Back to School in mini style

linda_mug_2014This little book came together so quickly and easily you’ll want to make one for each child, grandchild or friend’s child!  linda_neff_Xyron_Pebbles_back_to_school_mini_9

I started with four 12X12 sheets of pattern paper by Pebbles back to school collection: Notebook, Scissors, Apples and Rulers. They’re all double-sided so it’s like working with eight sheets! I also used Pebbles back to school stickers: Accent Stickers 6, 7 & 56; Accent & Phrase Stickers 10 & 18. Frames by Studio Calico, Xyron 5″ Creative Sticker Maker and Xyron Creatopia – both with permanent adhesive, Perfect Paper Crafting layering ruler, Ranger’s Black Archival Ink (for edging all papers), Westcott scissors and a paper trimmer.

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After measuring the library pockets the paper is cut to fit just inside the pocket with about an 1/8″ edge from the library pocket edge and at least 3/4″ down inside the pocket. I cut small pieces to fit the bottom flap and larger pieces to cover the entire back. All paper edges are inked.

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After it’s all inked, all the papers are passed through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and Xyron Creatopia to place a solid covering of adhesive on the back.

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After every piece is run through I then, flip and rub the back before peeling the top layer of plastic coating off, so it looks like this – all nicely lined up and ready to peel-and-stick!

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It is so easy to simply peel the papers from the Xyron backing and adhere them to the library pockets in manner you wish. I like to mix up the patterns to create lots of contrast.

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The fun comes with decorating each little pocket. The Pebbles stickers made this part really easy as well! I had the sticker Frames by Studio Calico so opted to stick them to white cardstock (so photos could be added later) and then use the Perfect Paper Crafting layering ruler to cut a 1/8″ frame around the sticker frames.

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Then I ran these through my Xyron 2.5″ Create-A-Sticker and stuck them to the back side of the library pockets. Cool eh?

Once I started using the stickers I couldn’t stop! They’re just so stinkin’ cute and show me a kid who doesn’t love bright, colorful stickers! These pages turned out so cute and will easily hold 3X5″ photos. Just print your photos and tuck them into the pockets for a great Back-to-School memory book.

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I used the Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the upper right corner and inserted a book ring to hold it all together. I love this and I know just the person I’m going to give it to!

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Back to school fun abounds!

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013Hey, I know I’ve been missing in action for quite some time but I’m back now and ready to move on! I’m kicking August into gear (better late than never) with these back-to-school pots of creative fun.

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve had children in school but I tried to remember what my kids loved about school – art class! Who doesn’t love art class? It was always one of my favorites, right on into high school. Can you imagine sitting down at a desk with these pots full of goodies and a stack of clean paper? Wow – could just sit and draw, paint and doodle for hours.Xyron_Linda_Neff_back_to_school_pots

These were so easy to make and they look very cute sitting in the middle of a classroom work table. I started with three different sizes of used Terra-cotta pots (you have the option to buy new if you must). I washed them in soapy bleach water and let them dry before painting a coat of Kilz primer on them. They’ve been in the garage just waiting for me to think of this project to use them in. I brought them in and painted them with some sampler paint I had on hand.

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While the paint was drying I wanted to experiment with printing on muslin. I created my own printer-friendly muslin by running a sheet of office paper through my Xyron Creatopia with Creatopia Repositionable Adhesive Refillz. I then peeled the backing and placed the sticky side down onto my muslin and trimmed around it.

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I was able to process that through my printer. I’m excited just imagining all the possibilities now!

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I cut out the words I wanted to use and sewed them to my burlap strips which I had cut and measured. These strips are processed through the Creatopia again but this time I used the Creatopia Stickz Fabric Adhesive. This stuff is soooooooo sticky. It clings very well to the painted pots.

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I simply wrapped the burlap strips around the pots and trimmed any ends that were too long, overlapping them just slightly.

I used beans in the pots to hold the items up so needed to cover the holes in the pot bottoms. Easy peasy – just cut some chipboard pieces, ran them through my 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker with permanent adhesive and stuck them to the bottoms.

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Such a cute, easy and inexpensive project for creating table decor for any occasion.

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