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Getting Crafty with Jamie Dorobek – An O2O Author Interview

CRAFT book coverGetting crafty is what Jamie Dorobek does best so it was no surprise to find out that she wrote a book featuring some of her best projects. What was surprising is that her book boasts 100 craft projects! One. Hundred. Projects. That’s some serious crafting. But what’s really cool is you probably already have a lot of the supplies on hand which means 1) not having to run all over town looking for supplies and 2) not having to spend a dime to do something fun with kids. Consider this your rainy day/snow day/just plain bored day manual.

JamieDorbekBorn out of Jamie’s blog, Creating Really Awesome Fun Things (or C.R.A.F.T.), her first book, Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Awesome, Super-Easy Projects for Kids was released last week and is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Abe Books, and IndieBound. We recently caught up with Jamie to find out a little more about the book and how she wrote it.

O2O: Tell us about your book.

JD: Well, get ready for some serious family fun! It’s filled with 100 fun crafts to help you develop your child’s creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills–all while using common household items. The projects are budget-friendly and feature step-by-step instructions complete with photographs. Creating Really Awesome Free Things promotes hours of playtime fun and will keep kids entertained, engaged, and learning.

Click to download this Pizza Pocket craft from the book!

O2O: What was your inspiration for writing this book?

JD: My 20 month old son and my passion for creating really awesome free things! I want everyone to know that they have all of the fanciest kid crafting supplies available at their fingertips! You really don’t need much to craft with kids. Q-tips make perfect paintbrushes and rocks and cereal boxes are the best (free!) canvases!

O2O: What surprised you most about the writing process?

JD: Oh yikes! Lots! For me, it was how fast they wanted me to write an entire book (and craft 100 kid crafts)! The initial manuscript was written in about 3 weeks. It took about 4 more weeks to edit and finish up the photography, but it was a crazy whirl wind of a summer. If you’re intersted, I’ve got way too many details about contracts, deadlines, and failed crafts here.

O2O: What were your writing habits?

JD: I crafted first! Then, sat down and wrote up tutorials. After the first 10 or so tutorials, I was in a writing rhythm, and it got so much easier. The hardest part was writing the 100 introductions for each craft. Tutorials are factual and to the point, intros had to be catchy and cute!

O2O: How did you stay motivated?

JD: Since I knew I had to write 100 kid craft tutorials, it was like a mental paper chain count down. Everyone tutorial I wrote was one less I had to write the next day! Baby steps!

O2O: Did you decide on the 100 crafts that were included in the book or did your editor/publisher want certain crafts included?

JD: I decided on 88 of the 100 crafts in the book! The other 12 crafts are contributor projects, and I handpicked my contributors. The contributors include my mom, best friend, husband, and 7 really awesome blog friends!

O2O: After creating, writing, and photographing 100 crafts, were you all “crafted out” and need a break or did you just move on to your next project without stopping?

JD: Good question! Craft ideas come pretty easy to me, but I was certainly over the craft tornado that had become my house. We couldn’t eat at our kitchen table for way too long!

O2O: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

JD: Research and see what is already out there in the genre you want to write about. Then really think about how you can make your idea stand out and solve a problem! Next, put together a table of contents and really consider how you want your book to be organized. Then, pitch it, baby!

O2O: Will you write another book?

JD: Maybe?

GIVEAWAY!

Jamie has graciously offered a copy of her book to giveaway to an O2O member*! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us about your favorite, easy & budget friendly craft to make with your kids or just for yourself. One entry per person. Giveaway closes Sunday, December 20, 2015. Winner will be drawn and notified via email on Monday, December 21st.

Congrats to Melissa (comment #5) on winning the book!

More about Jamie:

Jamie Dorobek is the creator behind the popular craft, parenting, and lifestyle blog Creating Really Awesome Fun Things–or C.R.A.F.T. She has been blogging full-time since 2012, and has worked with brands from The Home Depot to Target to Elmer’s to Mod Podge to Martha Stewart Crafts, and many more. She and C.R.A.F.T. have been featured on Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, Craft Business magazine, The Meredith Viera Show, and the Huffington Post, among others.

 

*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Thursday, December 10, 2015 through midnight (PT), Sunday, December 20, 2015. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America. Winner will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.

16 Comments

  1. I love to get my craft on around the holidays and we use all things natural (think pinecones, sticks, leaves, etc) to get our Christmas crafting done with my nieces and nephews. We use glue, acrylic paint, and of course GLITTER! Would love to own Jaime’s book…sounds like there are a ton of great crafts to get into!

  2. Love Jamie! Every year we make a hand print wreath for our door for Christmas. It’s my favorite craft!

  3. Kim H. @k_orthmeyer says:

    My favorite craft is salt dough handprint ornaments! They are fun to make and easy to make with kids, are a great keepsake, and make great gifts!

  4. Just after Thanksgiving I collect greenery from pine trees, pinecones, acorns, berries, and anything interesting I find outside and use them to make my own garland for outside decorating.

  5. I love making seasonal candle holders out of old jars a little paint.

  6. The DIY nailpolish marbled mugs I made this year for gifts!

  7. The pizza pocket is so cute!

  8. Kristin Tortoriello says:

    We love making crafts with paper, like paper dolls, airplanes, different shapes and more with scissors and glue and construction paper 🙂

  9. I love creating paper crafts, journals to be exact, the art of decorating them, knowing that their purpose is to help someone spill their guts, helps relax and ease their mind. YES. Journals!

  10. We try and upcycle things from around the house, like jars or cardboard tubes and things. If it also involves glitter, my daughter is extra-happy. 🙂

  11. Buy stuff at the dollar shop or use some old clothes to turn into hairbows etc. Did it once and my daughter enjoyed it. I don’t let her use the glue though, teehee.

  12. Megan | Smalltwncharm says:

    We made homemade fudge. We also craft all our gifts. From earrings to simple fleece knotted blackets

  13. One of our favorites is cards. They make a great gift to the grandmas, and don’t clutter up the house because they get USED!

  14. My daughter’s not quite old enough to participate in crafts yet, but I can’t wait to start! I used to make paper dolls and crochet as a kid, but could definitely use more ideas!!

  15. Congrats Jamie on the book! My favorite craft is making paper. The kids can get super creative, then it’s fun to tear it up and make their own creative picture collage.