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Make Mini Scrapbooks From Ziploc Bags
Make Mini Scrapbooks From Ziploc BagsLearn how to make inexpensive mini scrapbooks. Great project to introduce kids to scrapbooking.

Creating special scrapbooks can be great fun and educational too. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive. Scrapbooking supplies don't come cheaply, and parents can find themselves "taking over" the scrapbooking session so that those expensive supplies are not wasted during the learning process. Unfortunately, as soon as an adult takes over, it stops being fun or educational. What should you do?

One answer may be to make these mini scrapbooks from inexpensive materials. Although your end result is not archival quality - it is a fun introduction to the creative world of scrapbooks.


A box of gallon-sized resealable bags (be sure to get a brand that does not print extensively on the bag), 2 pieces of lightweight cardboard (12 inches x 12 inches), a large pad of construction paper, scissors, ruler, glue stick, a stapler, markers, a hole punch, a yard needle, yarn, a hammer and thick nail, and a variety of photos and mementos.


* Pile 5 bags neatly with the opening at the top. Staple bags together down the left side of the pile. Make another pile of 5 bags and staple together.

* Cover the two sheets of cardboard with construction paper. Punch holes about ¾ inch apart with hole punch down one side of one of the cardboard sheets. Lay the punched sheet on top of the unpunched sheet. Mark where the holes are and then punch matching holes in the second cardboard sheet. This makes the scrapbook cover.

* Place one of the stapled stacks of bags inside the cover. Using the punched holes in the cardboard cover as a guide, drive the nail through the plastic bags to make matching "punched" holes. Repeat the process with the second stack of bags.

* Place all bags inside cover, aligning holes. "Sew" through the cover and bags with the yarn needle and yarn. Whip stitch from bottom to top and then back to the bottom. Leave long yarn ends to tie together to make a yarn bow at the binding.

* Using your ruler and scissors, measure one inch from left bound edge on top cover of scrapbook. Score along this line to allow scrapbook to open easily. You may repeat with the back cover or leave it stiff.

* Cut construction paper 10" x 10". These are the pages that will slip inside your plastic bags. Glue photos and mementos to these pages. Use markers to write memories, dates, and other special information for each photo. Slip the photo covered construction paper into your plastic scrapbook page holders. Decorate the cover of the scrapbook with markers and photos.

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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