Saturday, April 13, 2013

Loving Is Listening ReCraft-Along: Introduction


Guess what.

I'm starting this new-to-me year of blogging with something I've never done before: a craft-along! Actually I'm calling it a recraft-along because there are no new materials used in this craft, aside from the glue that is. The project is made entirely of paper recyclables. I invite you to join me 'cause it'll be fun fun fun and the result will be very pretty!

What are we making?... A valid question.

When I was toying with the idea of doing a paper craft-along, I was reading a booklet called "The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember". Numerous times in this little gem of a book, Mister Rogers mentions how important listening is when it comes to truly caring for others. And I, for one, 100% agree with him. Unfortunately I am far from being the model listener. I'm so distracted with everything I do, I often tune out even my most beloved people. And worse still, I sometimes fail to listen to my own heart. Know what I mean?... So, I thought I'd make myself a gentle reminder. I distilled Mister Rogers' message to simply say "Loving Is Listening" and created a spring flavoured design to go along with it.  And then I thought, if I could use this reminder, then maybe others could too? Thus, the recraft-along was born.

Now, you could simply take the design, and produce it on a flat piece of cardboard and frame it. That would be great. Personally, I'll be refurbishing a cereal box. I'm thinking my altered cereal box could be used in a few different ways. It could serve as a fancy gift box for Mothers Day, eh? Or as a decorative storage box? But it might also work as a sweet flower pot. In fact, that's how I'll be using mine. I promise to show you pictures of my flower pot a little later on. So the final use of this thing is entirely up to you!

If you choose to work through the recraft-along with me, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind.
  1. This craft was designed for the intermediate crafter. But no worries. If you want to do it, it doesn't matter what your level is. The recraft-along is here for you and so am I. But also, I would NOT suggest this craft for kids as there are craft/utility knives involved.
  2. If you have a question, leave a comment in the comments section. I will do my best to answer any recraft-along questions within the comments section so that everyone has access to the answers.
  3. Despite how it looks, this is not the quickest craft. It will probably not get done in one sitting. I mean, it is possible to get it done in one sitting, but it is unlikely. And in fact, there's no need to rush it. You'll get better results if you don't. So take your time and enjoy the process.
  4. There's a newfangled "Loving is Listening Flickr Group" somewhere... Oh HERE it is. Upload process and finished photos there if you like.
  5. You can do what I do, but you don't have to do what I do. In other words, feel free to take the design and make it your own, change things up, move elements around, use completely different materials. See, I don't know everything you like. So go bananas and totally do your own thing with this! And then post photos to the Flickr group so I can check 'em out! 
Note: The "Loving is Listening" design is made available for personal use only. Please do not make items for sale from this design. Thanks.

One last thing, I'm still working on a craft-along button. It should be ready for next time methinks... Okeedokey, I think that's it for now.

Oh and here's the button now! (If you wish to get a button for yourself, the button code is located at the very bottom on the blog!)

Next up:  The Loving Is Listening ReCraft-Along officially begins for real... Wahoot!


All "Loving Is Listening ReCraft-Along" posts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 (finish)


  1. It is so great! Especially the bird with all the layers of paper is gorgeous! :)

  2. Wow!!! This is gorgeous Michele!! I definitely need this reminder sometimes. I love the organic look of the cardboard and papers you used. Nice soft neutral tones. Love, love, love it!!!!

  3. Bello il lavoro e ancor più bello il messaggio ....condivido pienamente l'amore per il riciclo della carta, pensiamo che per produrla si sacrificano tanti alberi....
    brava Michele!

  4. Wahoot indeed! Your cereal box picture is absolutely, divinely lovely! Love how you are using it as art and personal reminder. And bringing people into the process. I know I will be loving and listening as your re-craft-along proceeds!

    The worm, the worm! I heart the worm.

  5. I am stunned by the picture! It is indeed a real masterpiece!
    I will excitedly follow and enjoy your re-craftalong!!

  6. What a great piece of art! I had no idea when I first saw it that it would be the craft-along project (happy surprise!). What should I be doing now? Eating large amounts of cereal so as to have empty boxes ready?

    1. Hey Laura,

      Okay so you'll definitely need some empty cracker/cereal boxes for this craft. So yep, by all means get those ready. :)

  7. you have created something amazingly beautiful.
    i love the color palette.
    and i love mr. rogers.
    wow, michele ♥

  8. I love what you made--it's beautiful. I also have to say that I was a huge Mister Rodgers fan as a child--seriously, a lot of adults could learn a lot from that man!

  9. I see the nest has been created using what has become one of my favorite crafting materials - thanks to you!!!

  10. J'aime beaucoup vos idées de recyclage de boites de céréales.
    Ce travail est vraiment magnifique !

  11. Currently my cereal comes out of a plastic packet. I can see me starting to direct my eating habits towards those foods which come in interesting (and more recyclable) cardboard boxes.

  12. I've joined the group and I'm excited to be a part of it. I love what you did with junk mail. I had no idea Mister Roger had this book. That's so cool. I'll check it out!

  13. Magnifique création !!!
    Bravo !

  14. Beautiful! Congratulations for your site!

  15. I have commitment issues when it comes to web group activities but this is one of the neatest craft-a-longs I've seen and I would rank it as one of your most beautiful if not your most beautiful project. I think the sentiment combined the birds really gives this an abiding beauty.

    I too struggle with taking the time to really listen - I do think it is one of the hardest things for me is to take the time to listen.

  16. this is intriquing! I've never done a sew along or a craft along... I love love love this picture!

  17. Wow! What a great ide and a wonderful reminder to all of us!

  18. Hi, Michele. I want to say thank you so much for posting the amazing works, you are a loving and passionate person, a real artist!


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