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Where are They Now?

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Cover Kid Winners 2014

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3 Core Strengthening Exercises Every New and Expecting Mom Needs to Know

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Charmingly Cheeky Bellies and More

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Where are They Now?
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By Michelle McDaid Photography by Memories By Michelle www.MByMPhotos.com   A peek at our 2014 Cover Kid Search Winners: London & Katana   Rewind to last April, where over 100 children came out wi [ ... ]

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  CAMP CAZADERO MUSIC CAMP | Cazadero A unique blend of musical instruction and outdoor recreation. There are five camp sessions, arranged by age and ability: Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Piano, and Gui [ ... ]

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  By Adam Capell The temper tantrums. A toilet bowl filled with all of your credit cards. Being a parent is hard enough. Why would you ever want to get your butt kicked by a complete stranger on top of it all? Wel [ ... ]

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  By Christine Quarry   If you’ve ever considered getting a tattoo but don’t want the commitment or maybe you’re tired of sitting with the kiddos, holding their one hundred temporary tattoo’s down wi [ ... ]

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Create a Leaf Printed Banner of Your Own

By Heidi Kundin

Leaf printing is a lovely way to capture the changing colors of the season. Spend an afternoon creating this leaf printed banner with your family, and this beautiful autumn display will last in your home until long after the last leaves have fallen.

 

What You'll Need:

  • Cardstock
  • Various shapes and sizes of leaves
  • Assorted colors of acrylic or tempera paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Rolling pin
  • Hole punch
  • Twine
  • Paper towels or wipes for messy fingers

Directions:

  • Start by gathering your leaves - softer leaves work best for printing, so leave the crunchy ones on the ground and seek out the more flexible and green ones.
  • Pour several different colors of paint onto a paper plate or baking sheet into a thin layer, overlapping to create a marbled effect.
  • Older children can use a foam paint brush to dab the marbled paint on to their leaf. Younger children can dip their leaf directly into the paint tray, but be sure that there isn't too much paint on the leaf or it will result in a gloppy and distorted print. Avoid this by using only a very thin layer of paint in the paint tray if you intend to dip your leaves into it.
  • Sandwich your painted leaf between two sheets of cardstock and lightly roll over the stack with a rolling pin. Use firm but gentle pressure for the best printing results.
  • Remove the top piece of cardstock and carefully peel up the leaf to reveal the print.
  • To create a banner from your leaf prints, cut your prints to your desired shape and size, punch a hole in the top corners and string them along a piece of twine.

Heidi Kundin lives in Lincoln with her husband and three sons, Sawyer (6), Sutton (5) and Simon (1). You can find her blogging about all things crafty over at MomsCraftySpace.com