Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Doodlebug Back To School Craft Ideas For Kids

Hi there!  It's my turn on the Doodlebug blog today and I'm sharing a set of fun crafty ideas perfect for helping keep your kids entertained in these last few days of summer!  

Doodlebug Design Inc. Back To School Crafts Ideas For Kids by Mendi Yoshikawa

I don't know about you, but I'm addicted to stocking up on inexpensive school supplies at this time of year.  Unfortunately my kids are never too thrilled with the traditional composition notebooks and other plain looking supplies that go for the best prices so this year I thought it would be fun to have them pull out some of our favorite Doodlebug supplies to dress them up to suit their style!

For mine here I used papers from Doodlebug's adorable Back To School collection to cover them along with some alphabet stickers for a personalized touch.  To apply the paper to the notebook, I used Ranger's Multi Matte Medium (the larger version that comes in a jar) and a 1" wide paint brush. I applied the medium onto the backs of my papers and then brushed the medium over the entire surface of the notebook to seal the papers and make the notebooks more durable.  


Doodlebug Design Inc. Back To School Crafts Ideas For Kids by Mendi Yoshikawa





Up next is a quick and easy set of personalized bookmarks.  I created these by adhering two strips of patterned paper together (back to back for extra sturdiness).  I then trimmed them down to 1.5" x 6" and rounded the corners with a corner rounder.  For the papers with a busier print I kept them simple and just tied three strands of baker's twine to the top.  For the tone-on-tone prints, I used alphabet stickers and other coordinating stickers from the collection to personalize them. 


Doodlebug Design Inc. Back To School Crafts Ideas For Kids by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last kid friendly project, I turned to my favorite Doodlebug washi tapes to personalize some basic pens.  Their smooth texture and plain white/clear background make them the perfect surface to work with.  Also, since they don't require sharpening, you don't have to worry about clogging a pencil sharpener with sticky tapes.  ;)  
Doodlebug Design Inc. Back To School Crafts Ideas For Kids by Mendi Yoshikawa


The next time you're kids come to you saying they're so "bored" I hope you will pull out some of your favorite supplies to keep them busy.  Simple projects like these just might manage to keep them entertained for an entire afternoon.  ;)



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Doodlebug Color Challenge: Bubblegum Pink Scrapbook Layout

Hi there!  I'm so excited to finally be sharing my scrapbook page on the Doodlebug Blog today showcasing one of my favorite Doodlebug colors: Bubblegum!  Who am I kidding though?  They're all my favorites!  :)


Doodlebug Design Inc. Bubblegum Pink 9th Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa






For this project we were challenged to not only create a monochromatic project, but to take inspiration from another Doodlebug project and make it our own.  I decided to create three groupings of embellishments made famous here by the talented Melinda Spinks (seen here, here and here).

I love how these groupings dressed up my page and allowed me to use up some extra embellishments in my stash, but still kept my page looking clean and simple.


Doodlebug Design Inc. Bubblegum Pink 9th Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa





To give my circles a little more shape and hide any gaps in my circle, I punched holes using a paper piercer and some circle dies as templates and then hand-stitched around them with some white embroidery floss.

In keeping with the clean look, I added a simple journaling strip which I created using a text box in Microsoft Word with a white font on a black background.  I then used the same circle die to trace the edge of the circle onto the journaling strip with a pencil and fussy cut the edges off with my scissors to fit it around the curves of my circle.


Doodlebug Design Inc. Bubblegum Pink 9th Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa






I hope I've inspired you to create a fun monochromatic layout of your own--It's really a fun exercise to help get the creative juices flowing!  :)



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Doodlebug Design Puppy Love 2-Page Fur Babies Layout

I'm so excited to be on the Doodlebug Blog today with a 2-page layout using the adorable new Puppy Love collection!  

I've had these special photos of my sister with her babies waiting for just the right papers and this collection feels like it was custom made for them.

Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Fur Babies Dog 2-page Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my page I wanted to create three distinct groupings of embellishments to form a visual triangle and drawn the viewer's eye through the two pages.  

Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Fur Babies Dog 2-page Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

I love how the stickers from the icon sticker sheet seamlessly blend with the odds & ends cutouts for fun scene building options!


Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Fur Babies Dog 2-page Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

I created my title using some lily white chippers, dotting my "i" with a bone from one of the sprinkles sets from the collection.

Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Fur Babies Dog 2-page Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

I am smitten with this little notebook card from the odds and ends pack--The lines are perfectly spaced for computer journaling (I only wish my darn printer didn't pull my paper through at a slight angle).  ;)

Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Fur Babies Dog 2-page Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

As I was laying things out, I realized the photos on the right side of my layout weren't as wide as the ones on the left side so I was able to visually balance it out a bit by adding some paw prints leading up to my third embellishment grouping.

Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Fur Babies Dog 2-page Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

I hope I've inspired you to scrapbook some special fur babies in your own life.  This collection is so much fun and I can't wait to use it again soon!  :)



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

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