Today is the first day of sneak peeks for Taylored Expressions latest release of FOUR stamp sets and TWO Key Ingredient kits this Saturday, September 5th. Today, all the TE Baker's Dozen designers are featuring projects using The Places You’ll Go stamp set and the coordinating Key Ingredients kit. This set is the next release in the Taylored Expressions Giving Tree charitable program and you can see all the images in the stamp set over at the Taylored Expressions blog today.
Having elementary aged children, I adore this set! It's filled with nostalgic storybook images and beautiful quotes from some of your favorite childhood books ... brings back wonderful memories!
For the months of September, October and November when you purchase this set you'll be helping to support the Books for Kids Foundation. Their mission is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and partners with literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life.
(Yes these are my little monkeys, doing their required school reading this week!). For each The Places You'll Go stamp set sold during the quarter, Taylored Expressions will donate $7.00 to the Books for Kids Foundation! Since I have budding 2nd and 4th grade readers, this program interests me greatly! I decided to make a combo mini scrapbook / favorite book log for my girls. It contains their school photo each year, along with a place to record their favorite book from the year. It's made with a Maya Road chipboard book you'll receive in The Places You'll Go Key Ingredients kit!
The pages in this book measure 5.50" x 2-7/8", so each piece of 6-inch My Mind's Eye patterned paper in the KI kit will cover two of the chipboard pages. I only used patterned papers from the KI kit for this entire book and still have plenty left over, for some cute cards! I chose to break up this wonderful sentiment from the stamp set, by stamping it onto some of the patterned paper and then cutting it apart so it would fit on my cover better. The buttons are also from the KI kit.
All the images I colored for this book used the Copic markers pictured above (the lightest brown on the top right is E31) -- I found them to be the closest matches to the colors in the patterned papers in The Places You'll Go Key Ingredients kit. The adorable hot air balloon image on the cover was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto TE's Choice Buttercream cardstock and then cut out. Star Dust Stickles are on the clouds. Isn't that ABC twill ribbon wonderful? It's also included in the KI kit.
On the inside front cover, I used this "I love you right up to the moon and back" quote (from one of our favorite books, Guess How Much I Love You!) and then added the custom wording below with my label maker. The image was stamped onto some of the KI patterned paper and then colored with Copics. I love the texture of these papers -- they take the Copics very well.
For each of the pages, I created a little label to write information on -- it's printed onto thin vanilla cardstock. It's available for you to download and use, if you'd like: Download School Year Reading Faves by Sharon Harnist and for future reference, will be permanently available on the Other Tutorials & Downloads Page of my blog. The cute little scholar balloon above was again stamped onto patterned papers and pieced together. Embroidery thread was used for the hat tassel and balloon string (click on the photo for a larger view).
All of the photos were rounded with a corner rounder and so were the labels. This darn-cute circular sentiment (Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.) was again stamped onto patterned paper, the heart pieced from red paper and glittered with Stickles.
The circles were die cut with Classic Circle & Scalloped Circle Nestabilities dies.
On the next pages, I used two Dr. Seuss quotes that were designed to work together. On the page above, I added another custom word with my label maker -- "cute!"
And I added the other quote on the adjacent page, die cut with a tag die.
On the final pages, I used this great sailboat image -- stamped onto light blue patterned paper from the KI kit, colored and cut out.
I know I'm going to enjoy using these fabulous images and quotes for cute notecards to my girls and teachers and I hope to share those with you over the coming month!
You can see more samples with this sweet The Places You'll Go stamp set, by visiting the blogs of the Baker's Dozen Design Team today: Charmaine Ikach, Dawn Easton, Denise Marzec, Donna Baker, Jackie Pedro, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Karen Motz, Laura Fredrickson, Laurie Schmidlin, Sankari Wegman and of course, Taylor.
We'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek of a new Taylored Expressions stamp set!
- Stamps: Taylored Expressions The Places You'll Go (available Sept 5, 2009)
- Paper: TE The Places You'll Go Key Ingredients Kit & TE Choice Buttercream cardstock
- Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers (colors shown above)
- Dies: Spellbinders Blossom, Classic & Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Tags Trio
- Accessories: TE The Places You'll Go Key Ingredients Kit buttons, ribbon & chipboard book. Star Dust Stickles, Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fiskars Threading Water punch, corner rounder, embroidery thread, label maker