I've been missing you. We did have a wonderful trip out-of-town to a neighboring state fair right before back to school. It was so much fun - rides, games, but especially great food!! Naughty things like cheese curds, fresh roasted corn on the cob dunked in melted butter, fresh squeezed lemonade, and fried apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. Naughty....but SO NICE!!
Then today started back-to-school for my 4th grader and I stayed and helped out for the PTA for a while. Tomorrow my 9th grader jumps back in to the school pool! So busy days lately, and I need to get around and say hi to everyone. Of course there's a soccer game tonight (my son this time). So I will get my post done now and hopefully be able to visit everyone later.
For a scrapbook/craft related post today I thought I would share one of my favorite tools! The shaped punch. I have many different kinds, but here's a photo of a few of them. I love them for many crafts...but especially to do a title for a scrapbook page.
I have many layouts where I have used these shapes in various ways to a create a title. I took a few quick photos out of some albums I had handy to show you the idea. In this snorkeling layout I just used tan cardstock to punch out circles and then added these adorable "under the sea" letter stickers. Notice the arrows showing the cute seashell and starfish.
Next is a page from when we went to a Minnesota Wild hockey game. I used a golden cardstock and punched it out with the larger square shape. And then used a cream color to cut out with the smaller side of the square punch. I then overlapped the smaller cream color over the gold and added dark green letter stickers for my title - as their colors are red, yellow, cream and gold.
On this page from my nephew's birthday party I used the hexagon punch and then added these cute round "wet" look stickers - as he had a pool party. But I could have easily used a smaller side of the round punch to get lighter blue circles to put over the dark blue hexagon. It's fun to mix and match and just be creative. These punches are all ones I purchased long ago through my Creative Memories consultant. I know the company has changed a bit and I'm not sure if they still offer them, but I have also seen many punches like these in my local craft stores.
If you haven't used one - they're pretty easy and here I turned over my hexagon punch to show you from the underside of the punch. Just slip your cardstock or paper in the slot where the shape cut out is and then push down on the shape until it cuts and "punches out" the cardstock piece. Very easy and again - so versatile and fun to use for many different crafting purposes.