Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mother's Day Coloring Book

Hey Crafters!

With Mother’s day just around the corner, I found myself thinking about all those childhood handmade gifts that I gave to my Mom, and my son is now giving to me. That colorful card is a time-honored tradition, when it comes down to it! As I was preparing a few sketches for our next coloring workshop, it occurred to me that maybe it was time to go back to the roots…and turn the tables! 

We all know Moms deserve to take some time to relax and de-stress. With that in mind, I decided to create the coloring book card. 

This project is super easy to put together, and can be customized in countless ways. For the cover, I used card stock and vellum.

I decided to keep the title simple. Once I had printed it on my vellum and cut it down to size, I ran it through the mink to add a touch of elegant sparkle to it. 

I used a total of 8 images; 6 hand-drawn, 2 free use printables. As you can see, my original drawings are much larger than the final versions, which made it easier for me when it came to drawing them up.

The most challenging part of the project was determining how the pages needed to be laid out, based on how I’d be folding them. I re-sized my images in a word document, then printed them double sided on smooth white card stock and cut them down to size. 

Using a bone folder, (don’t worry, it’s not real bone,) I folded them in half and layered them together. Coordinating ribbon and a needle — a hole punch might be handy if you have trouble passing the needle through the papers — were all I needed to bind my mini-coloring book together. 

Just like that, you have a handmade, customizable gift for Mom that’s very grown-up. Want to make sure she takes the time to de-stress? Include a Ben Franklin gift card for some new drawing utensils and a sign-up for our coloring techniques workshop!  

-Chelsea @Mapunapuna

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