Sunday, September 19, 2010

The First Day of School by Lori

Call me strange, but I just love the first day of school! To me, it always feels more like a new year than New Year's Day does. I've always loved the smell of new clothes and new school supplies, and the hint of Fall to come (my favorite season). I also love seeing the changes in my kids from year to year, so this was an especially fun layout for me.

I notice it's a little hard to see in the photo, but that American Crafts glitter paper really makes this layout pop. And by creating a visual triangle with my glitter paper, it's very pleasing to the eye. You can get SO many projects from each sheet of this fabulous paper since it's so eye-catching.

My super cute title and paper pieced school are cut with my Cricut using the Locker Talk cartridge. If you scrap kids or grandkids, this cartridge is a must-have! There is everything from preschool to high school, playground to driver's license on here and you are sure to get your money's worth from it. The title is cut at 3.25" and the school is cut at 2.5". The extra apples were cut using the layer from the title, at 2.5", and I hand cut the leaves to match.

I also used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge to create the scalloped photo border, using my Gypsy to get it sized the way I wanted. I used the same technique along with Everyday Paper Dolls to create my walking trail using the Blackout feature with the road design. Combining pieces from different cartridges is a great way to personalize your designs. My kids walk to school for the first few years, and we use the walking trail behind our house to get there. Years down the road, it will jog their memories of walking to school by adding this feature to my layout even though it isn't in this set of pictures. Think about these types of things when planning your cuts, and don't feel you have to stick with what's included in a single cartridge.

The patterned paper & CS is from my stash.

Items available at Cutters Creek:
Cricut Expression
Cricut Gypsy
Locker Talk Cartridge
Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge
American Crafts Glitter Paper, Rouge

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