Hi! Do you remember the illustrated advent calendar I made for my children last December? Well, after your many enthusiastic feedbacks I am happy to offer you a new version to customise at home!
In each box you will find 24 illustrated paper pockets, 24 wooden pegs and a long jute string.
All you have to do is fill these pouches with sweet treats and little surprises to the delight of your children!
As the Olympic Games begin today in Tokyo, I am pleased to introduce you to this wonderful city through my cut-out illustrations!
On my last trip to Tokyo I had in mind to design a map of it on my return. On the spot I made many sketches of people walking in the street like a group of school kids wearing their randoseru bags or landmark buildings such as the Asakusa temple or some of the typical Tokyo houses with plants in pots growing on the front.
I also took lots of photos of the city, people crossing the famous pedestrian pathway or a young man listening to music while waiting for a friend by the Hachikō statue at Shibuya station.
The idea was to come back at my studio with lots of visual references. I needed to capture the many contrasts of this vibrant capital to create this intricate cut out map of one of my favourite city.
Since most of us are in lockdown and cannot hug our dearest friends and family, I thought it would be nice to make something for them to show our appreciation and love.
I illustrated this pop up card for you to print and make at home. It’s a fun activity to make in the evening (instead of watching Netflix!) or during the day with your children.
I made a card with my son Téo (aged 5) and we sent it to his grandmother. She has already received it and I can’t tell you how happy she was to receive this colourful pop up card in the mail!
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C. Download and print the .pdf document. It includes 3 pages: one with the colourful illustrations to cut, two with triangles to cut and fold.
To start you will need:
- 2 x white A4 sheets. Make sure the paper weight is a minimum of 120 gsm (I recommend 150gsm)
- 1 x coloured A4 sheet for the card cover
- A pair of scissors and/or a scalpel with sharp blades (recommended)
- A cutting board if you will cut the illustrations with a scalpel
1. Print the documents. We will start by folding the pop up card with the triangles:
Fold the A4 sheet in half, with scissors cut the two long dotted lines on the bottom of the two large triangles.
2.As seen on the photo, fold the large triangles towards the middle of the sheet. Repeat on both sides, press hard on the fold. Unfold the triangles.
3.Open the A4 sheet and pull towards you from the middle of the bottom of the large triangles. Leave them folded on the inside of the sheet.
4.Cut the small dotted lines of the small triangles and fold as seen on the photo.
Unfold them and open the A4 sheet flat.
5. This is the trickiest part! Gently close the A4 sheet and pull towards you the folds in the middle of the large triangles and at the same time of the small triangles. Press them folded while your close the A4 sheet.
You should now open and close the A4 sheet with the large and small triangles opening up in 3 dimensions!
Leave on the side while we are cutting the illustrations.
Open again and do the same with the small triangles. Now, you should be able to open and close the A4 sheet and see the large and small triangles folding on the inside as you close the A4 sheet
6. Make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee, grab a sharp scalpel or scissors and start cutting the leaves, flowers and bird. Little ones will need help cutting these shapes!
7.Once all the illustrations are cut, start to glue the different parts on the folds.
You can glue the word LOVE on the top triangle.
Have fun composing your page with the leaves and flowers.
Open and close the A4 sheet as you add each elements to make sure they fold nicely together.
9.Once all the flowers and leaves are glued and dried it's time to make the cover of your card. You can use a coloured A4 sheet and add to the front a fun title or some cut outs. Make sure to only glue the parts that are not folded.
10.Now choose a pretty envelop and send it to someone that you haven't seen for a while to show them your love and how much you miss them!
I hope you have enjoyed making your pop up card!
It would make me so happy to see your cards. Please share your creations on Instagram @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
Or leave me a comment below, i'd love to hear your thoughts about this printable and tutorial.
If it is something you'd like me to do more often, let me know!
I am so happy about this latest collaboration designing for The House That Lars Built.
Last year I designed for them three large painted flowers cut outs that you can print yourself or have them framed on their Print Shop.
This year I really enjoyed designing three cards and a home cookie box for Valentine's Day. Numerous international illustrators have also designed beautiful printable for this occasion. Have a look at the variety of great work available for you to download on The House That Lars Built Shop!
I would like to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's make it creative, colourful!
May it brings us all the things and connections we missed this past year.
I'm sending virtual hugs to each one of you who has been so supportive this past year!
24 illustrated pockets filled with chocolates and sweet words!
It was super fun to make, I printed my illustrations on A4 sheets of paper that I sewed to make little pouches. I know 3 children who will be very happy to see the calendar up on the wall when they come back from school!
In my studio, I am very lucky to have natural light thanks to these large windows. I had fun drawing directly on the glass with a large Posca. It is a water-based paint marker that washes off easily with hot water and a sponge.
If you want to try it on at home, remember to draw the design from inside otherwise it may fade in the rain!
This morning Téo (aged 5) made a drawing for his friend Finn and wrote 'I miss you' and 'I love you'. It was a nice way to keep in touch with his friend after being away from school for 3 weeks due to the confinement. This new situation has proven to be challenging for children, like us they really miss the interaction with their friends!
The drawings of robots Téo made inspired us to turn it into a fun mobile to hang in his bedroom! This was a fun activity to do this morning while his brother and his sister where doing their homeschooling.
I hope this will inspire you to make something similar with your child. A drawing made by your child is a good place to start! It's great to make something to hang in the bedroom and even better if it reminds you of a dear friend!
For materials we used what we had available in the house like an empty cereal box as it is not too thick for cutting nor too thin to hold the paints. We had some paints (but Téo ended up using watercolour crayons), scissors, a pencil and newspapers (for protecting the table). Téo painted a layer of Gesso acrylic primer as a base but if you don't have some just use white paint as a base.
I invite you to follow the step by step photos and improve it to make it your own project! Téo and I would love to see what you will make so please send us a photo via Instagram and tag @famillesummerbelle
Have fun and more importantly look after yourselves!
Our two boys (aged 10 and 5) are at the age where they spend hours on end playing with Legos. They both play very well together which is really sweet.
Today they made this pretty fun art installation on the kitchen bench displaying all the Legos characters (I found out that most have no hands which are most probably lost somewhere in the house!).
As this might sounds familiar, Legos pieces often ends up in every corner of the house. Who hasn't walked in the middle of the night on a sharp piece of Legos cube swearing with an acute pain on the foot!
I found a nice solution with our House Boxes for storing away all these little pieces!
If you are really motivated at tidying up your child's Legos you can also arrange them by colours as the House Boxes comes flat packed in 4 colours: blue, pink, yellow and black!
It's December 2nd and it's starting to look like Christmas at home!
Today I finished customising the advent calendar I had cut the previous year and added some colours and new activities to do on the back of each illustration.
I had no time to make a brand new one this year and to be honest I think this one deserved a second life!
Yesterday we celebrated Lucien's 10th birthday at home, the 5 of us. Lucien had chosen what he wanted to eat on the big day, it was going to be pancakes before school and home-made hamburgers and fries for dinner!
I also cooked a chocolate fondant for dessert and on top I made colourful 3D style paper cuts featuring the big number 10.
After blowing his candles, Lucien said proudly: Maman, I will know have a two digit number for the rest of my life!
As you may have previously seen on my blog, I have been recording Lucien's growth since he was born, with the same setting, him laying on a bed, with his age written with coloured felt letter (I bought them on Etsy, 10 years ago).
When I started photographing him I never thought I would do it for the next 10 years, I was just having fun recording his first few months and somehow it became a tradition on his birth date. I only forgot to do age 6. I think we were probably moving country as we do often!
I wish I had done it as religiously for his big sister and his little brother. But you know how busy life gets, especially with 3 kids! For Ophelia, the first child I wrote down in a beautiful little book at every stage of the pregnancy with photos, I made photo albums for every year...well until number two was born. Poor little Téo I haven't even started a single photo album (I'm 4 years behind!)
I find it fascinating to see how his face has changed but still it's Lucien all along, with his blond hair and cheeky smile!
I'd like to keep this tradition going, of course if he is willing to cooperate and if we keep it fun. But I'm not sure when he turns 15 that he'd like to have his photo taken with the cute little felt letters on top of his head :-)
This is Lucien's first 12 months. How the project started and as I mentioned above I never thought to do this for the following 10 years!