Today I would love to share a Hello Fall! project and a wonderful experience that I had with some amazing women at my local Senior Citizens Center. Over the summer, I contacted the coordinator of the center to see if I could volunteer my time and bring a craft project for the seniors to work on. The coordinator was enthusiastic, but warned me that the last art project they tried was not a big hit.
I'm not sure they knew what to expect. Maybe they thought it would be construction paper and paste... But as you and I know, when Little Yellow Bicycle walks through the door, there is a lot of super fun crafting to be done and that is exactly what these ladies did to make this mini album recipe book.
They were such an amazing group and I was told that many of them have severe arthritis and a few are struggling with different forms of dementia. But you would never have guessed this to be the case from the enthusiasm and engagement from the group.
Because some of the participants have severe arthirtis, I designed a project that required almost no cutting with scissors and really just involved gluing it together. Little Yellow Bicycle makes chipboard albums that have precut papers, so we used the LYB101 6 x 12 Chipboard Album and the Hello Fall! paper pad with all of the paper cut to fit the album.
Each page is a combination of the Hello Fall! 6 x 12 paper pad, 6 x 6 Decorative Edge Cardstock and the 5 Things Envelopes. The idea is that you add your favorite recipes on a 4 x 6 notecard and then write a special note about the recipe on the 5 Things Envelope.
Just add a litle bit of chipboard, some fresh verse stickers and jewel stickers. The page looks pretty polished and doesn't require any cutting unless you prefer to mat the recipe with another color like I did with the green patterned paper.
I just love the artwork on this collection and the tree is absolutely fantastic. I can't wait to see what some of the ladies write on the notes in the envelopes and I bet their recipes will be fantastic. One of the women is a phenomenal baker, so I REALLY want to see her finished recipe book.
This woman was so adorable. She told me that she was not very good at projects, but with a little assistance, she had a beautiful recipe book to take home with her and the smile and appreciation from all of the participants made this activity one of the very best I have ever done.
Everybody was diligent about putting their recipe books together and the coordinator said that she has never seen the group have so much fun working on a project. All of the volunteers that come each week to work with the seniors were glad that the project was stimulating the right side of their brains, which is sometimes hard to plan for...
I guess all of us crafters take the right sides of our brains for granted, because we probably over stimulate them with creativity, but we probably need to do a few crossword puzzles and try to reason through why we need so many craft supplies to make sure we stimulate the left side too.
Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!