Hi! It’s so nice to see you today! I’m busy getting projects done for the end of the school year. I’ve posted some other projects and the idea behind them the past few days and for days to come.
So, I’m up on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m sharing my customization of a notebook for a teacher my son has had for 6 years. Here’s the project:
I really had fun putting this together (I know, that is totally unexpected, right?!!! – or perhaps it’s something you hear pretty much any time I get to play with my Silhouette and Lisa’s files!!!)
I used Sunburst Shapes Cutting Files for the background, because it’s awesome! I filled the shape with Halloween Flourish digital paper because I thought it’d be awesome in the sunburst. I used print and cut for the front layer of the Laughing Light Bulb Cutting Files (a nice option for this cover – I didn’t want lots of small pieces that might get pulled off with wear and tear.) Now the sentiment is a freebie from Paper Issues from their most recent Die Cutting Saturday. They had a bunch of sentiments that I thought would go great with the light bulb, but Alex really liked this one, so that’s the one that I used. I filled the background of that cut with School Days Chalkboards digital paper, because I thought it would look awesome and it’s for a teacher who was definitely teaching back when chalkboards were still being used! I like to use a thicker line in a darker color around the cuts to give it a more finished edge. For this one I used a width of 3.0 and matched the color to the black in the pattern.
Did you notice the papers in the background in between the bursts?
I ended up taking the top layer, releasing compound path, deleting the outer rectangle, offsetting each burst enough so that there would be an edge for gluing it behind the main cut, deleting the original burst shapes, numbering the pieces and arranging them into four somewhat random groups to cut out of four different small scale papers. Here’s a screen shot of what it looked like:
I love the look this created! I’ve long admired how Paige Taylor Evans creates wonderful layouts with different papers behind her die cuts and am so happy that I was able to create my own version. (When I took art classes in college, we called this kind of project a “pastiche”. The idea is that by copying the techniques of another artist you grow as an artist yourself. It’s not a copy, but a project with the feeling of the style of the other artist.)
Anyway, now that I’m back on track with my blog post, I hope I provided some small inspiration for you today. I encourage you to check out Paige’s projects if you’re interested in the look she creates. I have a feeling I’m going to be doing this again – maybe a lot!
And I’d love to see a project that you’ve done using Lisa’s files for our “Oh, Snap!” challenge! You know you need some good crafting time and what better way to spend it than playing with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files, right?!! Click on the link for all the information and get crafting!
Thanks so much for sticking with me through all these details! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!
What else did I use?
Cardstock from Recollections and Paper Studio; Patterned Papers from Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants Designs and my stash; adhesive from ScrapPerfect and Zig.