Clara’s Top Ten Craft Materials and Supplies + The Craft Tag

Hi there!! It’s Clara speaking!!

Maybe you’ve heard? I love crafts!!

This in mind, Gracie thought it would be fun for me to share my top ten favorite crafting materials on her blog!

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And, as often happens, I forgot my glasses!

Gracie was also nominated for the Craft Tag by Lexie at Dolltastically Fun (Thanks, Lexie!), so I’ll also be doing that, in place of Gracie, later in this post!

So… let’s begin!

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This is my box of craft supplies!!

In no particular order…

 

1) Scissors

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This is pretty self explanatory. Cutting materials generally ends up turning out much better than tearing them. 😉

 

2) Tape

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Not only is tape useful for sticking your materials together, you can get many different types of tapes in many different designs, allowing you to use it not only for its practical benefits, but also for pretty decorative benefits! (Think washi (!!) and duct tape!)

 

3) Hot Glue

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Unfortunately I don’t have a hot glue gun, but Gracie does, and it is an amazing crafting tool! Normal glue is great, and can be used for some things that hot glue can’t, but hot glue works so much faster, and opens up new crafting opportunities. Just be careful and have an adult’s permission, it’s called hot glue for a reason!

 

4) Craft foam

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Craft foam is so much fun! It comes in so many exciting colors, and you can get different sheet sizes or thickness, if needed. It’s great for crafting doll food (think shredded cheese, coin-cut carrots, sandwiches, etc.) and more!

 

5) Clay

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Clay is a great material. Sometimes I think of it as separate to crafting, since you can basically form anything you want out of it, if you know how. It’s also great for doll food.

 

6) Paperboard (and cardboard)

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Don’t know what I mean by paperboard? It’s just the thin cardboard that makes cereal boxes and things like that. It is great for crafting! Plus, you can easily get it (free!) by recycling it from your empty cereal boxes! Normal cardboard is a wonderful supply as well, but you might need to be a bit creative if you want to hide those messy edges.

 

7) Paper/scrapbook paper

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White or solid colored paper is wonderful, and designed scrapbook paper is really fun too! (We especially like wood prints, and naturals like that). Paper is great for covering large (or small) crafts, to make them look nice.

 

8) Pens/pencils/markers

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And of course, drawing and coloring supplies are staple crafting tools, as well! I don’t think I need much of an explanation here…

 

9) Paint

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Paint is great! Whether your using it for art, or to color your latest project, it is a very good craft supply! I think acrylic is one of the best options for painting your clay, or other material crafts. (Tip from Gracie’s experience: Avoid painting your clay items with watercolor! It may chip off and not work well!)

 

10) Felt/fabric

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And last but not least, felts and fabrics are great materials for various craft and sewing projects. They’re great for sew or no-sew clothing, of course, but you can also use felts and fabrics for things like pillows, felted food, rugs, accessories, and more!

 

 

And now for the Craft Tag!

Here are the Rules:

Answer 5 questions

Create 5+ new questions

Tag people

What is the weirdest craft material you have ever used?

Good question! Once Gracie used real cinnamon and sugar for her clay snicker-doodle cookies! o_O That’s right! She made sure to cover over it in layers of mod-podge to seal it all in! She even sold several in her Etsy shop!

What kinds of things do you like to make?

Food (Our dolly kind, I mean) is a lot of fun to make! Furniture items are fun, as well. Gracie enjoyed crafting me and Grace’s bunk bed a long time ago 🙂 .

Do you use materials from the craft store, or do you use other things also, like recycled or up-cycled things?

Materials from the store are great, but we also love recycling paperboard and other random objects we may find to use in a craft! Once Gracie made a lamp using an old, golden-beaded candle-holder she found.

Are there any craft supplies that you hate or won’t use?

Not really, that I can think of.

Do you have a craft area / where do you do your crafts?

Gracie typically does her crafts at her desk in her room. I do my crafts either in my room or at the kitchen table!

 

 

I Nominate…

Sophie

Sassafras

Kaitlyn

Rebekah

Hannah

 

Questions:

  1. Favorite craft you’ve ever made?
  2. Worst craft you’ve ever made?
  3. What are a few of your favorite craft materials?
  4. Which do you prefer: crafting or sewing?
  5. You are told to craft a bed for your doll/stuffie only using three materials, besides a pair of scissors. What three things do you chose?

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!!

Do you like crafting? What are some of your favorite craft supplies?

 

Until next time!

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‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part Two – Nativity Craft!

Hi!! It’s Clara!!

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I’m excited to be here for my part of the “‘Tis the Season” Christmas series!!

Tis the Season!

Gracie wanted me to include the schedule…

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13Caroline, Collection Post {Check!}

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post

     Part Four, Friday, December 22: Julie, Photostory Post

Yep, so we’re on part two, a craft post!!

Yippee!!

I love arts and crafts, pretty much any time of year. So are you ready to dive in?

The craft we will be doing is…

 

A Miniature (AG size!) Nativity!

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What do you think? It’s very simple, but I think it’s pretty cute. And it’s actually really easy, too!

 

Well… Let’s start!!

Supplies:

  • Paperboard (such as cereal box cardboard)
  • Glue/hot glue
  • Paint
  • Scissors

That’s it!

Here we go…

Take your paperboard and cut out little shapes for the various nativity characters. Here is a list of the figures you can cut out:

  • Baby Jesus/Manger
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • Shepherds (as many as you want)
  • Wise men (Traditionally three. Trivia: the Bible doesn’t actually say how many there were!)
  • Animals (Sheep, Donkey, etc.) (As many as you want)
  • Stable
  • Star

You’ll also want to cut out a rectangle to put all of your characters on later.

Now don’t worry! We’re going to keep it simple and EASY!! 😀

I’ll show you the shapes I cut for my nativity (with my and Gracie’s hands for size reference):

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See? Not too hard! 😀 😉

Next we’ll paint all the pieces.

Again, it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here’s mine:

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Hot glue (Or glue), each figure onto the base, and hold them upright until they stay up on their own.

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And you’re done!

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I love how cute and easy it is! And nativities are a good reminder of the TRUE reason that we celebrate: Jesus come to earth, humbly, as a baby. What a glorious truth!

We weren’t sure where it would go in our (messy) dollhouse, so I think Gracie has just claimed it for her own room… Maybe once we clean we can ask it back XD .

 

Are you going to make this? Do you have a nativity?

And be sure to come back and see Grace’s and Julie’s posts for the series!

 

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Craft ~ How to Make an AG Slow Cooker Set!

Hi there!! *Waves*

I’m……. Back!!!

It’s been a (long!) while. School has been keeping me busy lately, and I haven’t worked on posts as much. So I guess that means I’m back from an unofficial hiatus! I hope to get more on track now after my long break.

AND, I recently got something that I am excited to show you all… 😮 …

…in another post! 😉  So stay tuned for another post soon!!

ALSO, November is here… so I am looking forward to hosting another Basket of Thankfulness activity, like last year!! Anyone remember it?

 

SO, today I am going to show you how to craft a replica of American Girl’s slow cooker set!

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I’ve really liked this set for a while now, but it costs a pretty penny. So why not just make it instead? Enjoy!

 

You Will Need:

For the slow cooker: 

  • An empty cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll
  • Colored craft foam
  • Hot glue (regular glue may work too)
  • Paperboard (like cereal box cardboard)
  • A pen or fine tip sharpie
  • Scissors
  • A bead

For the food (Chicken, Broccoli, Rolls, Butter):

  • Clay (I use Sculpey Polymer clay)
  • Acrylic Paint (If you have soft/chalk pastels then you can use those instead, but I don’t in this tutorial)

For the Utensils: 

  • Paperboard
  • Scissors or a craft knife like Xacto
  • Silver paint

Any pieces from the set that are missing from the materials list, I will give a short description for how to make them (or at least some ideas), but I haven’t tried it for this tutorial myself.

I also tried to label everything pretty clearly, so if you are interested in making something specific from this set, feel free to skip around!

Let’s Begin!

 

 

Slow Cooker:

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First off, Cut off a portion of a paper towel/toilet paper tube for the body of your cooker. Mine is a little less than two inches tall.

[This cooker is smaller than the AG one; if you want it bigger, then you can try using paperboard (or just craft foam) to make the tube from scratch.]

I also bent it into a more oval-like shape.

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Then wrap the outside of the tube in craft foam, gluing it down as you wrap it on. I chose a pink/red color.

At this point you can also trace the bottom of your cooker onto some paperboard, cut out the oval, and glue it onto the bottom of the cooker.

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Next cut out three pieces: (1) A paperboard piece cut from tracing the top, (2) A craft foam piece from tracing the top, and (3) a skinny craft foam rectangle/strip that is long enough to wrap around your slow cooker (i.e. as long as the circumference of the cooker), for the lip of the lid. The rectangle/strip does not have to be the same color as your cooker; I made mine grey.

 

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To make the lid, glue the craft foam oval to the paperboard oval, and then glue the strip all the way around those pieces.

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Find the center of your lid and glue on a bead for a handle. I put a little pile of hot glue onto the lid before gluing the bead on top, to make it a bit taller. Make sure the lid fits on your cooker.

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Next cut out a circle of grey craft foam (I just used a hole punch) for the temperature knob. Glue it onto the front of the cooker pot, write a little line on the knob, and write “OFF” “LO” and “HI” around the knob. I also wrote “SLOW cooker” onto the pot. You could write “crock pot” if you want that instead. [Note: for some of this writing I used a fine tip sharpie, and for some I used an extra fine prismacolor pen (like an extra fine tip sharpie). But if you just have the sharpie then that works, too.]

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Next cut out two little trapezoid shapes for the handles of the cooker. mine are approximately a little over an inch long, and a fourth inch wide.

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Glue each angled ends of the trapezoids to the sides of your cooker, forming one loop handle on each side. Maker sure the longer part is on bottom, and the shorter side on top. Here is your finished Slow Cooker!

 

 

Food:

 

Chicken:

 

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First, take some beige (light tan) colored clay and form it into… chicken-portion like shapes? Like badly shaped and flattened beans…… I think you get the point…..

Anyway…

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Then you can add some texture if you want using an old, thick bristled paintbrush, a clean toothbrush, or something like that. Also add the grill lines with a toothpick (or similar tool).

We’ll color it later, after it is cooked/dried! But first I made the rest of the food….

 

 

Broccoli 

 

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First roll out a snake of light green clay. It can be very messy and uneven, as mine is in the picture.

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Then chop the snake into small pieces. These are to be the broccoli stems.

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To make the tops, take pieces of a darker green clay, put a flattened ‘blob’ on a surface and add a lot of texture using a toothpick and a paintbrush/toothbrush. Then take it and wrap it around the end of one of your stems, forming it into the top of your broccoli. Repeat for each stem. [If you’d rather just stick the clay onto the stem and then texture it, that should work fine, too.] Then you can choose to leave each piece of broccoli separate, or combine some of them. I chose to combine them into sets of two broccoli ‘heads.’

 

 

Dinner Rolls

 

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I chose to make my rolls so that they would fit into my Our Generation muffin pan!

To make them, shape beige/light tan/bread colored clay into little cylinders (can shapes) for the dinner roll base. If you want them to fit into a doll pan, then size the base accordingly.

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Then make three little balls for the top of each dinner roll, and stick them on top of the base.

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Next smooth out the lines between the top and bottom of the rolls. Here is a comparison of the smoothed part on the left and the non-smoothed part on the right.

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And here are all of the finished ones! (minus extra coloring later!)

 

I decided not to make the fruit. But if you want to make it you could do a couple of options…

  1. Use clay: Form yellow ball; cut it in half for each grapefruit bowl; slightly push in the flat part to make it slightly caved in for the fruit to go in/on it; dapple the outside with a toothpick to make it look like grapefruit; and add clay pieces shaped like the fruit pieces in/on the bowl.)
  2. Use beads: Beads can make great fruit (especially berries). For the bowl to hold it you can either make one out of clay, or you can use something else (such as a vitamin bottle cap or doll bowl. Perhaps you could even use the plastic container you get from gumball-prize machines or the round part of a small Easter egg.

 

 

Butter

 

If you want to make the butter case that is in the AG set, you could use paperboard for the tray.

However I’m not completely sure how you would make the glass top, but here are a few ideas… 1) finding some clear plastic packaging shaped like the top (perhaps from a pen case or small toy?); 2) use transparent polymer clay. I haven’t tried, so I don’t know how clear it would turn out; 3) lastly you could make the top non-clear using paper or clay.

Onto the actual butter! This is a pretty straightforward thing to make…

Take some pale yellowish clay and form it into a 3-dimensional rectangle/box. Make sure it will fit if you have a container for it, with some room for butter slices on the end. I chose to make my butter to fit in my Our Generation butter box.

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Next take a sharp knife or other cutting tool (I literally used the plastic string from a “squirmles” toy to cut this! XD It worked amazing! ) and make a little slice or two at the end of your stick of butter. Bend the slices out a bit, but leave them connected to the whole stick.

And that’s it!

 

Now you can cook or let dry all of your pieces, and we’ll move on to coloring the Chicken and the Rolls!

 

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For the chicken, take some brown-ish colored paint (I mixed my yellow ochre and burnt sienna colors) and get some onto your brush. Paint it out on a (paintable) surface until the brush is mostly dry, and then dry-brush the paint onto your chicken. I used a mix of dry-brushing, and even wiping off paint with a damp paper towel to get the look I wanted.

Then take a darker brown color and paint over the indents (grill lines) on your chicken. Wait… why are there grill lines on crock pot chicken???   Oh well, it looks nice!

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For the dinner rolls, just dry-brush a brown color onto the top parts. I used burnt sienna. (make sure the brown you use isn’t too dark, making your rolls look burnt instead of nicely baked)

And your food is done!

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One fun thing about this set, is it all fits in the crockpot! (I’m not sure if the rolls fit, but they bake in the oven anyway)

 

 

Utensils

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First off, draw onto some paperboard a simple fork outline, or few…

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and cut them out. (I cut out one fork and traced it to cut the rest.)

I didn’t make the knife or the tongs, but here is how you can…

Draw out a simple knife shape (or few) and cut those out. (Pretty self-explanatory)

For the tongs, draw out a long strip. Make the ends a little wider and rounder than the rest of the strip. Cut it out and use a skewer, or other thin rounded object to bend the tongs in half. You can add a little glue on the fold/curve if it won’t stay bent. You may also bend the ends in a tad, if you want.

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To finish, paint your utensils silver. You may want a few coats. Also, If you want to, you can paint the knife handle a different color than the blade, like AG’s butter knife, to make the two ends differ from each other.

(Feel free to seal the utensils with mod podge if you want)

 

And that is it!

Here are a few things that I didn’t recreate from this set, and some ideas on how you could make them.

Plates: You could use the flat lid part of canning jars for the large plates, and this tutorial for the small ones.

Milk: You can use little plastic shot cups, or I’ve taken home the little disposable communion cups from church before. And then you can paint the inside of the cups white to make it look like it’s filled with milk, or you could fill the cup with white paint or puffy paint and let dry (Note: it might take a while to dry!)

Napkins and PotholderUse some fabric for the napkins (you can use normal fabric and hem the edges, use felt, or cut from a human napkin.). And you can also use fabric for the pot holder (if you want the edge you can hold, cut a longer rectangle of fabric, fold over some, and sew. You can sew on the little corner loop, too! Feel free to add extra layers of fabric or felt to give it more of an insulated potholder feel.)

Barbecue Sauce: I don’t know exactly how to find a tiny bottle like that, but perhaps an extract container or sprinkle container? You could also try making it out of clay.

 

And we’re finished!!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!!

 

Are you going to make anything from this tutorial? Do you like AG’s Slow Cooker Set?

Is anyone here doing Nanowrimo? I’m doing it for my first time! (I’ve done camp this past summer, but not the real Nano)

Also feel free to comment if you need clarification on any of my instructions! 😉

 

I should be posting again soon with the Basket of Thankfulness activity! … and after that my surprise find… 😉 😉

 

Have a blessed day!!

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Back-to-School Crafts and Fun Finds for Your Doll! +BIBPC

Hello!

Today I have a collection of doll school supply crafts and fun finds!

 

Here is the agenda…

CRAFTS:

Colored pencils/pencils

Lunch box

Duct Tape Pencil Case

Notebooks (With a Printable!)

Duct Tape Backpack (Link to other source)

 

FUN FINDS:

Backpack

Scissors

 

Most of the crafts I’m sharing are pretty simple, and some of them I had made a while back, so for those I will share the picture and a description of how to make it (or a link to the source of instructions)! I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start!

First up…

 

Colored Pencils

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Here are the colored pencils I made! They were super easy, and used a surprising (but common) supply to make–a pencil sharpener!

I used some small colored dowels (You could also color some plain dowels yourself, as I did with the blue pencils) and I cut each in half (Depending the size of your dowel or skewer, you may need to cut smaller or bigger pieces.).

Next sharpen the dowel! Yes, just with an ordinary sharpener! Then you can color your dowels. Make sure to color the sharpened tip to match the color your pencil is supposed to be.

If you want to make regular pencils instead, you can use a yellow or plain dowel and color the tip silver/grey, color the flat end pink for the eraser, and color a small strip of silver/grey right below the eraser for the small metal piece.

 

Lunchbox

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To make this, you need an empty mint tin. This can be a fun craft, because you get to paint the lunch box however you like! You could also glue on scrapbook paper, or use washi tape.

I’ll talk about the handle soon…

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For the handle, you could just glue on a strip of craft foam, or you could make a sort of wire hinge like I did above. This can be kind of tricky though.

Here is a short description of how to make the wire handle:

You need a small ‘u’ shaped piece of wire to be glued (I used hot glue) onto the box, and an open rectangle-like piece for the handle that has curled ends to fit over the ‘u’ pieces. You can glue two strips of foam over the top of the handle for a grip.

 

Pencil Case

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Cut out a strip of duct tape that is about 3 and 1/2 inches long.

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Then cut out another and slightly overlap the two so that they are in one square sheet.

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Turn it so the square is sticky side up. Cut a strip of tape that is a little shorter than the first two pieces. 3 inches would probably be a good size. Stick it so that there is a little space left sticky on the side edge, but make sure the bottom edge is covered.

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Cut another the same size. Lay it the same way, but leave sticky space on the opposite side.

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Now fold the case from the bottom up so that the sticky sides meet. Make sure the non-sticky edges meet. Don’t fold over the sticky top.

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You can trim the edges a little (I folded over a sticky edge, as well) and trim the top into a shape you would like for the flap of your case.

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Cut a tiny strip and fold it from the sticky side of the flap to the other side of the flap. This is to help with opening the case.

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Then you are done! Just fold down the sticky flap to close the pouch. You can use the little strip in the middle to help you re-open it.

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The little colored pencils from earlier fit inside!

 

Notebook

 

First off, you can print out the below printable that I made using Picmonkey.

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You can open the image in a new tab and print it from there. (Make sure the margins are none and the scale is normal, or 100.) You could also copy/paste the image into a Word document.

If you don’t want to use the printable, you can cut out a 3 by 2 and 1/2 inch piece of paper and design your own.

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Next cut out two pieces of card-stock, same size as the notebook cover (for reinforcing the cover and for the back) per notebook you are making, and cut out several sheets of lined paper for the sheets inside the notebook (again, same size as the cover).

Then glue one of your card-stock pieces to the back of the cover. Stack up the papers, with the lined papers sandwiched between the cover and the back. Staple the edges of the stack together. Try to make sure the edges of paper are lined up neatly.

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Cut out a piece of card-stock (I used black) that is about 3/4 inch by 3 inches. There are a couple of ways you can make the binding. The simple way would be to take your piece of card-stock and just fold it over the edge of the notebook, covering the staples.

The nicer, but more difficult way would be to fold the card-stock like the above picture, with a more squared edge for the notebook. The space between the folds should be very very small. Just big enough to fit around the edge of the notebook.

Whichever way you choose to do the binding, glue it onto the edge of the notebook.

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And you’re finished!

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Here’s Clara and Caroline, ready for school!

Clara is modeling the duct Tape Backpack craft! You can find this craft tutorial here.

Also in the picture are a couple of fun finds! I found the pink/red backpack at Target! It is a Yoobi brand key chain coin pouch! The straps seem a bit small to fit on the dolls, but I’ll probably just sew on a little more ribbon to make them longer.

Also, I found the mini green scissors at World Market! I think they were advertised to fit in purses, but are perfect for AG dolls! Note: I don’t recommend letting your scissors hang perilously halfway out of your backpack. XD

Both of these finds were under $5!

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I hope you enjoyed these crafts and fun finds!

Are you going to make any of these? Which craft or fun find was your favorite? How is school going?

Do you like school supply sections in stores…? I sure do! XD

Have a blessed day!

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Here is my (Late! 😦 ) BIBPC entry!

I’m on Team Kiwi and the category is Books!

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Story: I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but somehow I came up with the idea of taking a picture of my stuffed animal with a book! He’s pretty cute and expressive, and it’s fun to put him in different poses. I ended up choosing this one from the photos I had gotten. (His name is Bear, in case you were wondering, because when I got him I would want to call him a teddy bear, even though he is a dog. 🙂 So Bear seemed to fit him! 😉 ) (And the book is Wonder!)

Printable Doll Posters!

Hello!

I made some posters for you all! You can use these in your doll rooms, or even your own rooms!

I made the first three recently, using Picmonkey, and the last three I drew a while ago for Kait’s Ag Craft’s Craft camp, and edited in Picmonkey.

*These posters are free and for your personal use only*

To print them, you can copy and paste them into a Word document (or the Apple equivalent should work, too) and resize them how you like, then print and cutout.

Or, if you’d rather, you can right click on the image, and click “open image in a new tab” then you can print it from there.

Enjoy!

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I hope you like these posters I made!

Which poster is your favorite? How do you usually print printables?

 

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