My Masterpiece (2009 Edition)
Age: 2 and up
Category: Arts & Crafts Watch Video NowToyDirectory Product ID#: 25259
Improved from earlier versions, My Masterpiece has been reintroduced by Creations by You, Inc. With My Masterpiece, your own original artwork is enlarged and placed into a wood frame or Museum Poster, which ever you choose. The kit includes pages to originate a drawing or attach a photo from your child, or from an adult, that is mailed to us in the prepaid envelope provided, or you can make your item entirely online using our Internet drawing and photo tools. In just a few short weeks, the professionally reproduced Masterpiece is returned to be shared and admired by friends and family. 9/1/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
My Calendar — Make your own calendar!
Age: 4 and up
Category: Arts & Crafts Watch Video NowToyDirectory Product ID#: 6192
Put your drawings or photos onto a 12 month, laser reproduced, 11" by 17" wall calendar to enjoy all year long. Use the art pages and markers included in the kit to make drawings or scrapbook layouts for each month of the year, or simply find favorite photos that will be sized to fit. 12/23/2005 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
My Masterpiece — Turn your drawing into a work of art!
Age: 2 and up
Category: Arts & Crafts Watch Video NowToyDirectory Product ID#: 6028
The newest award-winning product from CREATIONS BY YOU was introduced as a prototype at Toyfair '05 and ended up being one of the hottest products in their line for Holiday 2005. Kids create their own drawings with the materials inside the kit and mail them to Creations By You in the postage paid envelope included. The company then sends back the artwork enlarged to 11x17, framed in a wooden frame, complete with an identification tag listing the artists name, masterpiece title and the month/year it was created. The drawing can also be made into a full-size museume poster,18" x 24", printed on high-quality paper. 12/15/2005 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Age: 9 and up
Category: Arts & Crafts Watch Video NowToyDirectory Product ID#: 4813
My PhotoStory allows you to "publish" your own hard cover book featuring all your favorite print or digital photographs! This kit includes all the materials you need for making your book, including markers, tape for adhering photos, over 100 "Mrs. Grossman´s" stickers, and a postpaid envelope for returning your materials to "the publisher." The standard book includes 15 professionally typeset pages. My PhotoStory now offers an internet production option that includes online drawing tools with assorted backgrounds and stickers, photo downloading capability, allows for more words per page, a choice of font styles and colors and faster production times at no extra cost. This option is perfect for those who now use digital technology for photos. This kit is very popular with the "tween" market. 9/27/2005 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
PlateWorks — Design your own plate!
Age: 3 and up
Category: Arts & Crafts Watch Video NowToyDirectory Product ID#: 3996
Plate Works includes everything necessary to make plastic plates, bowls or mugs that are break resistant and dishwasher safe. Special drawing pages and washable markers are included in the kit. Also, users can send in a favorite photo in the postage paid envelope provided. Creations by You can even typeset the user’s name, date or special message around the rim for no extra charge, or they can have the child’s artwork cover the entire plate. Extra plates, bowls and mugs are available. 7/18/2005 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
IlluStory — Write and illustrate your own book!
Age: 7 and up
Category: Arts & Crafts Watch Video NowToyDirectory Product ID#: 3995
This kit includes markers and special book pages for creating an original story that is mailed to the publisher in the postpaid envelope provided. Each book features up to 12 pages with 20 typeset words and includes a title page, a dedication page and a special "About-the-Author" page. The author´s name, book title and illustration are laminated onto the cover. Additional reproductions and rush service are optional. The IlluStory kit now offers an Internet production option that includes online drawing tools and allows for more words per page, a choice of font styles and colors and faster delivery times at no extra cost.
— As of 1.06.2011 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 23 reviews on Target.com and was listed as a top 30 bestselling toy. Pros:
Allows for complete creativity; you get a hardbound copy of your creation. Cons:
Your book gets sent back more slowly if you choose the manual, as opposed to online, version.
— Art kits are the best sellers for girls from 9 to 12 at Brenda Marshall’s Calico-Cat in Simpsonville, S.C.
— “Illustory is one of the better items for girls in that age range,” agreed Steve Dunning, owner of Learning Express in Greenville, S.C.
— Arts and crafts are always hot with tween girls, concurred Rob Slye, owner of Toys Ahoy in Barrington, R.I. 7/18/2005 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]