Wednesday, August 31, 2011

School Days Photo Tray - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to September's Stamp of the Month blog hop!  If you are just starting out, or have arrived here from Annette's Creative Journey, you are in the right place.  When you're done here, you can hop along to Paper Creations by Wendy and see what she has made for us this month.  Just don't forget to read all the way to the bottom of my post today for a great giveaway!

This month's featured stamp set is Limited Edition, an awesome set of 21 stamps with an office-type feel and tons of possibilities!  With back-to-school upon us, I decided to make photo trays of my three kids' school pictures over the years.  I chose one with 12 spots, perfect for Preschool through 8th grade with one or two left over for decorating.  Two of my three went to 2 years of church preschool, so I am working with one spot left over (I added a birthday shot of my oldest here so they all look similar in the end.)

Only four more years to go!

~To see how I made the frame on the front, make sure you check out my video below!~

I used the Typeset paper pack and Complements, so I used matching ink colors for my stamps.  First, I cut the tag using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge at the size indicated on the stamp set carrier sheet.  Then I stamped the tag image in Vineyard Berry, the hand in Juniper, and the phrase in Black.  I added black ribbon through the hole in the tag, and popped up my canvas Complement sticker on foam adhesive tape.  (Remember to powder the back of stickers after applying the adhesive foam to eliminate the adhesive on the rest of the sticker.)

I added additional Complements and stamped phrases and images to enhance the smaller photos.

If you'd like to know how to make the decorative frame front, here's a video you can watch:
All products, except the photo tray, are from Close To My Heart.  You can shop for any of them at the following links (links will open my website in a new window so you can continue the hop):
The photo tray is from 7Gypsies.
     Now, for some blog candy!  I thought we could all use a prize to celebrate the new Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.  So, I am giving away a Cricut Tool Kit!!  MSRP on this is $24.99, so it would be great not to have to buy one, LOL.  In order to win, there are just a few simple rules: 1)US residents only please. 2)You must be a follower or subscriber of Saving My... and 3)Leave a comment.  That's it!  I will leave the contest open over the long weekend, so you have until 11:59PM Central Time on Monday, September 5 to enter.  I will announce and try to contact the winner on Tuesday.  You have 24 hours to respond or I will select a new winner.

    Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon!  Don't forget to hop along now over to Paper Creations by Wendy - I'm sure she has an awesome project for us!


    1. Awesom tray project! Well done!

    2. Love the school pix idea!! Cute tray!

    3. This is an awesome idea for displaying school pictures!! Love it!

    4. What a great way to display school photos!! Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy ~ new follower here. I found you on FB!!

    5. love this project!
      Patti Ross

    6. Wonderful project and wonderful use of this stamp set! Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial.

    7. What a fantastic idea, Lori! :)

    8. Great Video and Idea!! Thank you for sharing!

    9. What a cool project! I love how you've decorated the tray. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    10. I love seeing tuts of the cricut, because I'm a newby! Still don't get what size to put into machine for the size of what I'm making... ie. a photo mat for a 4 x 4 photo?? do I just set dial to 4 and hope it cuts it 4 x4? Anyway, very nice project, do you have one of these trays for each of your children? I bet they love it too!

    11. Great wall art! I'm working on one of these for my son!!

    12. Lovely project! It inspires me to use the tags on a scrapbook layout with a similar look...and thinking that with a 2-page layout could get all school years on it.

      Nice video tutorial too!

    13. Very cute. I have this tray...waiting to be used. You've inspired me. I love the tutorial. Never would have thought about making a frame for the tray. Very clever. Thanks for the inspiration and I'm now a follower. ;)

    14. Very nice. Just found your blog through our yahoo group. Thanks. Sandy C. sczcecatyahoodotcom


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