Arts/Crafts

Make Your Own Journal with Fineberg Arts Studio

Example of hand-made journal

This has definitely been an eventful year, and what a way to process everything that has happened than your own hand-made "junk journal"? Junk journals are perfect for recording memories and thoughts in a creative way. Make your own junk journal with papers and items you probably already have at home. We have invited Emily of Fineberg Arts Studio to walk you through materials, simple binding techniques, and fun ideas that you can add to your pages. This is a fun and low-stress beginner bookbinding project, and once you make one, you will want to make more! 

Check back on Thursday, July 16 when our video goes live!

You will need: 

  • Variety of papers and paper ephemera, old magazines, pictures, envelopes, book pages, etc.
  • Thin cardboard for the cover (cereal box)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue (glue stick recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (embroidery floss or thin yarn)
  • Awl or push pin
  • Any other art making supplies like paint, markers, washi tape, stickers, etc.

Optional:

  • Stretchy cord or elastic
  • A few clothespins or binder clips
  • Old hardcover book
  • X-Acto knife or box cutter
  • Wax paper

Once the video is released, no registration is required to complete the project; however, the first 15 people to register by 9AM on July 09 can also claim a special grab-n-go kit of recycled book pages and covers at the library through our contact-free holds pickup! Kit Pick Up for the Journal Program will begin July 9th and end July 16th. You will receive an email with instructions once your kit is available.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the thousands of craft videos available on Creativebug to get started today!

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, July 16 (All day) Register for Kit Register

While we're staying home and staying safe, why not get creative and make a fun, family craft project together?  You can transform ordinary paper lunch bags into something collaborative and creative!  A summer memory scrapbook journal made from paper lunch bags is an easy and economical way to keep track of your summer memories. Your family can collect pictures, stories and other treasures in one place to cherish for many summers to come. This project is for all ages and abilities! So get creative with the family while staying safe at home. Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Paper Bag Book

Here are the supplies you need to get started on your summer memory book project: 

  • paper lunch bags, craft or gift bags with handles
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • glue sticks
  • construction paper
  • crayons, glitter pens, markers
  • any kind of colorful ribbon or yarn
  • craft/scrapbooking embellishments

Michaels is one of the largest arts and crafts suppliers in the state. The Ideas That Inspire from the Michaels Design Team are expert crafters who offer DIY tutorials for just about every craft project under the sun. Jo, one of the design team members, created an easy and inspirational how-to video on making a Paper Bag Book.

FeltMagnet is a website created by crafters, quilters, and artists who share their expertise and knowledge for craft enthusiasts looking for high-quality, content-rich crafting inspiration. There's a tutorial for personalizing a Paper Bag Scrapbook. 

Iheartcraftythings is a website created by a busy mom and blogger who writes about arts and crafts projects with her kids. It's bursting with kid-friendly ideas for crafting activities, including for those with sensory and fine motor issues. The how-to page for making a Paper Bag Summer Memory Book For Kids has a supplies list, step-by-step instructions, and photos illustrating every step in the process. 

CreativeBug is a fun and inspirational resource accessible to CPL cardholders. Learn new crafting skills, find projects for every occasion, and watch DIY videos by design experts and artists. A creative craft project is just a click away!

Chances are you've got an empty cardboard box around the house right now. With a few simple materials plus some imagination, you can turn it into your own kid-sized drive-in car. 

You'll need:

  • A cardboard box big enough for a child to sit in
  • Paper (wrapping paper, Sunday comics, or any other colorful paper) to cover your box
  • Decorations for the outside of your wrapped box. Use whatever you have on hand! Cut circle shapes for headlights, use a paper plate for a steering wheel, cut rectangles for license plates, embellish the sides with stickers, or draw your own designs - get creative! There's no wrong way to decorate your car.

For inspiration, check out this Flickr album from one of our past Baby Drive-In programs at the library.

When you're finished building your car, pull up to a screen, put on a favorite movie or show, settle in, and enjoy!

 

Please return to the Summer Movie Madness blog here.

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

 

 

 

Obstacle Course

Looking for a physical or mental challenge? Use supplies from your home to set up an obstacle course and see how long it takes to go through it. It's a great way to stretch your imagination and look at ordinary objects in a whole new light.

Obstacle Courses For Kids

A great way to get physical exercise. You can make these simple courses indoors or outdoors with supplies from your own home:

Obstacle Courses For Marbles (Rube Goldberg Machines)

An obstacle course for a marble or toy can have just a few moving parts or a lot of chain reactions:

Yard Games

Try incorporating a game into your obstacle course outside:

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Building With Blocks

Build something with your hands and get the satisfying of seeing it take shape, piece by piece, in front of your eyes. What wonders will you make? A tower? A toy? A tool?

Building With Legos®

Follow along with these instructions or use them for inspiration:

eBooks:

Building Projects For Kids

Build something out of paper, wood, or even furniture in your home:

eBooks:

Building Projects for Adults

Looking for something more involved? Try building these home and garden improvements or make toys with your family:

eBooks

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Upcycling, or creative reuse, means transforming things that would otherwise go to waste into new products, art, and more. If you enjoy getting crafty, consider using materials you already have to create something unique. The books and resources below can help jump start your creativity!

Remember: you can log into Creativebug with your library card for more upcycling projects taught by expert artists and crafters. 

 

Did you miss our Knitting Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own cozy storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

Creative Candle Making

Join us in developing an original candle creation. We will have supplies on hand for adding color, fragrance, or touches of flair. You are welcome to bring your own container and supplies as well, such as a mason jar, flower petals, or essential oils. Limit one candle per attendee. 

Registration is required and begins January 23.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Neo-expressionism, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, dominated the art scene in the late 80s. Learn more about art in the 80s and particularly about Jean-Michel Basquiat with these resources. 

Basquiat by 1960-1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat : a graphic novel by illustrator 1965- Paolo Parisi

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Card-making Party Kit includes all of the supplies you may need to bring together loved ones for a crafty, creative time. Items such as blank notecards and envelopes, fine tip pens and markers, calligraphy pens, washi tape, stamps + stamp pad, and patterned paper. Also included is a book on the art of lettering and even resources for where your final product can be sent to brighten someone's day. 

Want to work on your card design skills in advance? Try one of the titles listed below:

The ultimate guide to chalk lettering and design, by a renowned chalk artist: 60 step-by-step lessons with full-colour photos, three foldout chalkboards for practice, and 12 projects including a birthday greeting, a holiday design, and fun signage for a party. 

Learn to create gorgeous hand-drawn letterforms in 14 different styles (including ribbon, wester, circus, retro and more!) and develop your own personal look with flourishes, banners and other illustration techniques. 

Start with the basics (how to write your name, design a chalk layout, create a monogram), add charming details (illustrations like flowers and snowflakes), and graduate to wonderfully creative projects including a study in heart shaped lettering, and inspirational quote in whimsical script, a coffee shop-inspired bake sale sign, greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions, festive projects for the holidays, and three different projects for a backyard blowout party (including a right-on-trend Photo Booth sign!

Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors--including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers--give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.

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