Friday, April 25, 2014

AdventureLand Quiet Book Page

My favorite land in DisneyLand is AdventureLand. I love everything about it... the Tiki Room (yes I sing along with the birds), the decor, Indiana Jones ride, Dole Whips, the jungly feel. So of course, I had to make an AdventureLand quiet book page.

Instead of tediously cutting out and spelling the entire word, I opted for the first letter. Although I prefer the look of hand stitched pieces, all felt pieces are machine stitched to save time.

Inside spread has a removable elephant, coconut button tree, swinging monkey on the vine and monkey attached with elastic that J can pull. The tiki has glued on googly eyes.

Pirates of the Caribbean Quiet Book page

YARRRR!! Love Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, not to mention the movies too! I definitely wanted to make a quiet book page like this for J. My inspiration and patterns came from this talented designer of quiet books.

Front cover above. The spread below has a treasure chest and map that open. 

The chest teaches skills like buttoning and counting the gold coins.

The treasure map teaches how to tie and fold.

FrontierLand Quiet Book page

Frontierland has one of my favorite rides, Big Thunder Mtn Railroad (I swear it's faster when you ride it after dark). The Golden Horseshoe Revue is a fun place to rest and eat. I decided to make a quiet book page that featured zipper skills and tactile sensory objects.

Front cover above. Spread below has a zipped teepee and ribbon waterfall.

Teepee unzips to reveal a campfire.

Tomorrowland Quiet Book page

This was the first quiet book page I made and fun to create. I love riding Space Mtn in Tomorrowland. In fact, we lived in socal for a couple years so I got a Disneyland SoCal annual pass. On my way home from work, I would occasionally pop in, hop on Space Mtn, chuckle at all the tourists frantically rushing from ride to ride (although that's ME now. boo) and head back home. Sometimes, I would stop in and grab breakfast on Main St before heading on to my job. Good times!

Cover above. I found this awesome glittery felt to represent the galaxy.

J can "fly" the rocket ship through the rings.

Quiet Book Project

I have been looking high and low for a Quiet Book for our 2-1/2 yr old son. A toy he could fiddle with but quiet enough that it didn't require batteries, would entertain him in the car, or not reverberate off the walls if he threw it on our tile floor. I remembered these as being fabric books that taught you how to tie, lace, zip, snap, button etc. Shouldn't be hard to find right? WRONG. After scouring the internet, the only places I could find one was Amazon and Etsy and they were well into the $25-$80 range! *cough* Not in the budget. Being the busy work-at-home mom with a very sociable, have to be around someone...anyone... toddler, I rolled my eyes at making one.


I finally gave in. So I figured, I'd make a very simple basic one that incorporated all of the above necessary skills in life. But, oh no. I'm an Art arteest. I own my own business and cannot do anything the simple basic easy way. So in my Clark Griswold thinking, I thought...

Wouldn't it be COOL to make a DISNEYLAND quiet book??!!?

And then my brain kicked into gear and next thing I know, I'm making sketches in Adobe Illustrator, hitting Michaels for felt and emptying my sewing box for odds and ends that I haven't ever used. 

Then I started sewing and I became OBSESSED with this crazy quiet book. Four pages later and I admit I had a lot of fun making this. Plus it whipped together faster than I expected (during the late night hours when said toddler...and hubby... are snoozing) and I can add pages later if I really wanted to.

So here you have it... Jax's Disneyland Quiet Book pages! I decided to make each page separate instead of a gianormous thick book so he can play with them one at a time. Click on the "lands" below to see each individual page. My inspiration came from this very talented designer.