I recently wrote about falling in love with the newly trendy chalkboard paper. I simply could not resist purchasing Rhonna Farrar's Chalk Studio papers & embellishments by My Mind's Eye the minute I saw the collection. Well BONUS! It just so happens that these papers are PERFECT for back-to-school themed scrapbook layouts.
Last week's layout sketch on Let's Scrap seemed perfect for the photos I had of my sweet Rigel's first day of first grade. (Where does the time go?) Inspired by the sketch, I decided to use it in combination with Design Team member Ada Nicholl's Scrapbooking Challenge #170, which required the use of multiple chipboard embellishments in a layout. Here's the sketch...isn't it fabulous?
And here's what I did with it (for a closer look, click on image):
The chalkboard papers were the perfect background to showcase Rigel's spiffy first-day-of-school outfit. Notice how his red pants inspired the red matting of the photos and pops of red in the apple & star rub-ons and the red Washi tape border strips.
Remember the power of threes? Don't you love how you eye travels from the blue roof of the school, to the blue shirt of the teacher in the group photo, to the blue star in the banner?
I thought it would be fun to share the techniques of some of the other embellishments with you. For example, I wanted to use an alphabet Washi tape near the bottom of the page to anchor the layout. Buyer beware! -Not all Washi tape is created equal. The alphabet tape I had got gummy with age and was unusable. (Bummer!) So I used a technique I learned from one of Let's Scrap's tutorials. I custom-made "Washi" tape by stamping the letters of the alphabet on paper tape. Isn't this a cool idea?
(You can see the gummed-up tape on the right, and the DIY "Washi" tape I printed myself on the bottom.)
The Design Team Challenge required the use of an abundance of chipboard embellishments. I managed to use 12 pieces altogether! Many of them were from the My Mind's Eye collection. Since I was placing black-on-black, I decided to make them pop better by inking the edges with Colorbox's White Chalk Ink.
I wanted to add some school-themed elements, such as an addition problem. I had some fabulous cut-outs from Graphic 45's ABC Primer paper collection, but the "chalk" images where yellowish and did not go well with the white chalk of the My Mind's Eye papers, so I took naked chipboard numbers and colored them in with a white marker. I cut the plus sign out of the letter "t". (You can see the Graphic 45 images top left.)
But now the numbers looked a bit too bright white, so I stamped over them with Colorbox's Charcoal Chalk Ink.
I chose stamping for my title as well as my journaling block. The White Studio G Ink was perfect for creating the "chalk-look" on the chalkboard paper.
I rubbed the inked journaling block with my fingers to smudge it a bit, so that it would look more like smudged chalk and so that the journaling would show up better.
It is always wise to try out stamping on scrap paper first.
After stamping on the title, I made parts of it pop by embellishing with my white Jelly roll pen, then subduing it a bit with the Charcoal Colorbox Chalk Ink.
Have a great school year and a great fall! -Enikö