100 Blogs with Techniques for Crafting with Paper

origamiThe beauty of crafting with paper is the versatility of the medium. It can be cut, punched, folded, glued, stapled and rolled, among many other things. These 100 blogs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to paper crafting, and cover everything from scrapbooking to origami, decoupage to quilling, card making and flowers, just to name a few. These works of art can be shared with friends and loved ones, used as decorations in the home and on packages, and much more. For more details on the many different ways you can craft with paper, check out these 100 blogs.


As digital photography continues to advance it’s becoming more common for people to forgo traditional scrabooking in favor of a digital approach. However, for those traditionalists who enjoy having a hard copy of their photos complete with handwritten sentiments, there are plenty of ways to create a unique, handmade scrapbook, and you need little more than scrapbooking paper, photos and a little know-how. Take a look at these 10 blogs for different scrapbooking techniques for background papers and layout designs.


The ancient art of paper folding is often thought of as a relaxing hobby. Origami purists maintain that true origami is done without any cutting or gluing, however, there are some origami projects that require both. Smaller projects can be created with a single sheet of paper, and are easy enough for a child to make with some instruction. There is even a myth that says that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you will be granted a single wish from a live crane. These 10 blogs will teach you different origami projects and give you some background on the art of folding paper.


In the simplest terms, decoupage is an art form that decorates another object by gluing paper to it. This can be tissue paper, a napkin or even a magazine picture. The glue not only holds the image down, but it protects the final product from damage as well. Japanning, which is similar to decoupage, has been around since the 18th century and used varnish instead of glue. You’ll find several different decoupage projects on these 10 blogs.


In quilling, narrow strips of paper are rolled up and then pressed into various shapes. This hobby originated with the monks in the 16th century when they would use the discarded edges that had been trimmed off the paper they used to document historical events. The paper was edged with gold and pricey, so it was used in lacier scroll work instead of the tighter rolls seen in modern quilling. Quilling can be done on a flat surface or can be made into a 3-D object. To learn more about quilling, read these 10 blog entries.

Card Making

Making your own greeting cards is a labor of love. It was once thought that ‘homemade’ cards were cheaper than buying cards from the store, but today’s handmade cards are so intricate that they are often every bit as expensive as store-bought ones. People who make cards do so because they truly enjoy the hobby and those lucky enough to receive a handmade card should cherish it and appreciate all of the time and energy that went into making it. If you appreciate paper crafting, you may enjoy some of these 10 card making blogs.           


Tissue paper flowers are becoming more popular as decorations for parties and holidays. The big colorful poofs of tissue paired with hanging paper lanterns will make quite the statement at your next gathering. Other paper flowers can be used in vases and will add a bit of whimsy to any tablescape. Try making some paper flowers of your own using the instructions on these 10 blogs.

Holiday Decorations

Paper is so versatile that you can make everything you need to decorate your home for the holidays with it. You can top the tree with a 3-D star, create a paper garland to drape around the tree, make unique 3-D ornaments and even make paper Christmas trees to use around your home.  If you are intrigued and would like to try some of these ideas for yourself, follow the directions in these 10 blog posts.

3-D Packages

When you give a gift to someone, do you just hand it to the recipient or do you wrap it up in a nice way? Sometimes the packaging can be just as much fun as the gift. You can make your own boxes and greeting cards from paper, and handmade packaging gives each gift an extra special touch. To learn how to make unique handmade boxes, check out these 10 blogs.                               


Some people like to craft, but find that they really don’t have the time or energy to mess with everything that’s entailed with more intricate projects. ‘Zentangling’ is a relatively new hobby that incorporates doodling inside a shape. Many people find Zentangling to be a very ‘zen’ experience, and often get lost in their project. All you need is a pen and some paper to get started, and you’ll quickly find that zentangling can help reduce your own stress levels too. Projects and pattern examples can be found in these 10 blogs.

  • Zentangle Pumpkins In the mood for fall? Try this zentangle pumpkin to relax and do some doodling.
  • End of Second Project (Lion Zentangle) This lion shape is filled with all sorts of Zentangle patterns.
  • Zentangle Valentines DIY Start with a heart shape, divide it up into segments and fill it with patterns.
  • Zentangle Projects Zentangles don’t need to be limited to regular shapes; why not try your hand at making a fairy?
  • DIY Zentangle Rocks Make some of these Zentangle rocks to use as paper weights or conversation starters on the coffee table.
  • A Window on Zentangle You need only to use what you’ve got when Zentangling. There’s no need to spend a ton of money on supplies, and this project proves it.
  • Make a Zentangle Shrinky Dink Keychain Pick up some shrinkable plastic at your craft store to get started on this keychain project.
  • A New Leaf Zentangle With leaves on the inside and a leaf shape on the outside, this Zentangle gives you many opportunities to fill in patterns.
  • Zentangle Did you know you can Zentangle objects as well as paper? Check out these shoes and throw pillow that have been Zentangled.
  • Zentangle Make a greeting card using Zentangle designs.

Bow Making

When people think of bows they typically think of ribbon, but you can create some impressive bows by using paper. These 10 bloggers share examples of paper bows and give you the steps so that you can try making some for yourself. The next time you wrap a present and find that you are out of bows just refer to these blogs and make your own.

21 Blogs Featuring Photo Albums You Can Make with Paper and Household Items

photoalbumMore photos are taken now than probably any time in history. With the prevalence of handheld cameras and cellphones equipped with photo-taking abilities, photography has become a hobby for anyone and everyone. While the invention of digital photography has made it much simpler to take tons of pictures, few pictures seem to make it to paper. However, looking at and sharing pictures is more convenient when the photos are in a photo album. You can create many different types of photo albums at home; all you really need is decorative paper and some common household supplies. The albums in these 21 blogs vary in size, from an exploding 3-D box to a tiny pocket album, and come complete with instructions so you can easily create your own.


Try your hand at making a 3-D photo album for something different and fun. These exploding box photo albums are unique and make a great conversation piece. If you are looking for a sentimental gift to share with a loved one, these 3-D albums will fit the bill. While these projects may look complicated, the bloggers behind them help simplify the process and break the project down into steps so that you can easily create one of your own.

Book Fold

These book fold photo albums may be traditional, but they are anything but boring. Try using some paper lunch sacks to make a photo album or a single sheet of scrapbooking paper. The cutting and folding techniques give these photo albums interest while providing a vehicle for mounting your favorite photos, and are small enough to dedicate each album to a special event, such as a vacation or a graduation. These seven blogs will give you step-by-step instructions on how to create these small wonders.


With expanding photo albums you can mount as many photos as you want simply by adding more paper, and the albums open up to display pictures on many surfaces. Instead of a regular flip book, there are many unique ways that expanding albums display photos, such as the accordion album that stands up on its own and can be displayed on a table or mantel. If you need to mail an expanding album, simply fold it up. Read more about expanding albums in these seven blogs.

9 of the Worst Excuses Kids Give for Not Wanting to Go to School

noschoolMost kids don’t look forward to school. Even overachieving, straight-A students get burned out by the daily grind after a while, and it’s understandable. Most adults probably don’t look forward to going to work every day, but adults also have vacation days, sick days and the ability to get a new job altogether. Kids are stuck going to school no matter what else they’d rather do. As a result, they try to come up with any excuse imaginable to get out of going. There’s usually an underlying reason, though, and with the proper communication methods, you can get to the heart of the issue. No matter how old your kids are, you’re bound to hear at least one of these sooner or later:

“I hate school!”

This is a common statement for kids to make. When it happens, look for the underlying issue. Are they feeling all right? Are they getting enough sleep? Lack of sleep or health issues can cause crabbiness, difficulty focusing and may affect their ability and desire to learn. If that’s not the problem, talk to the child and find out what’s going on. Maybe your young one is dealing with a bully or a tough class. It’s amazing how much can be learned by paying attention and listening to what kids have to say.

“I hate my teacher!”

This is one of the easiest ways for a child to focus their displeasure at having to go to school. By blaming his happiness on the teacher, your child can act as if he’s got a real problem with an educator, when in fact the teacher might not be the issue at all. Get to know your child’s instructors every year, and maintain communication with them to make sure that they’re getting along with your child and that your child is behaving, learning and growing.

“School is boring.”

Sometimes this is just true: kids get bored at school, and they want to use that as an excuse not to go. It’s weak, as excuses go, but it’s also popular. However, boredom at school could be a sign that your child has advanced educational needs, or at least that he’s ready for something beyond his current lesson level. Talk with the teacher about your child’s grades and performance to find out the root of the boredom.

“I have a headache.”

Unlike other health issues — a sore throat, sprained ankle, runny nose, fever, etc. — a headache can’t be proven or disproven by an external observer. Kids figure this out remarkably fast. It might be best to err on the side of caution if your child trots out this excuse once or twice, but if it becomes a regular thing, you’ll be at a crossroads. There could be an underlying health issue, in which case you’d need to take your child to the doctor, or it could just be an excuse for dodging school. Your best course of action is to tackle both solutions: have your child checked for health issues, and communicate with him about what’s happening at school to make sure he’s not trying to avoid it for some other reason.

“I forgot to do my homework.”

At a very young age, children are told how important their academic success is to their parents, and they get homework as part of their routine. However, some children might use that homework as leverage against attending school, hoping that by ignoring the assignment they can force their parents into allowing them to stay home, skip class or, at the very least, finish the homework later. It’s a power play, and children need to learn to be accountable. Letting them “face the music” with the teacher for incomplete homework may actually help the child.

“I missed the bus.”

Surprisingly, some children actually do miss the bus to get out of going to school. To remedy this, you can physically walk your child to the bus stop and wait for her to get on, or you could levy certain punishments/groundings if she uses this excuse. As always, talk to her to see if there’s an underlying reason she’d want to ditch school (aside from the normal).

“I don’t want to leave you!”

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reports that separation anxiety can be a major reason for some children to want to get out of going to school. This anxiety manifests itself in a number of other ways, including a child’s inability to spend time in a room alone, serious issues with sleep and severe tantrums when it’s time to go to school. It’s important to determine what’s causing your child’s fear and anxiety about leaving home. Speaking with a therapist or professional from the school may also help the situation.

“I don’t have any friends.”

Frustrated parents may tell their children they’re in school to learn, not make friends. However, school is a major, vital part of socialization and maturation, and some kids just have trouble making friends and can find school more of a chore because of it. If your child complains about not having any friends, talk to her about what’s going on. Additional remedies include working with your child on things like social skills, teamwork, communication and other interpersonal areas. You can also reach out to the teacher to learn more.

“I just don’t want to go to school.”

Sometimes this is the only reply a child will give, and it’s more common than you might think. When you hear this, don’t just brush it off (as much as you might want to). Discuss your concerns with the child, identify the problem and help him work through it. Children need to understand that school is a responsibility they must meet. It might not always be fun, but it’s always worth it.

Should Kids Sleep with Stuffed Toys?

stuffedanimalWhen supplying a favorite stuffed toy is the one, surefire way to get a fussy child to come down for a nap or a good night’s sleep, it almost seems like a no-brainer to hand it over as part of the bedtime routine. Still, it can be confusing to figure out whether or not encouraging your little one to rely on an object for comfort is a good idea. Before the age of one year, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against introducing plush toys to your baby’s crib due to a potential increase in SIDS risk, but what about after she reaches that all-important one-year benchmark?

Understanding the Prevalence of Comfort Objects

A study conducted by researchers from both the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and Yale University in the United States indicated that up to 70% of kids develop strong attachments to the comfort objects they rely upon to self-soothe. These transitional objects help babies learn to separate from their mothers with minimal trauma, and serve as important aspects of development for most kids. Special stuffed toys or blankies develop a very important role in kids’ lives, who tend to anthropomorphize their beloved stuffed animals in such a way that not even an exact replica of the toy is acceptable.

Are Comfort Objects Inherently Negative?

While some parents fixate on the idea of breaking their child from a dependency that they see as a weakness, there’s no real evidence that sleeping with a comfort object is emotionally damaging. Aside from the slight risk of allergen triggers from dusty or dirty plush toys, there’s very little risk at all when a child is old enough and has the requisite motor skills to move the object away from their face if breathing becomes difficult. A study at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, originally intended to determine whether or not kids who have secure bonds with their mothers were more or less likely to rely upon comfort objects for sleep, found that there was no correlation at all between the strength of the parental bond or the lack thereof and use of a comfort object. The study also uncovered evidence that kids who were strongly attached to those objects seemed to more easily adjust to stressful situations when they had that object in their possession.

Making the Right Decision for Your Family

If your child is so attached to a comfort object that she refuses to go anywhere without it, problems can arise at the onset of the school year when school policies forbid such objects. Provided that a child is able to rely upon the object only in times of extreme duress or to self-soothe in order to sleep, there’s no real reason to forbid your child from bringing a favorite lovey to bed each night. Ultimately, the decision should depend upon the needs and lifestyle of your family and your own parenting style. If you feel that your child’s use of a comfort object has gone on for too long or that he’s getting too old to rely on such tactics, taking steps to gradually wean him away from a special stuffed animal may be in order. You should, however, expect for your child to regress in moments of extreme duress or dramatic transition. If he’s dealing with the loss of a loved one, a sudden and abrupt change in his life or another source of extreme anxiety, he may rediscover a need for the beloved animal that provided him with comfort before he was able to let go of that dependence.