Use Royal Brites Poster Board for DYI Easter Decorations

Easter is a perfect time for creative projects – either to explore your own creativity or as a fun and engaging family activity. For DIY paper projects, the most versatile type of paper to work with is Poster Board, a sturdy paper product, yet pliable enough to be cut and shaped easily. Use it to make your own Easter decorations, cards, invitations, table setting décor and more. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a desire to explore.

Royal Brites Poster Board comes in a variety of colors and shades, making the creative process even more fun and the results spectacular. You can choose between Fluorescent Neon colors, Black and White and plain colors board that come in different sizes. We recommend starting with the 8.5”x14” E-Z Print Poster Board that is inkjet and laser printable, coated on both sides with a different color. For larger sheets you can’t go wrong with the 22”x28” and 20”x30” poster board C2S (coated 2 sides).

For those of you interested in the meaning of colors, here is a chart to help you choose the most appropriate and expressive color combinations.

Geographics offers free Easter Clipart and Wording as well as ideas to help customize your projects.

Our project ideas for inspiration and help to get you started:

Make an Easter Bunny
Creating an Easter Bunny from Poster Board is an inexpensive and fun arts and crafts project that can be used at home, in schools and kindergartens.

Craft Spring Flowers with Card Stock
Bring the colors of spring into your home with these easy crafts ideas for kids. Paper flowers are the quickest, most fun way to spruce up your kids’ room this Easter season.

Paper Leaves Easy Design
A video tutorial perfect for a creative project celebrating Palm Sunday.
Video curtesy of youtube.com/handmade

Make Easter 3D Paper Eggs
Try making your Easter Eggs out of paper this year.
Video curtesy of youtube.com/papermagic

Have fun trying out various suggested projects!

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Use Printable Stationery for Art Therapy Exercises

 

 

 
The positive impact art has on our physical and mental is now beyond any doubt. Whether we are talking about how being exposed to visual art can help improve children’s cognitive abilities and can make them more tolerant or empathetic or about adults healing trauma through dance, drawing or theatre, art therapy is a powerful wellbeing tool.

At Geographics.com, we are madly in love with paper and Printable Stationery and we are always happy to find way of using it in new ways and what better way than helping people protect or recover their vitality and good health.

To prove the point, a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas have looked at the impact of art focused school trips – like a visit to the art museums or viewing a theatre play – and have been able to show that “exposure to the arts also affects the values of young people, making them more tolerant and empathetic. We suspect that their awareness of different people, places, and ideas through the arts helps them appreciate and accept the differences they find in the broader world.” (Jay P. Greene, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas)

There are also a lot of proven benefits on adults: from using dance to express emotions in a healthy and safe way to the now popular coloring books for adults as a way of reducing stress and stimulating brain areas associated with motor skills and creativity. The psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos says “coloring comforts us, gives us peace, and lets us enjoy ourselves – it even temporarily frees us from daily pressures. Although coloring a couple of hours does not eliminate all problems and worries, it takes us away and relieves us from the stress that overwhelms us.”

To help you stay heathy, we are sharing 2 easy and calming exercise ideas:

  1. Make Your Own Traffic Sign

Benefits: Use the exercise when you need to make a difficult choice or when you are feeling disempowered or confused about next steps in solving a problem or dealing with a tough situation.

Materials: Royal Brites Poster Board, scissors, markers.

How to:

  • Take a moment and think of all of the road signs you have seen and choose one that describes a positive direction you would like to go towards. You can change the wording to something that is more specific to you.
  • Decide on the shape you want your sign to be and then cut the Poster Board into that shape.
  • Using your markers, create your personal road sign and, on the back, write down a detailed explanation of where or what the sign is directing you to do.
  • Place the sign where you can see it easily and revisit until the issue is resolved.
  1. Thank You Cards” Exercise

Benefits: It shifts the focus from the negative aspects in your life or from a current problem that is a source of stress to a more positive state where feeling grateful can help become calmer and more balanced.

Materials: Blank Cards, markers, pens, pencils, collage materials, glue sticks, postage stamps, and envelopes.

 

How to:

  1. Sit quietly and think about three people in your life that have had a positive contribution, people are grateful for.
  2. Think of images, colors, words, which come up that are associated with these people – positive memories, things you have learned from them, etc.
  3. Using all available materials, create personalized thank you cards – you can use cut-out images, drawings and text to share your feelings and express appreciation and gratitude for about each person.
  4. Place the cards in the envelopes – feel free to personalize the envelopes also. You can send or hand them them to each person for their birthday or for Christmas.

We hope you find these exercises helpful – enjoy and stay happy and healthy!

Project Board Ideas to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

Every year, more than 250,000 New Yorkers take over 5th Avenue for St. Patrick’s Day parade while millions of others celebrate in schools, homes and pubs. Celebration comes with fancy green clothes, hats, various spring symbols such as the clover and ends with partying and beer.

For St. Pat’s celebration we found a more sedate idea – a Project Board related one, easy to use. Project Boards are great, especially for kids, as they combine visuals with written pieces like poems, jokes or family slogans. Royal Brites Tri Fold Project Board with gridlines is helpful in better positioning elements on the work area.

Here are a few steps that your child or student should keep in mind:

  1. For a Family Tree Project, start with your main idea. Though the theme is St. Patrick’s Day, what is your main focus? If you have an Irish background, this might be your family heritage project. Or, perhaps you are just trying to entertain people with a few funny facts…
  2. To celebrate the family heritage, start with visuals. Make a family tree using green and tan Poster Board. Having a graphic display will make it easy for children to understand their roots and how they fit into the great picture.
    They usually have great fun cutting and gluing pieces to put the tree together. A combination of colors such as Dark Green and Neon Green Poster Board will make it stand out. Use Royal Lace Shamrock Doilies as leaves on the tree branches and write names of the family members directly on them using a thick marker or cut out prints of family members’ names that are glued to the leaves.
  3. To capture attention, share new, funny or less known information. You can write these directly on the Project Board or print them on smaller pieces of Poster Board see printable EZ Print Board 8.5” x14” and then glue them on. Choose a mix of paper colors to print on: green goes great with yellow, orange and even light blue or purple. Check out the great color selections Geographics website offers.
Here are a few interesting facts that you may want to include in your project:
Did you know that:

  • Saint Patrick’s signature color was light blue. Green only became associated with his celebration after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century;
  • The shamrock is a symbol of the Holy Trinity;
  • Saint Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat but he changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest;
  • The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10, 000;

How to Make Valentine’s Greetings

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Materials needed:

Multiple 10″ Royal Lace French doily
8″x10″ piece Pink tulle
1 yard pink 1/4″ satin ribbon
1 Sheet Royal Brites red poster board
Assorted magazine cut outs of flowers or Victorian motifs

Directions:

1.  Fold the doily in half and position fold at bottom. Bring left & right ends together in center front of doily so that folds meed in center. This forms a triangle with a rounded top, point at bottom. (See illustration)

2. Taking folded points, fold them down to create flaps. (See illustration)

3. Spacing them evenly, cut three 1/4″ long slits along remaining center fold line. Repeat along other fold. (See illustration)

4. Pink edges of tulle. Gather piece of tulle at bottom and staple to inside back of doily.

5. Create “bouquet” inset. Draw a triangle about  2 1/2″x 2 1/2″ x 4″ on heavy paper, draw a roughly scalloped top, then cut out. Attach chosen flower or Victorian motif cutouts to this triangle base, placing 4″ side at top. Glue photos to paper to create a bouquet. Overlap and glue flower motifs so that some will come over the top of the triangle.

6. Place the “bouquet” inset over top of the tulle, placing point of triangle at bottom inside of doily fold. Glue or staple.

7. Thread the ribbon into 1/4″ slits like lacing a shoe. Tie remaining ends into a bow.

8. Add decorative heart on outside of flaps and make special “message card” ( trimmed with the edge of Royal Lace Placemat) to tuck into the fold of the remaining flap.

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Making Valentines can be as simple as cutting a heart out of red paper, writing your own special message on it and mounting it on a Royal Lace Medallion Doily slightly bigger than the heart.

Add bows, tiny flowers, lace or even a picture of yourself!

If you bring someone flowers, wrap them in a large Royal Lace Medallion Doily.

Let us know how your project came out. Get your Royal Lace Paper Doilies, Today!