16 August 2010

School Days

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge was to have its bloggers create something geared towards the theme Back 2 School.  This was a bit difficult for me as I don't have any teacher-type stamp sets.  Nevertheless, I started to think a little bit about what my mom does at the beginning of the school year, as she is a teacher.

She always likes to arrange her desk so that it is neat and clean.  There are always a few decorative odds and ends on her desk, as well.  As a gift to her, I decided to make a box filled with note paper.  This will certainly come in handy when she needs to make to-do lists or send a short note to a teacher/parent/student.

The only problem:  how do I make a box?  That's when I turned to Splitcoast Stampers.  This tutorial had all of the correct instructions to make a super cute box.  Hooray for people sharing their skills!

1. I started by making the lower portion of the box.  As I was gearing this box toward elementary education, I wanted the colors to be bright and fun.  What better paper packet to reflect such an environment than Animal Cookies?  The yellow strips of paper are 1 inch on the top and 1/4 inch on the bottom.

2. Crafting the top of the box was a whole other story!  I didn't know what I wanted it to say!  I picked through my stamp sets and decided on the "Hello There" stamp from the Twitterpated WOTG.  Then, I picked out the giraffe stamp from "It's a Zoo".  I rubbed my Bamboo ink pad on white cardstock and then stamped the giraffe in Desert Sand ink.

3.  I added a few embellishments to make the design "pop".  I sanded the Tulip cardstock for the background;  the Dutch Blue cardstock was rippled; and I used a corner rounder and scallop scissors for added movement.

4.  To finish things off, I added some CTMH ribbon across the box and used white brads to set the ribbon in place.  (Unfortunately, my camera added a yellow tint to the photos).  I also put foam adhesive underneath the giraffe to make him pop off the page.

5.  The note paper is measured at a 2 1/2 inch square.  I used the little dot stamp from the Twitterpated WOTG stamp set in Dutch Blue and Topiary ink.  There are probably about 30 pieces of note paper in the box.

6.  Underneath the paper, I made two little tabs to allow the paper to stand up in the box a bit.  This way, the note paper is much easier to grab!  Also, I stamped an elephant at the bottom of the box as an added little surprise.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read over my post!  These Heart 2 Heart Challenges always make me think a bit about my design capabilities.  I look forward to seeing what each of you create for the challenge, as well!  Perhaps, even this post has inspired you to create something for a teacher that you know!