April 28, 2011

Guest Post: Quiet Book from iCandy

Hey guys!  I have another awesome guest post for you today.  A few months ago I fell upon a very new blog and I was impressed by all the fun ideas.  If you aren't following it yet, I'd add it to your list.  It's called iCandy Handmade and Autie and Jen are the authors.  Their ideas are creative, smart, and not overly complex - which I really like.  Today we have Autie in the house with a tutorial I am anxious to try out myself.  Here she is:

Hey guys!  I'm Autie (short for Autumn) from over at our new blog iCandy handmade. I'm a mom of two little kids and I LOVE to create things for them and for my home! I'm so excited about being over here at I am Momma today while Cheri is out of town to share one of my little creations...and I hope that my project will inspire you to create something similar for your kids!

I'm always on the hunt for QuIeT things for my kids to do in church, that are more...church-y.  
It's not my favorite to bring monster trucks to church, but most of the time, that and marshmallows are what will keep my 4 year old quiet (ish).  So, one of my cute sisters came up with this...and I put together my own little version of the
Dry Erase Quiet Book
for my kids to use in church.
{This is the project I chose to make my kids for Easter this year!}
Have you seen these crayons?  I got these at Wal-mart.  They are amazing!  We've gotten a few packs for friends for birthday presents, coupled with a mini white board, and I've heard that they've been a big hit!  

Here's the stash you'll need to make you're own church-y dry erase quiet books (but you for sure could print out some letter tracing, coloring pages, etc from workbooks, or their favorite coloring books! 
-Skinny 3-ring binder
-Package of clear sheet protectors (make sure they are the really clear ones!)
-A few back issues of the friend (an LDS magazine) OR activities or workbook pages of your choice
-Box of Dry Erase Crayons

I started off by making a cute cover for my quiet book...(mostly just to please me)  I took some old paper and coordinating embellishments and stickers, and with the help of my Cricut to cut out their names, went from this:
 to this:
After I finished the covers, I went to work skimming through my older copies of the Friend Magazine to find all the mazes, coloring pages, connect the dots and hidden picture pages.  I wasn't able to tear out a ton from our magazines because they have been WELL-loved, but I was able to find and just print the pages I wanted from this website, which actually was better because the computer paper is more solid than a magazine thickness of paper, and it fit exactly in the page protectors, (rather than having a torn-out page which could shift a little.)  

I also google-image-searched for things like CTR, Missionary, Temple, Thomas S. Monson Coloring Page, etc.  There are so many fun things you could put in these books!  Once you've gathered a nice stash of church-friendly activities, stuff them in the sheet protectors!

For the torn-out pages, I found that gluing them onto a solid piece of cardstock, and then putting it in the sheet protector works better.  Who wants a picture that shifts around when you're coloring it?!  
I also thought it would be fun for my kids to be able to color a picture of themselves...and then to make it church-y of course, we just plugged in the text: 'I am a Child of God'.  I recruited my friend Kim from Tickled Pink Studios to figure out how to turn a picture into a coloring page using photoshop...She's a whiz with that program!

Here's a little tut from her on how to personalize your book:
1-Open your picture in photoshop
         Right away-- I always "Save As"-a different file name (just so you don't accidentally save over the original and lose the copy of the real pic)

2-Crop as 8 1/2 x 11.. Resolution doesn't matter too much.

3-reset your colors to default black and white
4-select "Filter" from menu bar
     --select "Filter Gallery"
     --select the "Sketch" Section
     --then select "Photocopy"
            --I did mine at Detail: 16 and Darkness: 18 (but you can adjust to whatever you think looks best)
     --Select "OK"

5-You can be finished or you can edit a little more and get rid of lines that you don't like by using your brush tool and painting over any spots you don't want in the default white color (just to save ink alone I like to do this step ;)

And Voila! You have a fun coloring page!
{thanks so much, Kim!}
The box of dry erase crayons comes with a little mitt that erases their coloring perfectly!
Half the fun is just erasing!
So, basically, this little quiet book is a re-color-able version of The Friend Magazine, omitting the fun stories that my kids can't read themselves yet, and adding a few month's extra activities and a few more pictures to color.  And...they can do this one all by themselves!
Both of my kids LOVED it during church!

 I can't wait to see what you guys do to make it your own!

Thanks so much Autie.  I can't wait to make one for Rex.  That way we might be able to reduce the amount of Superhero sounds effects he makes during church :)  Be sure to check out iCandy for more fun ideas.  You can leave a comment here or there.  Thanks for dropping in!


zena said...

What a great idea! I'd love these for my boys to keep in the car..we're taking a 12 hour car ride in a few weeks to visit grandparents, so I think i'm going to get started on these.

P.S.: If you don't have photoshop, there are a ton of photo sites that will turn a picture into a sketch for free (I know there's a fb app that will also).

JB said...

Oh, I am so excited to make this for my little guy! Thanks for the idea.

Leah said...

Great idea. It would be good to use for preschool stuff too.

Elle The Heiress said...

love this idea!

Shauna@shwinandshwin said...

What a great idea! I will be making two of them for sure! Oh and Cheri I am glad my little guy is not the only one disturbing church with superhero sounds. I should have known protecting the world from evil doesn't stop just because you are at church...

Juli said...

So awesome!! I'll definitely be making these! Thanks for the great idea!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I have never seen dry erase crayons, which makes me very excited! Thanks!

Angie said...

Such a great idea! I've never seen those crayons before. How fabulous are those!

Kandice McDermott Photography said...

This is by far the best quiet book (at least for older kids) I've seen yet! I love it! It would be really easy to have several sets and swap them out accordingly: one for church, one for roadtrips, etc etc. Thanks for sharing!

Pearl Girl said...

I made one just like it years ago, only I didn't have those awesome crayons, My oldest boy is now 13 and he STILL argues to be the first one to do the new pages each month, I think I will make those coloring pages with the new pics I have been taking of my kiddos, they will think that is so cool.
Thanks. By the way I have been following icandy for a while, she is so awesome!!!

Cnbztribe said...

I love that idea. I think I'll do it for my 5 year old, and do one with blank pages so my 8 year old does go through so much paper.
Thanks for the idea iCandy, and thanks Cheri for having her as a guest. :)

Unknown said...

I love this! I have wanted to do a quiet book that you sew and use felt and stuff but it seemed like an overwhelming project. This wouldn't take all that much time and it would get lots of use. We are going to be driving from Washington to Arizona with our 3 littles next Christmas, this would be great for in the car:)

The Fear Fam said...

This is brilliant. We just had a family home evening about reverence in church, mostly directed at our almost 9 and almost 7 year old! I was going to make them some worksheets that would require them to pay a little more attention in church, and I think this will be a great way to incorporate the worksheets and keep it fun at the same time. (not to mention I won't waste paper printing out new worksheets every week.) Thank you!

Melissa said...

That is such a great idea!

Ellie Davis said...

YES! making this for a big 9 hr car ride we have in a few weeks!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I have been pondering how to make a church quiet book actually churchy. I don't have kids yet, but this would make a great gift for a niece and a nephew for Christmas!

Janel said...

I love the binder idea and the dry erase crayon ideas! Instead of keeping all the friend magazines, I tear out the fun stuff activites to use during sacrament meeting, but was wondering how I should store them so they can be used over and over. I also tear out the sharing times and other stories or words from the prophets that come with activities, laminate them and use them for FHE lessons. It is so nice to have a short story and a activity that relates to it, instead of coming up of one on my own.

Ann at the Blue Desk said...

That is such an incredible idea! I myself have no children yet... so I will probably just make one for myself!!!

Sacrlet.n.Purple said...

OMG! that is the coolest idea. my Little Girl loves coloring (as every kid does), but coloring pictures of herself would just be awesome. Most of my family doesn't live nearby, so I'm thinking I'll use pictures of them for her to color.
Thank you so much for sharing,

The Fear Fam said...

So I actually made four of these and put them to test with my kids on Sunday. For the oldest two (ages 9 & 7), they had mostly "worksheets" to fill out (who spoke in church, what they spoke about, what songs we sang, etc.), plus a few "churchy" coloring pages and stories, and a place to draw their favorite scripture stories. The younger two (ages 4 & 2), had mostly coloring pages like the ones in the post.

The dry erase crayons worked great (only place I could find them was Staples), and they erased easily with the mitt. The books were a big hit with the 9 & 7 year old, and a moderate hit with the 4 & 2 year old. Overall, it did help our Sunday experience be a little more peaceful. Thank you for the idea!

CindyG said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea

Kimberly T. said...

That is the coolest quiet book ever!

Hilary said...

I love this idea. I already made a couple of them and they are a HUGE hit with my 4 and 7 yr olds. My 13 and 15 yr olds want one now too. :) Thanks for posting a great idea that I could use immediately.

Unknown said...

Oh my!! This is SUCH a cute and easy (and cost effective) idea!! I'm doing this one tomorrow for my own boys plus making extras to use during "Quiet Time" at my home day care. Thinking of making each book a different theme...like Alphabet, Numbers, shapes, colors, holidays, etc. So easy and customizable to anything and everything. :) Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the idea!!! Mini photo books with smooth pages also work & fit so nicely in my bag!

Kimberly and Treven said...

I just found this on Pinterest! I have been looking for stuff like this FOREVER! This is such an awesome idea! Thank you so much! :)

Sarah said...

I found this on pinterest! Looks brilliant, thanks. Not sure if I can get dry-wipe crayons in the UK but will search.

Also, you can do the photo changing in Microsoft Word as well by copying it, pasting it in and changing the photo properties.

Sarah said...

oooh found the crayons on amazon.co.uk! Ordering now :)

Janelle said...

Pinterest user here. I LOVE this idea! There are so many ideas/patterns/tutorials out there for quiet church books that involve sewing, but nothing for those of us who aren't sewers, and prefer paper crafting instead. This idea is fantastic. Thank you so much!

Amber Benike said...

A wipe off quiet book! Brilliant! I featured it today: http://benikeboutique.blogspot.com/2012/02/quiet-booksofficially-added.html

Holly Baker said...

I LOVE this idea. I always felt bad throwing out the old isssues. Now, I am glad I kept them. I tore out Matt & Mandy, Fun Stuff, and the Coloring Pages. I even found a section of "comic strip-like" stories from the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith from 2009! Thank you for sharing.

Maria said...

I made several too: http://flic.kr/p/ebaUHu They are also cute for decorating their rooms. print a lot of them and have the work of turning them into perfect sketches from mywallandme.com


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