Thursday, January 27, 2011

Creating with Paint Swatches

When I saw this Paint Chip Valentine idea at Be Different Act Normal I was inspired to do something for Valentines with paint swatches.

They're so colorful.  Full of possibility.

This is what I came up with.

Ladybug helped make these cute book markers for her teachers.  This idea comes from Family Fun, but I used the paint swatches instead of paper.  This craft is a great way to use last years calendar, too!
For her preschool teachers we used the sunday thru saturday top of the calendar.  

For other instructors that she sees on a specific day of the week, we used that day's column of the calendar.

Then I made some little matchbooks. 
These are so fun.  I love a cute matchbook.
Just embellish the front cover with hearts, stamps, doilies, or yo-yos.  It makes a cute favor.

For the pages inside I used notebook paper and graph paper.  


Unknown said...


Those matchbooks must be the most creative thing I've seen in so long. I love the bookmarks too! How adorable :)


Shelia said...

You are the smartest one! I love this!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

Adorable ideas! Love the bookmarks!

Anonymous said...

LOVE all of these, especially the little matchbook notepads! My girls will LOVE doing them! Thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

So super sweet, I love how you used a calendar on the you make my perfect and clever. The matchboxes are cute too, I think I have the same stickers. Very fun!

Unknown said...

I have a weird obsession with paint samples. (Silly, I know!) But being able to actually DO something with them? Yay!

Tanya said...

Very cute match books. I did a simple framed paint swatch with a heart..come check it out!

Anonymous said...

this is such a cute idea!! so creative! i'm definitely following you!
so i've been tagged by another blogger to share 15 things about myself and now i'm tagging you... i would love to learn more about you. but there's no pressure to write a post. i know you're a busy woman.


Self Sagacity said...

Love your idea! I have always love paint swatches and thought they are just too pretty to be JUST that. Now - you're brilliant!

Unknown said...

Those matchbooks are simply adorable! How cute!!!

Liz said...

These look so cute and professional! I love the matchbooks. Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and follow back when you have a chance. You can also add your blog to our Blog Hop! Have a Sweet Friday.

Morgan said...

What a great use of free materials! Thanks for the ideas!

Unknown said...

Ahhh I love everything! The bookmarks are just too adorable!

Thanks for linking up to FFA!

Hannah @

Tania Pelletier said...

Very cute, I love the little matchbooks! I'm off to the paint store today so I'll be picking up some paint chip samples!!


Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

Those little matchbooks are darling!

Julianna said...

I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays

Shirley said...

These are adorable and so creative! Love them :)

Sylvie Créative - Créations Ma Déco Maison said...

Lovely and creative idea!

Sarah said...

Love it!

Mom24boys said...

I love the matchbooks. Thanks so much. I think I will make some of these for my son's class. Gotta make some more like spy gear for the boys though. He will be the hit among the girls! I shared this on my blog too. 4growingboys.blogspot
Stop by and check it out!

Anonymous said...

Really adorable! Great do-able projects for kids & moms!

Unknown said...

Super cute! Love those little matchbook/notebooks. What a great idea.

Ladybird Ln said...

What a clever idea, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Laura Everyday Edits said...

i love the matchbooks. so cute. i'm a following you now, would love a follow back when you can.

Christine said...

Hey Jenny
I love the paint chip ideas! Especially the matchbook project.

Jen said...

I love this idea! You are super clever. Thanks for linking up to Fantastic Friday. I cannot wait to see what you link up tomorrow!

Doreen said...

Hi Jenny
Found your creative blog by hopping around. I really like your paint chip matchbooks. What a quick and cute idea. I love incorporating paint chips with my artwork. I recently created a birthday banner using large paint chips. If you're interested to see it, please visit me at
I'm your new follower!

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

I LOVE the matchbooks! Great idea. I would love it if you linked this up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now:
See you soon!

SewSweetVIntage said...

Love these little cuties!!!! So creative and green:) New follower. Follow me too: I was at the Dollar Valentine party and posted:

Unknown said...

Wondering if you uses stamps, printed out labels/stickers on paint swatch bookmarks tgat read " you make my day".... Thanks!! :)

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