Thursday, April 1, 2010

An Easter Card Quickie

I pulled out my supplies and set out to make simple but time-consuming Easter cards. I used Martha Stewart's template.    I cut out the first egg (I didn't have an exacto knife) and it took me a long time. Looking at our list of 16 cards to make I improvised. I used the original template and also scaled it down when I printed which left me with two egg sizes. I used already made cards which sped up the process.

What I liked most about the project:
- Even my 3 year old boy could do it.
- I wasn't the only one cutting out eggs
- Most of the creative decorating of the cards was done by my children.
- They were simple to make, but I imagined if I were the one receiving them, they would definitely touch my heart.

P.S. I liked how simple/cute Martha Stewart's cards were, but I was limited on time. So here is my version. It took us about 2 hours to make 16 cards.

Supplies Needed:

  • Martha Stewart template
  • scissors
  • markers/crayons/colored sharpie marker(s)
  • scrapbook paper
  • already made cards or and paper stock you can fold to make a card
  • envelopes
  • (optional) stickers/glitter/etc...

1. Print out the template to the scale of egg you would like.
2. Cut out the template. Around the border and then cut the egg out of the center.
3. Find the scrapbook paper you'd like to use to make the egg. Place the template on top and trace the template onto the paper. I used a sharpie which helped my 6 year old cut it out.
4. Now place your template and place it on the card you would like to place the egg. Trace the egg template onto the cover or inside of your card. I used a sharpie. Coordinating the color of the sharpie with the color of the paper you are using (1) helps younger children place the egg easier, (2) Can add a nice effect to the card.
5. Have your child glue the egg in place on the card.
6. Give the child creative license to decorate the card.
7. We signed all the cards with the family name.
7. On the back of the card we put, "Made with love by: ________" (insert child's name)

This was a great coordination project, it helped my younger kids stay in between the lines when gluing the eggs. You could skip outlining where the eggs go.

I did this project with a 9 year old, 6 year old and a 3 year old. They all equally enjoyed making the cards. The three year old was patient enough to make one card. You should have seen his proud face as he finished!

We made these for family (lots of Aunt's and Uncle's). THey had fun picking and choosing who they were making a card for.

Here is how our cards turned out!

This one was by me!

If you made Easter cards/crafts/projects and posted it on your blog, please share with us! Happy Easter!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My New Favorite Site

Anyone interested in food storage might adore this site I found a few months ago!

It is a network of blogs to help plan, buy and eat your food storage. The site I use most right now is the:

Food Storage BabySteps

Along with links and tools, you can sign up on their e-mail list and they will send you their Baby Steps checklists that help you plan your food storage as well as other prepare other items like your emergency plan and 72 hour kits in manageable steps.

Let me know what you think and please share your ideas on how you are preparing for you/your family. :)