Posted: Thursday 7th May 2020
...a do it yourself guide
What can you create at home with only a pair of scissors, newspaper, A4 paper and a glue stick. It turns out you can make quite a few things, including your first online craft session. Welcomes to the world of Library crafts online! Who knew it would take me nearly 4 hours to make a 1 minute video?
To get started I searched Pinterest for a simple craft idea that could be done by adults and children with the most basic craft supplies. What would we do without Pinterest to inspire us?
Hour 1 : Having chosen an idea, I tried it. It was definitely not a success. In fact it look nothing like it did on Pinterest. So whiat is a budding online star to do? Go back to Pinterest and find a new idea. Having fornd the happy little hippopotamus I tried again. Success.
Clearing the kitchin table (and turning on the lights for good lighting!) I fired up the iPad and bean to photograph each step in making the craft, attempting to visually break down each step in the process. I ended up with 16 images.
Hour 2 : Began by using a very basic video editor on the PC. I loaded all of the images in sequence only to discover that it didn't quite make sense. Making the necessary adjustments was relatively easy and when the new pictures were added in to the video I was on to the third step of adding some fun titles and instructions. By a fluke I found that there were a bsic set of themes pre-loaded so I found selected 'joy' which turned out to be ideal.
Last I had to find a piece of license-free music to accompany it as I was not completely confident that the sound clips included with the editing program were royalty free. I needed to replace the soundtrack I had used. As my husband works in the video business, we asked the 'hive mind' as he calls his network of contacts where to find license-free music. Within an hour I had several clips to try out.
After a few tweaks to get the titles on screen long enough and to give the video a bit of 'flow,' I was in the home-stretch: exporting, uploading it to our Facebook page and scheduling a post for Sunday. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the online Hippo craft on the Watford Central Library Facebook page.....and stay tuned for a new craft next weekend!
Assistant Customer Service Supervisor
Watford Central Library