Sunday, September 9, 2012

Back to school blog hop

Hello everyone! It's that time again...after a long whining about being board filled fun filled summer, it's time to get our little brats out of our hair send our little angels back to school.  ;)  And to celebrate, DeNami Design is hosting a back to school themed blog hop!
DeNami September Blog Hop
Here's all the details you need to know:
When: The blog hop starts on August 9th at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until August 10th, 2012, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).
Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!
Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!
 

 
You should have arrived here from the mucho talented Deb W. Her CAS style just amazes me...wish I could do that! If you didn't arrive from Deb's blog, don't worry....just head over to the DeNami blog for a list of all the participants!
 
 
Now mind you, my "little one" is 22 years old (AAKK), but senility hasn't set in quite yet for me ;) and I remember how he loved to have plain binders and decorate them with his own art work. I decided to expand on that idea and make not a bunch of doodles and pencil drawings, but what is essentially an over sized card front. I think this would make an adorable teachers gift too.
 
Blogger note: Please excuse the photos. I never dreamed that photographing a binder would be so hard...sigh.
 


Here's a look at the "art work" pulled out of the binder...

The background paper is a fairly soft color palette because I wanted the Chickie scene and tag to really stand out. I used chalk inks for the polka dots and graduation caps. To make the little border strip I simply masked the Back To School Chickie stamp. Did you notice that extra chickie hiding out in there? I used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Cruising Through Life" set...I thought it was a perfect fit. Everyone should "follow your dreams" and with a good education, your dreams could be limitless, right?
 
Well, there you have it, that's all for me for today. Your next stop is Stacy, a very talented gal that I've had the joy of getting to personally know lately. She's a pretty awesome gal and I'm sure will have something uber fun for you. Don't forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win one of the gift certificates!

I'll see you on the DeNami Addict blog bright and early Monday morning with the button challenge winner and the announcement for the next challenge!
 
 



34 comments:

Susan Martin said...

I love this! Love the colors.. those chicks are just adorable!

Deb said...

Tina, love the binder that created! And I love the background with the cap that you used from the Graduation set!

Barb said...

so pretty!

Linda said...

Cute! Such a fun idea and a much larger area to work with!

Rochelle said...

Such a great idea to create I binder! I really like it!

Tracey McNeely said...

I think your binder is brilliant!

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cuteness!!!

Stacy said...

I love your binder!! I remember decorating my binders all the time when I was growing up! I also like how you were able to ink just the book and the pencil to create the border. Very nice!

Ruza Rebel said...

Super sweet cover! ;o)

Deanna Jean said...

I can relate..mine is almost 21. Where did the years go? Super cute idea and I love the colors.

Christine H said...

So cute! Had never thought of doing this with my binders but I love the idea!

Wendy said...

Very pretty binder. Love your pastel color scheme! I am super impressed with the border strip you made... you have some patience!
I need to buck up and learn how to do the inlinkz links... your's look great with all those DeNami goodies! Thanks for the sweet comment on the DeNami blog Thanksgiving card, I can't believe I have a fan! I appreciate all of your sweet comments!

Linda Monroe said...

This is really nice. I am sure you could find a million uses for a pretty binder. If you are like me though, you will prabably give it away.

Christine Zani said...

beautiful - what a good idea!

Brenda said...

Fun idea and one that we could do with our children.

Amy Smidebush said...

1) You crack me up!!! 2) LOVE this binder idea! If I ever go back to school, I am making DeNami binders like this! Heck, I should do that for my DeNami inventory binder! LOL! 3) I LOOOOVE how you added the extra chickie to the back to school image! 4) You're awesome. Just sayin'.

Emily Keaton said...

I know *exactly* what you mean about binders being hard to photograph!! I helped my daughter make some fun customized binders several times in the past year and found it impossible to take good photos to capture what they really look like!! Anyway, I also know what a great idea this is and how much fun it is to personalize binders this way. Great work! I love your girlie design!!

Geri said...

Wow - this is such a clever and pretty idea! Just a suggestion, but when you have to photograph reflective objects, hold a paper facing the object in the color that you want it to reflect...in this case a white sheet of paper. It really does work!

Julie said...

cute projects.

Carol Hartery said...

My daughter is 25 (yikes!) and in graduate school and would love that decorated binder. I made her folders for inside the binder, but (duh!) didn't think about the outsidel Love your work!

Cardcrafter said...

Very nice! Thank you!

Heidi H said...

What a lovely idea!!! And I love those nestabilities!!! Very cute.

Lisa said...

Love the soft colors Tina, your binder looks super!!z

Dixieglitzie said...

GREAT idea...got LOTS of binders of my own that could use a little face lift.

Cynthia B. said...

Great-looking binder! Nice effect with the dot stamps and different matting for the stamped pieces! :)

Denise Bryant said...

Cute binder! Love the chickies!
DeniseB

Jennifer said...

I love that you decorated a binder -- nothing says back to school like new binders!! Your color palette is divine! Love it!

Dana said...

Tina, your creativity always amazes me. A Binder is so clever! And the way you stamped the notebooks and pencils individually along the border strip is genius. Love the added chickie too! So cute!

Miriam Prantner said...

Such a pretty, soft, sweet card! Great work!

stampsilly71 said...

What a GREAT idea...how did I never think of decorating a binder like that! Awesome!!!!

Now Stampin said...

I dreamt of having a binder this cute when I was in school! So cute

Lisa Petrella said...

BEAUTIFUL binder cover, Tina!!! What a fabulously creative idea!!! LOVE IT!!!

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Rebeccaklqz said...

Such a pretty, soft, sweet card! Great work!