Back to school… A bitter sweet time of the year where we return to schedules and learning, leaving behind the laid back lazy days of summer. Typically we think of primary colors red, yellow and blue when we think of back to school thanks to pencils, school buses and composition note books. I didn’t want that for this layout so I’m breaking out of the norm and jazzing it up a bit!
Ribbon – May Arts
Washi/clip – Freckled Fawn
Embossing Folders – Darice, Teresa Collins
Wood Veneer – Studio Calico
Punch – EK Success
Project Life Card – Becky Higgins
I still have three of the primary colors in there but the pink background really gives the over all feel of the layout a more girly theme. One of the traditions in our house on the first day of school is a “back to school” sheet cake that they have to pose with before digging in for snack. Not sure how I’m going to do that with a middle schooler and one in elementary school!
Fussy cut around your embossed images for something with a bit more dimension, it’s easy to do! Kraft Core leaves a wonderful brown core that really pops the images.
Design By Suzanna Lee
Core Tags (your choice of color, shown is Love Potion)
Matching Core’dinations cardstock (your choice of color, shown is Love Potion)
4.) From the matching piece of Core’dinations cardstock, cut 2 (two) 1″ x 2″ strips. Score strips on each end at 1/2″. Fold strips inward.
7.) Using strong adhesive, adhere folded strips inside tags.
This size treat holder is perfect for Ghirardelli chocolate squares, or Hershey’s Nuggets.
Design By Shaunte Wadley
It’s time to start thinking of back to school and I have a cute, but simple gift bag idea.
Darice White Gift Bag
Darice Lines Thin Embossing Folder
Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge
The Alley Way Stamps Gotta Bug stamp set
Hero Arts Soft Granite ink
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
Tuxedo Black Memento ink
May Arts ribbon
1. Start with a white gift bag from Darice. Cut a piece of Tillie Spottedcardstock to 8” x 6”. Sand over the embossed dots with the Sand It Gadget.
3. Attach both of these pieces to the gift bag.
4. Cut the apple from the Locker Talk Cricut cartridge at 4.” Attach that to the gift bag with foam squares.
5. Stamp the mason jar on a piece of whitecardstock with black ink and the cover with gray ink. Punch a hole in the top, thread ribbon through it, and tie a bow. Core Tip: Make any stamped image your tag. Tags don’t have to be traditional looking, they can be any design you want!
6. Glue sequins to the bag for added sparkle
Design by Tracy Gruber
Mary Pat Siehl here with you today and I am excited to share a new Back to School layout using some Core’dinations cardstock.
Cardstock-Core’dinations (Core Impressions Jillibean Soup, Graphic 45 Signature Series, Core Essentials, 110lb. smooth)
Canvas Embellishments- Little Yellow Bicycle
Spectrum Noir markers
Sand It Gadget
Lawn Fawn dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder
1. I love to layer my cardstock and so I decided to layer grey on top of light blue. I wanted to create a light chalkboard effect with the grey so I scored my grey cardstock with a scoring board and scored at the 1/2 inch line all around the paper. Then just sanded the paper pretty heavily to really expose the lighter inner core.
3. I then took a piece of the Core’dinations Jillibean Soup Impression paper and sanded it and placed that on top of the blue piece. If you don’t have Core Impressions you could easily emboss another sheet.
4. Next I added a small strip of yellow and added that on top. (Again, I LOVE to layer my paper with different textures and designs.)
5. Add photos.
6. Make a star embellishments using die cuts, embossing them using an embossing folder, and lightly sanded them.
I also have this video for you on how this layout came together.
We have some teacher cards for you today since Back-to-School is right around the corner!
First up, a great shaped card by Mary Pat Siehl that showcase how sanding does most of the work for you:
1. Start with a Silhouette image to create this fun shaped pencil card (Design ID #30675).
2. Using a Sand It, sand each and every piece of the card to give it that distressed look. I don’t know about you but my kids totally beat up their pencils and this makes it look realistic.
3. Adhere the pieces to the card base.
4. Stamp your sentimen usingthe Alley Way Stamps.
AND here is a quick video for you to create this card for yourself:
Next up we have a card from Gail Linder. Teacher cards don’t have to be primary colors and all things chalkboards and school supplies. They can be feminine and pretty, too! Gail Linder shows us her take on this theme next:
All you need is a border punch and Scor-Pal to score lines to make this sheet of Whitewash look like a sheet torn from a notebook!
Did you know that you can cut a thin strip of Core cardstock and thread it through your old style labelmaker to emboss words and phrases? So easy – no more looking for the perfect sticker or stamped sentiment! Just give the the strip a sand to reveal the core and make the letters stand out! For a video on labeling making with Core click HERE:
A couple of punched flowers and die cut letters complete the card!
That is the question! Should I sand my Core or not? Today I have a great layout that focuses on some sanded Core and unsanded. The BEST thing about Core is the ability to be able to do BOTH.
This is a close-up of Core embossed but not sanded. I love the look of both but for this one, the Core was pink and I was going for a monochromatic feel for this layout so I didn’t sand.
The bowtie is from our Whitewash cardstock and it is sanded so the black core comes through when you use your Sand it Gadget. Don’t forget your Dust Buddy when using Core especially our Whitewash collection.