So I started the way I always start. I chose my paper and what embellishments I thought I might use from my Robin's Nest stash. Check out the Robin's Nest website for some fabulous products! The paper I ended up using is Red Fat Plaid, Glitter Brown Animal Print, and solid cardstock to match. The embellishments I chose were Red Apple Die Cuts, Apple Paper Clips, and the chalkboard (which I love, love, love!).
I decided I was going to make a mini album (because that's my all time favorite thing to make). The base of my album is two pieces of chipboard 6" x 4.75" (please ignore my messy craft mat - I am not a clean crafter, much to my husband's dismay).
Next I inked up the edges of my chipboard with red ink (you could use paint or chalk or any form of color that works for you - or leave it raw). Then I added some Robin's Nest Glitter Brown Animal Print for my first layer.
I punched two holes at the top of each cover (one inch from the each edge and a quarter of an inch down) and added extra large eyelets for a finished look.
Next I added a layer of solid card stock followed by the Red Fat Plaid patterned paper (perfect for those school themed layouts or albums). I wrote on the chalkboard with a white distress pen and added a pencil and piece of chalk I made myself. Both are created from a bamboo skewer which I have cut in pieces. The chalk I simply painted white and it is the perfect addition to the fun, fun, fun chalkboard. Can you tell how much I love the chalkboard - lol?
The pencil (zoom in on the picture below to get a closer look) was sharpened with a hand-held sharpener and painted yellow except for the tip and the eraser. I colored the eraser with a red marker and the tip (lead) with a black marker. To give it a finished look I used a little thin silver colored wire I had in my stash to wrap around where the eraser meets the pencil. I love the way it turned out. I simply glued the pencil to the top of the chalkboard. To finish off my mini cover (I will add pages later) I added a stamped image of ABC blocks, a red apple paper clip (see the link above to purchase the set which comes with three colors), two binder rings and some ribbon. Let me know what you think. I am really pleased with how this turned out.
Visit the Robin's Nest Blog and check out some of the other designers' creations! Thanks for taking a look at my School Days Mini Album cover.
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