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Back to School Extra Credit Challenge #3

This extra credit challenge is to use common school colors - primary colors!  It could be in a photo or project of any kind, but it must use primarily these colors.

You have one week to complete the challenge.  Upload it by Wednesday, October 6th, to the member gallery, making sure to check the appropriate checkbox under "member challenges."  The winner will be randomly chosen and posted here on the Event blog, as well as on the Education board in the "master list" thread for Back to School.  Please submit only one entry.

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Back to School Extra Credit Challenge #2

This next extra credit challenge is an easy one!  Just leave a comment here with a link to 3 posts submitted to the Back to School event that caught your eye.  View the entries here!  For each link, tell us what you like about it!  Be sure to also share your feedback with the person who uploaded it!

 

You have one week to complete the challenge.  Leave your comment below by Wednesday, October 6th.  The winner will be randomly chosen and posted here on the Event blog, as well as on the Education board in the "master list" thread for Back to School.  Please submit only one entry.

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Back to School Extra Credit Challenge #1

Hi Peas!  I have a few "extra credit" challenges for you this evening.  The event is coming to a close and I think we should end with a bang, what do you think!?

This challenge is by request - and I think it's a great idea - scrapbook a person in your life, your student's life, etc. that plays a special role.  It could be a teacher, coach, babysitter, etc. OR perhaps you are that person who has those responsibilities and gets to play that role for someone else.  Either way, scrapbook about it!

You have one week to complete the challenge.  Upload it by Wednesday, October 6th, to the member gallery, making sure to check the appropriate checkbox under "member challenges."  The winner will be randomly chosen and posted here on the Event blog, as well as on the Education board in the "master list" thread for Back to School.  Please submit only one entry.

Have fun!

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Guest Blogger: Katie Watson

Katie Watson is a pro at making altered projects and her creativity never ceases to amaze us!  Today she's sharing not just a cute project, but one that helps a good cause and is very green!

"Our schools are losing dollars due to budget cuts and we all need to be very mindful of what we can do to help. 
Box Tops and Labels for Education is a tried and true way to bring in extra money/school products but I have found from volunteering at the schools that not a lot of children bring them in.


I know at our house, I save them religiously but my husband who keeps us more organized tends to toss them. I throw them where ever and they eventually build up to an unmanagable point in our kitchen drawers. We needed a solution. 
For quite a while I have thought that I needed to create a gathering spot for all of the Box Tops and labels for Education. I used an empty Crystal Light box to create this "Labels for Education" container. 


I used the October Afternoon Report Card line to create the vintage school look. 
You need to use a very sticky adhesive on plastic or else the paper pops right off the plastic so I used the Helmar Adhesive Runner for the paper to plastic part and then I used the Helmar 450 for the rest. 


I punched little holes in the side and tied bakers twine to make a hanger so that I could hang it on a hook. Kitchen space is at a premium in our house. Hanging it keeps it out of the way but it is still easy to access. 


I adhered the paper to the top first and then drew the ticket slot and then used a craft knife to cut the slot out. It was very simple. 
This would be a GREAT project to make for family members to help encourage them to save the labels for your child's school. We can make a difference one label at a time. :)"

You can view the other items in Katie's gallery here!  Thanks so much for sharing, Katie!

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School Supplies: We R Memory Keepers Show & Tell Collection

Today we are highlighting a fun-filled school collection from We R: Show & Tell!  It has a great mix of designs with happy-faced school supplies, a wise owl (perhaps Hootbert's friend!?), sweet boys and girls who are crazy about recess, and glitter-sprinkled apples!

Here are a few of our favorite items from the collection:

The embossed cardstock sticker sheet - notice the crayon with the speech bubble?!  Cute!

The Teacher's Pet Glitter pattern - who would have thought to pair up buttons with apples?  We R did!

The card kit makes creating greeting cards a piece of cake - and there are sentiments for themes other than school as well.

Here are some (very) creative projects we spotted in the gallery using the collection:

Pencil It In Back to School set by Danni Reid

ABC 123 by debfitz

   

   

Backpack Album by madebymarzipan

I've also made a little video highlighting the collection if you'd like to see a closer look!

 

Check out all of the products by We R Memory Keepers at Two Peas here.  Leave a comment here on this blog post by the end of the event, October 1st for your chance to win a prize pack from We R!

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Photo Challenge: Student Life...and last week's photo challenge winner!

Garden Girl Caroline Ikeji has a new photo challenge for you this morning!  It's all about documenting the everyday "essentials" of student life in photography.  See more here!

Thank you to those who participated in last week's photography challenge: "Goals".   Congrats to scrapping4twins - a prize pack will be sent to you shortly!

   

Look out for another post later today with a chance to win - we'll be highlighting Back to School sponsor We R Memory Keepers!

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Guest Blogger: Gluestickgirl

We're so excited to have Lisa joining us today as our guest blogger!  Lisa is always using product in fresh ways and arranging items in a way that gives each of her layouts a composition that works each time.  Her layout today is no different:

 

"Hi Peas!  I'm excited to be here with you for the Back to School event - I love this time of year.  My older boys have been back to school for a few weeks, which means less running around and more time for mama to sneak to her scraproom! ;)  When Jamie emailed me about this event, I knew exactly which photo I wanted to scrap. This photo was the best of the (insert number too big to admit) that I took the first morning of school.  We won't even talk about what the others looked like.  And while I was frustrated at the time, I've since fallen in love with this snapshot.

I'd already scrapped a first day page of my boys walking in to their school, and I knew I wanted to take this page in a different direction - I wanted to journal about my thoughts on this photo.  I still went with with school themed products - I love Studio Calico's new Elementary line and wanted that back to school feeling, even if the page isn't directly about that.  I started with the new Classic White Mr Huey Mist on a charcoal gray background - it definitely brings to mind dusty chalkboards!  I also misted my tag with Apple Jack and the ledger paper for my journaling with Lunch Tray - I'd just gotten my hands on Mr Huey and couldn't wait to use him. =)  I love the extra color it brings to the page.

 

When I'm scrapping one photo, I often use the 8.5x11 size - it's just easier to fill! I used Studio Calico's Harpers Rule paper on either side of the page - I love doing this, I feel it helps frame my page. I arranged my photo, journaling block and a strip of apple patterned paper to the left side of my page, and then added a few embellishments. I'm a brad addict and these brads from Basic Grey's Wander line and My Mind's Eye's Alphabet Soup line are my new favorites!

I've enjoyed having the chance to work on this Back to School event - thanks for inviting me, 2Peas! "

Supplies:

 

ruler pp, apple pp, report card pp, big alpha, label sticker & mist (i used the classic white, lunch tray and apple jack)

ledger pp is making memories - an 8x8 slice pack

fabric brad + star are BG wander, little green alpha is BG olivia

owl and happy face brad are my mind's eye alpha soup

 

 

You can see the other pages in Lisa's gallery here!

Thanks so much for joining us, Lisa!

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A new lesson from GG Stacey Sattler...and Guest Blogger: Karenika

Garden Girl Stacey Sattler has been busy making this cute, cute, cute mini album for her daughter's backpack!  Check out the full album and download instructions here!

     

UPDATED with last week's lesson winner:

Congratulations to Bonscraps for winning the challenge to create a project inspired by Kelli Crowe's mini album.  Like Kelli, she documented a "slice of life" in these two pages she created for her son and daughter.  A sponsored prize pack will be sent to you shortly!

     

And now it's time to welcome our Guest Blogger, Karenika!

Karenika has a great talent for making pages that are clean and pleasing to the eye - the bits of details and stories in her layouts draw you in and invite you to stay awhile looking at them.  We're excited by the page she has to share today - a great idea to make a page about your experience as a student and the advice you'd like to pass on!

"Advice from a Good Student and Your Mom...My older boy, David, is starting Kindergarten. I've always loved school and learning new things and I've always been a great student. My husband....not so much. So I thought, before he starts on this long and wonderful journey, I would love to give him some advice that came in handy for me when I was at school.

 

The journaling reads:

David, you're about to start school for the first time. As someone who's spent a lot of time studying and loved it, I wanted to give you some advice.

1. Always listen to your teacher. Even if you don't agree with what she says. You can then talk to mommy about it. But you must listen.

2. Pay attention. This is the most obvious but hardest to do thing. You have to always go to class and pay attention. If you do, you will do well.

3. Do your homework. You already know that learning is all about practice. That's what homework is for. It helps you practice what you learned.

4. Ask questions Never be too shy or scared to admit you don't understand. It's ok to ask and it's the only way you will learn something.

My sweet boy, this new journey in your life will be so much fun and the most important lesson I can teach you is to enjoy every single moment."

Tips from Karenika:

"1. Sometimes I can’t find paper in the exact shade I need. Or the one I have is too loud, etc. Or I just want a little extra color on my page. So while I use the paper I do have to do most of my layout, I like adding thread in a different color for that extra, small bit of color in my page. Depending on how much of it you want, you can do a lot of sewing or just a little bit.

2. I like my pages to feel airy and open. To achieve this, I generally use small strips of paper and punch them so it adds interest and makes the paper “lighter.” This is also why I use small clumps of journaling instead of one big block. If you prefer to type instead of hand journaling, you can use strips to achieve a similar effect. I like to make sure even the journaling is a part of the design of my page.

3. I pull almost all my color from my photos. I try to match the shade but I don’t worry too too much. As long as it’s similar colors, it will give your page a uniform feel. Sometimes I will pick the colors that are subtle in the photo so it doesn’t feel too matchy matchy.

4. I used to never ever write on my layouts. I would type everything. I absolutely abhor my handwriting. But I know that years from now, my handwriting will be one of the things my family cherishes about my layouts. I love seeing my mom’s handwriting on things and I keep reminding myself of that. So I cannot encourage you enough to use your handwriting on your layouts. Even if you hate it. It’s a piece of you.

5. I often get asked if I do anything special to sew through chipboard. I have to admit, I know nearly nothing about sewing and I use my machine almost exclusively for my scrapbooking. I use the same needle my machine came with for everything. I go slowly and I never sew through really thick chipboard. But I’ve never had a problem so far."

To view a full supply list and read more about Karenika's process, download a PDF here!

Be sure to check out the rest of her amazing gallery work!  Thank you, Karenika, for sharing your process and creativity!

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School Supplies: Bo Bunny Learning Curve & Cambridge...& a chance to win!

Bo Bunny has come out with two collections with school-themed projects in mind: Learning Curve & Cambridge.  Learning Curve is more traditional in the color scheme, although it mixes in great vintage imagery and has a reading-theme, while Cambridge uses richer colors and could be used for documenting more college-aged students.  Cambridge is not limited to school though, think masculine pages  and travel themes too!  Today we are highlighting both collections.

Here are a few of our favorite items from each line:

    

You get a nice variety of elements on the 12x12 chipboard set, and we like the text pattern on the alphabets and large arrows within the combo sticker sheet!

       

The bookworm on on book-shaped journaling spot of this stamp set is too cute!  The distressing treatment of the patterns lends well to the vintage feel in the colelction, especially in this rich polka dot pattern.  And the charcoal knit flowers - perfect to sew on to a t-shirt for a casual chic look, or attach them to your altered projects!

Here are a few inspiring projects we spotted in the gallery using Learning Curve:

Shanna Vineyard has framed her page so nicely by cutting out large brackets of the Letters paper, and how clever that she cut the stack of books in the Learning Curve pattern so that she could tuck her picture behind them!

Shanna created and shared another amazing project - this time an altered frame set!

The quote from the Cut Outs sheet was the perfect choice for this teacher's card created by D Sherman.

And now, here are a few favorite items from the Cambridge collection:

    

We've seen a few very cool gallery projects that will make you want to pick up this stamp set!  The dots pattern is an example of how you are not limited to school projects when using this line, and the trims set with its different materials are a great product for adding texture! 

You'll be inspired when you see how these items have been used in projects from our gallery:

The detail in this page by Shanna Vineyard begs to be scraplifted! :)

The masculine images and patterns in this collection are great for creating cards for the men in one's life!  This card was created by Kathleen Glossop.

This page by Michele Beck shows just how versatile the line can be - it's also a great match for heritage layouts!

And another great card by D Sherman!

I've created a couple videos featuring these two lines; the first features Learning Curve and the second Cambridge.  The second you might have seen as it was filmed for our Summer CHA event.

Check out all of the products by Bo Bunny at Two Peas here.  Leave a comment here on this blog post by October 1st for your chance to win a pack of Learning Curve sponsored by Bo Bunny!

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Back to School Challenge: Art class!

A new challenge for you...this time it's to get artsy!  Take a step back in time to art class and create your own masterpiece using color, ink, paint, mists, doodles, whatever!  Be creative and be sure to share with us the techniques used in your comments.

Enter this challenge by uploading your project by Friday, October 1st, making sure to check the "Art class!" challenge box under "Member Challenges."  The winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from one of our sponsors!

(scroll down to view last week's challenge winner!)

Here is a little inspiration for you...

   

    

Use color with paint chips as a photo mat or background.  Create a monochromatic color scheme, or use many colors in one project like stwing2!

Pool your supplies together and create a rainbow of color on a project like helpmerhonda!

Get out your paints like Garden Girl Stacey Sattler did here with her tags (how cool that each tag is a home for her photos?).

Play with misting and create a cool background like gluetstickgirl (above) and paige22 (below)!

Don't be afraid to use your mists on other surfaces like patty k did on this darling apron!

Or combine everything together and create a collage piece like fevvers did here!

And congratulations to amieq...she's won our  ABC's &123's challenge.  A prize pack of Sassafras products will be sent to you shortly!

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Guest Blogger: Dani_T

You've seen her work in the gallery.  You've clicked to get a closer look.  You've marveled at it.  You've "bookmarked" it, "liked" it, commented on it... today we're sure will be no different!  We're excited to have Dani_T joining us and sharing this gift set she's created for a teacher.  Even though school has begun, it's not too late to give a teacher a gift to let her know you appreciate the role she has in your child's life!

 

  

"Gift Box with chalkboards:  I found a paper mache box that was 7" x 7" square at the craft store and wanted to create a teacher gift box to fill with all kinds of pencils, notepads and things teachers can use! It was pretty inexpensive, only $1 or so. I used the Pink Paislee Old School Curriculum paper (front and back) to cover the bottom portion of the box . For the lid, I wanted to do something creative with it. I found some really neat Con-tact chalkboard paper that you can write on with chalk! It is made by Decora, Inc. It peels and sticks right on, so I measured the lid and covered each piece of the lid with this paper. To dress up the center, I cut a strip of the Old School- Prep School paper for the center and added the teacher's name with sticker letters. Then the other pieces are Old School - Canvas Borders cut to the width of the lid. Just peel and stick them...super easy! Last, I wrote "Welcome back!" and "1 + 2 = 3" on it with chalk.

100% Grade A Teacher card: To create this card, first cut a brown cardstock card base 10 3/4" x 5 1/4". Fold in half. The fold will be at the top of this card. Next cut a strip of Pink Paislee's Old School - Curriculum paper 5" x 1 1/2". Adhere to top of card. Back one of the Old School clear cards with white cardstock, so it will show up nicely against your card. Trim around clear card and attach. Adhere Old School sticker letters to spell "grade A teacher". Attach banner stickers, stars and 100. Then adhere an Old School metal badge that says % on it. Finished card size: approximately 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

I found some cute, inexpensive chalkboards and chalk and wrapped them up with twine, then added an Old School clear card and a star sticker from the sticker sheet.

2010-11 School Pictures mini album:  I thought it would be fun to use the little Old School Flip Notes as a mini album to hold school photos. You know the wallet sized ones that you get from each child? They fit perfectly in this little album and there are 16 pages, so there is a lot of room for all kinds of pictures. I think I might make one of these for my daughter to keep her friends' photos in also! All I did to dress this up is first added an Old School sticker to the front (abc's). I also added sticker numbers to spell out the year. I used the Old School rub ons to add "school pictures", the camera and the red flowers."

What do you think - are you itching to get creating a gift set yet?!  Thank you so much for joining us, Dani (You can see the rest of Dani's gallery work here!)

The new "Old School" collection from Pink Paislee was used for this project and will be in the Two Peas store very soon!

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School Supplies: Sassafras...and a chance to win!

The Applejack and Count Me In collections from Sassafras are filled with products that would add color and pure happiness to any school-themed project or layout!

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Fundamentals - the perfect name for a pattern filled with fun illustrated alphas!

Adding some flair to a project is a snap with these Flag Banner stickers!

The Top 10 chipboard numbers in blues and pinks are perfect for documenting grade levels, age or numbered lists for journaling!

As well as the numbered decks like this one and this one!

The warm colors in the Count Me In collection, as well as the cute characters and number theme, are perfect for the Fall season and Back to School.  This paper is called "Love to Learn."

And now we get to share some of the amazing work done using these products!

One by liamsmommy

Best friend by thegreenfrogstudio

All Alone by Jen Jockisch

BFF's by peg manrique

I've created a little video giving a closer look at some of these products.  Check it out below!  And don't forget, leave a comment here on this blog post by October 1st for your chance to win a pack of Applejack and Count Me In products sponsored by Sassafras!

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School Supplies: Crate Paper School Spirit...& a chance to win!

Today is all about the School Spirit line by Back to School sponsor Crate Paper.  This collection is great for both young and older students; it has cute imagery for younger subjects and yet paper patterns that would suit a more serious or mature layout.  With its warm color scheme and versatility, its no wonder this has been a popular choice in the store!

Here are a few of our favorites from the collection:

The layered chipboard is an unexpected piece to add to a project with the buttons and great dimension!  The ruler is not flat, but every other numbered section is raised.  Very cool!

The Geometry pattern - the retro-style rays instantly add interest to a page.

This Gold Star die cut paper has a fun scissor-like edge that reminds us of art class - and the aqua and yellow color combo is a great alternative to the typical primary color scheme of a school product.

When we did a search for "School Spirit" in our member gallery, the page loaded quickly with many, many projects!  Here are just a few that caught our eye and show off the collection so well!

Almost School Time by Christine30

The Wheels on the Bus by Davinie

This homework box and supply set by Michelle Lanning

Last Day of School also by Michelle Lanning

School Altered Notebook by Lucy E

Teacher cards by kardsbykim

Finally by pamelacy

Soooo ready by amyheller

This was another favorite collection of Kristina's and she recently featured it in her weekly picks.  Hear her thoughts on the collection and see what she made with it in her video!

 


Check out all of Crate Paper's products at Two Peas here! If you'd like to qualify to win a prize pack of the School Spirit collection, leave a comment below and we'll pick one winner at the end of the Back to School event on October 1st!

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A new Back to School photo challenge + last week's photo challenge winner!

Congrats to karebear3 for winning last week's photo challenge!  We like the way she thought to photograph the kids from behind and the depth of field in her photo.  We will be in touch with you shortly!

This week's photo challenge given by Margie is all about photographing reminders of your family's goals.  Notice the cool bulletin board in her daughter's room?  She's also shared her supply list along with the challenge!

And a reminder, the challenge winners are posted here on the 2Peas event blog.  We're also updating a thread on the message board with a list of challenges and challenge winners for your convenience here!

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Guest Blogger: Bluestardesign | Using Memorabilia

Often a layout will stand out in the gallery and we'll find Lisa, "bluestardesign" is the creator behind it.  It's no surprise she is a freelance graphic designer, as her eye for composition and design principles shine through in every page she makes.

 "I ended up using a page from my daughter's "journal" that she had written about her first day of school.  I scanned the notebook page and reduced the size of it to match the photos.

I love that the journaling on the page is her words and handwriting and reflect what she was most excited about the first day of school (which happened to be her new lunchbox and water bottle!"

Thank you for the reminder to include memorabilia in our scrapbook pages, Lisa!  Be sure to check out Lisa's other gallery work!

We've done some scouring in the gallery for other ways of using memorabilia and this is what we've found:

Create a pocket and clip notes together like Garden Girl Shannon Tidwell.  Use paper clips and attach buttons to the end of paper clips.

Use a report card to create a blocked background of patterns like craftysuz.

Tuck notes and reports in a library card (we have some in the store here) like Laura Kurz.  Run the card through your printer to add title-work and text.

Create a pocket out of pictures like Candice Greenway - she's tucked ticket stubs and memorabilia behind her strip of photos at the top.  Ticket stubs could easily be replaced with lunch cards or reduced scans of notes from teachers, art projects, etc.  Loop a ribbon on the ends for a way to pull the items out easily.

Don't be afraid to reach outside of your stash of stickers for embellishing a page and include other items your kids may have used like Renee Dowling has done here.

We hope you enjoyed this post on using memorabilia - thank you again, Lisa, for joining us!

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Guest Blogger: Karola

We're so excited to bring in the shabby-chic style of Karola in today's post...and that in addition to sharing her beautiful card, she's made up a sketch and provided some helpful tips!

"Technique 1 - LayeringI love to put layers on my work - sometimes I have enough scraps to create a layered composition. Here I created a dual background using two pieces of paper.  I created another layer by adding a cotton trim and then added elements I had cut from other papers - the school house and an owl. The next layers are: chipboard leaves and flower. This technique offers many possibilities, for example: you can add lots of textures and three-dimensional elements. Most importantly - this technique fits every style!
 
Technique 2 - Distressing and aging: When we select products in a particular style, we can make that style appear vintage by making the product look older than it is reality. Using pigment ink, or distress ink on the the edges of paper we can add a little darker and older look, inking each item on the card.  If we want to make the edges of the paper looked a bit worn - you can use the available tools for the distressing. Please note that I used the ink to the flower. It's really a small detail, but now it fits the style of the rest of the elements. I think it is important for all of one's items to match, if we want to create something in one style.
 
Technique 3 - All is in the details!  Yes, it is true - all is in the details, tiny elements, final touches - everything  that makes a project harmonious and well balanced. Besides - who does not love to look at the projects for which there is so much to see and with every next minute there is something new to discover? To work with the details we do not need much - sometimes it will be to stitch, another time - to add a little drop of paint or only a couple brads!  There are small details on my card that may be missed unless you look closely: they are the small dots of 3D paint (liquid pearls work just as well!), a little bit of misting with chalk mist, a piece of twine, two additional small leaves and the stitching. Of course I  did not have to use these elements, but I think that the  taste of the whole project is in the final touches and tiny details! Try it - it is easy and super fun!   

I hope that you like my project and sketch and it proves to be inspiring. Thank you very much for having me!"  
 
Thanks so much, Karola!  We're so glad that you were happy to contribute.   Be sure to check out the other amazing cards, layouts and altered projects created by Karola in her gallery!  
 
Note* The WonderFall Collection by Websters Pages was used by Karola to make this card.  It will be coming to the Two Peas store very soon!
 

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Class in Session: Week 2

A new lesson from Garden Girl Kelli Crowe went up today and we think you're going to love it!  She's provided an entire album plan for you!  See the full album here!

And now it's time to announce the challenge winner from last week's lesson by Jen Gallacher to create an altered piece that incorporates tracking and organization.  Congratulations to....globetrottinj for her very cute altered receipt holder!  A prize pack from one of our sponsors will be sent to you shortly!

Stay tuned for another Guest Blogger post today!

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School Supplies: Studio Calico Elementary...and a chance to win!

Today's school supplies post is featuring the new Elementary line from Studio Calico.  It, understandably, has been a popular choice for shoppers crossing off their scrappy "school supply" list as we've seen it found in the "hot products" section in the Two Peas store.  Here are a few of our favorites from the collection:

The Nibbles pattern - a great spin on a classic school icon with the different patterns found in the apples.

The Journal cards - cards that look like miniature composition books?  Very cool!

We love that they've thrown in a pale pink with the primary school color scheme in this great Pink Ledger Die Cut pattern.  Notice the bits of text in the scalloped edging?

These adhesive-backed strips of fabric are always a favorite - these would be a perfect choice to use on the spine of a mini book similar to the mini book shared by brains32192.

The Mister Huey's color mists that Studio Calico has come out with perfectly coordinate with their new collection!

Here are the awesome layouts we spied in the gallery using Elementary:

The First and the Last Day by davinie.  The punched apples, the use of a compare/contrast photo pairing from the first and the last day of school, the title work and stitching - it's no wonder this layout has been bookmarked over 20 times!

The stitching, the texture around the photos, the blocks of pattern and the white space with subtle stamping caught our eye in this fabulous layout by April Foster.

Check out the letter strips peeking out behind the photo mat - and again, we love the pale pink paired with the classic school colors - in this darling layout by scrapnic!

We especially like the idea of documenting each child and where they are going like Kimberly Neddo did here...a clever use of the Elementary label stickers!

The Show Your Work pattern with numbers was a perfect choice in this layout by jacksonsmama.  We like how she added buttons to the apples and the star rub-ons!

The Elementary line is so versatile - we were not surprised to see how the stamps and star rub ons could just as easily be used for a layout about motherhood like this one by Laura Kurz.

The square bits of pattern and geometric-feel in this layout by brains32192 begs to be scraplifted!

And this collection is another one Kristina chose to feature in her weekly picks series - listen to her thoughts about the collection and see how she used it in a layout here, or view it together with her comments and supply list here.

Check out all of Studio Calico's products at Two Peas here!  if you'd like to qualify to win a prize pack of the Elementary collection, leave a comment below and we'll pick one winner at the end of the Back to School event on October 1st!

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Back to School Challenge: ABC's & 123's

Today's post is a fun challenge for you - it can be school-related or non-school-related - but it must use your ABC'S or 123's!  Use numbers or alphas in a creative way on a project and you could win a pack of sponsored Sassafrass goodies!  You have until next Friday, the 24th, to upload your project to the member gallery and enter.  Be sure to check the appropriate challenge box under "member challenges."

Here are some ideas for you to get you started:

ABC's:

   

Create an ABC's of me (or someone you love) page like taniashaw |  Use "ABC" as an acronym like echeney

   

Create an alphabet border using stamps like Garden Girl Kandis Smith or with letter stickers like leetazzie.

      

Use a digital kit like this one to create an mini abc book for a loved one like carina gardner or even a couples version like lorileigh.

     

Or a traditional mini book like baersgarten.

123's

   

Create numbered lists of "about me" or loved ones' "facts" like Garden Girl Caroline Ikeji did here and here.

   

Use the numbers from a particular grade level like Garden Girl Kelli Crowe or repeat a number over and over like Garden Girl Shannon Tidwell.

   

Use the number of members in your family and journal about each member like Garden Girl Sande Krieger, or use numbers like Garden Girl Kristina Nicolai-White and document height, shoe size, grade, age, etc.

   

Create a collage of journaling within a large number or use numbers to create a timeline like Kelli Crowe did here and here!

   

   

Create a mini album of numbers to help your child learn to count (or do a "through the years" album of birthdays, etc would work!) like scrap247.

   

   

Or create a mini album of numbered questions and answers interviewing your loved one (or yourself!) like brains32192.

That was fun!  There are so many great ideas out there in the member gallery that can be found just by searching things like "abc" and "numbers" - we hope you enjoyed these ideas and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Guest Blogger: harpersmama

Today's guest blogger, Stephanie, is one who creates layouts that not only showcase true talent and style, but tell stories in a way that wins our hearts over and over again.  The layout she has to share today is no exception -  we're so excited to have her joining us!  

"This was an especially fun assignment for me, because this is the very first "official" back to school layout i've gotten to do! This year marked my daughter, Harper, starting full day Pre-K.

Of course I took a ridiculous amount of photos, and of course I cried (just a tiny bit). And after she left, with a big smile on her face, and a spring in her step, I had some beautiful pictures. And I wanted to do them justice. I thought about it for a while and decided to use JBS products for my layout. I really love the new JBS line, Family Tree, and Jenni has so many pretty red embellishments that I thought would be the perfect touch.

Some of you know that I label myself as a "fly by the seat of my pants scrapper". This means I don't use sketches, I don't sketch a layout first, I don't really plan what I'm going to do. I'm no design expert by any stretch of the imagination. I just have fun. And that is part of my scrapbooking philosophy.

I'll do my best to explain this layout for you. :)

I used the JBS/Coredinations embossed cardstock as a base for my layout. This cardstock is perfect for chalking, sanding, painting, you name it. Unfortunately, I am *not* a technique gal. :) I love using these cardstock sheets plain, but I usually turn them over and use the back side so that you can really see the imprinted design. In this case, I used the cardstock sheet upside down and backwards. I just like liked the way the letters looked that way. I also really enjoy using bright cardstock  sheets for the base of my layouts. I feel that it's an easy way to really make a layout "pop".

On top of the cardstock, I used two separate die cut papers. I love the JBS die cut papers, but many times I am not sure exactly how to use them. I've found that trimming them to suit my purposes works well. I tend to use them either in bits and pieces (as I have here) or in lieu of cardstock. I trimmed the sun out of the PlayDate die cut paper. This worked well because the rest of that particular paper simply didn't match this layout. But I adore the happy, playful feeling the sun adds. I then trimmed the Family Tree Die Cut paper as well. I used my notebook border punch to give the edge of the Family Tree paper some dimension.

I printed my three favorite photos of Harper in wallet size. I love the way they look in sequence, but it was REALLY hard for me to limit my choices to just three. I'll definitely be doing more back to school layouts soon. The center photo is my favorite, and to make it pop I matted it in patterned paper and trimmed the sides with my postage stamp border punch. This just makes it stand out a bit.

  

I broke my journaling into two portions, placing them above and below the photo block. Here, the journaling not only serves to document the occasion, but also as a design element.

I then decided to basically collage elements around the photo/paper base of this layout. I looked through my stash and chose my favorite red embellishments, to compliment Harper's red dress. I then added these embellishments (as well as the title) in a visual triangle around my photo and journaling block.

The result is a vibrant, happy layout. I feel it properly conveys the happiness I felt for my sweet daughter that day!"

Supplies:

cardstock: JBS/Coredinations

patterned paper: family tree classic die cut, playdate die cut

journaling and title block: JBS family tree journaling cards

vellum butterflies, calendar die cut, star stickers, mini alphas- JBS

journaling pen- american crafts precision pen .01

adhesive- american crafts stripe adhesive

Thank you so much for joining us, Stephanie. smiley

Check out the rest of her amazing work here!

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School Supplies! And a chance to win!

We don't blame our kids when their eyes light up at a brand new box of perfectly-pointed crayons...or for the fun they have doodling on a fresh sheet of notebook paper from their new sparkly binder...or the locker decorations or new school clothes...

Who doesn't love school supply shopping?  And if not, chances are you like scrap supply shopping!  Today's post is featuring a back-to-school collection from one of our sponsors that you'll want to be sure to check off your "supply list!"

The Midterm collection from Bella Blvd is especially great for documenting school life from pre-teens to students transitioning into college life.  Here are just a few of our favorites from their line:

Pep Rally

The prompts from this Midterm Blurbs sheet provide some great journaling-starters, and would be so fun to cut up and use for a mini book!

The speech bubbles in all shapes and sizes on this Text Me pattern are so fun!

And if ever there was a pattern that put the essence of what we think of when we think "teenage student" - Stephanie has created it in this fun Cute Cuts sheet.  And that mp3 player? So very cool with its multi-colored buttons! smiley

And we spied several seriously cool projects created with this line in the member gallery:

School Days by Mimi Leinbach

Elementary School Years by Jana Eubank

Ready for Higher Learning by Joplin Woodstock

School Girl by Its Just Me

  In Touch also by Its Just Me

And if you haven't checked it out already, Founder and Garden Girl Kristina Nicolai-White recently shared Bella Blvd's new releases, including the Midterm collection, in her Kristina's Picks video:

Check out all of Bella Blvd's products at Two Peas here, and if you'd like to qualify to win a prize pack of the Midterm collection, leave a comment below and we'll pick one winner at the end of the Back to School event on October 1st!

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Guest Blogger: Brains32192 & a photo challenge for you!

When we asked Nicole to create a project as a Guest Blogger, we knew she would come up with something great.  When she sent  us her completed project, however, our jaws dropped - she not only came up with something great, but something fantastic!  Here she shares her tips for creating a mini album made up of "First Day" photos with file folders.  

   

"i used some old file dividers that were in my stash, waiting to be used for the 'perfect' project. i sewed them together with my machine to bind the project...sewing the back of one to the front of the next. this allowed me to NOT break my needle/machine lol...and it also staggered the numbers at the top quite nicely. i hid the rough edges at the bottom with some of the SC Documentary FabRips.

        

what mama DOESN'T have a million first day photos of their little ones?! i wanted a place to gather them all in one spot for future reference, and my daughter thinks it's a hoot to look back and see these...especially since she puts so much thought into her 'first day outfit', lol.

i used a faint grey ink to stamp the doilies on my cover, as well as the journaling lines on each page. i didn't want to overpower either the paper on the cover or the base of each info page, so this worked perfectly. where i DID want the doilies to stand out though were on the grid paper of each page...so i used VersaMark ink and then sprinkled them with different colors of American Crafts Zing embossing powder.

     

adding a little woodgrain birdie rub-on to the center of each embossed doily was just an afterthought...but i love how they look!  i love to cut up pieces of stickers and add then to 'blank spots' on top of photos...they look fun AND it stretches the bang for your buck by allowing you to use them again and again!  i outlined the title of each page with a fine pen after i stamped...just an easy way to help the letters stand out without overpowering.

      

by keeping the set-up of each page the same, this went together in a SNAP!"

     

Thank you so much for sharing, Nicole.

You can view the rest of Nicole's awesome work here!

Today's post does not end with our guest...have you seen we've added a new photo challenge?!  Garden Girl Jamie Waters shares the sweet photos she captured on her daughter's first day of preschool.  View them all and read more about how she challenges you to take and share your school photos here!

   

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Guest Blogger: i*heart*nico

We're thrilled i*heart*Nico was up for being a guest blogger and creating a new layout to share with us.  Her layouts are always so well thought-out, right down to the last detail, and we love the spotlight she gives to her journaling.  Here is what she came up with when we asked she share a school layout with us!

 

"I thought about everything my son had learned in his first year of preschool and how I wanted to document this milestone.  It occurred to me that I had learned just as much as he did navigating the whole "preschool mom" thing for the first time. There were changes to both of our schedules, we both found a set of a friends that "fit" us. And finally, we both learned to "let go" and be independent.

I think that all of these lessons will change (for both of us) as he progresses in his academic career. I can't imagine what he and I will learn when he starts middle school, high school and college. I will probably make this same page for each of those milestones!

The actual design of the page was totally driven by the journaling. I approach all of my scrapbook pages with a story first, cool products second and supporting photos third. I created the text boxes in Microsoft Word and used my new EK Success border punch (purchased right here at 2Peas ) to add texture and tie in the theme. The great colors and icons of Crate Paper's School Spirit line made it a snap to design."

Thank you so much for sharing, Nancy!

You can check out the rest of Nancy's amazing gallery here!

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Class in Session: Week 1

 

Welcome to Week 1 of Back to School at Two Peas!  Every Monday is a new lesson; this week's lesson is on creating an altered message board.  The school year can fill up fast with activities, and so Garden Girl Jen Gallacher has created an altered message board that not only functions as an organizational tool, but a very cool home decor item perfect for a study corner.

Click here to watch a video as Jen creates the board and to download a pdf with instructions.  Play along with the challenge by creating your own altered school piece and uploading it to the gallery for a chance to win a prize pack from one of our generous sponsors!  Enjoy!

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Welcome to our Back to School event!

Have a question regarding the event?  Send me a message by clicking "send peamail" from the side menu on the left of my profile page here, or ask your question in one of the discussion threads led by the Garden Girls on the Education discussion board.

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