Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quiet Book: Dot-to-Dot or Let's Get Back to Crafting!

Don't forget to sign up for my birthday giveaway!  It ends tomorrow night!

I am on vacation.

I love vacation.

I am spending time with my family, hanging out in my parent's super perfect yard, letting my girls run barefoot in the grass, reading, crafting (or at least planning to), talking for hours with my mom (which explains why I've only planned my crafts), playing with my nieces and nephew, napping whenever I want to, not working.

It's wonderful.

But, I digress.

To get here, I flew.  Me and my two girls.  Alone.

I was a little nervous about the whole thing.  So, I decided that the best defense would be to be well prepared.  I knew right away that I wanted to make a quiet/activity book.

I have had so much fun making this!  Seriously, I'm addicted.  (And, between you and me, I've been playing with the idea of selling these pages...let me know what you think!)

I managed to finish 5 pages before we left, but I have many more ideas running around in my head (and on my Pinterest page).

So, enough talk.  Let me show you the first page.

I made each page so that it could stand alone.

It has the eyelets on the side so that I can tie them together with ribbon or using ring clips.
This way, I don't have fighting over the book.  *essential*

Here is what it looks like inside:

It is a dot-to-dot!

Each dot is a different color and the string has matching dots.  (I was going to sew numbers on the string of dots, but my girls are young and still learning to match colors.  Numbers are just not necessary at this point.)

The best part is, the dots are magnetic!  

There are teeny tiny (but super strong) magnets sewn into the dots on the page and the dots on the string.

I had so much fun making this page!  And, honestly, I have spent a lot of time playing with it.  It's kind of thrilling to put the string close and have the dots snap together...almost like magic!

Page 2, Fabric Chain
Page 3, Matching
Page 4, Marble Maze
Page 5, Make a Face  

(I'm linking this up with my usual linky parties!)

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Laura said...

What a fun idea! I love all the different colors.

Amanda said...

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials. Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

Alexis @ persia lou said...

What a clever idea! So smart.

Luanne Hardy said...

Holy cow, I could never do anything like that. Ever. Oh and don't have too much fun...ok?!

Beverly @ said...

I love this idea!! The page is darling and it's sooo fun that the dots are magnetic!! Thanks for linking up to Think PInk Sundays - I featured you on FB & Twitter tonight!

ledenika said...

it's a great idea! I love it! Bravo! If possible, I want to use it in my books))

ledenika said...

and I thought, maybe you want to see my quiet book (love this name for the books! I call my "soft toy-books")))))

Jeigh said...

They are so cute and it is super thrilling to feel the magnets snap together. I would definitely buy something like this :)

Jacque said...

I want to thank you for linking up on my "Sundae Shake Up". Your quiet book is so cute!!
I have a little bit of information for you. I will not be hosting my "Sundae Shake Up" party until October due to a new project that I'm doing... "30 Day Photo Fun Party"! I will be taking pictures based on a daily theme, and have invited all of my followers and friends to join in on the fun. I would love it, if you joined too. Stop by my blog for more info.

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor

alba - festotu said...

Oh, That is a wonderful idea! I like it really much. It is really creative and playfull!.

It is a coincidence I have just finished a fabric book too (and published it into my blog).

Danielle said...

Sell them! I don't buy things I could make, but I know a lot of people who would buy this. And it's so cute!

P.S. Where did you get your mini magnets?

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

I love this concept - my kids would really enjoy this. Would love if you linked it up to my Craftastic party too:)

Ashley said...

o i love it!!! great job!

Susan @ Second Chances by Susan said...

Cute idea with the dot-to-dot, and the magnets are genius! I may just have to add this to pinterest!

Grandma Bonnie said...

This would be great to take on long car rides. Thanks for sharing.
New follower from the Homemade Monday hop. Hope you stop for a visit.
Have a nice week.

raising4princesses said...

Cute....Cute! I think is the best thing I've seen in blog land today! That is just genius! I started a link party at my blog and I'd love for you to link this up. I also have an awesome digital scrapbooking giveaway going on. If you're interested it's

TMichelle said...

Very cute! I'd definitely by one.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Love this! SO cute!

I'd be honored if you'd link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now!!


Susan said...

Wow --- this is an amazing idea for matching colours, prediction skills (having a child guess what the picture is going to be prior to starting), hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity. A super learning tool that's fun too! I wish I had had them in my Kindergarten classroom!

Laura said...

So unique and clever! I love your idea. The magnets would be great for little fingers, I expected Velcro so the magnet were a nice surprise.


Chef in Training said...

LOVE this! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

This is so neat- I've seen a lot of quiet book pages and this is the only dot to dot I've come across. Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

Kim said...

This is such a great idea!! I am going to make one for my baby. She loves magnets lately. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck in the contest :)

Unique Heart said...

This is awesome and original. I love it.

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Wow! I found your Page One... this is incredible, I love it. Such a gift of love. :)

Rose said...

I love this idea!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured this today on my blog!

Make handmade said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Did you hand sew the magnets in? This is just adorable. I'm following your pinterest board. Make sure you pin your own pages, too!

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abcgirl said...

you've inspired me! here's my version of your dot-to-dot page:

i love it!