Back to School Themed Pocket Letter – Creative Embellishments

Lately, I’ve been having so much fun creating and swapping pocket letters with others across the US. So, for today’s Creative Embellishments post, I incorporated elements from their September Challenge. I decided to create a Back to School themed PL for my trade partner since I was inspired by the letters, numbers, and colors in this this month’s inspo image. I did not use this as an example for the challenge though because I did not incorporate this month’s twist (stamp an image in the background of your project).

Here’s the CE September Challenge Inspo Image if you’d like to play along this month or would like to see the inspiration for my project:

Here’s what I came up with:

 

Close up of the top row:

 

1st panel:

 

2nd and 3rd panels:

 

Middle row:

 

1st panel:

 

2nd and 3rd panels:

 

1st panel bottom row:

 

2nd and 3rd panels in the bottom row:

 

Front of the finished pocket letter:

 

Back of the finished pocket letter:

 

Creative Embellishments products used:

Chipboard

Bookbags

Alphabet Border

Crayon Set

 

Wood Veneer

Simple Clock

School Set (chalkboard, ruler, pencil, apple with worm, school bus)

Basketball

Tennis Ball

Globe

Music Notes

Geek Chic Glasses

 

Flair Buttons:

Elementary Set 3

School Days 

 

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Alice in Wonderland themed LE for a swap – Creative Embellishments

Hi everyone! I recently participated in a loaded envelope (LE) swap coordinated by a facebook group (Loaded Envelope Galore). The criteria/requirements were pretty simple: The envelope had to be 4″ x 6″ with a minimum of 2 pockets, a large tag to fit the largest/main pocket, 1 envelope with tags, stickers, or other goodies that fit in it, 1 altered paper clip, 1 wand, at least 5 embellishments, at least 2 Alice in Wonderland inspired images, and 5 die cut outs.

This is the first LE I’ve ever made and I even got to use tons of awesome Creative Embellishments goodies on it! I had so much fun creating this project for my swap partner, Raquel, and hope to participate in more swaps in the future! Here’s how it looks fully assembled and stuffed:

 

For the back, I added an additional gusseted pocket with reinforced slits to threat the lace tie through. The pocket drops open when the ribbon is untied, allowing it to hold more than a flat pocket would allow. I added an octagon shaped folded note with a quote from the book printed onto it. I wrote my partner a note inside:

 

Here’s the pocket emptied out, shown here with the 2 large tags I created for it and the front of the wand:

 

Close up 1: Features a CE Butterfly Flair button.

 

Close up 2: The tag on the left features a book stack wood veneer piece from the Graduation Set, an adorable wood veneer Bunny, chipboard playing cards from the Family Game Night set, an adorable little door piece from the Fairy Door Set 1, and 1 Steampunk Timepiece. The tag on the right has a Mini Pocket Watch tucked behind the little Webster’s Pages baggie and the altered Julie Nutting doll. I couldn’t find a JN doll that quite matched what I had in mind, so I used the Candie design, trimmed the short hair off of the sides of her head and drew in long hair. I then sketched out an apron to layer over Candie’s dress, along with the collar, to make her look more like the Alice character.

 

Close up 3: To make this piece, cut 2 strips of patterned cardstock, punched one edge on each piece, then accordian folded them to create 2 separate rosettes. I adhered 1 on each side of a 3.5″ doily. I set that part aside and got the toppers ready by layering a die cut stickers over punched, scalloped circles, which I then adhered onto 2.5″ doilies. From there, I added the paper straw handle by inserting it between 2 folds on one of the rosettes. Next, I added some string and glued the toppers onto the rosettes to create the double sided wand. To finish it up, I added 2 different laces to the handle.

 

Close up 4: The back of the wand.

 

Some of the die cuts and embellishments I created and included. The bundle on the left is a stack of 3 die cut envelopes. The Webster’s Pages baggie on the right contains 4 diecut doilies and several gold accented stickers that I felt went with the Alice in Wonderland theme. 🙂

 

Close up 1: I used a CE Square Mini Frame to create a mirror embellishment with some foil tape (bought at a hardware store).

 

Close up 2: A little shaker box embellishment with an image of the caterpillar character inside. The sequins were actually left over from the product swap we had with SpiegleMom Scraps back in March.

 

These are the altered paperclips I created for Raquel. The center piece at the top features 2 wood veneer Mushrooms from the CE store, the center one at the bottom includes an outlined Rose from set 2, and the one on the right has an altered Butterfly from a set of 5:

 

Image from the side showing the 3 gusseted pockets:

I hope Raquel liked what I created for her! On her youtube channel, you can check out her video tour of the incredibly generous package she sent me. She sent me sooo many awesome goodies that it’s actually split into 2 parts! She also has a separate video of her opening this LE that I sent her. 🙂

Part 1 of Raquel’s LE that I received: Raquel’s project part 1

Part 2 of the LE Raquel created for me PLUS the adorable mini she also included!!! Raquel’s project part 2

The super sweet video she made of her opening the LE I sent: Raquel opening the package I sent her

You can also check out her blog here: https://paintsandglitter.blogspot.com/

Altered Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner – Creative Embellishments

I’ve used a planner to keep myself organized most of life, but had gotten away from relying on one the last few years. Then I saw a deal on Blitsy that I couldn’t pass up! I’ve been a long-time fan of Webster’s Pages and love their Color Crush Planners, so I grabbed the pink one while I could (I think they have A5 sized ones coming out early to mid November, btw). 😀 WP is best known to me as a scrapbooking company, so I decided to have a little fun with it! I had a lot of fun combining my love of scrapping with the awesome Creative Embellishments products I get to work with! 😀 I just added a few fussy cut images from Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting paper line from a few years back and here’s what I came up with:

oct divider

Here’s an altered divider from the planner. It’s paper weight, so I gesso’d the page before staining the border with Distress Stain and splattering it with a few Tattered Angels mists in coordinating colors and some India ink. See that flair button peeking out at the top? I made paper clips using CE’s awesome flair buttons. Isn’t it adorable?!! I altered my wood veneer pieces with a mixture of acrylic paint, India Ink, Distress Stains and TA mists.

Here’s how it looks in the planner:

oct open to divider

 

I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with the pockets in the front cover, but then I thought of CE’s fabulous 3″ x 4″ wood cards! They’re great for pocket pages, project life and cards, but I decided to alter the Halloween one for that space. I just adhered a folded piece of cardstock to the back so I could slip that into the pocket to hold my wood piece in place. 😀 To alter it, I filled all the etched portions of the piece with glossy accents to help prevent the color from bleeding. I then colored in the moon portion with a PITT marker. I laid a quarter over the moon (perfect size!) to use as a mask and misted the rest of the card. It didn’t photograph well, but looks really cool irl. 😀

Here’s how it turned out along with 2 of the other paper clips I made with the CE flair buttons:

oct inside cover full

 

A closer view:

oct inside cover

 

I hope you enjoyed my project! Be sure to check out the Creative Embellishments store to take advantage of their 30% off SALE going on RIGHT NOW! The sale ends tonight at 11:59 PM ET!

The awesome CE pieces I used on this project (click the pic to be taken to the store listing)…

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