About this project
I see you mamas! Trying to “do” and “be” everything for your kids all the time.
And sometimes, feeling all of the frustration and guilt and stress instead!
You’re in the right place though, because it’s my mission to banish mama-guilt and replace it with simple and realistic childhood magic - for everyone!
Let’s imagine a typical stress-ball-mama situation, shall we?
- You look in your purse, and there’s your planner - filled to the brim with appointments and To-Do lists and antacids...not a crayon or ounce of magic in sight.
- You get home from the grocery store & your little one's got the TV going…and the beeping apps on your ipad….and is crying, “I’m booooored maaaawwwwm!”
- So maybe you think, “Time to do the creative thing and make something fun with her, so she has a magical childhood and grows up into a perfect human specimen…”
- As you start to pull out the messy basket of messy madness and art supplies, the phone rings! It’s your Mom, asking about the birthday party you forgot that you were hosting this weekend, when your little one drops a bottle of RAINBOW GLITTER all over the kitchen floor.
That floor will never be the same again...so you throw in the towel (literally and figuratively). Art time is over. Go clean your room!
Not the right kind of sparkles and magic, right?
You’re in the waiting room for your little one's allergist appointment & pull out their Art Journal & crayons from your purse to have a 5 minute creative date - Success!
Or maybe it’s Saturday morning and you curl up in bed to have a creative cuddle before breakfast - your coffee on one bedside table & her milk on the other - Cuddles!
You’re completely in the moment together & able to enjoy it guilt free - Sparkles!
Next Wednesday, you hear a knock on the door: it’s your Mom, here to help with your kid party, and your little one pulls their Art Journal off the shelf to show grammie, “Look what I did with mom!”
There it is - what you were hoping for: Magic!
When you let go of trying to be a perfect mama, and you realize that it doesn’t take that much time to create magic with your child, you can truly connect with them, be in the moment & have a keepsake that you both will be proud of and cherish for years to come.
You only get to be a kid once. Why rush through the magical moments of your little one’s childhood?
Hi! I am Neesha Merani. I’m a creative mom and business owner, and I make products for moms of young kids because I believe that raising happy little humans is one of THE most important jobs in the world, and I feel like my purpose is to create easy ways for us to cherish the magic and whimsy of childhood and parenthood alike.
I created the Celebrate Wonder™ Art Journal Keepsake because childhood is about being present in the moment - not fear, guilt or pressure of perfection.
When I saw how my children could so easily be lost in a moment and let their curiosity lead, I witnessed pure joy and saw what it looks like to savor the moment.
When you see the world through your children’s eyes it awakens your own sense of imagination and wonder and allows you to participate in that magic and whimsy.
- Timeless whimsical cover design with gold foil accents
- Gold band, keeps the journal closed, especially if you add lots of loose artworks
- Hardcover design, feels like a book and fits easily on a shelf
- Inside pockets to store loose artwork and memories
- Comes in a beautiful gold foil stamped gift-able keepsake box
- Rounded gold corners, to protect little hands and keep memories safe
- Coil wire binding helps book to lay flat, and it can be fully folded back to give lots freedom to little hands
- Paper is high quality art paper, can be used for most art supplies
(Avoid really wet materials like watercolors, I’d recommend doing that outside of the journal and when dry, tape it inside the book)
- Art prompts are simple and meant to be inspiration points. Can keep it as is or add on your own creativity…
How is creativity important?
Your child's education stretches far beyond a classroom; it extends into the environments where they live and play. Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression - it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence. Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change.
Creativity is the earliest form of self-expression; even before a child can read and write, they are able to communicate their thoughts and feelings visually. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health.
This Celebrate Wonder™ Art Journal, designed for children ages 4 and up, encourages fun & easy ways to develop your child's artistic process and invites both grown up and child to be led by their imagination & create treasured memories together.
Is there anything better than seeing the excitement of your child when it's their birthday? Capture those memories in your journal with age specific questions and art ideas.
Keep it easy and fun. Custom designed coloring pages are sprinkled throughout to delight and inspire your sense of wonder. Simply enjoy coloring time with your little one.
A grateful heart is a happy heart. Connect with your child and remember those moments that made you smile or laugh or feel truly blessed. These pages also hold a special place to remember any acts of kindness.
Find specially selected quotes scattered throughout this book. Have fun coloring with your little one. Each of these quotes can be left as is or cut out and put into frames to make beautiful display art.
Life can be busy juggling a schedule with little ones; which is why this is not a daily journal. Weekly prompts allow you flexibility to use and fill up your art journal on your time.
These pages are intentionally left open. Enjoy the creative process and allow your child to express their wild imaginations. You may wish to cut out some pages to frame and display.
Pages for travels, events, holidays or any adventure! Whether it's a family camping trip, a bug hunt in the backyard or a special play-date; your child will have a place to capture that moment.
Who doesn't fill up with joy when getting a love letter? Handmade creations are the best kind of mail and receiving messages from the heart couldn't be sweeter when drawn and written by your child.
Sounds great.... But, why Kickstarter?
Fantastic question! After searching high and low in the current book market I could not find a high-quality keepsake art journal for kids. This was the moment I realized if it didn't exist - I would just have to create it myself!
I decided to design this journal with a focus on all the little details that truly make it a keepsake. The research and development of this product has taken many turns and it's been a passion project for over a year now. After months of searching, I found a high-quality manufacturer to produce the best possible journal. And, because quality manufacturers require minimum orders, I need help to fund this first order.
In return, I'm so excited to offer you incredible rewards and goodies for being part of this Kickstarter campaign: including a discounted price on the best kids art journal out in the market.
Take a look at all the rewards here:
Risks and challenges
The design work is complete and risks are minimal because production is almost done.
The only challenge I have at the moment is getting this Art Journal out as soon as possible to all backers. As of now, my current estimate for shipping is June 2017.
I cannot wait to send these journals out to you and your little ones!
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