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With Blurb’s New Feature in BookWright Turn your Digital Content into a Beautiful Book

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I always like to create photo books for our memorable moments. Blurb is another company I use for creating photo books and other books. Last year I published my own cookbook using Blurb. It was a cool project which I completed in few days using the book creating software.

Turn your Digital Content into a Beautiful Book

Hearty Salads & Sweet Treats – My cookbook

Now Blurb has a new feature to share which all bloggers would love. BookWright book creating software is with new blog import feature which anyone can create a book easily using their digital content. As this new blog import feature supports any blog building tool such as Blogger, WordPress, and many others, this is sure exciting news for anyone who is waiting to publish or create their own book!

 

With the new blog import tool, you can easily import the text and images to your new book making it easier to create a beautiful book. So, I am excited. Because I can use this tool to create my next book using the blog posts which I shared during the last years.

 

To learn more about BookWright,  please visit here.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

It can be for a playgroup kid or a preschool kid. Preserving playgroup memories or even preschool memories is a challenge as there are lots of different ideas around. I faced the same and finally started my project with creating a photobook to preserve his playgroup memories.

Finally another year passed. Our kid is a preschooler now. In 2016 He had a great and precious year in his playgroup with different activities. Although our first intention of sending him for a playgroup was just to learn social skills and to interact with other similar aged kids, we noticed how they learn day by day with different activities such as arts and crafts, singing, reading and even writing.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Cover page of our photo book

Each day my kid came out with a craft or art work in hand. At first, I started collecting all such art pieces in a file folder. So, most of his art works are organized and he can see those when he is a grown up adult. (Hopefully) I also keep his workbooks and activity books safe and we still refer those time to time.

Other than that I started a big project! It is a photobook with my kid’s artworks and some special moments during his playgroup year. This is really exciting and I am working on this photobook these days.Before reading further,check this Arts & Crafts book for an inspiration!

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Here is how I preserve our kid’s playgroup memories in a photobook!

As always I selected my favorite photobook company for this photo album too.

From the collection of photo book ideas for kids, I selected the design of Arts & Crafts photo book design as it is more suitable for my purpose of creating a photo book for playgroup memories.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Adding and arranging photos are really easy!

I have loads of memories and photos from his playgroup activities together with his arts and crafts. So, I selected the best photos in to one folder and started creating the book.

Creating this photobook is really easy and it only takes few minutes. However, you will not only own a printed photo book but also a digital photo book which you can print again if needed. I love this idea because of my experience of losing my childhood photos due to a recent flood.

Check: How to create a photo book

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

We celebrated his 3rd birthday with the playgroup friends

Anyway our photo book with our kid’s playgroup memories and activities are almost done. Once finalized and checked again, I can easily order it.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

This is one of the pages which I added his arts and crafts at the Playgroup

Isn’t it a great idea to preserve childhood memories? They will cherish and really appreciate these photo books once they are grown up!

Check the Arts and Crafts photo book just for an inspiration. You can also subscribe with Mixbook and receive the latest details including promotions up to 50% off!

DIY Sticker Book for Toddlers

 

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DIY Train Birthday Banner

I really like to have DIY Birthday banners than buying it. Simply, I am able to match the Birthday Banner with the party theme. We already celebrated our son’s 2nd Birthday and this time we picked the theme as ‘Train Birthday’. So everything from Birthday Cake to decorations is with the train theme.I had interesting time creating most of the decorations and Train Birthday Cake.My son really loved his train Birthday party!

DIY Train Birthday Banner

DIY Train Birthday Banner

For the banner, I came up with this idea as a DIY train birthday banner. It was really easy to create this. You will only need few different colour papers and printed letters. Other supplies are like scissors and glue are also needed.

Here is how I finished this DIY train birthday banner. If you are throwing a train themed Birthday party, this idea may be helpful.

You need,
Colourful papers from different colours
Printed letters which says your message
A pair of scissors
Glue
A ribbon
Punch

Here is how we made this DIY Train Birthday banner.

First cut colour papers into squares of the size you want your train themed birthday banner.

Also cut rectangles from another colour.(As shown in photos)

Also cut the letters from the printed paper.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Using a color combination,paste rectangles on the square shapes.

Then paste letters accordingly.

Finaly cut small circles to pretend the wheels of the train.Paste those on the squares.(Wagons of the train)

DIY Train Birthday Banner

You will have beautiful set of letter wagons of the train.

DIY Train Birthday BannerPunch holes on each squares and thread a ribbon through each to make it as a birthday banner.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Now,wagons of the train banner is ready.We need the train engines.

Using few colour papers,I simply cut the engine shape.Actualy I didnt use any template.

Then I used anothe colour squares,rectangles and circles to create the windows and wheels of the 3 engines.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Finally,we pasted those engines on the wall and our Train Birthday banner was ready for the party!

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Is this cute?Please let me know your idea.Do you like to make your own Birthday banner?

Also check our Animal themed 1st Birthday Party banner tutorial.

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A Noisy DIY Balloon Drum for Kids with a Balloon Skin

Balloon drum is a fun project I do with my son. It is really easy and a great way to keep a toddler busy for few minutes. I usually use burst balloons to create drums, but a new balloons are good too. If the burst balloon is suitable and large enough to stretch over a tin or cup, then I use those to create a drum for him.

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Balloon drum

For the balloon drums, I always use plastic cups, so I don’t have to worry about sharp edges of the tins. But, I guess it gives good sound with an empty tin than with a plastic cup.

Here is what we did to create this balloon drum.

Things that you will need:

A balloon

Empty can or a plastic cup

Elastic band/rubber band

Sticks (pencils are fine too)

How to make a balloon drum?

Making a balloon drum is really easy and it is a no brain task.

Simply cut the end of the balloon. Stretch the balloon over the tin or cup.

Use the elastic band to secure the balloon over the cup.

A balloon drum is done. Give it to your kid with a pair of sticks.

This is great as an earth day activity too as this project involve a burst balloon skin and an empty tin.

 

DIY Toddler Reading Corner

A reading corner is a great place for any toddler to spend time on his own by reading books alone. Our son has a specific place to keep his books, but he didn’t have a specific place to read. We read books together in bedroom, on the sofa or even sitting on the floor.

Now, as a toddler he showed interest in looking at the books alone. I heard he was creating stories around the illustrations of the books. So, isn’t this the right time to create a separate space for him to read books?

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I thought that would be interesting if I create a reading corner for him. A reading corner would be a great place which encourages a toddler to read books. I was right. He was so excited when I was creating a special place for him to read.

Anyway, I didn’t do any fancy design change for his kids room. Instead I did some changes in the arrangement for his nursery room. Actually when he turned 1 year old, we didn’t use his nursery room much. When he turned 2 years old, I started changing his baby nursery room into a kids play room. So, this reading corner is one of the projects we carried out on our way creating a kids room for him.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

This is a pretty simple idea. I used his foam play mat for the reading corner. Previously we used this play mat to keep him sitting and playing. But now as a toddler, he runs around the home and he doesn’t use the play mat much. Instead he likes to use a table for most of his activities.So, this reading area is a great way for us to re-purpose foam play mat.

I bought 3 new pillow cases which are colorful and with kids friendly animal character prints on it. My son loved those pillow cases and I used some pillow inserts to make kids friendly cushions.So those are his cushions in the new reading corner.

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I also bought a wall display with numbers to decorate the wall. So, he can learn counting too. Instead of creating a space for keeping all his books, I only kept a small box with few books. So, I can rotate the books. If he wants, he can always take books from his usual book shelf.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

Once I created this reading corner, my son was really happy. Now it is around 3 months after I making a separate space for him. Still he loves the place and he reads books and even asks me to read books there with him.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

That is what I wanted before making the reading corner for our toddler son!  🙂

How to Create Custom Prints Using your Own Family Photography

With digital cameras and even with mobile phone cameras, taking photographs is not a big task as it was some years ago. Having a baby or kids at home means you are completely busy with capturing photos of their moments. How do you organize these photos? I usually create photo albums using the photos of the year or photos of the special moments. Other than that, I found creating custom prints is another way to use family photos as memories.

A canvas print with beautiful family photo will be a great addition to your empty wall of the home. Even you can change the photo each year and see how your family grows and how your family members change in their look each year. Well, I print family photos each year and frame those. Instead I found canvas prints as a great way to create beautiful banners.

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How to create your own custom prints?

Creating custom prints are really easy with Open Prints. With their easy to use software, it only takes few minutes to create any design using your own photographs. Other than the canvas and custom posters, you can even be creative with beautiful mouse pads, metal prints and T shirts using your own photographs. Just imagine creating of T shirts for the whole family! When you wear the same custom T shirt, it is a great way to attend group events or celebrations as a whole family.

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Visit www.openprints.com and start creating your custom prints with your photographs. You can also create custom artwork using your photographs and sell those online. Simply open a store with Openprints, and sell artwork online.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

Coloring books are a great way to spend time concentrating on beautiful illustrations and making it a beautiful picture with so many colors as you wish. This is a great way to release your stress and to relax after a tiresome day.
I came across a new adult coloring book and hope this will be an interesting coloring book for you too.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

Legendary Worlds is a classic coloring book for adults which features amazing illustrations which include castles, caves and underwater realms. This beautiful book will include 85 beautiful illustrations to make you busy with coloring and viewing it again and again.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

A group of seven artists including Witek Radomski, Carrie Wong, Kamala Melzack, Matthew Dorad, Al Sayers, Nony Dar Sagol, and Anonymous Goat joined to create this wonderful piece of art and you can easily engage coloring it when you have free time. This is a great project for any mom after a tiresome day to make your mood.

Features of Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

Legendary Worlds is printed in Canada on high quality paper and sewn bound. With sewn-bound coloring book, you will have a great experience as it lays flat.

Check the Kickstarter campaign for more information of Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

DIY New Year Party Hat for Toddlers

Today we spent few hours making some simple items for New Year celebrations. This year my son is 2 years old and he enjoys celebrations. Few months ago we celebrated his 2nd Birthday, although he didn’t have much idea on his simple birthday party on the day we celebrated, he started imaginary playing with birthday parties after few weeks of the party. So, that time I decided to do some activities focusing him for the New Year.

Today, 31st of December, I told him about the New Year. He understands it is something to celebrate and he is ready to welcome the New Year with his soft toys.

This is a simple party hat we both made. Although it is easier to buy party hats, DIY items are always good to engage with a toddler. So, I decided to spend few minutes and to create this New Year Party hat.

We used simple supplies which we found at home.

Things needed:
• cardstock paper
• tape
• stapler
• glue stick
• scissors
• Pen
• Paper punch as required

First we made confetti using colourful strips of paper. You can also use a paper punch to make circles to add to the collection of confetti.
I used an A4 size paper for the party hat.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers
First I  wrote the greeting ‘Happy New Year’.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

We decorated this paper using the confetti.

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Then I used tape and staple to make a cone using the decorated paper.

Finally cut the edges of the party hat and make it round shape.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers
It is really simple and easy.
This is a few minute project to make a toddler happy when they are bit bored.

My son decided to use the party hat on his teddy bear. 🙂

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

And,Teddy is ready to welcome the New Year 2016!

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

Happy New Year 2016!

DIY Kids Art Display Without Damaging the Walls

I’ve seen many beautiful kids’ artwork display ideas over web. This is one of such ideas and I adapted this method after seen many posts over Pinterest and other blogs.

However this artwork display line needs no brain. It is so simple and easy to create a line and hang the art work.

My son still doesn’t start his play group. But he enjoys some painting activities with me at home. As these drawings and artwork are his first drawings, I like to keep those protected. He will admire these drawings one day!

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Other than displaying his artwork, I also want to train him to keep his drawings organized. Now he knows where to keep his drawings after he finished those.

kids art work display ideas

Here are the items which I used to create this artwork display line.

You Need:

A ribbon
Self-adhesive hooks/ Self-adhesive wall hangers(Command Hooks)
Wooden pegs

kids art work display ideas

Method:

Simply stick the two wall hangers on the wall you want the display line. I used Self-adhesive wall hangers , so I don’t want to damage the wall. Then tie the ribbon and create a line. (Similar to clothes line)
Hang wooden pegs and when there is a finished art, simply hang it using wooden pegs.
A simple and easy artwork display line is ready for kids arts.

Why I like to use Command Hooks?

I always use command hooks,(Self-adhesive hooks/ Self-adhesive wall hangers) to my wall decorations and displays.Simply,these are great hangers to display anything in few minutes.You dont need to have skills to drill the wall.Even you dont need to damage the wall.Simply stick the command hooks on to the wall and you have  a nice wall hanger.

There are also different styles and sizes available.For simple hanging like this kids artwork display,I always use beautiful command hooks.These are not much expensive too.You can also check these similar Command Medium Hooks

Do you use these Command hooks to hang things on the wall?

 

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