For this week’s Saturday Showcase, I am happy to introduce you to Alison Day!
I have been a fan of Alison’s work for a long time as we have gone through many a LOAD challenge together. She has an easy, breezy style that I love and relate to. Many of my Flickr favorites are from Alison! Lucky for you, she had given us some great scrapbooking page ideas for school scrapbook pages, plus techniques to add to your favorites today. There are some great pinnable ideas ahead! Enjoy!
Hi everyone! My name is Alison Day. I am SO excited to be here today! Before I hop into sharing my tips, I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself first. I am a (mostly) Stay At Home Mom of 3 beautiful little girls, wife of 11 years, part time employee for a retail store, avid (sometimes rabid) scrapbooker and web site owner. I’d love for you to check out my site. I’m currently throwing myself a little 40th birthday party on my blog this month and YOU are invited! No need to bring gifts, I have been so blessed in this life that I’m sharing some of them with you! Check out all the details here.
But enough about me, let’s get onto the scrapbooking, shall we?
Since Kelli’s theme this month is S is for School I thought I’d share 5 ways to incorporate school themed scrapbooking supplies into all your layouts. Those related to school and those that aren’t!
#1 – Notebook Papers:
On this layout about my daughters meeting some of the Disney Princesses at Disneyland in 2010, I used a notebook printed patterned paper as my journaling block. It was originally a 12″ x 12″ sheet but I just cut it down to a size that worked for me. Here’s a close up.
There are a ton of pre-made journaling cards with lines or graph paper prints that work just as well. But, if you’ve got a stash of papers like I do … odds are you’ve got a few with lines on them that might serve you better chopped up into journaling sized boxes! If that doesn’t appeal to you, then use the whole sheet as your background. It’s neutral enough not to clash with any other themes and provides a great place to write your journaling.
#2 – Notebook Edge Punch
Related to note book papers for sure is the humble note book edge punch. These come in all shapes and sizes also. You can leave them clean or rough them up for that “just ripped out” look. Here are a couple of examples of how I used them on layouts.
The green punched border at the top is actually a pre-made border strip but the principle holds true. Here’s a close up of it.
For this next one I punched the bottom of my largest piece of paper to add more interest.
And then for this one I roughed up the border strip a bit to complement the other distressing on the page.
While I have seen actual rulers and ruler embellishments, I do not own anything like that. What I do own is a ruler printed washi tape.
Also in the same vein are ruler printed stickers like on this layout.
They are such a great way to signify growth or development of any number of topics!
This layout also showcases another type of School Themed product …
#4 Text Papers.
Whether it be a jumbled up paper like the one above from Teresa Collins, or a page ripped out of a vintage book for an art journal spread, or a dictionary print paper like on the card below, the options are endless out there!
Text papers make another great neutral background for any subject!
#5 – Chalkboard
Several of the major manufacturers are devoting entire lines to the chalkboard trend this season but it’s been around for a while. For my next example I actually used chalkboard paint to create my title block area.
The judicious use of a white gel pen gives the look of chalk and the streakiness of the paint itself reminds me of a dirty chalkboard.
Just below the paint is another washi tape – this one with the look of chalkboard with numbers. Gotta love all the great washi tapes out there!!
I came across a couple more items in my hunt for school themed supplies …
Pencils and Lunch Bags
Using some brightly coloured pencils I found at the dollar Store, I created this little pot of paper flowers to cheer me up throughout our long gloomy winters.
Another fun use of pencils is to use the erasers as paint daubers to create a polka dot or confetti-look back ground.
I used plain white paper lunch bags to create Owl Goody Bags for my eldest daughter’s birthday party earlier this year. It took a lot of cutting with my Silhouette to get all those feathers but in the end they were a big hit. And it all started with a lowly lunch bag!
You can also use paper bags to create mini albums, and they’d be great to use for a hidden journaling pocket on a layout.
Well, there you have it. My top 5 (plus a couple more) ways to use School Themed Products. Hopefully I’ve shown you that you don’t just have to use them on school themed layouts too! Can’t wait to see what you put in the gallery. Once you’ve done that come on over to my blog and join the party!
WOW!! Thank you, Alison! I will be creating layouts inspired by Alison’s post for a long time to come! Which one of these techniques is your favorite? Favorite page? Leave Alison some love and let her know how much you appreciate these ideas!
Now that you’re inspired, go get creating!