Meet the Characters!

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It’s not long now until DisPLACEd:Episode One (Part Two) is published on our official Wattpad page – https://www.wattpad.com/user/DisPLACEd-story, so to celebrate, we are releasing our character illustrations. Check them out through the link above, or on the official website – displacedstory.wordpress.com.

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NRL Earflap Hat – Free Beanie Knitting Pattern

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With the last game of the 2016 State of Origin series about to grace our screens, what better way to celebrate your team than by knitting your own beanie?

If you have wool left over, check out the other free knitting patterns HERE (cushion cover), and HERE (scarf).

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NRL Scarf – Free Knitting Pattern

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So we’ve had State of Origin NRL Cushion Covers (HERE), and now we have State of Origin NRL Scarves.

These are free knitting patterns from Lincraft, so make sure you go in store (or shop online) to get the very best colours and wool.

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NRL Cushion Cover – Free Knitting Pattern

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YAY! I’m so happy! My local Lincraft store has released a lot of new knitting patterns.

To help spread the love for those not near a store, I will be uploading them here. Let me know what your favourite is.

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HULKI – Eco-friendly playhouses!

Finally I can share a project I’ve been working on as the creative writer.

This is great for those in Europe and America (even Australia when the money conversion is better). HULKI is an environmentally-friendly playhouse for kids that incorporates an app with games and a story. I was lucky enough to write all the stories and they are voiced by former BBC voice Peter Baker from the UK.


The first story is available if you scroll down the page.

Check out the KickStarter page HERE.

Adult Colouring Books

To my last breath I will attest that I was the one who brought back this ‘adult colouring-in’ trend.

As a primary school scripture teacher, I do a lot of colouring-in of simple black and white pictures to help bring them to life for the kids (links to Year 1/2 puzzles HERE, and Year 4/5 puzzles HERE). Despite the pictures being quite simple, I immediately felt relaxed; like I was transported back to the carefree days of my childhood, where the only thing we had to do for homework was to create a title page for our exercise books.

So I wasn’t surprised when adult colouring books became the new trend.

For those of you that are unaware, adult colouring books are much like regular colouring books, except they include intricate designs, like geometric patterns.

I had so far been avoiding them – not really seeing the appeal of spending time doing something to never be able to use again – but I caved in and bought these two the other day:

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I saw the Harry Potter one first, and got the other one because I was interested to give it a go.

The designs were really well done and actually quite beautiful.

I decided to start with Harry. I think it was about $16 from Target.

As you can see, I haven’t fully finished it, but it is definitely cool. There are a LOT of pictures to colour-in, and it takes you through the whole movie series.

For about $10 in Coles grocery store, I got ‘New Idea: Around the World Colouring Book’.

The first design that caught my eye was Elvis!

Not only does this book have great colouring pages, but they also have really intricate dot-to-dot activities.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t really like how it turned out. Maybe I didn’t do it properly, but it just seemed a bit weird (and yes, I know that is only half of it, but I am referring to the doubling-up of lines).

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In keeping with this new colouring trend, I have started making my own, with film, TV, etc., designs. Check them out HERE.

Let me know in the comments section if you’ve done any adult colouring, and what you think of it!

Crayola Easy Animation Studio – Product Review

When you think of animation, you think of hours of hard work to create simple second-long videos.

Not anymore.

While wandering through Target the other week, I found the Crayola Easy Animation Studio.

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It immediately caught my interest, and with it only costing $29, I figured I would give it a try.

Inside you will find – Manny the Mannequin (with a stand to clip him into), Crayola Twist crayons, a stand for your phone/tablet, and a book full of characters and backgrounds for you to colour-in. You will need to download a program on your smart-phone/tablet, but it’s free.

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Inside the book –

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*Helpful Hint*
I wanted to make something really cool, so I decided to make Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008). Unfortunately, I used other brand crayons as well, and I think that put-off the system, so always use Crayola crayons.

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I’ll take you through step-by-step making an easy short animation.

STEP 1 – Character

Either colour your own character, or use one provided on the program.

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STEP 2 – Background

You can choose a background from the book, use one on the program, or you can even take a photo of your house and your character can be there with you.

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STEP 3 – Actions

There are a bunch of actions you can choose on the program, or you can use Manny to do it yourself. The program works by capturing images of Manny in positions, and filling in the blanks.

It works best if you keep the smart-phone/tablet still, and have Manny facing a window with light.

*Helpful hint*
You’ll have to be patient while capturing the positions, as it needs time to figure out where Manny’s limbs are (through the symbols on his limbs). Here is what happens when it is having trouble:

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To make your character wave, capture Manny in these three positions:

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STEP 4 – Voice

You don’t have to do this, but you can record some audio. I record “Hello” in my best bear-voice.

STEP 5 – Save

It only takes a second to turn it into a video.

And voilà, here is my video: