School Days

This month, Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for the challenges on the CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration site, so our team got to play along with their challenges! 😀 We always have a blast working their case files. Their format is fun and unique. They offer an inspiration image, evidence (select at least 3 items from the list to include on your layout), and testimony (select at least 1 from the list to inspire the journaling for your page). I played along with Case #211 which is a major case file, so there’s a sketch to use and has an longer open period, so entries are due by end of the month.

I was inspired by the books and reading theme of the inspo image, so I created a page about my youngest son who is obsessed with reading. 😀 He started early and was reading well before the start of Kindergarten. I replaced part of the patterned paper from the sketch with pictures of his word wall words as they changed the first few months he was reading. We have a cork board in the living room where I posted his new words and he’d get a star sticker on the corner of the word as he mastered them. By the 3rd rotation, we stopped since he’d already progressed beyond its usefulness, and could read the words before they ever made it to the board. lol Here’s how I cracked the case:

From the evidence column – I added text stamping to the background, a pair of eyeglasses from the wood veneer set, I stacked some embellishments in a cluster, and used both wood and chipboard CE pieces. From the testimony column – I used the word “want” in the journaling:

 

school days

 

Close up of the CE Star Doodle frame, Geek Chic Glasses, and stars I used:

 

school days close up 1

 

Close up of the Scribble Heart, Book Bag, and Globe:

 

school days close up 2

 

The mood board for CSI 211:

211

 

The AWESOME CE pieces I used for this page (pics are linked to the item’s listing in the CE store)…

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geek-chic-glasses-125-600x600

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Driven to Learn – Mixed Media Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Since my youngest 3 children attend cyber school, we were able to have 3 of the children in a single school photo. 😀 For this piece, I fussy cut to remove the background, then set the pic aside until the end of my project. I started out by adhering my first layer of chippies and coating everything with gesso. As that was drying, I lightly coated the other layered pieces with gesso as well. I then started with the darkest shade of blue mist used and sprayed the border of the canvas board. After adding the Steampunk Corner pieces, I misted again using the same color around the outside edges. I then added the next layer of pieces which included the Mini Hot Air Balloon, Steampunk Light Bulb, Steampunk Pipe Corner, Pocket Watch, and Music Borders and sprayed the whole project with a lighter shade of blue. After that dried, I went over splattered the project with white distress ink and black india ink. Next, I went over some of the edges with black ink to give the layers a little more contrast. I then tucked my photo under the layers and added the eagle piece that I misted with the lightest shade of blue. Last, I added the bare chipboard pieces. Sorry my pics aren’t very clear. Between the glossy photo and the shimmer from the mists, I kept getting a glare, but the pics are blurry without a flash. I’ll try to replace the photos once I can get some daylight. 🙂


driven to learn 2

driven to learn close up 1

driven to learn close up 2

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CE products used on this project:

6×6 Mini Brick Panel

Large Clock Face 5″

Steampunk Corner Set

Steampunk Pipe Corner

Steampunk Pocket Watches

Mini Steampunk Hot Air Balloon

Steampunk Light Bulbs

Globes 6″

Music Borders

Eagles

Chalkboard Frame Set

Gear Set 2 Medium

Journey Word Set

Way To Go

Adventure Word Set

Back to School – dt Layout for Creative Embellishments

It’s Thursday again, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with a page I created based on the September My Mind’s Eye sketch and some fabulous Creative Embellishments Wood Cuts! Though I’ve created several pages using the awesome CE chippies, this was the first time I got to play with some of the wood pieces…and I AM IN LOVE! They are so adorable, detailed, resilient and oh-so-fun to alter!

Now that September is coming to a close and I am finally getting around to scrapping photos of my son, Alex’s, first day of school…from last year. lol But, thanks to all that procrastinating, I got to use these fun pieces on my page. 😀 Here’s what I created:

Back to School

This close up shows the details on that cutie worm in the apple:

Back to School detail 1

Check out how intricate, yet sturdy this bus piece is:

back to school detail 2

I was sooo pleased to see how clear the etching is in the pencil and ruler. AMAZING!

back to school detail 3

Materials:

Creative Embellishments School Set of wood cuts
MME papers, enamel dots and brad
Unity Stamps
Stazon Ink
Pitt Big Brush Markers and pens
Signo pen

The fabulous MME sketch I worked with:

Sept MME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TFL!

First Day PreK layout – The Paper Variety challenge entry

For this layout, I combined 3 challenges. I used the sketch provided by The Paper Variety for their weekly challenge, a manufacturer challenge on Paper Secrets and a number challenge on Sketches for All (1 ribbon, 2 buttons, 3 patterned papers, 4 flowers, 5 of any bling…I went with pearls). Here’s what I came up with:

TFL!

Materials:

October Afternoon Schoolhouse papers
Paper doily
OA diecut stickers
OA diecut alphas
American Crafts solid cardstock
Prima flowers
Bo Bunny buttons
DMC embroidery floss
My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found Trim
Kaisercraft pearls
Tattered Angels shimmer mists
Martha Stewart marker
Inkssentials white pen

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 quick dry
Scotch Quick Dry Liquid

The sketch I used for this layout:

If you would like to use this sketch to create your own layout and enter The Paper Variety’s challenge (entries must be submitted by March 22, 2011 noon est), CLICK HERE.

To join the fun challenges on Paper Secrets, CLICK HERE.

To check out the challenges on Sketches 4 All, CLICK HERE.

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