It's hard to believe, but school is just around the corner! In preparation for this special time of year, we have a couple of fun school-inspired weeks ahead detailing loads of Back-to-School ideas for you try. First in line is everyday basics; Pencils & Clips from CP Gal, Jill Sprott.
As a child, I loved summer break, but the prospect of stocking up on new school supplies always made the transition back to school much easier. Now, as a teacher, the same holds true. This year, I’m putting my crafty inclinations to work for me as I gather supplies and get ready to return to the classroom.
At the top of my list are freshly sharpened pencils, with a bit of Crate Paper flair.
I’ve modified the pencils in two ways, first using gold striped tape from the Styleboard collection. Because the stripes are diagonal, the key to creating continuity in the pattern is to wrap the tape at an angle.
The second approach involves a decoupage technique.
It’s simple: trim a strip of patterned paper to the same length as the pencil (omitting the metal part and the eraser), brush a coat of decoupage medium on both sides of the paper as well as on the sides of the pencil itself, and then tightly roll the pencil up in the paper and brush more of the medium over the exposed edge of the paper.
To ensure a smooth, easy application of the tape and the paper, select circular pencils rather than ones with angled sides. Within an hour, the pencils will be dry and ready to sharpen. The tape-wrapped and vellum-covered pencils fit into a standard sharpener, while the paper-wrapped ones fit into a slightly larger one.
Among the items on my back-to-school list that always seem to need constant replenishing during the school year are clips. Teachers use clips constantly, so if you’re thinking about possible teacher gifts, consider these homespun versions, which are repurposed from surplus clothespins.
Arrange a bunch of wooden clothespins on cardboard and spray-paint both sides. Acrylic paint will work, too, but spray paint is efficient.
As the paint dries, trim scraps of patterned paper to fit on the face of each clip. The clips that I have used here call for two strips each: a shorter one (⅜” x 1”) and a longer one (⅜” x 2.5”).
Brush decoupage medium over one side of the clip as well as over both sides of the patterned strips. Immediately place the strips on the surface of the clip, and brush another layer of decoupage medium over them.
With these lovely additions to my growing arsenal of supplies, I’m ready to head back to school!
Multi-photo layouts are a favorite of ours and here to present two of them following a road trip to food capital of the world, NYC, is CP Gal, Katie Ehmann.
Ahhh, NYC, New York, New York, The Big Apple...whatever you call it, New York City is a truly amazing place to visit! I'm lucky to have a family member who lives there, and every summer I pack the car and roadtrip from Michigan to visit for a week. It's an eleven hour drive, and we always just drive straight through, making sure that we have lots of movies for my girls to watch! Once there, our days are filled with sightseeing, visiting parks, lots of photos, and of course, eating! And you know what? When I returned from my trip this year, I busted out Crate's Open Road collection and created two layouts, each with multiple photos.
My first commemorates the actual road trip portion of our vacation. I grabbed the awesome map paper and new right away I wanted to feature our route with hand stitching across the map. I used two pieces of red embroidery floss and traced the path from Michigan to NYC. My title takes center stage on this layout, with it's funky mixed fonts and the chipboard car and map. I love how it turned out, and the multicolor Thickers are the best! My photos are iPhone pics I snapped along the drive. I printed them in 3" x 3" squares and highlighted each with a chipboard slide frame. A few detailed embellishments completed my page.
My second layout pays homage to one of the ultimate features of NYC––the food! We went to so many different restaurants, and had a blast trying lots of what makes New York City cuisine so unique, from pizza to soup dumplings, to seafood and Coney dogs, we tried it all (well, almost!).
For this layout, I knew that I wanted to document the wide variety of food in New York, so I printed my photos in 1.5" x 1.5" squares, and arranged them in a grid across my page, leaving space in the middle for a title. I machine sewed the lines to add detail between photos. I loved the title on my first layout so much, that I decided to repeat the look on this project. The pink polka dot paper provided a good contrast to the boldness of the Thickers, and a few chipboard accents added detail without overwhelming the page.
Thanks for joining me today, Crate fans! I do hope you're enjoying some summer travels of your own!