Posts Tagged ‘coloring book’

New Coloring Books!

March 31, 2010
Lions and Tigers Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Lions and Tigers Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

I’ve sewn up a few new custom coloring book designs for the Megnificent Made store! In addition to this new animal print book, you can find whales, apples and pears in fun spring and summer colors.

Megnificent Made takes your photographs and turns them into coloring books. Then, they get packaged in these cute fabric folders that hold a set of crayons! They’re great for travel, keeping kids busy, and make great keepsakes.

Speaking of great keepsakes, now is the time of year many people are looking for unique ones. It’s Graduation time! Everyone loves a little coloring, no matter what age. Why not put together some memories for your graduate’s big day? It’s a unique twist on a scrapbook or photo board. Let friends add their mark on your memories at your graduation party!

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How To (Share your photos with Megnificent Made)

November 18, 2009

Megnificent Made makes beautiful custom coloring books out of your photos. This post will show Megnificent Made customers how to share their photos with us so we can convert them to coloring book pages.

Cupcakes Coloring Book

Cupcakes Coloring Book By Megnificent Made

If you’ve ordered one of our coloring books, you can select 14 photos to be turned into coloring book pages to go along with your fabric book. You can also purchase an extra pack of 12 photos for $4 from the Megnificent Made Etsy store.

To find out more about how to select photos for your coloring book and how the process works, visit this post about Photo Picking!

Once you’ve chosen your photos, you need to get them to Megnificent Made so we can work with them, print them off and send them with your book.

You could send them by email to MegnificentMade@gmail.com, but with 14 photos that could be tedious and difficult to fit into an email. If you choose this route please include what order these photos go with and any other information you think is important.

Flickr is one way of sharing photos I highly recommend. I’ve been using it for years. It has many options for keeping your photos private and safe, is easy to use and navigate, and for these purposes is ideal! Flickr is run by Yahoo! and allows you to upload photos for free. Larger bandwith accounts are available by annual subscription but not necessary. Once you’ve signed up for an account with Flickr and uploaded your photos, make the flickr user MegnificentMade your contact. (Do a search for user Megnificentmade and click “add as contact”) If you are keeping your photos private, be sure to add me as a friend or family so I can access and download your photos to work with them.

Photobucket is another popular option. Once you’re a member here, create an album with your coloring book photos and then email the album to megnificentmade@gmail.com. Be sure that your account allows me to download photos from the album!

Picasa is a google run photo hosting site. I’ve been happy with anything google so I assume this would be no less spectacular! Again, you can make a photo album and share it with megnificentmade@google.com. Be sure your security settings allow downloading!

aside from these website made specifically for sharing photos, you can try a file hosting site. One I recommend is MediaFire. File transfer websites like these allow you to upload large files or multiple files to a website. You are then given a private link that you can send others to download them. If you choose MediaFire, put all of your photographs into one folder and send the download link to megnificentmade@google.com.

Whatever option you choose, please make sure that you specify what order these photos will be going with. Thank you and good luck! Contact me with any issues or questions you have at any time!

Coloring Books up and Running!

October 26, 2009

Fun for Sale!

The coloring books are all sewn up and the first set of patterns is in the store for sale.

check them out at megnificentmade.etsy.com!

I’ve made quite a few patterns for this first batch and there are definitely more to come. Be aware that a few of the patterns are limited and you had better get them while you can!

The camera bags have been well received, and although there have been a few sales there are still plenty of choices available. Be sure to have a look!

In addition to the coloring books, I’ve decided to make a second version that allows adults to get in on the fun! I’ve already made a few in the process of sewing coloring books and they’ve sold to friends fresh from the sewing machines. I’m even using one to keep my business notes and ideas 🙂

The new version of the coloring book will come in two different packages… The Writer’s Pack and the Artist’s Pack! The writer’s pack will feature pens, pencils and lined paper. The Artist’s pack will have sketch paper and drawing pencils. Due to the extras involved, the price will be a little higher than the kid’s coloring books to accommodate the cost.

I look forward to adding these to the store soon too!

Photo Picking 101

October 22, 2009

Megnificent Made will turn your photos into coloring book pages that easily tuck into their hand made fabric books. Parents will love seeing what creative mark their kids can put on their memories, and kids will love coloring in the people and places they know.

The book is hand made in bright, fun cotton fabrics and closes tight with velcro. They feature pockets to hold your children’s crayons and a fabric flap that will protect their artwork. The book has a sturdy cardboard backing sewn into the book so the kids can color in their lap on the go.

Each coloring book page measures 5×7 and is single sided so that their artwork can be easily framed. It’s a creative twist on framing your vacation photos!

With the purchase of each hand made fabric coloring book, you’ll receive crayons and 14 custom coloring pages. Before making your purchase, have a selection of 12 photos of family fun, vacation and memorable moments ready to send to megnificentmade@gmail.com.

A set of 12 extra photos can be purchased for $4 without extra charge for shipping.

The book is easily refilled with more photo pages or even blank copy paper making it a long lasting carry along to keep your kids busy.


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This post is to help guide customers in selecting photos for their coloring books. Any photo can be turned into a coloring book page, but following these tips will help you choose photos that turn out clearer and easier for kids to color.


The first key is to think of how simple coloring book pages are. Often they feature one or two characters drawn in simple outlines.

Choose photographs that have a definite focal point. Portraits work well. The main subject should fill the majority of the space in the photograph because backgrounds can be busy and distracting. Photos may be cropped to minimize background noise. Large groups of people are difficult as well. Many people in a portrait mean the faces will be smaller and the detail will not be as clear. Small faces are also more difficult for kids to color!

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In this photo you can see that my niece is front and center and absorbs the majority of the space. Her features are all clearly visible because the size is large enough and yet there is plenty of space to color. Note that the leaves in the background translate to a very busy and abstract space…shaggy carpets, shaggy dogs, waves and other non-definite shaped objects have potential to result this way!

Be aware of the contrast (brightness and darkness) of your photos
If you send a photo with a dark background and a very light foreground, you may lose a lot of the detail in the lighter part of the image. To preserve detail in lighter areas of the image, there could be a loss of detail in darker areas.

For example; if you’re wearing all black in a photo, chances are that area will print as mostly black or gray ink because otherwise features may be lost in lighter areas of the image such as your face!

Steps will be taken in editing to avoid there being too much black space (space kids can’t color for themselves!) but it may not always be possible to avoid it all together.


Images may be cropped
In order to get a clean image, crops may be made on your photo. Nothing important like faces or people will be cut if it is an obvious focus. Cropping is a good way to make the focal point more obvious in the photo. It can cut out busy backgrounds and make clean drawing surfaces such as faces larger.


Places are interesting too!
Kids would love to color in the places they know. Grandma’s house, a family cottage, the beach, a backyard; are all place a kid can add their creativity to. They can draw in the people they love and the things they like to do there. Take a photo of your car empty in the drive way and let them color it in as it will be packed for a trip. And who will be coming in the car?
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This is a photo used in the coloring book I gave to my niece. Her book featured photos from our summer vacation and this one in particular is of the big pink house we rented for the week. She had mentioned it was her favorite part of the trip and she loved coloring this one in. As you can see, the plants are very detailed and therefore result in a lot of dark ink in the coloring book page. The dark car also prints with a lot of black area. The photo still features a lot of coloring space however, and works well!


Any questions or concerns with the photos you have sent will be addressed in an email. If you follow these tips the creation of your coloring book should go seamlessly!

I suggest that you collect your photos before making your purchase in the Megnificent Made Etsy Store. Your purchase of a coloring book allows for 14 photographs at 5×7 for coloring, and for an extra $4 you can add another 12. The pages are refillable and you can order more at any time!

Mission Accomplished!

October 20, 2009

I did it! A touch late, but I did it!

The weekend turned out a bit busy, and I ended up having some short notice design work, but today I finished my first batch of camera bags. Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect to find in the etsy store this week! Tomorrow I’ll start taking my product photos and get these available to you.

Camera Bags Batch 1

In addition to finishing the bags, this afternoon I whipped up my last “practice” coloring book. I had ordered a pattern on etsy from jcasa, although I’ve decided to stick with my original. I will thank jcasa for some excellent tips on how to put it all together. I’ve since added to mine a layer of felt for rigidity. Jcasa‘s pattern featured a trifold setup, like a brochure, and used an elastic loop closure with a button. It also has pockets to hold pads of paper.

I decided my original set up worked best to hold folded coloring book pages with a strand of ribbon. I also like the flap to protect the pages from the crayons. The larger size, as my dad suggested, was easier for little kids to draw on, and also lends itself to being framed after being colored. I’m also keeping with the cardboard backing in the book that will make it easier to color in, but I’ve found a much cleaner way of inserting it and have stopped trying to sew around it.
Whale Book

I’ve also abandoned the button closure. I was worried that the loop and button was difficult for little kids to work, and might suffer wear and tear after lots of use. Velcro will also be easier on me for making stacks at a time. I like the creative touch the buttons add to the cover though, so if they see a return it will be more cosmetic and velcro will still function as the closure.

On this one I used velcro but didnt feel it needed a button…instead i made the flap wavy to match the nautical theme.
Wavy Tabs

also, if you can see them on this photo…there are blue lines drawn in to mark seams…they’ll disappear!

Crayons

I’d also like to make the crayon pockets a little longer to hold them more securely.

All that said…I’m ready to roll!

Kick Start

October 8, 2009

Hello and welcome to the Megnificent Made Blog!

I’ve just gotten things started here setting up my Etsy store, designing logos and making prototypes.

Along with this blog, you can follow my progress along in the Megnificent Made Etsy store, which will be opening once I’ve made some items to sell. While you’re at it, check out Megnificent Made on Flickr too!

Riley's Gift

My first product will be a custom coloring book in a beautiful little stitched book. My original is a birthday gift for my niece Riley. Its made out of old pants and dresses and filled with photos from our recent trip to Cape May NJ for her to color in. It will be so fun to see what creative twist she puts on our memories 🙂

I like the hand stitching, although it isn’t very practical for mass production.

Pencils and Beads

The beading is an extra touch as well… it is my niece after all.

Riley's pages

This is my beautiful niece Riley, and I hope she enjoys her coloring book. I imagine there is a lot of appeal for parents to see how their children remember events. It could be an annual gift to give a custom coloring book full of the year in photos.

crayon book

For my second try and building a pattern I again resorted to cutting up old cloths and learned a valuable lesson! Trial and error will get me there…and one error is using stretchy t-shirts. While I wanted my bright red stitching to show, pulling and stretching the fabric over the cardboard frame caused a lot of stretching and warping in the seams.

Crayon book inside

Positives for this experiment? Well the colors and patterns were fun to work with, but more importantly the larger size allows for 5×7 size coloring book pages. That means parents can frame their favorite works of art easily!

Its not practical for pencils, but this larger size will hold LOTS of crayons too. And the more color the better!

Today I get the joy of picking out and ordering fabrics, which should be pretty enjoyable! I’ll let you know what goodies come in the mail 🙂