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Quiet Books and File Folder Games the Easy Way

28 Oct

When I was an education major I made tons of fun file folder games for my future classroom/children.  When I got married and moved in to my new apartment I couldn’t find them anywhere!  I have wanted to start making them again, but as I repin a bunch of ideas on Pinterest I am reminded of all the time and money it took to make them.  I don’t know if I’m up for all the coloring and cutting.

I also have been obsessing over all of the Quiet Book ideas lately.  I did a post previously on no-sew quiet books, but I have discovered an even better way than magnets or velcro!  I bought a removeable sticker book on Amazon and noticed that the stickers easily stick to laminated pages!  This leaves me free range to create all the quiet book pages and file folder games that I want as long as I have removable stickers for them.    I found removeable stickers on Amazon, and also found a few at the dollor store (also called “window clings”).

What I liked about Amazon’s was it wasn’t very much money for TONS of stickers (over 150).  I can do an entire farm life quiet book with their “habitats” sticker collection, or they also have a “Pinkalicious” sticker book.

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I really love the dress-up one as well…what little girl wouldn’t LOVE an entire quiet book full of dress ups?

The way that I do quiet books with laminated pages:  Design (I do mine very simply using Powerpoint) or print the pages that you are using, laminate them, and then coil bind the book (very cheap).  I then just add the removable stickers!  Easy!  And the best part is there is no sewing, cutting, or adhering magnets or velcro.

Some of my other quiet book posts: here and here

Tune in later for the pages I have designed to use with all these sticker collections (I’ll share them with you when I’m finished).

Printable Quiet Book

29 Aug

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Finally.  Remember this?  Well….after many,many long hours and some professional design I own two quiet books that I absolutely LOVE!  I just put them in my Etsy shop, but I would like to give a couple away to my readers for free!  Keep in mind my blog is a fairly new one so your chances of winning are very, very, good (in fact depending on how things go I will probably give away several).  So here is how you enter the contest:

I hate contests that make you do multiple things that usually involve bugging your friends on Facebook, so no worries…there will be NONE of that.  All you have to do is pin or re-pin this post on Pinterest.  After you have done that, comment on this post: paste the Pinterest link as well as which quiet book you are interested in:  Farm life or Bible.  That’s it!  Contest ends a week from now: Wednesday, September 5th.

UPDATE!  This contest is going again for 3 more winners!  Ends Nov 15th.  You can also win one by commenting on this post.

Good luck and happy pinning!

If you don’t have a pinterest account, you can share this blog post on your OWN Facebook wall.

Here’s a mini sample of the pages (there are also 8 sticker/cutout pages that go with each page):

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I hired my friend Hillary to do the Farm Life version.  She’s awesome; if you need wedding announcements or other design work, contact her!

The Discovery Bottle

28 Aug

So I had this awesome idea yesterday that I would make this really cool “discovery bottle” for Kinley.  I used a dressing bottle, filled it with fun little objects, glitter, and body wash (it was a clear body wash with fun bead-like things in it), and then super glued the lid on.  I guess the problem with awesome ideas in your head is that they don’t always achieve awesomeness in real life.  In my head I imagined this toy would entertain her endlessly and she would find fascination with all the fun objects I so carefully picked out for her.  True, she did play with it…er..sucked on it really…but for about 10 minutes.  Granted, Kinley is only 9 months old so maybe my expectation for her intellectual fascination in my glorious creation is a bit high…I don’t know, what do you think?  Maybe this is something an 18-month old would prefer?  Or maybe it is now a piece of junk and I should stop my endeavors for home-made toys.    I will let you know in a year.  Tune in next August for a revised review.  In the meantime….maybe for a 9-month old you should try a “dry” discovery bottle filled with colored rice and other fun things.  That might have been a better idea….

Have you tried anything like this?  How did it work out?

No-Sew Quiet Books

14 Aug

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I’ve become obsessed with all the cute quiet book ideas lately.  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, go here.  While all of them are completely adorable, I’m not much of a seamstress.  So, I have come up with some ways around this obstacle.  I’ve tried magnetic quiet books, Velcro quiet books, and vinyl sticker quiet books.  All were a great success; however, if you are using it for church you might prefer the magnetic or vinyl since Velcro makes noise.

Here’s how I did the magnetic quiet book:

I get all excited about knowing I created something myself, so I just pulled out all of my scrapbook paper and started cutting out shapes  (I don’t have a cricut machine but this would be super easy to create your own pages if you have one)!  My main pages were done on card stock and then I applied magnetic paint primer to the back (you can find it online or at Home Depot).  I then laminated the pages and pieces and put magnets on the back of the pieces.  Here are some examples of some of the pages before I laminated them:

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These are a few of my pages from my Bible quiet book, and then I also did a Farm themed one.

For a Velcro version you do the same thing except use Velcro rather than magnets.  Here are some cute examples of some that you can do.

For my vinyl quiet books I just found vinyl stickers that I wanted to use and made my pages to correlate.  What makes this awesome is you can find all sorts of vinyl stickers at the Dollar Tree (I bought letters, shapes, and various animals and people) Laminate your pages and the stickers peel off and stick to your pages perfectly!  Best of all they never lose their ability to stick; if by chance they get all grungy you can just wash them. Pictures to come soon.

 

Update:  This Quiet Book has been illustrated professionally and is now a printable!

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Flashcard Books!

2 Aug

I found these awesome flashcards and card games at the Dollar Tree and thought they would make awesome flip books/quiet books for church, travel,  dentist’s office, or elsewhere!  I laminated them all, hole punched, and then attached a book ring.  These will last me for years now!  (I only put a book ring on the first one so you could see what the other’s look like without).

 

They come in a set of 3 for $1.00 (Bible version or this one pictured above).

 The first one is Bible Heroes and it lists all the characters on one side, and then summarizes who they are and what they did on the other side.  Very cute.  The other one is Bible Trivia.  The first side has a question, and the second side answers the question and has a cute picture.  (The 3rd one was Go Fish and I decided to just keep it as a game and not laminate it).

I also found these cute Colors and Shapes flashcards.  Very fun.  I love the dollar store.

Designer Hospital Gowns?

26 Jul

When I was in my final month of pregnancy I had a friend tell me about her hospital gown that she had bought.  It sounded a little silly at first, but I started researching them a bit and decided to get one.  I didn’t wear it for the actual birth but I changed it to it afterwards and ended up being so grateful to have one (okay, I confess…. I bought two).  Here are the reasons I think they are great:

1.  Mine snapped down the back, so it was just as practical as the ones at the hospital but MUCH more modest.  I hated during labor that every time I got up to go to the bathroom I was flashing my bum to someone.  Once I changed into the one I purchased, I was  much more comfortable.

2.  I used mine at home for the first 2 weeks I was home with my baby.  Mine had snaps that opened up for nursing, which was very handy for those first few weeks.  You can keep using it as a nursing nightgown as well.

3.  You can find some really cute ones.  Let’s face it…..not many of us feel very cute after giving birth…might as well do something easy to feel somewhat more attractive in those inevitable post-birth pictures.

The gowns average between $40-$60, but I was able to find mine on sale for $20.  If you don’t want to buy one, there are plenty of tutorials and patterns for making your own.  Here are a few:

Tutorial 1, tutorial 2, tutorial 3

If you’re interested in where I got mine, let me know.