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You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent around here for the past couple of months. *sigh* I, unfortunately, needed to undergo a minor surgery at the end of July that made it a bit difficult to sit at the computer; hence, no new blog posts. Although the surgery was scheduled, I had thought I would have plenty of time to sit at the computer and pound out new posts. After all, what better excuse to write all day then being laid up and recuperating?
Alas (do people ever really use that word? 😉 ), things didn’t quite work out as planned. The surgical incision, which is on my backside, made it darn near impossible to sit at the computer. About all I could do was lay down sideways or stand. But it’s a bit difficult to type laying sideways (I actually tried it!), and, although it would probably be excellent for my health to stand and type, I don’t own one of those niffy standing desks. (Maybe I should invest in one!) So . . . two months without blog posts.
Although blogging had to go on the back burner for a bit, I did actually make some use of my resting time. I’ve discovered a fun new hobby (I know, another one, right?): adult coloring books! I know they’ve been all the rage for a while, and my sister-in-law actually gifted me a fabulous one this past Christmas, but it took having some down time with nothing else I could do to actually get me to finally break out the markers and colored pencils. And now I’m hooked! (Did you know it’s actually possible to color while laying sideways? Who knew!)
So now I’ve got all these coloring pages, and being the DIYer that I am, I really wanted to turn them into something. While cleaning out the office recently, I came across these laminating pages and it occurred to me that placemats would be an excellent way to “use” my new artwork.
So I cut out some of the coloring pages that were oriented and sized well for a placemat, “laminated” them between two adhesive sheets, and voila, Star Wars placemats for the kitchen table!
Although I used these Avery laminating sheets, if you decide to make your own coloring page placemats, you could also visit your local copy shop and have your coloring pages professionally laminated. I used the Avery sheets because I already had them on hand, but they are a bit flimsy, so if you’re looking for something sturdier, I recommend “real” lamination.
Also, I used pages from this Star Wars coloring book. But this craft project could also be a great way to preserve kids’ artwork (if you have any kiddos), or I can imagine even making placemats out of comic book pages (if you can bear to “tear one up.” Gasp!), or a picture book.
For more ideas on crafting with coloring pages, check out 11 Crafty Ways to Use Your Coloring Pages from Cleverpedia.