Monthly Archives: December 2013

Template Challenge – Coming in January

I’ve been asked to host a scrapbook challenge over at DigiShopTalk for their upcoming January Winter Get-Together so I’ve been busy creating a couple goodies for my part of the festivities. I can’t give away too many details yet, but I can tell you that it will include a couple of freebies for both 12×12 and 8.5×11 scrappers! 🙂

Here is a little sneak peek:

DigiShopTalk Sneak Peak

Trinket Busy Board

Kids always seem to want to play with the metal parts of things, like latches on doors and other things, so my husband had the idea to build something for our girls to fiddle with endlessly that didn’t have any sharp edges or small removable parts, but which wasn’t just another piece of primary colored plastic either.

Trinket Board

This is a board with a bunch of brass hardware screwed to it. There’s a fisheye lens peephole, a hinged door, six different latches, a knob, a handle, a door stop, a threaded rod with nuts and bolts that you can turn, and a few other odds and ends. You can unlatch and remove one whole end of it. The hardware was purchased at our local hardware store and attached to a piece of scrap wood that was nicely cut and stained.

Trinket Board

It doesn’t really do anything, but maybe it will excite the part of their brain that helps them think about mechanics and engineering.  I think it will also help with hand/eye coordination and fine motor skill development. 🙂