Just A Scrappin Challenge # 17--Back to School

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Good morning fellow crafters,

This week at Just A Scrappin' we are saying good-bye to summer vacation and hello school. The challenge is to make a project, card or layout for "back to school" including ribbon and bling.

Once again, I decided to try my hand at a project. This idea came from a fellow crafter on Pinterest who altered a Pringles can into a giant pencil (you can visit her blog at for a great step-by-step instructional). What a perfect idea for back to school and on top of that I could use it as a gift for my son's preschool teacher.

In the post, the blogger uses a cutterbee cutting system to make circular cuts. If you do not have a cutterbee system, you can use your Cricut machine. You can make the cuts by using the center point function on your machine. Start by making the first circle cut, in this case the 3 1/4 " cut out of tan paper, and then make the 5 1/2" circle cut on the same paper. It was awesome making this project because I learned something new about my Cricut Expression that I have had for two years now!

Completed Project:13"

Paper: Recollections, DCWV
Cartridges: Storybook (real dial; circle 2 3/4" cut for top of the eraser (pink), 3 " cut for inside the top (tan));  Lyrical Letters (welded; 1 1/4"); Nates ABCs (letters cut at 1" and 1/2")
Imaginisce: Bling

Pringle's can measurements: Yellow paper (10 3/16" L x 11" W)
Pink eraser (10 3/16" L x 1 3/4" W)
Metal band (11" L x 1" W) then crimp or fan paper
Pencil/lead cuts: tan paper ( 5 1/2" paper with a  3 1/4" circle cut from the center); black paper (4 1/2 circle). Glue the black circle on the the tan paper with the 3 1/4" circle cut out).

Pencil border: Gypsy weld (Elegant edges border (bird) cut to 11.10"; ink with tea dye ink (Tim Holtz); and cut some of the tips to give the worn look of the pencil being sharpened.

I used tacky tape, but you can use mod podge or a similar sticky adhesive.

Throughout this project I used the  REAL SIZE DIAL for cuts.

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  1. Hey sweetie, I love the Pensil. I love to recycle items. Not only does it keep things out of the landfills but you have created something that will bring joy to others. Thank you for this wonderful fun idea.
    Marye Bird

  2. This is completely awesome! I love it! :)

  3. This is very creative and adorable!

  4. I love this project perfect gift for a special teacher