tracing and some help from my trusty ruler, I got to work!  I included the Mr. Potato Head and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom pages per your requests!  Here is a little preview of our spud friend:

You can download your set of 9 quiet book templates here.   (Update:  As of 8/2/12, this link IS working!!)

I hope this will give you a bit of a jump start to beginning your own quiet book!

Be sure to e-mail me photos if you make these pages!  I would absolutely love to see them!  Enjoy this little treat on your Friday.

PS I have had a couple of people ask if I would possibly sell quiet books.  Thank you for your kindness!  Well, because  I spent about 4 hours per page on my book, I would have to charge a fortune to make a profit!  Unfortunately, I think I will just celebrate that my book is done!

Quiet Book Question & Answer

Holy moly!!  I have been so tickled with your sweet comments about my Quiet Books.  I feel like I am celebrating the books' completion, so thank you so much for helping me celebrate!  One of the reasons I love blogging is the opportunity of sharing and benefiting from your feedback.  I learn so much from you and your comments!

Today, I am going to pause and answer a few questions about the quiet book process.  I made so many oopseys when making this quiet book!  I am no expert by any means!  I re-sewd the Tic Tac Toe page 3 times--yes, 3 times!  But here are answers to 3 of your questions:

Question:  Anonymous said, "I was just wondering how you did your letters for the cover?  Was it hard?"


Answer:  Thank you for asking this question because I actually meant to explain this previously!  Thanks to my cricut, cutting out fabric words for the quiet book pages was quite easy!  In the beginning, I tried to hand write titles on my Quiet Book using fabric markers.  Unfortunately, my handwriting looked a little tacky!  So I decided to cut out letters for the coconuts and titles using fabric instead!  I used my Sure Cuts A Lot software and cricut to cut out the words.  (You can find out more about cutting fabric on the cricut here.)  The process requires ironing on some Wonder Under for stiffness and using the proper cutting settings on the cricut.  After cutting the words out, I just ironed the titles onto felt, and sewed them onto the pages!  My Mom convinced me to sew over the letters to ensure longevity.  My Mother is so wise!  That was one of my last-minute steps before sewing the pages together.  All in all, the fabric words are one of my favorite features of the book, so I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Question:  EHC said, "Here's my question:  Is the 10 x 12.5 page size you mentioned the size of the muslin before sewing, or is it the finished page size?  I'm trying to decide how big to make mine so it doesn't take over the diaper bag!"


Answer:  I considered the SAME thing for sizing--will it fit in the diaper bag?!  BEFORE sewing, each muslin page was 10 x 12.5  I tore my muslin to speed up the process, and it tore straight as an arrow!  I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing the pages together, so the pages ended up roughly 9.5 x 12 inches.   I found that this was the perfect size for me because I do everything BIG.  I definitely sewed close to each and every page's edge!  But I tried to plan the pages according to where the eyelets would be punched on either side of the page, so the eyelets wouldn't interfere with the page at all.  I do wish I had made my covers slightly larger to encompass all of the pages a bit more.

Question:   Lindsey asked a very important question:  "My question is approximately how many hours did this take?  And how much did it cost?"


Answer:  Whew!  This question really made me stop and think.  As best I can figure, I worked on this book approximately 80 hours.  Since I made 20 pages, you can average that about 4 hours a page, start to complete finish.  Keep in mind how many mistakes I made... how many times I resewed pages or changed my mind... and I still consider myself a beginning sewer.  I feel like I have to "check off" my work with my Mother to ensure that the way I did it makes sense!  Many pages were easier than others.  For example, I whipped up the bus page in less than an hour.  But the more pieces and details a page has, the longer it takes!  You can go much simpler than I did!

I wish I had kept receipts to answer the cost question.  Here are my major expenses:
* Muslin - About $4.  (I bought 3.5 yards when it was on sale at JoAnn's.  I still have plenty left over to make more!)
* Felt - About $18.  (I bought 3/4 yard of most major colors of felt when it was also on sale.  Again, I have plenty left over!)
* 3 packages of large eyelets - About $8.
* 1.5 yards of Pellon for interfacing between pages - About $4.
* 2 packages of sewing velcro - About $5.
* 3-4 packages of colored ric rac - About $6.
* Fabric for covers - About $3.
So at about $48 total, that averages about $2.40 per page.  I consider this an investment!  My Grandma  made the quiet book I used growing up.  Now, my nephew continues to use this same quiet book, and it has lasted extraordinarily well.  I planned for my quiet books lasting that long, and that is why I took some extra time in the details.  Even Mr. Daisy, the money-cruncher, agrees that every single cent toward these quiet books was well spent.

Several of you have expressed a desire to download templates for pages, so I will get started on my drawings, and have some goodies available for you this Friday for Free Download Friday!  Stay tuned for that!

The Quiet Book Makes Its Debut!

My friends, I thought today might never come.  When I decided months ago to tackle the quiet book, I think I was a bit ambitious--or perhaps crazy!  I planned 20 detailed pages for my book, and attempted to finish one page each week.  Page by page, piece by piece, the pages came together and I have been dying to show you the finished product!  I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to have actually finished this big (more like enormous!) project!  
No, you aren't seeing double!!  By the time I painstakingly finished each page, with each and every tiny velcro piece, I realized my book would be enormously thick!  I finally decided to make TWO quiet books.  This way, Little Man won't tire of the same book over and over... I can alternate which quiet book I bring with us to church, the doctor's office, or even on a road trip!!  I can also switch out pages and create a whole new combination of quiet book fun!

So come take a peek inside the books with me!  I will share some helpful hints at the end of this post...

{Just click pictures to enlarge}
Build a Hamburger Page
Skill:  Decision making, food knowledge, imaginative play.
Using burger accessories stored in the McDonald's bag, you can build your own hamburger, complete with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.  Accessories are secured with velcro.
Ladybug Page
Skill:  Buttoning.
The ladybug's spots can be buttoned and unbottoned.
Stoplight Page
Skill:  Matching colors, learning about traffic rules.
This page was the first page I tackled because it was the easiest!!  You can match the green, yellow, and red stop light colors to the stop light using velcro.

Road Page
Skill:  Motor skills, imaginative play.
A matchbox car, attached with string, is parked in the garage.  You can drive the car around the little neighborhood.

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
Skill:  Knowing body parts, practice with dressing.
This is still my favorite page!!  There is a bare potato body sewed on the page, and you can secure the spud face and accessories with velcro.  Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head have a variety of accessories, and I love that I can continue to make more!  You can see this page in detail here.

Basket of Accessories!
  
Skill:  Using clothes pins.
This page is directly next to the Potato Heads.  All of the extra accessories are stored in the basket, and you can hang them up by clothes pins also.  
This is how the 2 pages look next to each other.
Balloon Page
Skill: Snapping, knowledge of shapes, matching.
Shape balloons are matched and secured using snaps.  The ribbon can also be tied and untied.

Counting Page
Skill:  Counting.
Beads are used to count the watermelon seeds by sliding the beads from one side of the ribbon to another.

Peek-A-Boo Bus Page
Skill:  Motor skills, guessing/predicting.
Behind each window and each wheel, I sewed vinyl windows.  I slid pictures into each window so you can open and close the flaps to play peek-a-boo like this:

Telephone Page
Skill:  Imaginative play, snapping, number knowledge.
The phone receiver, attached with a curly shoe string, can be snapped to the phone receiver.  You can pick up the phone receiver and have pretend phone calls!

Tic Tac Toe
Skill:  Reasoning/logic
The playing mat is also a pocket so that the X's and O's store neatly inside.  You can play tic tac toe quietly all through church if you wish... Mr. Daisy and I tested it out today!

Baseball Page
Skill:  Motor skills, matching.
The baseball and bat can be removed and matched using velcro.  You can put your hand inside the leather baseball glove!

Chick-a Chick-a Boom Boom
Skill:  ABC's.
The coconut letters are stored on the next page.  The letters can be added to the coconut tree, attached with velcro.

Boat Page
Skill:  Zipping.
The coconut letters are stored inside the boat, which is opened with a zipper.  Here is a view of the 2 pages side by side:

Barn Page
Skill:  Imaginative Play.
The barn doors open to a pocket full of barn animal finger puppets!  (That is the one thing I still have left to do!)

Ice Cream Page
Skill:  Imaginative Play, knowledge of food.
The food truck is opened with a flap that holds numerous other ice cream flavor scoops.  You can build your own ice cream cone by securing your scoops with velcro.

Clock Page
Skill:  Telling time, number skills.
The minute hand and hour hand rotate, and can spin to tell a new time!
Gumball Machine
Skill:  Matching colors.
Gumballs are matched by color, using velcro to secure them in place.

Tie A Shoe Page
Skill:  Tying shoes.
The shoe can be tied and untied.

Notes Page
Skill:  Drawing, writing.
I sewed 3 pockets to hold a notebook along with a pen, pencil, or crayons, or little love notes.
Here are some helpful hints for the entire process:
* I chose to sew my pages on white muslin.  Each page is 10 x 12.5 inches.  
* When I was done with each individual page, I sewed the pages back to back with another layer of muslin ironed onto a sheet of interfacing for extra thickness, stiffness, and durability. 
* I used A LOT of felt.  I think I bought 3/4 yard of each of the major colors of felt.  I have used most of it!
* I decided to make a 3-ring book because of the flexibility it offered me.  I could take pages out to pass them down to children down the pew.  I could take them out to wash them or even to fix up the sewing in case of wear and tear!  I could make the book bigger or smaller, or even add pages to it!  (I am already dreaming of a Halloween jack-o-lantern page or a Christmas tree page!)
* I used large eyelets  and used a piece of notebook paper as my guide to create the holes and then put it all together with book rings.
* I sewed my covers with regular cotton fabric, slightly larger than the pages.  Again, I sewed a sheet of muslin with interfacing in between them.





* Each quiet book has a button strap to keep it closed... I don't want all of those goodies spilling out any time soon!  On the back of the book covers, I sewed a pocket just in case I feel like throwing in a treat, a love note, or in the event that some pieces that DID fall out last minute.  Or maybe it will just hold some candy for ME!





Whew!
Can you see why this took months to finish?!  I think it was probably crazy for attempting this, but I am so glad I was that crazy!  I {heart} these books!  Little Man gave his stamp of approval today in church, and I can only imagine that they will get years of experience and use!  
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Now, I realize I didn't go into a whole lot of details about the creation of each and every page.  I wanted to show off the entire product first!
SO now it's your turn, my dear and lovely readers! 
* Do you have a specific question about the process? 
* Would like to see one page in more specific detail?
* Would you like me to create a downloadable template for a specific page?
Leave me a comment with your questions, and I will probably type up a question and answer post if there is enough interest.  
Enjoy your week!
You can see the Quiet Book Question & Answer post here.  
You can download your own 9 templates here.  
PS  Thanks to these blogs for the inspiration:

Mr. Potato Head

We made it back into town yesterday, and I am still wrestling mountains of laundry. But I wanted to give a quick sneak peak on the latest quiet book page I finished.

Without any further ado, I would like to introduce you to Mr. Potato Head!
Isn't he cute?! All of his accessories are fastened on with velcro. Many quiet books have a "dress me" page. I decided to do Mr. Potato Head instead. I only sewed on his body and arms. So when he's bare and naked, he looks like this:
On the page next to the spud, I will sew a little pocket to put all of the accessories to be interchanged. Of course I had to do a Mrs. Potato Head also. Check out this hot potato:
Do you think I went overboard on her lips?! I like it!!

Happy Monday!

Yummy Mummy Week~AlisonYummy Mummy Week



I am so excited about Yummy Mummy Week at Delicious Ambiguity!! I am guest blogging today, sharing updates on my quiet book. I have 9 pages done so far, and I will be sharing more of the details. Yes, only 9 pages... but this has taken me SO much time. Maybe I'll have it finished!! by next year:)

There will be tons of fabulous guest bloggers, sharing valuable info for all kinds of mommy issues. Head on over and check it out!

Not Slacking!

No, I'm not slacking.... although I haven't posted about a lot of new projects lately.  


Remember when I posted about my goal of creating a quiet book??? Well, I found muslin on sale at Joann's, and I knew it was meant to be.  So I have been busy working on my quiet book.  I am trying to do 24 pages total (12 front and back), so progress is slow and steady.  


Here is a sampling of just two of the pages. The first page will be a stoplight with velcro to remove the red, yellow, and green lights.  And next to it, I made a road page.  I still need to sew a little pocket for one of my son's matchbox cars.  I am excited about the progress I've been making, even if it will be a few more months before I'm totally finished.  

You can check out some fabulous ideas for quiet books here in my post a month or so back.

Have a great day!!

Quiet Books

 

Writing down your goals is supposed to make them more tangible and more solidified.  Right?  So here I am writing down my goal.  I want to make a quiet book.


Although my son had a particularly good day at church on Sunday thanks to some new guidelines my sister passed on to me, we have had a series of very embarrassing Sacrament Meeting experiences with our little guy.  All he wants to do is move and keep moving, and it doesn't matter where we are.  I have finally decided that I need to find some special Sunday activities... activities that will ensure quietness and help him learn about reverence.  So I have started researching.  I don't want something too tricky.  Perhaps I could do 1 or 2 pages a month.  Baby steps, right?!  


So I have been doing my research.  Here are some sites I have found for adorable quiet books!  I will probably dabble around with many different ideas before I figure out what I really want to do!  Oh yeah, and I will probably copy a lot of the pages from my Mom's quiet book.  I loved that book growing up!



Quiet Book The pages to her book are above.  So cute!! 
Modest Maven
Homemade by Jill She even shares quite a few templates.
Naptime Journal
more from Naptime Journal
Crafty Chic
Crafting Chicks, more from Crafting Chicks, and even more from Crafting Chicks
The Thorncoks
Joe and Anna
Making the World Cuter
Mormon Chic
My Little Gems Sharla made her quiet book out of place mats! Wow!


Do any of you have great quiet book ideas??  Or other ways to keep your kiddos reverent during church?

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