Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to School and all that means!

Different parts of the country are already thinking about “Back to School” in early August so Imagine is sharing a few ideas for theseason.  Our schedule here in Oregon runs a little later, so we still have a bit of time before thinking school supplies and fun fall activities.  With my layout I wanted to have a color cohesiveness with the embellishments, because the patterned paper by Bo Bunny and my photos are bright and multicolored.  It is easy with a bit of Versa Color ink and Imagine Embossing powder.  

Level:  Beginner
Time:  90 minutes plus time to select photos

Step One:
Select patterned papers, here I chose Bo Bunny’s Toy Box line using ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful.  All the photos are backed with the yellow striped side and the edges are inked with direct to paper technique with Versa Color Scarlet.  ABC paper is cut with a circle cutter and the edges are inked with Versa Color Scarlet.  All pieces are set aside to dry as the inked edges can mark up your project if you get in too much of a hurry.

Step Two:
Select the journal card for the layout and hand journal in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  Ink the edges in Scarlet and add irRESISTible in Lady Bug, Pear Tart, and Shimmer to the apples on the card to add a little dimension and shine.  Set aside to dry.

Step Three:
Stamp each of the embellishments on the yellow striped patterned paper.  You can see my practice on the scrap paper in the background.  A variety of school themed and alphabet stamps sets were used to create the various title strips.  Versa Color ink in Scarlet is heat embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder.  The eyeball is stamped in Versa Color Black and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.  It was the perfect choice for an embellishment on a photo of the dissection of a cow eye!  For the strips that were not the labels, the edges are inked in succession and heat embossed.  After each edge cooled the next edge was completed.   

Step Four:
To make the chipboard letters match the color scheme exactly they are enameled with the Candy Red embossing powder.  The surface was sanded so the first layer of Versa Color Scarlet with adhere more readily.  Use tweezers to keep the number from moving too far as it is heat embossed.   I used a heat resistant mat for a glue gun to avoid damaging my craft mat.  Immediately add another layer of embossing powder while the layer on the chip board number is still hot.  Continue the process until a smooth enameled look is achieved.  These took three layers of embossing powder.  There will be excess embossing powder that will not adhere and blow around on your craft table so you can also do this in a small box, and some will stick to the metal tweezers requiring a bit of clean up.   

Step Five:
Adhere the layout together and enjoy the memories of a fun fall!


·      Craft Mat

·      Bo Bunny Toy Box, ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful
·      Unity Stamp Smarty Pants
·      Inkadinkado Test Tubes
·      The Paper Company Grade School
·      Hero Arts Tiny Carnival Letters alphabet
·      Studio G Typewriter alphabet
·      Heidi Swapp Lemonade Stand Chipboard numbers
·      Sanding block
·      Heat gun & heat resistant mat
·      Tweezers
·      Circle cutter


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