Monday, May 12, 2014

School Days Challenge

Well hello everyone!  It's time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2, and it's my turn to host.  My kiddos have 8 1/2 days of school left!!  So school ending and summer approaching is on my mind.  I thought it would be fun to celebrate the year with a fun school challenge.  All you have to do is create a card or project focused on anything for school (awards day, field trips, teacher gifts, class parties, school plays or concerts, etc.)  Just be sure to use a Cricut cut, and tell us which one you used.  

For my project, I decided to create a double 12 x 12 layout of the last day of fun my kids had last year in Kindergarten and Pre-K.  The day is basically a kid's dream school day.  They go outside and play games, the teachers spray their hair wild colors, get their faces painted, eat pizza, and many other fun things.  
This layout was SO FUN to create!  I knew I wanted something funky and fun.  I used a few "oldie but goodie" cartridges.  For the font, I used Cuttin Up (a fun funky font).  For the swirls and star, I used Mickey and Friends.  For the the zig-zag, I used Plantin Schoolbook. 
The background paper came from DCWV School Days Stack.  I thought the little shoe border was so cute for this layout.  The "Memories" flag came from that stack as well.
The craftroom makes it so easy to weld shadow letters, and then make sure the non-shadow looks good over it.
I first weld the shadow layers (white letters).  Then I place the non-shadow layers over it, and depending on how close these are, they may get welded too.
This just makes the cutting, layering, and gluing go so much faster!

Cartridges:  Mickey and Friends, Cuttin Up, Plantin Schoolbook
Cardstock:  Recollections
Pattern Paper:  DCWV-The School Days Stack

So we hope you'll join us by linking up your card or project over at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!

And be sure to check out some of my latest tasty creations over on my food blog Diary of a Recipe Collector:

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  1. What a fun layout Jaren and fun challenge!! I love your bright primary colors of this layout and the funky shapes and letters. Perfect for a school layout. I love this paper too, and have been hording mine. lol I will use it when I find the right school pics to use it on. Thanks for the fun challenge this week! Hugs

  2. Fabulous LO Jaren, love the colours and photos. I forget your guys break up for summer so soon. We are the end of July. X

  3. So cute Jaren! I have the same patterned paper -- will scraplift yours! ~Laura

  4. This is a layout full of fun !!! Great design !!! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day and hope you have a wonderful Monday !!

  5. Fabulous layout, Jaren! LOVE the big words and the accents you added! Super fun paper too!

    Have a great day!

    Mollie's Motif

  6. Super cool layout I love those bright primary colors and the feet at the bottom of the layoutYou did a great job for the theme “School Days” f. I am so glad you chose this theme. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  7. What a fun and fabulous layout!! Love all of the different cuts. The photos are great!! :)

  8. Jaren, such a fresh fun layout!!!! And a great challenge theme! Love the font and the accents you chose for the page-oldies but goodies indeed! I'm definitely gonna be scrap lifting this one :) We had so many snow days this year that my kids still have over two weeks of school left. We go right up to the end of May…and then summer school starts!

  9. This paper is phenomenal! I love all the feet, the swirls, zigzags and those pictures are priceless! Wonderful layout of your memories.

  10. What a bold and graphic design with wonderful bright colors Love It!!


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