Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Back to School 8x8 Scrapbook Layout

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! It's Gloria with you today. It is back to school time, and with that season of the year comes the mad scramble for quick and easy projects to give to children, teachers, and coaches.

I have created an 8" x 8" scrapbook layout that is perfect for your child's scrapbook, but is also simple enough to create in bulk for each student in a classroom! By simply varying the background papers and embellishments, you can quickly and easily create a custom page layout for all the children in your life!

Begin by cutting Pop Tones Black Licorice Cardstock to 8" x 8". Trim Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" and attach to the black base panel. Trim printed paper to 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" and attach to the layout.

Trim Pop Tones Black Licorice Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" and attach the panel to the right side of the layout. Trim Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to 4 1/8" 4 1/8" and attach to the black panel. Add a photo to the kraft panel. Attach a sticker tab to the upper right edge of the photo block.

Use a large number die cut template to cut your child's grade from Basis Dark Red Cardstock. Attach the number to the upper left corner of the layout with foam squares. Add sticker letters to complete the grade designation.

Trim a strip of Pop Tones Black Licorice Cardstock to approximately 1 1/2" x 8". Use a bracket border punch to cut a decorative edge across the bottom of the strip. Attach the black strip to the bottom of the layout as shown. Wrap a piece of printed twill around the black strip, securing the ribbon at the back of the layout. (If you cannot find printed ribbon, simply use a coordinating cardstock strip, cut to 1" x 7 7/8".)

Use foam adhesive to add decorative sticker elements to the left side of the border strip.

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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Monday, August 29, 2016

An Apple a Day Helps the Teacher

As a former teacher, I decided to create a set of thank you cards for a current teacher.  There are times when a special thank you note needs to be written, what better way than to use a hand crafted card.

I started by die cutting a peck of apples from Esse Pearl Latte Cardstock. I watercolored the apple using the Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I added a little yellow which made them look more realistic. I love how the metallic shimmer shows through the water color. It gives the apple such a subtle shimmer.

While the apples were drying, I doddled around the edge of Esse Pearl Latte for the top layer (3 3/4" x 5").  Then I layered an Esse Pearl Latte cardbase with Basis Red Cardstock (4" x 5 1/4").

Once the apples were dried I added some details to the leaves using a Zig Millennium Black Fine Line Marker and a highlight to the apple with a White Uniball Singo Gel Roller Pen. Then I attached the apples to the cardfront.  I used foam tape to attach the top apple. Last I added the words "thank you" cut from Chocolate Curious Metallic

All tied up with some twine ready to give as a gift.  

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Friday, August 26, 2016

First Day Of School Sign!

School starts in less than two weeks so lets make this First Day of School sign before the actual picture day!  This project is super easy to make, all you need to do is cut out the shapes in svg file provided and assemble them all the pieces together. 
Someone looked really excited to go back to school! :) The lighting was a little too bright when I took the picture so it's difficult to see all the different colors especially the top of the pencil. And guess what, my son insisted to wear an orange shirt so picture turned out very "orangy". Oh well...

Step 1: Download the svg file and cut the image. Following is the cut image on my silhouette studio.

Step 2: Followings are the cutouts from Step 1. Assemble the pieces together by following the number sequence below.

Here it is! Done! As easy as 1-2 without 3! I hope you enjoy this simple back to school project. - Alexia


Download SVG fileBack To School Sign
(** Please note: This file is specific to the Silhouette Studio. When you click the link above, you will see an error that the file can't be previewed. Click the download option and then open the downloaded file through the Silhouette Studio software. **)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DIY Planner Tags Perfect for School Agendas and Planners!

Hello!  It is Lisa Lahiff here with you today and I have a fun little DIY project to share with all of you.  When school starts up I know everyone's planner books/ school agendas can become filled to the brim with important information, so I thought it would be fun to make my own Tags to help highlight specific events or important information.  With Esse card stock, Gansai Tambi Watercolors, stamps, Double Sided Adhesive and a few Paper Clips these Tags come together in a jiffy...

Step 1: Start by layering watercoloring down onto a sheet of Esse card stock.  While this card stock is not specifically intended for watercoloring I found the 100# weight of it and nice texture was perfect for my basic project.  Make sure you let each color dry before adding a new color or your colors will simply blend. You will end up creating 6 of these little strips of watercoloring, 2 in each of the same colors.

Step 2: Next you will die cut your tags out and get out your chosen paper clips.

Step 3: In this step you will stamp and/or emboss your sentiments onto 3 of the die cut tags.  I chose to use inspirational/motivational sayings for mine as sometimes they are just nice to see. :)

Step 4: Using double sided adhesive on each of the tags backs holds the paperclips perfectly in between them.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teacher's Class Photo Tree

It's the beginning of a new school year for my teacher friends...a time filled with lots of new faces to learn and classrooms to decorate.  To help them get started, I made each of them a little class photo apple tree for their desk - complete with enough materials to add all of their good apples to the branches.

Gather all of your materials to start.  I chose to use kraft woodgrain cardstock for the tree and chalkboard frame to add some great texture to the project.  Esse Black Textured Cardstock is a great choice for chalkboard projects and Wild Cherry Cardstock is the perfect color for ruby red apples!

Start by die-cutting your tree (about 7" tall) from some Gmund Tindalo Kraft Woodgrain Cardstock.  I used my Silhouette to cut each set of tree parts, but you can use a manual die-cutting machine and a large tree die if needed.  (Just cut a slit up the trunk halfway on one and down the trunk from the top on the other to interlock and create a 3D tree.)

Punch or die-cut enough small apples (about 1.5" in diameter) from Wild Cherry Pop Tone Cardstock to accomodate the size of the teacher's class.  Punch a small hole in the top of each apple and thread some thin natural twine through it to create about a one inch long hanger.

The teacher can then use a one-inch punch to add photos of each of their students to the front of the apple and their name on the back.  They can either use the tree to display all of their students or use it as a way to reward a few "good apples" each week!

To create the chalkboard easel, start by trimming a piece of Gmund Tindalo Kraft Brown Cardstock to 3.25" x 11", scoring and folding at 5.5".  Then, using a large rectangular shape punch like the one above, partially punch the open end of the easel to create four legs.

Trim a piece of Black Esse Textured Cardstock to 3" x 3.5".  Turn the cardstock to the smoother side and write the teacher's name in white "chalk" using a Uniball Signo White Gel Pen.

Adhere the black cardstock to the wooden easel with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and add one of the Wild Cherry cardstock apples to the lower corner with foam tabs to decorate.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy teacher gift idea and thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Esse cardstocks are on sale this month!

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