Laurie LaRose Creative Stampin' Up! Projects

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Amore Paper Mobile

I was trying to come up with a craft to take to the grade 4 class for this, with a Valentine's theme. After some looking around, I thought I'd give my hand at building a mobile. There are various computations a mobile can take on, I was pretty excited about the possibilities and had big visions of buttons and ribbons and ruffles (on the Girls at least). Along the way, I stumbled on a Home schooler's blog. Her blog described how her girls discovered how even just the weight of simple paper needed balancing along the dowel. This statement made me realize a multi tier mobile might be more daunting than I was ready for with a class of kids. She also talked about reading a book about Alexander Calvert, an artist from the turn of the 20th century who is known for kinetic art, and his beautiful mobiles. My husband questioned the 'kinetic' part, but it is the energy of wind in this case to make the art.
This is one that I made. It is in constant motion and ever changing.

During my search, I came across a fun banner that used yellow for Valentine's along with the reds and pinks so I added in some Daffodil into my mix. Stampin'Up! has added in Pool Party to their beautiful paper, More Amore. I used a variety of heart framelits and the new Banner Framelits, along with embossing folders and a couple of the great lacy hearts from the package of More Amore paper. It is amazing to me how a simple breeze adds ten-fold to the allure of these, even the simpler one I constructed as an example to take to class, is so pretty as it twirls in the wind movement. The two bottom dowels spin around and the hearts twirl around on their own strings as they float around and pass one another.
I helped the kids make a simpler version with a single dowel along the top and three strings of hearts dangling from it. The kids cut multiple hearts in the pinks, reds, blue and yellow. I love seeing how different each child creates. Each mobile was so fabulous and so unique!
(I'm thinking I might try my hand at an Easter egg mobile for next month, using our oval framelits and some of our papers and more of our embossing folders...or maybe for more fun try dying some papers to add to a mobile. Maybe I can get some interest in a class. I really love the grace of them.)
Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Laurie!!! This is wonderful, what a great idea, love, love, love it! Hugs, Emma xx

  2. Before I retired from teaching, I spent my last 10 years in 4th grade! We always had hearts of some kind dangling from the ceiling for Valentine's Day. These mobiles are beautiful! I love the added yellow and blue!

  3. thanks, you guys! I can't get over how delightful they are fluttering through the air in the different rooms we've put them. They make my heart gladden.

  4. oooh...fabby idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Oh... how lovely! I am a mobile addict. Check out Flensted. Yours is just fabulous & very inspiring.

    1. I'm starting on an Easter egg one, and looking at these great ones online give me an idea for a couple new 'shapes'. thanks : D