We have a thing for pretty binders, so maybe that's why we're always looking for new things to do with them. So we decided we'd use one to collect all of our craft "recipes" and to have something tangible to look at when we're in need of some creative ideas. Every afternoon post-nap time is craft/art time in our house. Even our 17 month old gets in on the action with simple things like crayons, stickers, or contact paper collages. We've been collecting "recipes" online when we see them and bookmarking them, but we're paper people, and we wanted to have a resource we could go to for the recipes and just for inspiration. This would also make a cute gift for a friend who is about to have her first winter with a toddler at home- or even as a shower gift.
What You Need
• Binder (We found this one unexpectedly at Target, but we love linen binders at paper stores).
• Clear slip pages
• Pretty paper
• Recipes or other ideas
1. Start slowly- collecting or noting crafty ideas when you see them. Then print them out with a colorful ink to match your binder. A few of our recipes: Colorful Clay from Martha Stewart.com, this play doh recipe from Dried Figs and Wooden Spools, and the natural glue recipe from Amanda Soule's The Creative Family.
2. Slip them into your clear overlay pages to protect them.
3. You may want to divide your binder into sections: one with recipes, one with lists of ideas, and maybe even one with photos of completed projects or paper for note-taking or journalling.
Additional Notes: It's your project so be as creative as you like. You certainly don't have to use a binder. The idea is to have something pretty you'll want to pick up for inspiration and motivation when you're feeling like there's nothing to do.
(Images: Julia Cho)