Friday, August 29, 2014

School Days, School Days, Good Old Golden Rule Days

Hello Stamping Friends,

I don't want summer to end. I'm so grateful that we had some extra days off this summer and we don't actually start school until Tuesday. The day after Labor Day, just like it was when I was a kid. Isn't Labor Day the unofficial end of summer? Then that's when school should go back too. All the time, not just this year. Oh, a girl can dream and wish upon a star.

Anyway, come Tuesday, it will be back to routine, except one thing, my "baby" will be a senior. His last year of high school. Where, oh, where did the time go? I need this year to go by real sssssllllooooow. Did you think that can happen?

This week for Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on Back to School projects. I decided to share with you a banner I made for a class I had last week.

I thought it was going to be difficult to complete the banner because, Stampin' Up! doesn't have a lot of "school" type things. Or do they?  Well, I got to thinking and came up with a chalkboard look. I created the chalkboard by stamping the hardwood stamp on crumb cake cardstock and then placing a piece of black cardstock on top. I then used the chalk marker and the banner stencils to "doodle" the letters onto each chalkboard. Each letter is a little different. Then I picked the Flashback designer paper and the colors from that were good for a school theme. I added some of the typeset designer paper for the book look and maps. Finished each chalkboard letter off with some hardware (clips and clothespins). I must admit, I'm quite happy with the end result.
I also tilted some of the letters and banners so it wasn't so matchy, matchy. Also, when I cut the middle out of the paper banners under each letter, I used those pieces for the corners of the chalkboard frames. No wasting. Definitely added some character to the finished banner.
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more Back to School ideas.

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