Bulletin Board Ready!

I can’t believe how fast the Summer has gone by. In a few weeks I will be back to school and I will be decorating my classroom just the way I want it. I recently took a training and I got this great idea from the training to have stars ready for my students to write their names on, that could then be displayed up on the bulletin board. You know me I had to get right to my Cricut and see what I could come up with.

I found this great star attached to a student label but Design Space wanted a $1.99 for that file so I inserted the image into Design Space and then created my own image from free images. I am quit happy with the outcome and can’t wait to get it up on my bulletin board. The next thing I did was search for star shapes. I inserted a few star shapes to cut because I thought it would be nice to have some slightly different shapes.

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The plan is to cut out a bunch of these stars to have handy for my students and when a student does an awesome job I am going to have them write their name on the star and why they received the star and then allow them to put it up on the bulletin board. Their star will stay on the bulletin board for the month and then we will start all over.

I teach middle school but they are still children and they like being recognized just like everyone else does. I think that this will end up being a great motivator for my students. My first batch of stars will be cut using some of the brand new Zoe paper but I am also using paper that is going to be retired at the end of the month. You are not going to want to miss out on these papers and they are all only available while supplies last!

You can grab the cut file here for your own bulletin board and you can grab the paper packs here in my shop!

Are you getting ready for back to school stuff?

Don’t miss out on the other ladies amazing back to school posts for make it Monday!

Melissa shares a bright layout for backtoschool

Alison shows a simple grid layout that leaves room for journaling those Kindergarten memories

Get your kid’s handwriting on your backtoschool layouts with Kelli!

Connie’s beating the back-to-school craziness with pre-making kiddo love notes!


Stamped Birthday Card

I really love how easy it is to make a card with just a few stamps and some paper. I grabbed some scrap white cardstock that I had which I seem to never throw away because white paper comes in handy!

Then I grabbed my stamps from the Birthday wishes stamp set and my Pacifica, Pear and Canary Inks. I was making a boy card so I wanted to keep the colors masculine. I matted the entire card on the Confetti wishes paper that will be retiring very soon.

I have shared with you all before but what I most love about Close To My Heart is how easy they make it for me to make a beautiful card or layout. This card literally took me only a few minutes to create. Every time I purchase a paper pack I know what colors are going to coordinate with that specific paper pack because Close To My Heart tells me.

I was able to grab a coordinating piece of paper from the Confetti Wishes pack and my envelope punch board and create a matching envelope in no time. I am not the greatest card maker in the world but I will tell you that my recipients always enjoy getting a card that I have made for them over a card that I have purchased at the store.

Grab the Confetti Wishes Paper before it is gone by clicking HERE!


Project Life and Cricut

Ahhhh my Cricut, plus my Artfully Sent cartridge makes project life very easy and beautiful. I have been working diligently on finishing 2014 and I am almost there. I only have November and December left and those months don’t have a whole ton of pictures because in November I do my 30 days of Thankful and in December I do a December Daily album.

I was using the scaredy pack paper and my Cricut to finish up our Halloween photos from last year. The complements really helped me decorate my cards and my Cricut helped me make embellishments as I was starting to run out of ideas. I found an adorable little monster in Design Space that I had a ton of fun creating and he looks really good with the layouts because he matched the baby’s costume. I even grabbed some of my acrylic paint and a stencil to create one of my own cards for the layout.

Now let’s talk about the Artfully Sent cartridge that really helped me with these pocket layouts. The Artfully Sent cartridge is not just for making gorgeous cards, it is also for making gorgeous pocket cards and there are some cards that were perfect for my Halloween layouts.

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After I finished my Halloween layouts I realized that I was done with the month of October but I had one small problem, the back of the last page didn’t have any photos so I had to come up with something. I decided to use the Artfully Sent Cartridge and see what I could find based on a family type theme since November is the next month in my album. I used the Pathfinding paper pack as well for this side of my layout to go on with the family/thankful theme that I am trying to bring into the next month.


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I really love how the back of my layout turned out, the cards that I was able to make with the Artfully sent cartridge came out beautifully and I really love the colors that are available with the Pathfinding paper, especially the blue paper. The heart that is in the Good Times card is available in Design Space as part of the subscription and I loved the fact that it looked like it was a wood grain heart. You can see that you don’t have to have photos to complete a layout and that you can decorate a project life layout any way you see fit as it is your album. Truly this page with no photos is one of my favorites in my 2014 album.

The scaredy cat paper and pathfinding paper will only be available until August 31st and then they will be retired. Grab them while you can by clicking HERE.

Check out the other ladies projects for Make It Monday:

You’ve got so much personality! So why not scrap about it? Melissa did!

No room of your own? No problem! See the 3 cards that Alison made while her scrapcave was being repainted.

More Christmas in July! Connie’s shaking up a holiday card!

Karen is deciding on which camera to bring with her on a fun trip!

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