Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Layout Share: "Hello 3rd Grade"

I just cannot believe the kids are already back in school and fall is just around the corner. It is still very warm and summer-like here in beautiful Raleigh, NC, but I guess regardless, fall is happening. I am now the proud parent of a 7th and 3rd grader. Seriously? How did that happen? Walking the littlest to her classroom the first day was so weird, I mean she is in the big building, the-one-for-intermediate-grades. But to me she is still just a little girl, a very-tall-and-almost-nine-year-old, but still my little girl (sigh.) 

I am loving the new Studio Calico line "Yearbook, " it might be my favorite paper line ever. Aqua, red, green, gold, orange, yellow and gray. Could the colors get any better? All of my favorite bright colors and a little bit of school stuff thrown in there as well. It is a very versatile line and I will be playing with it a lot this season.

Without further ado, here is my layout.

As you can see from the photos, this layout was all about the layering. I have been very inspired by Studio Calico's Pop off the Page class this month taught by the fabulous Jen Jockish. Jen has further reinforced my love for layering and texture on my layouts. I get so excited finding new ways to make things feel like they are floating over the page, I cannot get enough of this 3D effect. The key to layering I think is starting small, focusing on one area of your page. In the above photo I focused on the lower right hand size of the layout. I put a lot of layering here to draw the eye to the journaling and also to balance out the layering I did on the left hand side (see below.)

Products Used:

  • Studio Calico Yearbook Papers (Textbook, Hall Pass, Electives, Most Likely, Pi, and Tardy)
Other Studio Calico Products:
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneers (Speech and School)
  • Studio Calico Yearbook Accent and Phrase Stickers
  • Studio Calico Handbook Journal Cards
  • Studio Calico Mistable Cameras
  • Studio Calico Mister Huey in Warm Calico and Letter Jacket
Other Products:
  • American Crafts Mistable Thickers in Roster font
  • American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go date stamp-Today (brown handle)
  • Jenni Bowlin Studio Chalk Fluid Edgers (Old Road, Attic Dust, Ladybug, and Rock Moss)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Freckled Fawn washi tape (Red Starburst, Yellow Starburst, Green Starburst, and Math Class)
  • Jillibean Soup-Funny Sayings Soup Labels "It Is What It Is"
  • Jillibean Soup -Life is Sweet Soup Labels "This is Your Day to Shine"
  • Small star punch from Michael's
  • Fiskars paper punch
  • Tim Holtz tiny attacher
  • Arrow shaped metal paper clip, gold glitter brads and red brads 
*You can find amazing Jillibean soup labels and other fabulous paper combinations and accessories here . Make sure to check out their Soup Staples II paper collection, lots of great basic colors in subtle dots on one side and chevrons on the other. They seriously go with everything. 

Anyone else doing any fun layering on their layouts or excited about really fun paper lines that are out right now? What about feeling slightly sad now that the kids are back in school? Or are you enjoying your time away from the kids? Did anyone watch Parenthood last week-totally-had-me-balling-the-last-five-minutes, but I digress.

Happy Tuesday!



  1. Great job! I am always a little sad when the kids leave. This year, they didn't let us walk in my oldest on the first day of school. He was fine but I wasn't. Which is why I haven't blogged about the first day back yet.

  2. I feel you, it was so hard letting my oldest walk into Middle School last year for the first time, my fingers had a death grip on the steering wheel.

  3. Awesome page! You really did a great job mixing things up and layering. Your kids are adorable, thanks for sharing.

  4. You totally rocked this! Perfect back to school page.

  5. Thank you ladies so much, I just love back to school pages, the kids are always so cute looking.

  6. awesome!!! love all that yearbook! :)

  7. Hi Toni, its Sherrie from For The Luv of Art and I just wanted to let you know that your layout won our School Days Challenge. Congratulations!! I want to get your prize pack out to you as soon as possible so be sure to check out the announcement on our blog. Thanks so much for entering!!