Saturday, March 8, 2014

Welcome to this month's blog hop with The Krazy Crafting Crew!! This month we are making Tags, Bags, Boxes and whatever can be made 3D!! If you just came by to visit with me, I'm glad you're here but you'll want to check out the entire line up!  I'm the starting point today, so check out my project then head to the next crew member for more 3-D inspiration!

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I made 3 different books for my project this month! Bags, Tags and more!

Here's a story-a Teacher told her class to draw a red flower with green stem.. and the class did so. One day one of the girls moved to a new school. Her teacher told the class to draw and she just sat there. The teacher asked what was the matter, and she said, "you didn't tell us what to draw." The teacher said to draw whatever she wanted. So she drew a red flower with a green stem. The moral of the story- she didn't know how to use her imagination or creativity. So I made these and didn't finish them for the program so they'd have a blank slate and could embellish them as they wanted. I had stamps, stickers, and punches, and markers so they had plenty of options.

First a book from my favorite Girl Scout Cookies- Thin Mints

I recently retired from being staff with our local Girl Scout Council, but still volunteer in various areas. I did a Book Artist Badge for the Cadette Girl Scouts and they were learning about bindings, etc. so we made 3 different books and bound them differently. First we made a book from empty cookie boxes. We're right in the middle of our sale, so plenty of boxes.. We used the gluing system, with the folds and red line tape and put sacks on each fold. We covered the sacks with pretty paper, and added flaps. The girls could then decorate as desired.  I'm going to finish mine with photos my granddaughter's troop is taking to Savannah later this year.
Next we made a book out of toilet paper rolls. Yes, and they couldn't believe my book was made from those! We used three rolls, flattened them, covered in pretty paper, and the girls used my Bind It All to put the o rings in them. They loved using the tools.
They used punches and embellished them as they desired.
Finally we used those brown lunch sacks  (3) and made these simple books. They used the Crop-A-Dile to punch holes..thought that was cool!!
They used a rubber band and golf pencil to bind them. They punched two holes, pulled the rubber band up through them and threaded the pencil in.They loved all the pockets, and secret places to put notes in or special photos in.

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Lissa Marie


  1. what an awesome story Janet! Thanks for hosting and great projects!

  2. Wow you are so creative! Love your projects!x Hugs Julie xox

  3. Your books are fabulous.

  4. These are really cute, what a great way to bring fun and teaching together

  5. Loved the hop, commented everywhere except Katina, will get back to her once she's live.

  6. I always love to hear your stories of your Girl Scout activities! Love the paper bag album and that you allow the girls to be creative!!

  7. Love, love, love Girl Scouts and the books too! I was a leader when my daughter was young. Miss it sometimes. LOL

  8. I love all of your books Janet!! They are awesome! :)

  9. How rewarding to volunteer and teach some really fun tricks!!! I love all three of your mini albums, but have never seen the rubber band and pencil binding - I have to try that one!!!

  10. My daughter was in the Girl Scouts when she was little,,,Love the books,,,I also a new follower...

  11. Adorable Janet!! I love the girl scout cookie book! (thin mints are my favorite too!)

  12. I just took over as Girl Scout leader and this is a wonderful idea that I will just have to do. I love all three of your books. I may have to find and buy a bind it all.

  13. Your mini's are adorable, I'm glad the girls had fun making them with you!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. Very cool projects. I am an art teacher and I loved your story about creativity.

  15. WOW - wonderful blog hop, love everyones creations. TFS

  16. Great projects Janet, how fun! Encouraging me to pull out my Cinch binder and finish my album I put off due to lack of creative ideas at that time lol

  17. Such cute mini albums - I'd never have thought to use cookie boxes or toilet paper rolls to make them.
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  18. Great use of the Thin Mint box. Good excuse to buy more cookies. :)

  19. wow! What awesome books! I've had a Bind-It-All for 2+ years now and it has yet to come out of the box. I'm guessing that if the girls could figure it out I should be able to. I have done the toilet rolls and paper sacks but I love the way yours came out. I did them differently and they aren't anywhere near as nice as yours! Wonderful work and great projects for the girls. I'm sure they all got their badges for those!

  20. Great projects! Thanks so much for sharing, love the story too.
    ♥ Pam

  21. What fun projects! Thanks for the chance to win!


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