Family Craft and Fun Time with the New and Bigger PIXMA town

The school holiday is around the corner, though Ayra isn’t going to stop going to childcare in June cos the Mummy me still needs to go to work, I am planning to spend a little more time and effort to make it a fun month for my family. Hopefully with some help from the Father who is the only one who’s going to be (finally) taking a break from school.

Last year, we created some stationery and games from Canon PIXMA town. This year, I am excited to see so many new stationeries, crafts, games and even story books that we can print and create from the new PIXMA town!

Love this colorful and cheerful introductory video of PIXMA town…

With so many new things to do in PIXMA town, it will keep you and your kids occupied throughout the entire June school holiday for sure! For us, we started off with our first “snake-and-ladder” like game by the Doooodolls – Doooo Game.

Ayra watching over the pieces of printouts I made from PIXMA town and deciding which we should embark on first.

In the meantime, check to make sure we have enough sticky tapes to use for the craft.

While Ayra drinks her milk on the sofa, I went on to cut and paste to put the game together and this is what we got…

It took me less than 10 minutes to finish this, and it also took just 10 minutes for Ayra to fall asleep…

The Doooo Game and her Playmobil friends will have to wait till she wakes up to play with them the next day.

And she did! Ayra deciding which of her friends she should pick for the game.

We had a mini game of Dooo with her toys and shortly after, she invented her own version to play on her own.

The Dooo Game became a great play mat too for Ayra and her playmobil friends! Can’t stop her from using her imagination to use things around her for different purposes, and with such colorful sheet of printout from the Canon Pixma printer, it makes role-playing even more fun!

[box]Head over to the PIXMA town to download this fun game and more to do with your family this weekend![/box]

This post was also published on OMY x Canon Pixma blog.

Created Our Own Playhouse

I wanted to get a playhouse for Ayra as she loves watching kids role-playing with their Barbies and dolls on YouTube, but I didn’t want to spend too much money on a solid one that will stand through serious rough playing by toddlers (aka Playmobil). Not sure whether or not Ayra will want to continue playing with a playhouse and the things she will do with one, I thought why not make one myself and “test the market” first? Here’s what we did… materials I used for the simple DIY Playhouse as follow:

  1. Chipboards – 2 pieces of 6in x 12in and 1 piece of 12in x 12in
  2. Pattern paper printouts from Canon Creative Park
  3. Pattern paper of 12in x 12in for the base
  4. Some washi tapes
  5. Cutting board and pen knife
  6. Scissors and sticky tapes

First I cut two slim openings in the 2 pieces of chipboards to make a groove for them to slide into one another. Then just make sure all your chipboards are covered with the pattern papers. I used washi tapes to go around all the sides to cover up the chipboards. Final product as shown below… Right after I’m done with the DIY Playhouse, Ayra is 100% focused on imaginary play on her own! Helped her set up some of her toys and tried playing with her. But she rather I just sit and watch. So I just sat there and watch her story unfolds. Story telling is the most difficult thing to excel in my opinion. If the kid is able to start mumbling and do her own imaginary play, I will fully support and encourage it. From the video below, looks like soon I may just need to get a proper playhouse for her to start creating more adventures of her own. Find more fun and easy activities to do with your kids over at OMY Crafty Ideas by fellow bloggers, or read more of what we had done with our girls.

Altered Canvas – Fun way to display photos

One super easy and fun way to bond with your kids is to create fun art together! With recent washi craze I see popping up on my Instagram and Facebook feed, this art project is going to be easy peasy!

Things you’ll need…

  1. Blank Canvas Board
  2. Few matching design/colors of Washi Tapes
  3. Tape Glue
  4. Mod Podge and a sponge brush to apply with
  5. Some decorative embellishments e.g. Stickers, cut-outs, alphabets
  6. Photos (I print mine with Canon Selphy Photo Printer)

Here’s another one of the altered canvases I did, each taking less than an hour. So if you are on a roll, you could probably do a few in a day!

Here’s my step-by-step guide to creating your own altered canvas…

Step 1
Arrange your photos on the canvas board, making sure there’s enough space for at least a title or some text.

Step 2
Plan how you want to decorate the piece. If there’s plenty of white space left after positioning the photos, you might want to stick the photos down first with tape glue then use washi tapes to decorate the space. Or if only little space is left, then you might want to use the washi tapes to create a background design on the blank canvas first. Try doing a repetitive pattern design or a zigzag across with matching tapes. Sometimes, straight line pattern works very well too.

Step 3
Once your main design and photos are pasted down, it’s time to add in some personal touches with the embellishments and alphabets. I like to use text or title on my project. Don’t over decorate the canvas, your photos should still remain as the main highlight of the piece.

Step 4
After you are sure the piece is complete, brush a layer of mod podge over the entire piece, including photos, tapes, embellishments etc. This layer helps give a protective layer over your canvas piece and also makes cleaning easy; with a damp cloth or just dry tissue to dust off any dirt.

I was privileged to be able to share this creation process with few other parent bloggers at an event with Canon. With many of the parents who are “virgin” to scrapbooking, the completed pieces were pretty amazing! Check our what these families did that evening over at their blog…

Looking forward to more fun sessions at #myfamilywcanon!

Christmas Gift Idea – Handmade Photo Display Album

Here’s a quick and easy personalized gift you can create for your family and friends this Christmas! It is so easy, you can make one in less than an hour, and the more you make, the easier and faster you’ll get. And this will not look shabby at all, in fact, the receiver will love it very much I’m sure.

Personalized Handmade Photo Display Album

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Get Crafty with Canon Pixma!

I am SUPER pumped to be part of this campaign with OMY! Yes, I did get a complimentary Canon Pixma MG3170 printer and attended the Holiday Creativity workshop at Sheraton Towers some time back. But what gets me super excited is that I am part of a group of “Craft Gurus” who will be sharing crafting tips with readers at OMY and also on this humble blog.

I loveeeeeeeee crafts and I loveeeeeee printing stuff. To me, this is a perfect campaign for me! I have a valid reason to get crafting for the next one month and this is going to help motivate me to catch up on the long overdue scrapbooking projects that have been sitting in the corner of my room for longest time.

Having owned Canon Pixma printers for so many years, and knowing the existence of Canon Pixma Town, I’ve never got down to trying out any of the projects on Pixma Town, just because I always have no time! Again because of this, I have a purpose to fulfill and so I got down to trying out those crafts that I’d been eyeing since.

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Mummy’s Amigurumi adventure

Sometime early last year, my hands were itching for some new crafty movement. So I picked up some crocheting books from the library and went shopping for materials at Spotlight…

I had done crochet projects before back in school days, and I first picked this up from my Mum. In the past I only made small coin pouches and other knick knacks, so I thought I should try something fun and baby will be able to play with. I dived into Amigurumi (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures).

I did a couple of these animal creatures, though not perfect, but I feel were good enough for a beginner like me. Continue reading “Mummy’s Amigurumi adventure”