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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Favorite Elmer's Glue Projects: Kid Friendly Art and Craft Projects, Tips, and Techniques

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Here are some of our favorite Elmer's School Glue Projects!
Hope we inspire some sticky, crafty fun at your house or classroom. 
Note: this post is NOT sponsored by Elmer's, 
we just love their glue and it was my go-to brand of choice in my classroom when I was an art teacher. 

Tips: 
* Whenever the kids are working with glue I like to remind them:
"Dot, dot, not a lot!" 
* You can add a tiny bit of vaseline to the inside of a glue nozzle to keep it from gluing shut.
* Elmer's Glue school glue can be diluted with water and applied with a paint brush
or craft foam brush as a homemade Mod Podge. 
* I like to stock up on Elmer's Glue during the "back to school" sales to save money! 























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Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea




Sunday, August 25, 2013

Little Passports: A Global Adventure Product Review #sponsored @littlepassports

Sponsored Post Disclosure: My family received products from Little Passports to write this review. 
This post does contain affiliate links that help pay for the free lessons and crafts I provide on this blog. 
As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 
The girls and I love to create, play, and EXPLORE! 
We were so excited when our friends at Little Passports offered to send us 
our own Global Adventure pack to explore the globe.
We received our adorable little blue and green suitcase this week filled with
 a map, passport, activity sheet, and a letter. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Do You Doodle While You Noodle? Pentel Pen Review #Sponsored #Pentel

Sponsored Post Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pentel and contains links. 
I received compensation from Pentel to write this review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 


Do you doodle while you noodle?
 I do. I always have. 
All of my folders, notebooks, notepads, 
and the edges of my handouts in school had doodles on them.
It helps me think. 
Chewing gum seems to help me focus too - I figured that out while I write at my computer. 
I have an easier time listening when I am drawing at the same time. 
I was diagnosed with an auditory processing learning disability
 in college and I always wondered if drawing (or chewing gum) at the same time 
helps my brain focus on the listening that is has such a hard time with. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Get Organized For A New School Year!


Today I'm sharing some of my favorite posts about how we organize
 the biggest trouble zones in our house: 
School Papers, Toys, The Playroom Clutter, and Kid's Artwork.

One of my favorite posts and it gives you a tour of our home!


My labeled bin system for toys - works for non-readers, friends, and babysitters too!







Click here to learn about my system for 




and...




For more great ideas check out my 

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ravensburger Mandala Designer Kit Review and Aquarelle Kit GIVEAWAY!

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All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Ravensburger. 

My generous friends at Ravensburger 
sent us some super FUN craft kits to play with this summer! 
We spent many beautiful summer afternoons  and mornings
decorating the driveway with colorful chalk and our Mandala Designer! 

The plastic stencil was completely manageable for the girls. 
"E" my 10 year old led the project and "C" my 6 year old was her assistant. 
They worked together nicely and their Mandalas turned out beautifully! 



The girls had fun embellishing the perimeter of each Mandala they made
and even made some free-form designs with a couple of our hoola-hoops! 



Their final projects made our driveway very colorful and several neighbors
stopped by on walks to comment on their handy-work. 


Ravensburger also sent us two of their beautiful Aquarelle liquid watercolor kits
to play with - we received a Dolphin set and a Fairy set. 


"E" got to work right away mixing her color palette with the liquid watercolors from the kit. 
It comes with a color mixing "recipe" sheet. 

It brought back fun memories of one of our favorite food color-mixing activities
from when the girls were little. They loved mixing their own watercolors! 


Each kit includes 4 pieces of heavy watercolor paper pre-printed with 
the designs in raised white ink. 
Reminds me of when I used to use embossing powder with my stamps! 
The raised white lines show you where to paint and help keep the colors separate. 

"C" my 6 year old enjoyed it at first, but quickly lost interest and got frustrated
by the small size of the pattern and handed me her painting to finish. 


"C"s half-finished watercolor in progress. 
Lots of tiny details make a beautiful finished project, 
but may frustrate younger or impatient artists. 


My oldest daughter, "E" (age 10) loves the Aquarelle kits 
and has gone back to work on them several times.

She is a bit more patient (read: Type A personality) and enjoys tiny details! 
She also loves watercolors so it was a perfect fit for her. 
This is a great art activity for Tweens and Teenagers. 

"E"s finished watercolor is below. 


Want a chance to make your own beautiful watercolors? 
Ravensburger and I are giving away one Aquarelle kit (your choice of Dolphin or Fairy).
Just use the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win your own! 




Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Head Back To School With DIY Personalized School Supplies and Gear!


FALL and Back to School -- It's my favorite time of the year! 
The stores are full of new school supplies and it's time for kids to head back to the classroom.
I love new office supplies and this always feels like the start of a fresh, new year
to me (not that silly holiday called "New Year's Eve"!)

I love adding a personalized touch to store-bought goodies
and wanted to share a round up of some of our favorite projects from the past
to get those creative juices flowing and give you and your kids some 
ideas for new ways to add a personalized twist to your back-to-school supplies and gear!



Wrap pencils or pens with a bit of washi tape to add some color
 and stand out from the crowd!


Makeover boring school supplies.
Give folders, notebooks, glue bottles, and even glue sticks a makeover 
with Washi tape in cute patterns and colors!


Add some store-bought or custom DIY Stickers to a boring composition notebook.
It's not so boring anymore!


Makeover a boring/plain metal lunch box from the craft store with 
Sharpies (permanent markers) or Washi Tape! 


Make your own Shrinky Dink key chains to embellish backpacks and jacket zipper-pulls. 


Customize your Sneakers with your favorite colors using Sharpies!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Texture Rubbing Plates With Elmer's Glue


You can make your own texture rubbing plates with Elmer's Glue, card-stock and paper. 

My 6 year old daughter made this flower. 
Just draw a simple shape on card-stock and cut it out.  
Then, glue it down to another piece of paper. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Head Back to School with 5 Creative Ways to Personalize and Organize Your New School Year! #Michaelsbts

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I received compensation from Michaels craft stores to write this post. 
All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Michaels craft stores. 

Today, I'm sharing some fun ways to 
kick off your most creative school year
with some help from craft supplies available at Michaels craft store. 



 First, I like to make sure we are well organized as we launch into the chaos of another school year! 
I use Washi tape on my blogging calendar and on our household calendar 
to write everything down and help it stand out. 
I may be the only mom left in America that still has a family calendar 
posted on the kitchen refrigerator but it works for my visual learning style 
and everyone in the house knows where to look to see what's scheduled.

The great thing about Washi tape is that you can reposition it, you can 
move things around your calendar and not have a bunch of yucky scratched out areas. 

I use different colors for each activity and write on top of it with a black sharpie pen. 
I picked up this Washi tape in the scrapbooking area at Michaels - I love the yellow chevron.
I also use Washi tape and black sharpie to label my file folder tabs. 





The girls always like to add our own creative and personalized touches to basic school supplies.
Washi tape is a fun and easy way to do it. Remember this post from last year? 
I shared how we used traditional Washi tape to embellish and personalize boring
file folders, glue bottles, glue sticks, pens and notebooks. 


This year, we picked up this adorable package of GLITTER Washi tape at Michaels (scrapbook aisle)
and used it to bling out a basic (read: $1!) spiral notebook. We wrapped the whole cover
and hid the ends inside the front cover. The end result was super cute! 

We even used a Michaels 40% off coupon on the glitter Washi tape pack -- 
Hooray for the Michaels in-store coupon phone app! I always use my phone for their coupons. 


Just peel and stick the glitter tape. 
Hide the ends on the inside cover. 

 

Rainbows make me so happy!


You can even add these cute cardboard letters from the scrapbooking department
to your notebook for even more cute bling. I might have paid more attention in math class
if I'd had notebooks this cute when I was in school! 
You'll have to add a bit of glue (I like Aleene's Tacky Glue) since the glitter is rough. 


Goodbye Boring Notebooks and Folders. 
Hello Cute, Creative, and Colorful! 



Am I the only mom who doesn't like plastic-cover spiral notebooks?
They are impossible to label because stickers don't stick to them and pens don't write well on them.
Hooray for Chalk Paint Markers to the rescue! 
We picked up a package of chalk paint markers in the craft paint aisle at Michaels and used them to 
bling out boring plastic notebooks and folders. 
My oldest daughter LOVES squids so she drew her own adorable squid on a plastic folder. 
Helpful Hint: The markers will take a little while to dry (think 15-20 minutes) so be careful
while you are drawing and writing with them to not smear your hand through the wet areas! 
Let them dry COMPLETELY before you stack them on each other. 
If you make a mistake you can clean it off with a wet paper towel or some Windex on a paper towel. 



My girls won't have lockers until middle school but I know plenty of you have middle school and high school aged kids who like to add their own touches to their lockers.
When I saw these plastic dinosaurs and mini picture frames in the $1 dollar bins
at Michaels I wanted to make this fun little project! 


I started by cutting off the heads of the plastic dinosaurs (plus one hippo) with a craft utility knife. 


Then, I cut the plastic "glass" out of these little frames 
and snapped off the fold-out stands on the back of the frames. 


I painted the cardboard black with acrylic craft paint - you could use any color.


Then, I used E600 glue to adhere magnets to the back of each frame. 
This glue is stinky but it works like a charm! 


After the magnets dried, I glued the dinosaur heads to each frame with more E600 glue. 


The end result were these guys. I love them -- RAWR! 
The girls are using them on their magnet boards in their rooms but I want to steal a couple 
for our fridge. Wouldn't these be awesome in a locker?! 


Speaking of lockers (or refrigerators) here's one more quick craft
we whipped up with our goodies from Michaels. 

 

I saw these speech bubbles in the unfinished wood area at Michaels
and thought they would be cute with some black chalkboard paint.

Add some more magnets to the back with E600 glue and you have a fun way
to leave reminders for family members on a message board, fridge, or locker. 
Just write on them with chalk or chalk paint markers. 


Helpful Hint: Add at least two or three coats of chalkboard paint to the surface of the wood! 



While we had the chalkboard paint out, I painted the cover of a composition notebook (3 coats.)
Just add chalkboard paint pen accents, scrapbook letters, or chalk when it's completely dry! 


The girls and I had great fun coming up with creative new ways 
to head into another great school year. 
Michaels really IS where creativity happens for our house! 
We do some of our best creative brainstorming there and have so much
fun with our awesome art and craft materials we buy there (always use those coupons!)
 I hope this post inspires you to add some fun and creative touches 
to your own back to school experience! 

Warmly, 
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea

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·         Michaels offers a 15 percent discount for teachers every day! Make sure to talk to a store associate during your next trip to learn more.
·         Need a large quantity of one back to school item but don’t see enough on the shelves? Michaels offers a bulk ordering program where you can order as many supplies as you need and save up to 20 percent.
·         Don’t forget to download the Michaels app so that you will always have the latest deals and coupons at your fingertips in case you need last minute school supplies. I ALWAYS shop with my Michaels coupons and use the app on my phone to just show them to Betty (my favorite sales associate at our store) at check out! 

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I received compensation from Michaels craft stores to write this post. 
All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Michaels craft stores. 

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