Making Creative Magic

Make Your Own Perfect Granola | craftingconnections.net

I’m pretty terrible at following instructions. Give me just about any project or DIY – from fermenting kombucha to building a bench – and I’ll look at the instructions, skim them even. And then promptly ignore half of what they say.

Not because I don’t want to make the finished item or that I didn’t love the way it was in the tutorial or recipe. I do, I really do! It’s just that I have ideas. Loads of them.

If the kombucha recipe book gives instructions for blackberry lavender kombucha, I’ll inevitably want strawberry basil. If the bench DIY gives instructions for a 62-inch bench, I’ll need to make one that is 45-inches, so that it fits perfectly at the table and I’ll probably want to change the direction of the slats, while I’m at it.

And those ideas, those spaces where I take instructions or recipes and add my own spin, well, that is where the creative magic happens. And it is just the sort of magic that we’re all capable of. And you don’t have to pull that creativity straight out of your imagination. You can start with a pattern or a formula, like I do. And then add your own spin. You can do this.

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Help! My child hates art!

This is Part 1 of a 4-Part Series designed just for you! Read Part 2: 6 BEST Tips for Finding Time for Art with Kids  ::  Read Part 3: Why Pinterest is Killing Your Child’s Creativity (or 6 Time-Saving Tips for Coming Up with Creative Ideas)  ::  Read Part 4: How to Build Creative Habits… 

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Making a Memory Pillow | craftingconnections.net

Our Most Popular Mini-Magazine is Back!

There are some things in life that are so good you just have to do them more than once! Things like eating ice cream on a hot summer day, listening to a great song on repeat, or playing with your favorite creative tools like a basket of beautiful fabric scraps or a brand new never-used… 

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Creative Block Review | crafting connections.net

Breaking through Creative Block

It is our business to be creative all the time. We publish a quarterly creative magazine – after all! Behind the scenes, and in front, Andrea and I are always making stuff. Projects. Ideas. Words. Photos. Magazine Layouts. With our little ones and without. And we do it all because we believe. We believe in… 

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The Secret is Out…

(This image is from our lovely Instagram feed (follow us!) – a great source of Inspiration & Creative Tips!) Have you recently felt it’s been a bit different around here? Feeling like something is brewing? Well you’re right! After 2 years of bringing you beautiful magazines and projects for your little ones ages 2-6, we… 

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Toddler and Preschooler working at a creative table

Explore More: How We Make Craft Projects for Multiple Ages

This image is from our project Glowing Lanterns and is a great example of one project being done two ways for multiple ages. When you have more than one little one, it can be hard finding projects that fit everyone’s needs. Older children enjoy more involved projects and often like to work towards a finished… 

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Explore Sound is a creative magazine for toddlers, preschoolers and children through age 8.

Explore Sound Magazine Available Now!

Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.” – Jarod Kintz In case you missed it, we wanted to share that our newest magazine – Explore Sound – has hit the virtual shelves! This magazine is filled with art, crafts, science, literature and more. We even have an… 

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Pop Sizzle Crunch - 4 Popcorn Recipes to Make and Munch - Crafting Connections Mini Mag 11

Pop! Sizzle! Crunch! 4 Popcorn Recipes to Make & Munch (a Mini-Magazine)

Do you like popcorn? Yeah, we do too. We like it so much that we made 4 Yummy Recipes for you to Make & Munch (and download for free!) in this month’s lovely Mini-Magazine. And of course we included our unique-to-us Explore More and Make Connections sections so that no matter your child’s age, we… 

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Decorating the letter H with hearts

Inspiring Alphabet Project

It was hard not to be personally inspired by the recent #foliophoto alphabet project over on instagram. Go look. I’ll wait. Cool, right?! Seriously, there were so many gorgeous photos. So many creative takes on each day’s letter. So much to look at and take in. I looked at the photos, added a few of… 

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