Digital scrapbooking

Introducing…School Days!

January 18, 2010

It’s that time of year again, and Kaisercraft knows how to help celebrate your little darling’s foray into the exciting world of school!

Whether you’re the proud mother of a brand new preppie or sending your experienced little learner back into the jungle of classrooms and playgrounds, we know you love nothing more than scrapping cute pictures of their special moments. And what could be more momentous than the first day of a whole new year, to be filled with play, knowledge and new experiences?

And there’s no need to worry about whether or not the School Days kit will suit your child’s school colours, with four papers in a range of colours and 12 – that’s right, 12 – transparencies that can be mixed and matched to any colour you require! Incorporating elements we’ve never released before, such as paper clips, push pins, bulldog clips and first prize rosettes, you definitely won’t struggle to perfectly complement your layout or hybrid project.

Check out our CT’s little pieces of gorgeousness below for inspiration on how to whip up your own School Days layout.

Kathleen utilised the collection’s cool notepaper to create a layout that looks as though it could have been torn out of any child’s notebook – if the notebook boasted such killer artwork, that is!

We’ve counted more than 10 little elements, ranging from paperclips and ribbon to brads and tags, but Kathleen’s has still managed to compress the content and leave plenty of “white space”, giving the layout a hand-drawn, doodly sort of feel. She’s used some simple brushes and swirly handwriting to add dimension and told the story with a simple title – we’re loving its fun feel and the fact she’s used non-school-related photos of Holly and Drew. Very cool!

Now, we seem to recall it’s been a while since we showed you a cool hybrid project from the digital CT, so today we have Sandra to thank for her initiative in playing around with Schoool Days. She used a 4×6″ photo album and basic stationary kit (including a pencil box, eraser, sharpener and ruler) from her local discount store and, in her words, “pimped these with the School Days kit!”.

On the top and inside of the pencil box, Sandra glued sections of paper; she then glued sections onto the ruler as well. She replaced the plastic wrapping around the eraser with a tag from the School Days elements set, measured the size and then created a grid in Photoshop Elements to make sure she had the right sizing. Sandra ‘stamped’  some brushes onto the tag and printed it, then printed one of the round elements to fit the round shape of the pencil sharpener.

For the photo album, she printed a section of paper, glued it on top of the album’s original packaging and prettied it up with tags, flower and paperclips. She also printed some round elements and glued them onto cardstock to give them more body, before setting an eyelet in each and lacing them through a small metallic ball chain and attaching it to the cover. Sandra finished it off with a ribbon, which she tied around the album.

And for inside? Well, you know the saying “a mother’s work is never over”, and in this case it’s true – Sandra then made some layouts using her son’s school pictures, including this little gem, for which she cut cardstock to 4×6″ and made mini layouts with scraps of printed papers and elements.

We are actually giving her a standing ovation right now while marvelling at how easy she makes it sound…what a fantastic idea for cute and unique school stationary! We’d love to know if anyone else is confident enough to try this project…be sure to post it in the gallery if you are!

And finally, we have an adorable layout from Donna, who used transparencies to create the background, including one which was set with Overlay blending mode and 25 per cent opacity.

Donna then erased the middle part with the eraser brush set to 50 per cent opacity and flow so it didn’t have hard edges or lines when erased. The second transparency is on the top layer with the same settings.

She made the ribbon swing by cutting different lengths of ribbon and adding drops shadows of varying lengths to create the illusion that her niece was actually sitting on the swing, and tilted the yellow paper just to add interest.

Donna says the rest of the layout is simply layering and adding drop shadows to create depth and varied dimensions.

For more awesome – and inspiring! – School Days layouts, check out our mega kit page here…we hope your little treasures are looking forward to going back to school and you manage to snap a few pics on the first day!

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  • Reply samantha January 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    oh my god! how cool is this range! i’m very proud to be taking my little boy Ash to his first year of kindy so this is so perfect to scrap those very first day at school pics! and more! oh so perfect!

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