This blog features ATC's, scrap booking, card making, and other handcrafted items.
Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
School Years Scrapbook Spread
This double page spread was a bit harder than I thought it would be. I wanted to highlight my granddaughter's last years of school. I started out with the school scrapbook paper background and then wandered from there.
THIS IS SCHOOL YEARS
I printed and cropped the photos. That was the easy part. I pulled out yellow, red, green, and purple card stock for the photo mats. I layered all combinations of these colors as photo mats. Nothing worked! Then while laying in bed stressing over what to do now, a brilliant idea came into my head. "What about a plaid?" The minute that I thought plaid I remembered a plaid scrapbook paper that I had brought about ten years ago. I jumped up and went down to my studio and found it. I couldn't believe it. It even was purple where I had thought it had been blue. All the colors matched perfectly! I went back to bed. Now I could sleep. The next day I got a fresh start. Using my die cutting machine I made the photo frames. I mean I made the photo frames, I didn't use a ready made cutting file. It took quite awhile to work things out right. Then I cut the plaid frames out and placed them onto the page. They disappeared on the page. The colors were such a perfect match that the frames didn't stand out like I had hoped for. Worst yet the photos blended into the plaid photo mats. So it was back to my cutting machine to work out the white inside and outside edge. Now I was happy with the look. The frames popped from the page and the photos popped from the frames. I assembled the photo mats and photos and attached them in place. I used a cutting file to cut the year titles. It started 7th grade so I duplicated the 9th grade and then disassembled one of the cutting files and cut the 9 and turned it upside down to make the 6th grade title. After all of that it still didn't seem finished. I thought about making apples with worms like on the paper but that would mean having them placed by the apple and worm that was already on the background paper. Then I thought "Why not an owl?" so I decided that I would make owls. The next day found me at the Dollar Store to grab a few items. While I was there I thought that I would look around a little. So I did and I couldn't believe what I found. A page of embellishments for school with an owl already made. It was even the right size. Wow! I brought two packages and took them home. On white card stock I traced around the owl and then cut outside the tracing lines creating the white edge. Then I done the same with the globe. I put the owls and globe in place. Then I put a book on one owl and a diploma on the other owl. All of these were included in the package. What a Dollar Store find!
Another page spread down and more yet to go. Well, my celebration is over, now back to work.