Friday, March 27, 2015

Fiskafriends- The Power of Community Blog Hop 2015




Fiskafriends- The Power of Community Blog Hop

Welcome to Happiness is Homemade!


Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world.  So happy you stopped by!

DIY Sticker Book

When you think about your childhood, did you have an interest or hobby that seems totally outdated in today's world of technology?  An activity that kids of today might not enjoy or even see the purpose in? I sure did!  Besides collecting random rocks around the yard, I was a BIG sticker enthusiast.

Yes, the Scratch and Sniff still smell!
I loved receiving stickers from my teachers, for my birthday and those free ones that would sometimes come in the mail for magazine subscriptions.  Over the course of my childhood, I carefully curated my collection into three sticker books.



I remember carefully peeling stickers off class work and tests so that I could add them to my collection.  I loved going through my books again and again to scratch the smelly stickers or feel the fuzzy ones.

In my constant quest to steer my own boys away from technology and enjoy true play, I worked with them to create their own sticker books.  This is a perfect activity for cold, rainy days or during quiet times when my little one was napping.

I purchased 3-ring binders and page protectors from the office department at Wal-Mart.  The bigger boys picked out some bold binders, while the little guy went plain.  I think the colorful ones keep with the cool 80's vibe I had!

Totally Radical
I made a cover for my little one's plain binder
In each page protector, I inserted a plain piece of white printer paper, so that it would give a solid background for the stickers to be showcased.

After that step, they were ready to get to work!

The boys simply peeled the stickers and adhered them to the outside of the page protectors.  They were repositionable when first applied, probably not so much later.


Great activity for those developing small muscles

This book has been great after doctor visits when they hand my boys a stack of stickers to take home with them.  It has encouraged them to keep the stickers "safe" until they get home to put in their book instead of plastering the back seat with them (or themselves).


I would love to know what  your simple pleasures were as a child...and do you share them with your child/grandchild/etc. today?


Blog Hop Info:
If you would like to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway drawing, START at the Fiskafriends blog http://fiskafriends.blogspot.com/ and follow the instructions there. If you have already done that, I would love for you to leave a comment on my blog.

You do not have to be a Fiskafriend to visit the blogs and comment on our blogger's pages.  International friends are welcome!
 The blog hop begins on March 27th at 6PM (PDT) and will end on March 29th at 11:59 PM PDT. The full contest rules and blog hop list will be revealed on the blog on March 27th. 

Start here and then you're your way:   http://fiskafriends.blogspot.com/

  1. Jean Bullock, #8889, http://ez3dpopups.blogspot.com 
  2. Susan Slomski, #6150,  http://sueinct.blogspot.com 
  3. Cindy deRosier, #4113, http://www.cindyderosier.com
  4. Tifany DeGough, #5942, http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com 
  5. Cheryl Waters, #002, http://blog.artsyfindings.com
  6. Jean Marmo, #7358, http://pagesintime.blogspot.com/
  7. Teresa Godines #6857 http://purplebunnypapercrafts.blogspot.com/
  8. Michelle O'Driscoll #7586 http://scrapbookingsos.blogspot.ca/
  9. Nancy Carroll  #11488  http://nancecarroll.blogspot.com
  10. Maya Oren-Dahan #351  http://mayadahan.blogspot.com
  11. Amy Martin Jones #8546 http://thetigershaven.blogspot.com/
  12. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) #2858 http://www.karenscorneroftheweb.blogspot.com
  13. Tanya Napier #5407  http://mamabirdy-happinessishomemade.blogspot.com/  (You are here)
  14. Pamela Haskin #8040 www.cottagebelow.com
  15. Stasia Sloma #9314 http://www.stampzone.blogspot.com
  16. Tracy Moloney  #6773 http://tracyscraftyadventures.blogspot.com.au/
  17. Kim Chenez #5612 http://scrapbooknstampingfun.blogspot.com/


42 comments:

Kim said...

The sticker books are a great idea for the Dr office stickers. I wish I had a "simple pleasure" to share with my daughter. LOL. She's nearly 30 and too much like her dad. :) Thanks for sharing yours.

Shannon Miller said...

Who doesn't;t love stickers as a child..Great idea. Thanks for sharing :)
(Canada)

Rhonda said...

What a great idea! My children and my grandchildren all collect stickers and now they don't have the books to put them into. I'm thinking of using glossy photopaper glued to heavy cardstock or chipboard and see if that will work. Thanks for the inspirations. Love your blog!

Tona said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Sylvia said...

Sticker books, you brought back memories :)
I used to sketch which I picked up from my mom. My mom used to sketch where most people would doodle. She was so talented. I wish I'd kept a TV guide or two where she sketched faces on. Her hands shake too much now.

Susan Slomski said...

The sticker book sounds like a fun. We didn't have that growing up. However, we always had books to color in, draw in, or even a piece of chalk for the driveway. We always drew pictures and I do that with the grandchildren.

sandyh50 said...

What fun sticker books. I remember spending a lot of time on paper dolls.

Jen Rey said...

I had several sticker books as a child too! I really enjoyed them! I don't have any children to share this with. But this is a great idea for children!

Vicki in MD said...

what a fun project! thanks for sharing and being part of the hop!

Regena said...

Great idea!! thanks for sharing!!

Karen Poirier-Brode said...

My childhood pleasere was paper dolls. I designed my own clothes for them and was happy when my friends said they looked better than the ones the dolls came with. I use to embroider a lot but that was an activity forced on me. Still, you can see the seeds of craftiness were planted! Love how you are passing along the sticker passion.

Mary McD said...

Hi Tanya! This is a great idea! Wish I had done it with Amanda. My simple pleasures as a kid was a Kleenex box or cardboard box, a pair of scissors, and a roll of tape. I made Barbie doll houses and furniture out of those simple things and had hours of fun making & playing. Congrats on your first Blog Hop! Have fun with it!!

tallulah1 said...

Interesting. Never seen this idea before. Thanks for sharing!
Janelle R

barbara macaskill said...

I used to have a sticker collection too! My Dad traveled for work and everywhere he went he got me stickers for my books. I had stickers from Germany, Italy, France, and every state in the USA. Friends of my parents who traveled would also get me stickers from their travels and I wound up with a very extensive collection of stickers.
My grandsons collect Pokémon cards and the youngest also loves stickers so I share that with him.
I love that your boys are making their own sticker books to enjoy! TFS!

Jennifer Earley said...

Great idea! I too loved stickers as a child and did keep books of them. No idea where they are now...probably mom and dad's attic! My children, a boy and a girl, both loved stickers as I did as a child. My son, now 12, isn't really into them much anymore. But my daughter, age 10, still loves them! Great bonding time between mom and child!

Patty Williams said...

I used to always put stickers on my kids lunch bags and lunch notes I would write. DD graduated, son is a sophomore - I still write his name on his bag and sometimes a sticker or two ! :)

patty 2832

Vicky said...

Super idea! I love stickers too. Glad to see the boys having fun. TFS :)

Cheryl Waters said...

Oh Tanya, I loved this! I was a sticker collector myself when I was young and my mom would make me fabric covered books. I loved this idea and DIY! You Rock! So glad you shared!

Linda Styckiewicz said...

everyone oloves stickers. I remember the days when stickers where far and in between.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Oh the sticker collection. I loved mine... even as a teenager. Can I turn back the clock? LOL . thanks for sharing.

BethW said...

Your sticker books are fabulous. Wish I had thought of something like this to do with my grandsons when they were younger.
While my mother did teach me to crochet, much to her dismay I spent my younger years as the world's #1 tomboy. I could clean and gut a fish by the time I was 7. Guess karma know I'd have 4 boys and 2 grandsons. Your boys are blessed to have such a talented and smart mother.

Pamela Haskin said...

I love your sticker books! Such a clever idea.

Maya Oren-Dahan said...

What a cool project for your boys! I still have tons of stickers since you girls were little and now I encourage my little guy to use them on his craft projects. Stickers are great! :)

Jean said...

Such a wonderful idea!

d1_dawn said...

Yes smelly stickers rocked thanks for the memory had almost forgotten them!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

This is a great idea. My son has been collecting his for some time now. I think I need to get him a book for his. I remember having that red sticker album as a kid. I wonder where it went. Wouldnt that be neat if I found it somewhere. Thanks for sharing and being apart of the hop.

UTs Hobby Time said...

This is fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Sas said...

Happy FiskaFriend birthday to you! I did sticker books with my girls when they were young too. You are such a great mom!

TracyM #6773 said...

What a FUN family tradition to share with your sons Tanya - stickers are COOL :)
THANK YOU for sharing this FABULOUS project idea and for being part of the Blog Hop!!!

mish said...

Fun Great Idea! Seeing your Scratch-N-Sniff and Pac-Man brought back memories of the sticker craze of my childhood. I remember trying to find those puffy kind of characters, "Smurfs" come to mind! Using an old dairy that my daughter scribbled in, we attached her stickers over the scribbles to make her own book! I like the page protector idea! Michelle #7586 PS:fellow blogger from Canada!

Cindy deRosier said...

I had the same sticker books! I LOVED stickers as a kid and trained Trevor early to start a collection. He kept it up until he was about 5 and then lost interest. Now he saves stickers to put on cards he makes for friends and family. I think I've introduced him to all of my childhood faves, like Shrinky Dinks, Lite Brite and all sorts of other 70s toys.

Kimber Lamm said...

Good idea.

Lesa said...

This is a great family tradition! Stickers weren't a "thing" in my generation, back in the old days--LOL!, but my niece and nephew had books and it was always fun finding and buying stickers for them. Thanks for sharing, Amy!

Susan Allen #2072 said...

Wish I would have known about this idea before my nieces spent 8 hours putting stickers in journals. Thanks friend.

LauraB said...

HOW COOL IS THAT? thanks for sharing. I think it is great you have your boys doing it too.

Betsy Burnett said...

LOL...oh I loved collecting stickers as a child! (Then a bully stole my album and destroyed it ....sniff-sniff) Thanks for sharing your idea!!

Heather Thompson said...

great idea and project. Thanks to joining the hop!

Laney said...

I remember all the kids having sticker books when mine were growing up. Thanks for sharing!
Elaine#7777

kellystar said...

I love how you are passing down your love for stickers...I used to have a sticker collection too and smelly ones were my favorites!

Donna Woods #6036 said...

Great idea! I will have to do this for the Grands

LChippy76 said...

Great Sticker Idea!!!
My Grandkids will LOVE This!!!
TFS!!!

Nancy Carroll said...

Awesome idea! Will have to do that for my grandson...maybe the stickers won't be all over the house then!!!!