Personalized Art Books {Crafts}

My niece Kim's daughter, Phoenix, had a birthday recently. Unfortunately, I missed her party because I had a cold.  Phoenix' nick name is FiFi. She's a girly girl who loves pink, purple and doing arts and crafts.

I decided that I'd make her an art kit and, I wanted to personalize it with her own art book. It's also been awhile since I did any type of craft projects with my kids so I thought it would be something fun for us to do together.

We started with some smaller drawing pads that I picked up at Target for about two bucks a piece.

This is what we also used for this easy project.

white card stock
Mod Podge
craft paint
magic markers

Jacob was into it up until I took the stencils out, then he decided that his Minecraft video game was more fun so he decided not to do this project.  Olivia and I had fun making them though, and I decided to make one for Jacob.

We cut the white card stock to fit the top pages of the booklets. I left them a little bit longer so that I could fold the paper over the tops, which you'll see pretty soon.

I wanted a section on Fifi's where I could write her name. So, I found a round shape with a scalloped edge on the internet, printed it, then cut it out.

I taped it onto the top of Fifi's with some double sided tape.

Then I stenciled over it and traced around the edges with black magic marker before I took it off.

After I took it off, I used some lettering stencils to write her name on it.

Olivia used a different stencil and painted around it with gold paint.

This is the one that I made for Jacob, since he wasn't into crafting that day.

I decided to use Mod Podge to glue them to the tops of the books.

I folded them over the top because the book had red on the tops and part of the back that I wanted to cover up.

After you glue them to the books, just be sure to smooth out any bubbles. There weren't many because the card stock is pretty thick. To dry them, I put a heavy book on top of them so that they edges wouldn't curl up. Make sure you don't have any Mod Podge on the top of them or the book will get glued to the them.

To make Fifi's art kit. I took an inexpensive basket utensil caddy and gave it a few coats of white spray paint.

I added the personalized art book to it, some stamps, magic markers, colored pencils and glitter blue.

We'll be seeing Fifi this weekend and will be giving it to her.  I hope she loves it and has as much fun with it as we did making it for her.

Have you done anything crafty lately?  Thanks for reading!

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