Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Get It Scrapped: Preschool Graduation

Over the past year,I often found myself collecting sets of themed patterned paper and embellishments. School themed papers are one of those collections. I would see kits on sale and feel the need to purchase them. In a very short amount of time, I ended up with a large collection of themed supplies. Pretty awesome if I need school themed item. Not so good in terms of hoarding. Last year, I decided to put a stop to that type of collecting and to put my stash to more use.

The good thing about a collection of themed papers is that they can often intermix together. I keep all of my themed papers in a giant zip loc bag. It was simple for me to pull together a quick kit from that bag to create this layout for Get It Scrapped's article for documenting milestones and graduation ceremonies.

Preschool Graduation by Christy Strickler |Supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, October Afternoon; Letters: October Afternoon; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Mist: Pink Paislee; Chipboard: Crate Paper; Other: Jewels, pearls, toothpicks; Sumitted to Layout Linky Love at the Purple Mailbox

Preschool graduation is a big milestone, as is any graduation. However, you don't have to use graduation themed supplies to document it. I chose school themed papers and primary colors that reminded me of preschool. I made handmade flags using toothpicks and scraps of paper on my desk. Flags are a popular motif right now. Both the flags and the stars connote a sense of celebration.

I also wanted a bit of sparkle on my layout. I added some splatters of gold mist, but it still felt flat. I have always admired the way Ashli Oliver adds a bit of doodling to her splatters. I decided to do the same. I added a few random circles to the splatters with a sharpie. It's such an inexpensive way to add a little more pizazz to the page and definitely a technique I plan to repeat.

I am not going to lie and say I don't buy new supplies. I still do...just more wisely( most of the time). I have tried to become aware of my buying patterns so that I don't end up with a hoard of the same theme in a giant zip loc bag. Before purchasing, I now check my supplies and ask myself whether or not I can remix them to create a kit similar to what I see for sale. If possible, I use the new embellishments as a guide to make my own. Yes, some of the supplies are older. However, using them up in fresh new ways always makes me happy.

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  1. Christy - this is such a fantastic page! Those flags you made are beyond adorable! Great way to use up some of your stash : )

  2. Love this Christy!! The different color alphas in your title are so cute and I love the use of the triangle borders!

  3. love how you added those doodles!!! Thanks for the sweet mention and for linking up over at purplemailbox.com :)

  4. This is FABULOUS!! I love the design!

  5. This is darling! Great job!

    (visiting via Purple Mailbox)

  6. A really fun page and I love the bunting - swinging by via Purple Mailbox too!