Teaching & Crafting Can Go Together

I haven’t officially announced that I have become a 7th grade teacher in a very short time! My hiring process went very quickly, at least it did for my family. The plan was never for me to go back to work so soon after having the baby but when opportunity knocks you have to take it. Any who, now I am a 7th grade Language Arts teacher and I am finally getting into the swing of things. I have only been teaching for about 3 weeks and I have some major work to do to my room.

First up on the agenda for me is creating a word wall! I figured the best way to make this happen was to get my Cricut involved. I have been wanting to design a banner for the longest time with my Cricut and figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me, plus what better way to bring my two loves together, crafting and teaching.

I created my word wall banner using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge and the newly released Fontastic Font, you can grab the cutting file for it Here. This file is for design space but if you need a craft room file just let me know I would be happy to make it for you! I originally used the canvas feature in design space to plan out my letters and to get the right sizing of the banner.

word wall banner

Word Wall Banner in Design Space

I really enjoyed putting this banner together and I can see myself making many more. The Cricut cut all the pieces out beautifully and I really enjoyed this new Fontastic Font that just came out this week. I embossed the doilies that I cut out with a new Anna Griffin embossing folder and I fell in love with how they turned out. I cant tell you enough how well Close To My Heart paper cuts in the Cricut and then you add in the white core that shows through when the paper is embossed and I am in love! Yes I am in love with paper and I feel that I must have every color of Close To My Heart paper that is available.

Embossed Doilie for the banner

Embossed Doilie for the banner

I did have a travesty that has occurred in my house, after making this beautiful banner I realized that I have absolutely no ribbon to go with it. I am currently working on crocheting something so that I can string this banner up in my classroom this week. I am hoping to finish that task this week but you never know, life may just get in the way of that happening.

Completed Banner

Completed Banner

Here are all the pieces of the banner that is currently just waiting for a crocheted ribbon so that I can hang it up in my classroom. I am so pleased with the banner and I think the embossed doilies are my favorite part of it! I am sure I will be finding other ways to bring my crafting techniques into my classroom before the school year is over. Do you have any suggestions of other things that I can make for my classroom?

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First Shoes Layout

With my new teaching job its a wonder that I managed to find some time to scrap this week but I really had the itch to get some crafty time in the other day. I finished up my One Little Word prompt and created this adorable layout of the baby when we got him his first pair of shoes. I had some Close To My Heart paper that I have been hoarding because it is now retired. I absolutely love the wood grain look and this particular paper pack had come with a pretty teal cardstock which I thought was perfect for a little boy.

I planned my layout out in Design Space and you can grab the layout here. I planned it in Design Space because I knew that I wanted to make the title with my Cricut but then I saw the adorable baby shoes with the First Years cartridge and I thought they were perfect so I added them to my layout!

his first shoes layout

This is what the layout looks like in Design Space I know it doesn’t look like much but once the layout is created with paper it is whole other story. The blue boxes are just place holders and were never cut out but I needed them their so I could figure out how big I could go with my title. My photos were 3.5×4.5 and that is the sizes of the boxes so if you choose to use them as mats for your photos you will know what size you need them to be.

first shoes layout

Here is my layout, photos and paper really do make everything look better! I don’t put a lot of embellishments on my boy layouts so this is what I came up with of course you could always add more to it.

first shoes layout

Look how cute those little shoes are and of course I made them white because the shoes we bought him are white. Now don’t forget their own two days left to grab the Year Noted paper kit for only $5. You can grab the kit in my shop by clicking HERE. 

year noted paper kit


Snowflakes and Ornaments Card

My friend Carole over at Scrapbook Campus had this wonderful idea to share cards and envelope templates with her friends. The idea was to share how these templates could be used in paintshop pro as well as with some good ole paper or digitally or anyway that us friends that would work.

Carole has sent a different template to each of her friends for the first 12 days of December and their have been so amazing tutorials already. You can sign up on her website and you will get a link to each template in your email. If you sign up today, tomorrow will be your first email, but Carole will have a link to all twelve card and envelope templates available at the end of the series.

Sign up on her website, and you’ll get a link to each template in your mailbox each morning. If you sign up today, tomorrow will be your first email, but Carole will have a link to all twelve card and envelope templates available at the end of the series.

This is the template I worked with:

Template from Scrapbook Campus

Template from Scrapbook Campus


For my card I wanted to use the Art Philisophy cartridge from Close To My Heart and one of the coordinating stamp sets. I designed my entire card in Design Space and cut it out. The next thing for me to do was stamp my ornaments. Now here is where the tutorial comes into play. I cut out this intricate snowflake design to incorporate into my card and wanted to adhere it without making a mess. This is where I decided to break my trusty sewing machine out.

You can grab the cut file that I created for the card by clicking here. I currently only have a cut file for Design Space but if you are interested in a cut file for the Craft Room I would be happy to whip it up for you.

snowflake & ornament card

In the sewing machine it goes

I used a light blue thread but only because I didn’t already have a bobbin ready for my dark blue thread and I craft on a limited time basis with the baby. The next step was to stamp my ornaments and adhere them to the card.

snowflake & ornament card

Stamped the ornaments with coordinating stamp set A1149

I used some embroidery thread to make it look like the ornaments were hanging and this is the step that I should have completed before I pasted my insides down. Instead I used my mini stapler and adhered the string to the card. I think it came out just fine.

snowflakes & ornaments card

Completed Card

Here is the inside of the card that I stamped with a stamp from the Snowhaven Card Workshop on the Go in Glacier ink.

snowflakes and ornaments card

Inside of the card

Next step was to make an envelope. For this I just grabbed my envelope punch board and some pretty sonwflake patterened paper. For the inside of the envelope I misted my paper with Heidi Swapp’ Mint Green color shine (I love this stuff by the way). This way it won’t just be plain white when someone takes the card out.

snowflake & ornament card

Misted with Mint Green Color Shine

Last but not least here is the front of my envelope. Just an FYI, don’t make this size envelope to mail out otherwise you will have to pay extra money. I figured this card would be good for someone local to me.

snowflake & ornament card

Outside of the envelope

Don’t forget to sign up so that you can receive all of Carole’s templates, as long as you sign up you will have access to all of the templates at the end of the 12 days.

P.S. The deal of the century is still available at Close To My Heart right now where you can get any C or D sized stamp for only $10 with any $50 dollar order.


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