Thursday, August 20, 2015

Back to School Teacher Gift - Curly Paper Music Note Wreath

I have a back to school teacher gift to share with you today. 
I made my daughter's flute teacher a curly paper music note wreath. 




Here is the how-to video if you are interested in seeing how this was made. 




Here are the supplies that I used:
12 inch foam wreath form
American Crafts white cardstock
Recollections Music Note Stamp
VersaFine Black Ink
Bone Folder
Straight Pins
Black Ribbon



I usually make my curly paper wreaths with patterned scrapbook paper, but I didn't have any music paper on hand. 

So I decided to make my own using a music note stamp, black ink, and white cardstock. 

I just stamped the image all over the 12x12 cardstock. I stamped on the front and back of the cardstock. 



Next, I cut my stamped paper into 1/2 inch strips and then curled the paper with my bone folder. 




I then used the straight pins to stick the curled paper into the wreath form. 


I cut some music notes and a flute from the Silhouette Cameo. I wanted to use black cardstock, but I was out. I used white cardstock and my black embossing powder to color the music notes black. 

I used silver embossing powder on the flute. 


I used my glue gun to glue on the music notes and flute to the wreath. 

Here is the completed wreath. 


I love this so much!!

The silver embossing powder worked wonderful on the flute. 



We gave this to Emily's flute teacher yesterday and she loved it!

She told me that she is going to hang it on her home office door where she works with her students. 



I love surprising people with these wreaths. You can't find these in any store. 

I wasn't sure how making my own "patterned paper" would turn out, but I love it!

If you had an old music book, that would work too. 


The embossing powders make the music notes and flute shimmer. 

Maybe it's a good thing that I was out of black cardstock :-)



I hope you enjoyed seeing this teacher gift idea. 

These wreaths make perfect gifts for any occasion!

Hugs, Shelly

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Project Life Layout Share - April 2015


In the previous post I shared the start of my April project life layouts.  

I finished the rest of April and will share them with you in this post. 


I filmed my complete April project life layouts and inserts. You can watch it below. 



Emily's school band had a road trip to the Dallas Meyerson to play in the Windband Festival. 

I made an extra insert using this older Pink Paislee page protector to document the trip. 



These pockets are fun to decorate. 



I used some of my new Ali Edwards story stamps on these layouts. 

The Here We Go stamp below is from the Go stamps. I love this picture that I captured from the truck side mirror of the kids loading up on the buses.  


I added the adventure definition to the picture below. This comes from the Ali Edwards Go stamp set as well. 




I kept it simple, but I love the pictures that I captured of this fun day. 




Per my previous blog post, I used the Echo Park Here and Now collection and some stamps, inks, Cameo die cuts, and embellishments from my stash. 



The card below was fun to make. I cut a tag from some patterned paper. I wrapped some Aqua twine around the bottom and added a sticker and enamel dot. Fun!

This family selfie was taken before we left on the band road trip. 

I have been trying to capture family selfies each month. It is so worth it!



Here is my filler card. I just made it using some of the paper and a sticker from the collection kit. 

I try to leave one pocket open just for making filler cards. They are fun to create!



For the card below, I create my collages in PicFrame and then put them into the Collect App. 

For this card, I just added some Elle's Studio pieces. 

These pics captured Emily during her band solo contest. 




For this side of the layout, I pulled some Becky Higgins Project Life overlays. 




The overlays were 4x6, but I cut them down to fit my pocket cards. 

I loved this one for the collage pics of flowers. I love gardening.

I just placed the overlay onto a piece of patterned paper and added some striped washi tape down the left side. The "so fab" die cut arrow was cut from my Silhouette cameo. 




My filler card below is just an acetate quote card placed over some striped patterned paper.

The slide frame on the card of Emily on her trampoline was made from a Papertrey Ink stamp set called Monthly Moments Slide Frame. 

I loved capturing this picture of Emily on her trampoline, taking a break from homework. I captured it from the bedroom window. Us Mom's have to be sneaky when capturing moments!



I captured some pics of my springs crafts and my trip to a scrapbook retreat. 

I just added a Dear Lizzy puffy heart sticker to the card on the left. 

For the card on the right, I used a Martha Stewart office tag and added the "fun" letter stickers and enamel dot. 


For the card below, I cut up and added another Becky Higgins overlay to some patterned paper. 

This saying was perfect for the pics and text message that I captured from Emily while I was away at my scrapbook retreat. I love capturing text messages and using them in my layouts. We will get a laugh out of these in the future!




Each month, I have been adding in this pocket page protector (size is roughly 7x9.5) with fun pics from the month that don't need any journaling. I just think they are fun to add in to my layouts. 

I added some washi tape to the binding of the protector for added color. That idea came from Kelly Purkey and I love it!



I also added a tab and used a Studio L2E stamp. I have been using these tabs on these inserts each month and just writing in the month. Super simple, but fun!


Here is the backside of the insert. 

Fun pictures with great memories.



This completes my April project life layouts. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the layouts. 

I hope you will subscribe for future posts. 

Hugs, Shelly





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