To commemorate her husband's first day as a second grade teacher, Jenna Robertson designed a special layout. Combining both goofy and straight-faced photos allowed her to show his enthusiasm for the occasion.
Jenna relied on her computer to help her solve several design issues she encountered. First, she chose a brown graph paper design she found online and then printed it onto plain white paper to create the patterned background. She scanned the too-large pencil and book die cuts into her computer, resized them, and printed them directly onto the background along with the title. For her journaling box, Jenna used the same graph paper design and digitally lightened the color. She typed out the message before printing and attaching it to the page. The rest of the layout came together with die-cut ABCs and a handcrafted apple shape with a cropped photo mounted inside.
Design by Jenna Robertson
Sources: Patterned paper design downloaded off www.coolclipart.com. Computer fonts are Little Days (title) downloaded off the Internet and Arial (journaling) by Agfa-Monotype. Die cuts by Fresh Cuts (schoolbooks and pencil) and Sizzix (letters). The apple is Jenna's design.
Enjoying apples and cider fresh from the orchard elicited many expressions from Christine Brown's son Grant. She especially loved the photo where he stuck out his tongue in anticipation of the tasty cider and chose to make it the focus of her layout. She enlarged the photo for emphasis and then made a collage of additional shots.
The day reminded Christine of her favorite dinnertime prayer, which she chose to type out for the layout's border. Christine selected a yellow-gold patterned paper that she sanded and stippled with brown ink for the border. After printing the text on the paper, she cut it into strips and mounted the strips onto pieces of foam-core board to create a frame for the layout. To soften the look of the journaling block, Christine swabbed it with black and brown chalk and stippled it with brown ink. Additionally, Christine adhered woven mesh, pressed leaves, and small rusted tin apples threaded with fibers to the page for embellishment.
Design by Christine Brown
Sources: Patterned paper by Magenta. Computer font is Chestnuts by Twopeasinabucket.com. Fibers by Art Sanctum. Pressed leaves by Nature's Pressed. Rusted tin apples by Provo Craft.
Erin Terrell was drawn to the autumnal colors in the background of a furniture ad, knowing the colors were a perfect match for her pumpkin patch photos.
"I knew it would be simple to re-create with card stock, and quick and easy is a good thing!" To adapt the 8 1/2 x 11 magazine layout to her 12 x 12" format, she cut the strips of card stock a bit wider than they appeared in the ad. She added fibers at the top of each page and used gold brads embellished with rub-on letters to name the girls in each photo. To give her layout a less polished look than the magazine ad, Erin journaled directly on her pages rather than using a font.
Design by Erin Terrell
Sources: Card stock by Bazzill Basics Paper. Vellum metal-rim tags, brads, snap eyelets, and eyelets by Making Memories. Shotz Thoughtz sticker and Bradwear Impress-ons by Creative Imaginations.
Nichol Magouirk used metal embellishments and charms to make these decorative title treatments.
On the "Pumpkin Carving" topper, Nichol layered skeleton leaves in harvest colors on a strip of orange card stock, then added ribbon borders to the top and bottom edges. She used a small hole punch to pierce the card stock behind the ribbon and hung tags and alphabet charms from jump rings to spell a portion of her title. The "Pumpkin" portion of the title was stamped on crafting metal. The letters were punched out with a small circle punch and mounted inside circular conchos attached to the card stock.
For the "Discover" topper, Nichol mounted alphabet stickers on meal charms, tags, and other surfaces and secured them on a large strip of matted card stock. She fashioned the corner embellishments from small circles of card stock, minibrads, and white embroidery floss.
Design by Nichol Magouirk
Sources: "Pumpkin carving" topper -- Card stock by Bazzill Basics Paper. Ribbon by Impress Rubber Stamps. Metal tags and alphabet by Making Memories. Conchos by Scrapworks. Metal stamps by Pittsburgh Steel for Harbor Freight. Circle punch by EK Success. Skeletal leaves by Black Ink. "Discover" topper -- Patterned and solid paper by American Crafts. Alphabet stickers by Colorbök. Rectangle and charm frames from Twopeasinabucket.com. Square frame by Ink It! Oval charm by Memory Lane. Circle charm and label by Anima Designs. Minibrads by Lost Treasures. Circle punch by EK Success.
Keep track of your kids' reading progress with bookmarks as creative as they are. To make the photo bookmark, cut a picture into a long, thin rectangle and adhere it to a strip of card stock. Print a message on a sheet of white vellum and secure to the card stock with eyelets. Thread colorful fibers through the center eyelet and adorn with a charm.
Designs by Jennifer Ditz McGuire
Sources: Photo bookmark -- Computer fonts are Garamouche by P22 and Heartfelt by Twopeasinabucket.com. Fibers by On the Surface. "Friendship" bookmark -- Computer font is Verticalization downloaded off the Internet. Die cuts by Paperfever. Ribbon by Magic Scraps. "Sun" bookmark -- Computer font is McBoo by Hallmark. Paper Shaper punches by EK Success. Fibers by Rubba Dub Dub.