Hello Bird and More of You | Lessons from Crafting with My Eight-Year-Old

I wanted to spend some one-on-one time with my oldest son. He’s been begging me to make cards with him, and we had the house all to ourselves, so we dug in. I let him be the guide and I served only as his vehicle to supplies and an extra set of hands for the difficult stuff – like getting things straight (although I struggle with that myself).


I was amazed at the confidence my son had. He was bold in his crafting. He didn’t waffle like I tend to, and he didn’t worry about the outcome of his project. He just got in there and put together what looked good to him. And he had a blast!


He reminded me anew, that art – really in any form – is so much about the process. It’s not about making the perfect card. It’s not about being flawless. It’s about having fun creating something with love. Such a great reminder from a wise eight-year-old.

I never would have thought to use a pearl for the eye, but it works perfectly!

I used Samuel’s card as my guide and created my own version. I layered a same-sized piece of Whisper White Cardstock over the Calypso Coral piece and colored my bird with the Pool Party Blends Combo, Light Granny Apple Green, Light Soft Suede, and Dark Daffodil Delight. I really don’t think this is a design I would have come up with on my own.


I’d love to see your version as well. Share a picture of it on my facebook page or link to a picture in the comments. You can always e-mail me the projects you’re working on as well. I love to see what you’re doing!


Click here to download the PDF tutorial and supply list of my version of this card: More of You.

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