Here it is … the last of the Graphic 45 calendar pages.
I must admit that I have enjoyed this journey and am still in love with the Places in Time collection from Graphic 45.
I know, I know. October is 1/3 of the way over and I am just now getting around to posting October’s calendar page.
This time, I do have an excuse. You see, most of the images on the October calendar page from Graphic 45 related to Halloween. And I don’t do Halloween. I hate spiders and cobwebs, I do not like to be scared, and the blood, guts and gore is just plain unappetizing.
So, I procrastinated.
But, I think I finally did a page that I can handle looking at for the next 21 days or so …
It’s a new month and time for a new challenge at Scrap It Girl.
This month, we are saluting heading back to school by making a project that uses school supplies.
Since my house is low on school supplies — my “baby” is 20 and away at college — I decided to use school-type embellishments and create something that would make a perfect gift for a teacher.
I started with a little notebook that looks like a mini composition book. I found it at Staples, but I’ve seen them other places as well.
First, I covered the front and back with patterned paper from Graphic 45. Then, I used my Corner Chomper to round the edges so they match the original book. You can also use sandpaper to trim off the edges of the paper. (this is the back … I used grid paper on the front).
Next came a few staples using my Tiny Attacher and a little wooden ruler from Maya Road.
So, what do you think? Have I inspired you? You can alter an item or make a card or back-to-school layout. Submit it to Scrap It Girl and you could win a great collection of prizes this month! I hope you win!
My idea for this project came from Arlene Cuevas, one of the amazing members of the Graphic 45 team. As soon as I saw her creation, I fell in love and wanted to do something similar. Check out this blog for a link to the two step-by-step videos that show you how to make it.
Naturally, I put my own spin on it and went through a little trial and error, but eventually my project came out looking like this:
I started with a plain black shadow box I got on sale at Michaels.
I coated the entire box with white gesso.
Then, I used Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste and a stencil from Christy Tomlinson Designs to cover the entire frame and provide some texture.
This is where my project took a turn …
Then I glued on a bunch of random flowers, metal pieces, ribbon, keys, buttons and more to the front of the box and coated everything with gesso. This covered up all of the odd colors … my flowers were navy, hot pink, gray and peach! I kept the gesso light on the sides so the colors would show through.
And some more green and orange … I taped off the glass front (it couldn’t be removed from the frame) and sprayed it with blue Glimmer Mist. It came out darker than I wanted, but it looked OK. (I don’t have any photos of that stage because it was a bit of a disaster).
Needless to say, Glimmer Mist does not dry on top of 3D Enamel Gel. Ever.
I tried heating.
I tried sitting it in the sun.
After a week, I was still getting blue on my hands every time I picked up the piece. I really didn’t want to start over since I had quite a bit of time and money invested in this, but I knew I couldn’t hang it on the wall as it was.
Deciding I couldn’t hurt it anymore than I already had, I ran it under the faucet. The water washed most of the Glimmer Mist off — at least the parts that refused to dry.
And I ended up with this:
Here are a few close-ups …
Thanks Arlene for the inspiration! I still plan to follow your instructions to do another one that more closely resembles yours!
For May, I decided to keep it simple by using mostly the patterned paper from the back side of the cut aparts page by Graphic 45. I added some of the decorative strips, one image and a premade bow from Webster’s Pages. Simple, but still beautiful!
What do you think?