Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pre Passover Crafting from Crafting Jewish and a Giveaway!

In middle of all the pre-Passover hustle and bustle it's hard to think of crafting and other leisure activities. There's just so much to do. However, here we have an activity  from Crafting Jewish, by Rivky Koenig (Mesorah Publications) that can be just the break you and the kids need and can be a great "get the job done" motivator! Who wouldn't want to pick a prize out of the prize box after completing a job?

“cleaning for pesach” checklist

What you will need:
1 (8½"x11") sheet cardstock or heavy paper
markers, optional
scissors and glue
ruler and pencil
1 (12"x12") sheet patterned
scrapbook paper
peel-and-stick magnetic

How to do it:

1. Download the Pesach checklist template onto cardstock or heavy paper. Or, create your own checklist. Decorate with markers if you wish.
2. Use the ruler and pencil to measure and draw a 9"x11½" rectangle on the scrapbook paper. With scissors, cut out the rectangle. Glue the checklist to the scrapbook paper.
3. Cut two pieces of magnetic tape and attach them to the top and bottom of the back of the scrapbook paper.

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Here's my version of the prize box; made with Crafting Jewish Style matzo paper (love it!) and embellished with some stickers-it took less than 15 minutes to make. I filled the prize box with slips of paper with promised prizes that the kids love!

prize box
What you will need:

ruler and pencil
1 (12"x12") sheet patterned scrapbook paper
small tin or box
scrap of white paper to fit the front of the box
tape runner or double sided tape
alphabet stickers
brown ink pad, optional

How to do it:
1. Measure, mark, and cut a strip of scrapbook paper to fit around the tin. Attach strip to the tin with tape runner or double-sided tape.
2. Place the tin’s lid, face down, on the remaining paper. Trace around the lid. Cut out the traced shape and attach to the top.
3. Cut out a rectangle of white paper to fit on the front of the tin. Decorate it with stickers spelling out the words “Prize Box.”
4. Use tape runner or double-sided tape to attach the white rectangle to the center of the tin.
Optional: After cutting out the white paper rectangle, rub a brown ink pad lightly around the edges.

Estimated time: 15 minutes

How would you like to win a copy of Crafting Jewish? It's filled with loads of wonderful Passover crafts and recipes and one lucky winner will be getting a copy and a slew of Passover scrapbooking goodies.
Tell us how you are preparing for Passover. Do you stay home or got to relatives? Are you crafting something wonderful for the Seder? How do you keep the kids involved? Leave a comment to be entered in the Passover giveaway!

Giveaway ends on April 4th.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Passover!

It creeps up every year. Just as you are thinking how fun Purim was... bam! Time to start thinking about Passover. This card is the first and only step of my Pesach preparations, so far. 

May the rest of Pesach planning be as fun (and easy) as making this card.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

We have a sketch for you!

Sketch time! Sketch time! Today we are sharing a simple and versatile sketch that our own Nili made for us.

Rachel used the sketch to scrap the pictures from Purim 2012. She swapped 2 rows of pictures and added great embellishment cluster in the upper right corner.

Shir pulled out two beautiful pictures from last year Purim. I love the stitching and the piece of lace under the picture!

Lisa chose to use pictures from the summer camp program where the kids created an amazing "Tree of Peace". How cute is the misted tree in the background? I also love the distressing and Lisa's signature journaling around the edges of the layout.


I found pictures from Purim 2003, with little Lila dressed as a bride and Ella as a chubby fairy. I remember that white tutu came with the wings but she probably refused to put them on. I followed the sketch and added only minimal embellishments. The title letters are cut with Lifestyle Crafts alphas from the Hanukkah kit cover.

We would like to see your take on this sketch! Link  your projects in the comments below.

P.S. Shh, don't tell anyone but Passover is less than 4 weeks away!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Purim layout

It's Shir and I want to show you the last layout I created.
Every Purim I create a layout from last year's picture... It's too early to print this years pictures, and I can always find pictures from last year...
Anyway - Mor wanted (insisted) to be a cop. It was surprising. We expected her to be a princess, a fairy, or any other costume with dress and/or wings :-)
After I bought her the uniform and few accessories.
The next step was to put a picture in her badge - that's not a problem for someone like me, who has tons of pictures :-)
Then, she wanted a horse (!). I didn't want to buy a horse for 1 day, so I decided to create a "scrappy horse": I cut a horse head shape, adhered grosgrain ribbon to create a bridle and added a brad, buttons as eyes and I tied knots of yarn for mane...

Now you have to wait a whole year for this years pictures.... Maybe not :-)
I appreciate your comments....

Sunday, March 4, 2012

You've Got Mail!

Here's a fun idea for making Mishloach Manot boxes: Purim mailboxes. I bought these mini-mailboxes at the $1 shelf at my local store and altered them using papers from the Hanukkah collection. I think the bright colors in that collection work perfectly for Purim.

This is a really simple project with great results. I just cut a piece of patterned paper to go around the top, cutting a little notch for the flag. Then I traced the front door onto a matching paper and cut it out.Then I adhered both with mod podge and decorated with ribbons and embellishments. I added one of Maya's Purim labels. For the final step, I lined the inside bottom with paper to match the front door.

Then I fill with treats! Happy Purim!