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  • Copyright2014byLorenaSiminovich

    Allrightsreserved.

    PublishedintheUnitedStatesbyPotterCraft,animprintoftheCrownPublishingGroup,adivisionofRandomHouseLLC,aPenguinRandomHouseCompany,NewYork.

    www.crownpublishing.comwww.pottercraft.com

    POTTERCRAFTandcolophonisaregisteredtrademarkofRandomHouseLLC.

    LibraryofCongressCataloging-in-PublicationDataSiminovich,Lorena.PetitCollage:25easyhandmadeprojectsforaplayfulhome/byLorenaSiminovich.Firstedition.pagescm(printedition:alk.paper)1.Handicraftforchildren.2.Childrensparaphernalia.3.Housefurnishings.I.Title.TT157.S5281852014745.5dc232013022415

    ISBN:978-0-385-34508-8eBookISBN:978-0-385-34509-5

    DesignbySaraGillinghamStudioPhotographybyThayerAllysonGowdyIllustrationsbyNoraAoyagiCoverdesignbySaraGillinghamStudioCoverphotographbyThayerAllysonGowdy

    v3.1

  • Tomyparents,BarbaraandDaniel,fornourishingmycreativesidefromayoungage

    Tomyhusband,Esteban,forhislovingpatienceandunconditionalsupport

    Tomydaughter,Matilda,forbeingmymuseandalways-readymodel

    TomydearfriendSaraGillinghamfordesigningthisbeautyofabook

    Tomydesignteam,AnnieTsouandNoraAoyagi,whohelpedmakePetitCollage,withaspecialthankstoNora,whomadethisbookpossible

    Tomyagent,AdrianaDominguez,forpushingmeintogoodthings

    Tomyeditors,BettyWongandCamarenSubhiyah,whoguidedmethroughmyfirstcraftbook

    TomydesigncommunityinSanFranciscoforinspiring,sharing,andexisting!

  • contents

    CoverTitlePageCopyrightAcknowledgments

    FOREWORD

    INTRODUCTION

    HOWTOUSETHISBOOK

    MATERIALS,TOOLS,ANDTRICKSOFTHETRADE

    VintageorRecycledPapers

    NewPapers

    MakeYourOwnPatternedPapers

    TapesandAdhesives

    BasicTools

    1ROOMTOGROWJustHanging:PaperMobile

    HelloWorld:PersonalizedBabyPlaque

    Knock,Knock:BabyDoorTag

    UpandAway:BirdGrowthChart

    MyNameIs:PatternedLetters

    LeanonMe:CityscapeWoodVeneerHeadboard

    MoveonBack!:WheeledToyBin

    AboutTime:BunnyWallClock

    GameTime:PlayTable

    OnceUponaTime:BookLedges

  • 2FAMILYLIFELeafaMessage:FamilyMemoBoard

    WhatsCooking?Dry-EraseDinnerPlanner

    ISeeYou:WindowFilmCutouts

    NewHeights:StepStool

    AllAboutMe:MemoryBox

    Masterpieces:FamilyGallery

    HangTogether:FriendsCoatRack

    LighttheWay:CeilingPendant

    3PLAYTIMEFromtheGroundUp:CustomBabyBlocks

    Roar!:AnimalMasks

    Rat-a-tat-tat:ToyDrum

    AllintheFamily:MemoryGame

    MiCasaEsSuCasa:PortableDollhouse

    YouGotMail:FamilyMailbox

    PeekabooHouse:CardboardPlayhouse

    BasicTechniques

    Resources

    Templates

    AbouttheAuthor

    AboutPetitCollage

    Index

  • forewordbyHollyBecker,interiorsauthorandstylist,founder/editorofdecor8blog.com

    Asastylist,interiorsauthor,anddesignblogger,mylifeisanonstopcreativeadventurethatleavesmefeelingdeeplynourishedandblessed.Itseemsincreativedisciplinesthereisaconstantflowofnever-endinginspirationtodrinkfrom;yetnomatterhowmanynewproductsImexposedtoortalentedmakersImeet,Inevertireofthebeautythatexistsintheworld.Whetherthisbeautyentersmylifefirst,orIhadtodigforit,Iimmediatelyknowwhatisfreshandunusualandcanspotamileawaythegemthatstandsoutfromthepackortheartistwiththatspecialsomething.Forme,onesuchartisthaslongbeenLorenaSiminovichandtheworkthatsheproducesthroughPetitCollage,hercompanyinSanFrancisco,andnowthisgorgeousbookthatyoureholdinginwhichshesolovinglyproducedunderthesamenameasherfun-lovingbrand.IrememberdiscoveringLorenasworkonlinein2006whenshelaunchedPetitCollageand

    howinspiredIwasbyhercohesivecollection,overallvision,andcreativetalent.Hersweetpatternsandmotifs,withobviousmid-centuryflair,spoketomeasIfeltlittleonesandtheyoung-at-heartwouldbecaptivatedbythem.Shehasthatcertainsomething.Ialsorecallthedayin2007whenIlearnedthatAnthropologiecommissionedherworktobesoldintheirstoresnationwideandIwroteaboutitonmyblog,decor8.Ifeltsoproud;webothbeganourcompaniesinthesameyear(2006)andherrisingpopularityandsuccessinspiredmetokeepworkinghard,too.Sincethen,Lorenahasgrownherbrandbyleapsandboundstoincludeeverythingfromflashcardstobooks,prints,andpuzzlesallinherwhimsicalcolorfulstylethatissoveryLorena.WhenwehadthechancetomeetyearslateratAnthropologieformyownbooksigning,IimmediatelyfeltshewasakindredsoulwhohadtraveledasimilarjourneyasIandwedbothstayedoncourseandfollowedourdreamstwowomenwithapassionformakingthingsbeautifulandforbringingalittlemorejoyintotheworldthroughourwork.PetitCollageisclearlyalaboroflovecraftedwithcuriouseyesandlittlehandsinmind(withthe

    helpofbighands,too!),evidentwitheachlovelyflipofthepage.Infact,themanyphotographsandcarefullyconsideredprojectsinspiredmetobreakopenmycraftcabinetandgettowork.Afterporingovereachpage,Iveconcludedthatitstheperfectbookformothers-to-belikemeandalsoforchildren,parents,aunts,uncles,andevengrandparentswhowanttositdownandcrafttogetherwiththeirgrandchildren.Withababyduetoarrive,IvedecidedtogivetheBunnyWallClockprojectatryalongwiththe

    owldoortagforthenursery,whichIamcurrentlyintheprocessofdecorating.ThisbookmademestopandthinkthatIshouldusemyhandsmorebeforerunningouttopurchaseeverythingformybabybecausethehandmadeprojectswillalwaysbethemostspecial.MymotherandauntmadesomanythingsinmynurserywhenIenteredtheworldandlongafter,whichhadadirect

  • impactonmyowncreativityandhowIviewedtheworldaroundmealongwiththeprofessionthatIultimatelychoseformyself.IwasremindedthroughLorenasbooktocontinuethetraditioninmyownlittlefamilytocreatespecialthingsbyhand.Ilovethewhimsicalcombinationsofcolorsandmaterialsusedthroughoutmixedwithher

    contemporarygraphicsandpracticalapplicationandeasyapproach.Forinstance,thewindowfilmcutoutsarejustperfectforaddingagraphictouchtoaspacewhileconcealinganot-so-perfectwindowviewandthefriendscoatrackistheperfectmixofpracticalandcreative.OnethingthatcametomindasIreadPetitCollageisthatwemustneverallowcraftingto

    becomealostart,despitehowweliveinanagewheneverythingisbeingoutsourcedanddigitalized.Craftingwithourchildrenisnotonlyhelpfulfortheirownself-discoveryandself-esteem,butalsoshowsthemwhatgoesintomakingthings,whichbuildsagreaterappreciationforthepossessionsweresurroundedbythatweoftentakeforgranted.Craftingtogetheralsoformsabondbetweenadultandchildandgivesbothachancetoexploreandplay.LikeLorena,Ibelieveinsurroundingchildrenwithbeautiful,well-designedartwork,and

    handmadeaccessories.Thisapproachable,heartwarmingcraftbookwillallowyoutodothesame,helpingyoudrawnearertoyourlittleones,bringmorejoyintotheirlives,andaddaspiritofhappinesstoyourhomethroughobjectsyouvemadeandinfusedwithyourownuniquepersonalities.Isntthatwhatfamilylifeshouldbeabout?PetitCollageisforfamilieslargeandsmallwhowanttomake,bond,showlove,enjoysimple

    pleasurestogether,andbuildlastingmemoriesthroughtheartofcraftingbyhand.IhopethatyouenjoyitasmuchasIdo.Now,backtomakingmybunnyclock

    Happycrafting!xoHollyBecker

  • introductionMychildhoodwasacolorfulcollageinwhichdifferentelementscametogethertomakemethedesignerIamtoday.

    IwasbornandraisedinBuenosAires,ArgentinaintoafamilyofEuropeanimmigrantsfromdiversebackgrounds.WhenItracemyinfluences,theimagesthatappearinrapidsuccessionalmostlikelookingoutthecarwindowonourlongsummerdrivesaretheEuropeanmid-centuryobjectsinmyhome,museumvisitswithmygraphicdesignerdad,andthelushLatinAmericancolorsthatsurroundedme.Iwasfortunatethatmyearlyinterestinartwasencouragedbymyfamily.ForaslongasIcanrememberItookpaintinganddrawingclasses,andthensculptureandprintmaking.MyearliestmemoriesofartmakingincludethejoyandprideIfeltcreatingsomethinguniqueandpersonalbyhand.Thesememoriesalsoincludethestruggleswhenmyceramicsbrokeinakilnorwhenmymomdidntknowwheretostoremylatestmasterpieces,butthatdidntdimmyloveformaking.Yearslater,myloveofarttransformedintoapassionforgraphicdesign.Iwasworkingasa

    creativedirectorforagiftcompanywhenmyhusbandwaspresentedwithawonderfulopportunityandwemovedfromNewYorktoSanFrancisco.LittledidIknowwhatthefuturewouldhold,but,astheysay,thingshappenforareason!IwastelecommutingwithmycompanysNewYorkoffice,spendingendlesshoursbehindacomputer,andalthoughIlovedmyjob,IwaslongingforthosedayswhenImadethingswithmyhands.Onenight,onlyminutesbeforemeetingapregnantfriend,Idecidedtoattackmysecretstashoffoundandvintagepapersandmakeheracollageofanowlfamily.AllIhadwerescissorsandglue,lovelypapers,andarepurposedvintagecardasthecanvasnothingfancy.ButIremembertheexcitementofthecuttingandpasting,myheartbeatingalittlefasterinanticipationfortheresults,andthenthehappinesslookingatthefinalpiece.AndjustlikethatIwascraftingagain!Afewweekslater,hookedbytheintoxicatingfeelingofthehandmadeprocess,Icreateda

    mini-collectionofcollagesonwoodplaquesandtookthemtoafewstores.Theyplacedordersandmycompany,PetitCollage,wasborn.Fastforwardafewyearsanditemsfromourlineofcollage-inspireddecorandplaythingsarefoundinhomesaroundtheglobe.Wehaveexpandedfromwalldecortomobiles,dolls,toys,andgiftsallinspiredbypaper,modernpatterns,andnaturalmaterialssuchaswoodandbamboo.ShortlyafterstartingmycompanyIdiscoveredyetanotheroflifesgreatestjoys:motherhood.

    Seeingmyownchildgrowandmyfriendsfamiliesflourishmademerealizehowmuchlifechangeswithkids,andhowimportantthespacewhereweliveis.Thehomewemakereflectsandextendswhoweareasafamilyandwhatwesurroundourchildrenwithfromfurnishingstoaccessories,toystotexturescanhelpinfluenceandfueltheirowncreativity.Sothisbookisaboutseveralpassionsofmine,whichIhopeyoushare:meaningfulhandmadeobjects,well-

  • designedgoods,vintageandupcycledmaterials,andcolorfulandboldlivingformodernfamilies.Onthepagesthatfollow,youwillfindeasyaswellasslightlymoreelaborateprojects.Thereare

    afewwhereyoucanevenenlistkidstohelp.Mostoftheprojectsrequireverylittlenewpurchasingandaresuitedtoreusingwhatyoualreadyhaveorcaneasilyfind.AndsinceImapersonwhoneedsquickresults,youwillfindseveralprojectideasthatofferafastturnaround.Ifyouarereadingthisatnight,yes,youcanstillmakeittoth