School will be back in session before we know it. Soon after all the ballgames and vacations are over, the visions of new book bags, clothes, new classmates, sports....and a new school for us....will be upon us. I always like to send the girls off with a few fun teacher gifts on the first day of school. And I like to give my librarian and mom friends a nice little gift too. Kind of a *whew, we survived the summer* kind of gesture. :)
In my true assembly line style, I highly suggest that you take some time out of your busy summer schedule to just sit and stamp. I started my project by knowing that I wanted to make some notebooks.....but I didn't have a set design in mind. I just grabbed some products....that are so easy to coordinate with all of Papertrey's matching supplies....and just started creating.At the front of the class are my apple doodads. So fun for front and center embellishments. Mine use a stamped dotted circle from Take Note, a felt circle, red and white twine, a Pure Poppy Vintage Button and a punched apple(Martha Stewart from Michael's). Other goodies shown below are punched and stamped circles using School Time, and some tied Vintage Chartreuse Buttons.
Here I've made some wooden looking rules using It's Official on Kraft Cardstock. With a little distress ink and some Fresh Snow ink, I've added depth and dimension. Run them through the woodgrain die and you've got even more realistic looking rulers.
Using my Carnival Tickets in Candied Apple and some sentiments from Take Note, I've created instant accents.
The colors I used were inspired by the Beautiful Blooms papers.
Once your embellishments are all complete, then it's time to assemble some notebooks. I used White Notepads and Chartreuse cardstock for my notebook covers.
Then I just had fun and pieced the elements onto my notebooks in mixy matchy fashion.
It's fun to make each notebook a little different.
Especially if you're letting people pick out their notebook from a basket. People love to do that!
Soon enough you'll have a little stack of goodies, all ready for the first day of school.
Until the bell rings, happy creating!