One of the things I got for Christmas was a sticker mosaic book.
There are a couple of different themed ones you can get I think, but naturally I ended up with the one with a unicorn on the front.
It’s not just unicorns though – it has 15 mythical creatures inside, in pictures with full colour backgrounds.
At the back of the book are several pages of coded stickers.
It’s a really simple premise. The images are split into lots of little sections with a letter and a number on.
And the stickers are shaped to fit in these spaces, labelled so that you know what goes where.
I managed the first piece okay.
It was a little awkward, flipping from the page with the image back to the sticker page over and over again. The picture pages are perforated – presumably so you can stick them up on the wall or something once completed – but the sticker pages are not.
Eventually I just tore the sticker page out, which made it a whole lot easier. I also cut the large page into smaller sections, making them easier to handle.
That didn’t solve my complete inability to place stickers within the right lines though. As a kid, I could never get the collectible stickers in the sticker book within the square properly. Even now I tend to ask someone to place stickers on Lego pieces for me.
But I perservered, because it was kinda fun. I flickered between filling in the unicorn in sections while hunting for the right sticker, and working methodically through the sticker sheet while hunting for the right space.
I gradually got a little better at placing the pieces. It helps that the stickers aren’t too sticky, and the paper is a little shiny. So you can peel a misplaced sticker off and re-place it once or twice.
Finally I finished my unicorn.
And then immediately started the phoenix, because it’s kind of an addictive hobby.