Hello paper crafting friends! With less than a month left before another school year starts, I hope you have started thinking about this subject already; if not we are here to inspire you! Anya here today and I would love to share the next five projects with you in the “One Collection, fifteen projects” challenge. Just a reminder, I am using the super fun “Back to School” line by Echo Park.
- Apple shaped box
If you have a digital die cutting machine you may download a similar shape, but in my case I simply used a hand drawn shape as a template for the apple and connected two pieces with a flat box to hold a treat.
I used the red polka dotted patterned for the apple and a few coordinating solids from the collection to cover the backs, cut out leaves, and a stem. The large solid leaves were cut free hand, but I used additional silhouette leaves that were cut with the Give Thanks and Leaves Die Set. To decorate the front of the apple I fussy cut three apples from the back of the 4x6 Journaling Cards paper and used them to represent a solving problem. The back of the apple shaped box I also decorated with a few stickers.
- Card for a Graduate
For the main focus on this card I wanted to make a circle made from the pencils found on the Pencil Pusher pattern paper . You may either fussy cut pencils or use a tiny pencil die from the Star Student Die Set. The first layer I glued down and popped the second layer up with foam dots.
A number of stamps on this card were from the Star Student Stamp Set, but I especially liked the paper clip stamp that gave the illusion of a real paper clip without the bulk. I also used the Prize Ribbon Die Set to cut a few stars from the silver paper and added them to the card with pop dots.
- Project Life page
This was one of my favorite projects to make because I really liked how the cards, stamps and other little pieces helped create the perfect feel for back to school week.
I stamped on three journaling cards with stamps from the Star Student Stamp Set; printed journaling on two of them and added a smaller photo to one. All of my photos in the Project Life album are matted on white cardstock.
- Alphabet Key Chain
Here is an idea to use some of the smaller scrap leftover. I trimmed two 12x12 sheets of Smooth White Adhesive Cardstock to 8.5x12” to fit through the regular sized printer and printed the letters of the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase, spacing them out so that they could be cut with a small tag die from the Holiday Tag Die Set.
Then I cut a bunch of the same tag shapes from scraps for the back of each letter. By using the self-adhesive paper it made the process so much faster and easier; all I had to do is peel off the backing and stick it to one of the patterned paper tags. The finished tags I assembled on a ring in alphabetical order for my son to start learning the letters.
- Party Decoration
We like to celebrate the first day of school by making it a little more special! This year I wanted to decorate a little corner by the table where they will eat breakfast before leaving for school. As part of the decorations I made a few paper fans from coordinating solids and a striped pattern from one of the previous lines, but you may use any papers from the collection to create fun and eye catching decoration.
To create paper fans you will need a scoring board and a few strips of the same patterned paper. The largest paper fan was made from 4” strips of paper and for the smallest I used strips 2” wide. Connect each scored and pre-folded strip with strong adhesive and gather it in the middle securing at the back with foam tape.
Hope you will join me soon for the last part of this challenge!
To create all fifteen projects I used the following products:
Brads and Enamel Dots from other Echo Park collections