This story starts with my first grader bringing home an assignment for school, due just before Christmas break that involved doing a service project for someone outside of your family. Well, naturally my first inclination was to find something crafty we could donate. I visited the LDS Humanitarian Website for some ideas (a great place for fun, donatable ideas, btw) and came up with the activity book idea to donate for needy children. Sounded super cute and useful for scrap busting. Not to mention that my 6 year old could probably help with many parts of it. But, OHHHH, the hours!!! Now, being that I am into quilting at the moment, you would think this wouldn't bother me in the least. But, OHHHH! I apparently don't have the patience needed for crafting with little ones for more than about 30 minutes at a time. Those kindergarten and first grade teachers must be saints!!! ;0)
Okay, sorry for rambling. On to the show! Here are the ten pages we came up with for our book (keep in mind that my 6 year old was picking out the decorations, etc, thus the gaudiness):
No words are allowed for the donation books, so we kept the cover simple- vintage fabric with some vintage lace and trims. I used Pellon Peltex for in between the pages and I used bias tape for binding. Each page has two large eyelets and a ribbon tied through them.
A zippered butterfly with little butterflies inside (I got this idea from this cute tutorial. You will see a few other similarities in later pages.)
Shapes and numbers. The shapes all come off with velcro.
The sun! One of my favorites. Again from this tutorial.
The moon and stars, with a few jewels thrown in for added bling!
A cute little tree, with a removable birdie.
I was running out of ideas (and time!) at this point. This is the best I could come up with. . .a jellyfish.
One of my very favorite pages! Five little pockets with different closures (snap, button, velcro, tie and zipper) with a little animal hidden underneath.
A rainbow! With movable beads and fluffy clouds.
And that is it. Whew! We barely got it done in time. . . Oh, and I forgot to mention, we also made a teddy bear. But I can't bring myself to show you this bear (it really looks more like a mouse!). It makes me cry everytime I look at it. The only, ONLY reason I am going to still donate it, is because they won't know it is from me and because my daughters think it is cute. What do you think? Is that terrible? I always feel like if I am going to donate something it should be my best work . . .