Friday, August 19, 2011
He everyone! It’s Beckie here again, this time bringing you my first ever Shoppe hybrid project! Ever since I gave up paper scrapping for digi three years ago, I sincerely avoid hybrid projects, LOL! I dread the mess, the cleaning up, the digging for the right stuff (and not having the right letter stickers!), LOL :) But my sweet baby girl is starting first grade next week, and I wanted to create something she could carry with her in her backpack to keep her family close during her days at school. And now that she’s older, she LOVES to do crafty projects with me, and she was eager to help. When I came across this nearly empty cotton swab box in the bathroom, I knew I had the solution! :)
I kept this project really simple…because, well, that’s me. We were able to whip this together in just one afternoon and had a good time working on it together!
First I assembled our materials. I love the cute and super inexpensive little cotton swab box we used, because it’s durable plastic and has a hinged lid (purchased at Target). But you can use any kind of box – a candy tin, a jewelry gift box, etc! Then, my daughter and I sat together and flipped through my scrapbook pages and I had her pick out her favorite photos. We included one from everyone in the family, and even a few of just her (they love photos of themselves at this age, LOL!) And as a special touch, I took a picture of her teddy and blankie – her special “friends” that she’s slept with her whole life.
I measured the interior dimensions of my box and determined that a 2inx3in page would fit inside nicely. So I printed about 10 different papers out in 2×3 blocks and filled in all the extra space with lots of scrapbooking embellishments to coordinate with the papers I selected. I printed our selected photos at 1.5inx2in size. All together, these items took up only two 8.5inx11in pages when printed :)
:::Cut and Assemble:::
The rest was simple! ~ we just started cutting :) My daughter cut out all of the big items (photos and papers), and I helped her with the smaller items that were more intricate. When we were finished, I simply gave her a glue stick and she put all the “pages” together herself! We decorated the top of the box together and it was ready in no time! The label on the top of the box was adhered really well, so I just glued my decorative paper on top. I used a special glue for acrylic embellishments called “Gloo” by KI Memories, just to make sure it would adhere to the plastic around the edges (my paper was larger than the label).
Here’s our finished project :) There’s still plenty of room to add pages throughout the year, which I know she’ll want to do after her birthday party in October. But I love knowing she can see us and enjoy the comfort of “home” while she’s at school!
Well, that wraps up another week here at the Shoppe! If your kiddos are getting ready to head off to school (or have already started), good luck and best wishes for a wonderful school year! We’ll see you back next week – we have a ton of things lined up for you – including new project SCRAP templates and a few new surprises :)