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School portraits are sometimes hard to scrap and a lot of Scrapbookers aren’t sure whether to scrap them or just put them in an album. Since my daughter often opened my camera and we have very few precious pictures of her at a younger age, I am glad I have the school portraits to scrap. I was ecstatic when I recently came across her Pre-K school portrait and chose to use the Jenni Bowlin Classic Red and Black Paper Pad and the matching Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red & Black Collection.
- Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Classic Red & Black Collection Paper Pad
- Cork Paper
- Various Cardstock
- Cricut Expression
- Cricut Locker Talk Cartridge
- Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge
- Sewing Machine
- Ink Pad
- Sanding Block
- Emery board
After choosing my layout and supplies the first step was prepping the Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red & Black Collection cardstock by sanding. I sanded the black piece using circular motions with a sanding block. For the edges, I used an emery board and put the edge of the cardstock on the edge of my craft table. I have found it is easier to sand the edges this way because you can sand at an angle and have more control over how much of a sanded border is made. I repeated the steps for the red piece of the Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red & Black Collection. I used a little lighter pressure to avoid pressing in the embossed areas of the letters. After getting both pieces sanded I “polished” them with a paper towel. This gets rid of the “paper dust” and helps bring the shine back to the cardstock after being sanded.
The alphabet paper was cut at 8” x 10”. The red letter piece of Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red & Black Collection was cut at 6.7” x 8.5”. The cork paper was cut at 1” x 11”. I used Cricut Design Studio Software to weld 2 images of the scallop border from Plantin Schoolbook and resized as needed to make it 11” long. An ink pad was used on the edges of the paper before sewing the edges of the alphabet paper and the red letter paper. I first sewed the red paper to the alphabet paper and then the whole piece to the sanded black polka dot Core’dinations base.
Letters for the title were cut from the Cricut Cuttin’ Up cartridge at 1.75”. The pencil, glue bottle and scissors were all cut from Cricut Locker Talk cartridge and cut at 1.5”, 3” and 2.5”, respectively. I used a dark grey for the shadows of all the cuts and off set them just a bit to give a more dimensional shadow effect.
I decided to do the title along the side of the picture and used brads to attach them, giving them the look of being thumb tacked to a bulletin board. I added a small piece of mounting foam at the bottom of the letters to keep them popped up at the bottom giving them the look of being free floating off the cork paper.
I think the trick to scrapbooking school portraits is finding the right papers and embellishments to make it work. The Jenni Bowlin Collection offered great primary colors and patterns for making this layout work nicely with the subject.
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