Friday, September 9, 2016

Smarty Pants Blog Hop

If you are here for the Year of Card Techniques, please go HERE, or you can check out all of my hops for today (there's only two!). We'd I'd love to have you!

Welcome to the 
Smarty Pants Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a blog hop dedicated to all the smart kids out there starting school and the amazing people who teach them!

Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 9/14/16 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Let's head on it to the classroom and see these amazing back to school projects!

Did you know I work in a school? Yes! They let even my people in! Imagine that! I love to help decorate the classrooms. And this year, I have one of the most awesome teachers to partner with.
One of the boards she wanted to make would encourage kids to do well and go to college. Great idea! Off to Pinterest she headed... and found THIS and THIS!
But we can do better, ey? I mean... We can totally work with that idea, right?
And off to Design Space I went... Designed a sun... with the letters C-O-L-L-E-G-E as the sun's rays and "BOUND" in the half-sphere of the sun...

Because of the extra large size of the cut (had to use my hardly-ever-used 12x24" mat... and the regular construction paper wasn't long enough, so I compromised and spliced it all together (as shown below) 
The finished cut... (before the weeding...and I don't mean the kind in the garden)
Our beautiful sun laminated those high school kids can't keep their hands off stuff, you know! The trick to putting the holes from the "O" and the "B" in the center? (in a whisper) It's laminated twice. Once without the space-keepers. Put them on the lamination in the correct spots with a touch of glue, then run it through the machine again! I wanted the sky to show through... that's why it's laminated, and not mounted on a board or other background. Duh.

OK, so laminating it twice gives the lamination a bit of wrinkle, but who doesn't have that? I know I do... So get over it, would you?
And my teacher made these awesome signs, pointing the ways to our California Universities...(different systems)... and here you see the bold blue of the sky ad the cool green of the grass (all fabrics! so as not to tear so much or lose color throughout the school year!).
And our winding road... because YOU know it's not a straight-away to college. There are lots of curves ahead!
This is my favorite... I love the borders my teacher (partner... I'm an assistant just in case you were wondering...) It is double sided, so I was able to center it and flip a couple of pieces to put flowers on the outsides of the quote. The quote... so beautiful! "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt was such an inspiration!
And our full board yes, you can see other boards, too... don't get picky!... a thing of beauty!
I've done other boards too, but here's one of my faves, if you want a throw-back... or ideas of your own!
 Up next is Rebecca!

Connie Can Crop Challenge #50
due 11:59 P.M. Friday, September 30th
Pacific Time


  1. you always have the cutest ideas! such a nice project! great job!


  2. Oh my word! These are fantastic! It must have taken you days to cut and assemble all of them. How luck she is to be able to partner with you! The kids are gonna love it and the other teachers will be so jealous, LOL Thanks for sharing and, as always, it was a pleasure hopping with you.

  3. OMGosh, your inspiration board turned out is fantastic. What a great way to show that anyone can accomplish a goal if they work for it. The teacher who is partnered with you should thank her lucky stars that she has such a talented & creative class partner in you.

  4. Your boards are awesome! Good move laminating them.

  5. Outstanding bulletin board! Your teacher/partner was lucky to have you! Christi

  6. Wow, so cool. Great boards. The kiddos are going to love it. TFS and have fun in the hop. Best luck

  7. This is awesome!! Just love it!! Bet it's the envy of all the teachers. Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. I love your lamination and your humor! :) Great job!

  9. What a great board! THanks for sharing!

  10. Very Cute Board, the kids will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  11. GREAT bulletin board!!! Enjoyed being in the hop with you!


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