I am so honored to be the August Guest Designer for Paper Smooches. Kim’s darling stamps and dies are so much fun to play with! For this week I decided to do two projects, one in honor of new jobs and one in honor of school starting.
The August release included some amazing die cuts and wonderful stamps including paint brushes, pencils, pens, paper scrolls – there’s even a typewriter (which brings back memories of learning to type in high school)!
I also remember how everything was *new* on the first day of school. Pencils were sharp and hadn’t yet been chewed on or had their erasers used up. Crayons were all unbroken. Notebooks were pristine. My favorite new school supplies were always the fresh new pencils (no mechanical pencils for us!) and the fresh notebook. I created a pillow box that can hold those new pencils (a whole package!) and it’s easy and fun to make. It would be a perfect gift to tuck in a student’s backpack.
I used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board, but you could also just make a long envelope. After cutting it out with the punch board, I stamped it repeatedly with the pencil stamp from Paper Smooches Just a Note stamp set in black ink, and then assembled the pillow box. I made a tag and used the Paper Smooches Pencils Die set to cut out a pencil that matched the ones in the box. One trick I’ve found for effectively paper piecing die cuts is to simply spread Tombow 2 way Glue over a piece of heavy card stock and let it become tacky. Then just stick your pieces on, then cut off any excess card stock. I glued the pencil die cut to the tag and simply tied it on with a piece of brown twine.
What’s fun about this is that you could use the pen die cut or the paintbrush die cut, or even the crayon die cut, and fill the box with the corresponding item.
Next I used the pencil stamp again to make a very simple “Welcome to the Team” card. I once again stamped the pencil repeatedly on white card stock and then colored in each one using Copic Markers. I then stamped the sentiment, which is from the Noteworthy stamp set, on white card stock and then mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock. The background was also mounted on slightly larger piece of black card stock and then onto a yellow folded card.
I think you could also give the card and the pencils as a gift to a new co-worker!
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