Julie McGuffee, a scrapbooking pro, has authored more than 30 how-to, arts & crafts and decorative painting books. Originally from England, she has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years with her husband, two children and a succession of dogs.
Colonial America 1500 to 1776
611-1 Silver Tray: Almost every colonial town had a silversmith who made candlesticks, platters and bowls. Intricate designs were cut into the metal by engraving. 611-2 Log Cabin Quilt: Not a scrap of fabric was thrown away in Colonial America, and patchwork was a common design. Log cabin is a particular pattern which looked like stacked logs. 611-3 Rug: Apples are a traditional colonial design. Only wealthy people had rugs, others made painted rugs of canvas from ship's sails. 611-4 Welcome Bandbox: Bandboxes were used to store the stiff collars worn by the colonists. This box uses decoupage which started with scraps of paper - which were never discarded. 611-5 Wired Candle Holder: In colonial times, candleholders were forged in metal. A special kind was one made with spirals, called a courting candle. As the candle burned down to the spirals it reminded the suitor it was time to leave. Quick Project: Colonial America was known for simple toys and decorative woodcarvings. This tassel holder was a way to add a decorative touch to the home using left over yarn scraps.
Americana 1900's to Present Day
613-1 Star Travel Game: Steam Engines and railroads were a big factor in the industrialization of Europe and America. Transportation helped push the world to a time where power driven machinery changed manufacturing 613-2 Art Deco Bulletin Board: Art Deco was invented in 1935. One of the most famous examples of Art Deco architecture is the Empire State Building in New York. 613-3 Teddy Bear: In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt lent his name to a plush bear. A story was published about how he did not shoot a bear cub because it could not defend itself. The teddy bear is 100 years old in 2002. 613-4 Old Glory Fresco: A fresco is a painting on a wall. The fresco technique involves painting on wet plaster. As the plaster dries it encases the color, and the pigments form a permanent bond with the wall. This project involves the same look. The 50th state of the United States was admitted into the union in 1959. 613-5 Delta Airplane: Wilbur and Orville Wright made their historic first flight in 1903. Quick Project Hologram Bracelet: Denis Gabor invented holography in 1947. He also was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1971.