Scrapbooking for Mummies!

Choosing between watercolours, acrylics and oil paints when you start painting

If you are looking to reconnect to or access your artistic side, painting can be a fun way to express your creativity. If you are looking at starting to paint, one of the first questions to answer is which kinds of paints you’ll be using to create your new masterpieces. Here is a comparison of some of the pros and cons of the different options for types of paint. Watercolours Watercolours are a common starting option for paints. They are the cheapest option and offer a light wash of colour with each stroke allowing colour to be slowly built up to the desired level. They are also compact and easy to transport, so they can be a great option if you want to get out and do some nature painting. Watercolour is also easy to clean up, with everything washing out of paint brushes, clothing and any splashed surfaces with water. Acrylics Acrylics are a modern option, offering the vibrancy of an oil paint with the easy clean water solubility for cleaning of a water based paint. They tend to be a mid priced option, although very affordable bottled options are available to use in school environments. Acrylics are relatively easy and opaque to work with but require a more planned approach, as it is not easy to remove paint from a misstroke on the canvas or paper, and attempts to blend colours can easily turn muddy if you don’t proceed with caution. They come in a range of colours, including bright neons, metallics and glitter finishes. Oil paints Oil paints are a traditional favourite paint of artists, and... read more

Why Buying Soft Toys for Young Children Is a Worthwhile Investment

Soft toys give young children the companionship that they need when growing up. These days, there is an extensive assortment of these toys on the market, provided by companies like Elka. These toys range from the story-tale animal toys to the cartoon characters that your children have come to love so much, all coming in both standard and customized designs so that you can choose the right cuddly friend for them. The following points explain why money spent buying soft toys for your children is a smart investment.  Soft toys allow children to learn what they pick up from their surroundings As children grow, they become exposed to new things, and they will probably want to try them out. These may include coping with new routines like going to bed early once they start going to school, adhering to family discipline or coming to terms with the reality that the monsters in story books are only imaginary, and so they don’t have to fear. Essentially, youngsters take up the things they learn, and try them out on their soft toys. They explore their imagination to apply whatever they have learned by role playing with their favorite soft toys. Whether they are having a tea party or lulling their soft toys to sleep, you can rest easy knowing that your children will be playing with their toys while learning about new things at the same time! Soft toys help children to learn how to handle different emotions Soft toys are a superb option in terms of creating an opportunity for young children to develop and manage different emotions. These youngsters learn... read more

About Me

I never picture myself having the time or patience for crafts, but since my new daughter was born, I have become a massive scrapbooker. It’s such a good way to keep track of all the little milestones and silly facts that I want to remember about her childhood and be able to pass on to her for when she has kids of her own. She has totally changed my life in so many ways, and I want to be able to leave her a little indication of the huge impact she has had on my life. This site is all about scrapbooking for mums.