Friday, May 16, 2014

The Graduates: Banners and Cards

We are very excited to be featuring some additional ideas with the new "The Graduates" Collection. First darling banners ideas by Amanda and second some darling cards with short tutorial on a fun washi tape technique.

Graduation Garland
by Amanda Coleman
It's that time of year again!  Amanda here today with a few simple ideas for creating graduation party garlands.  With a few basic scrapbooking supplies and a sewing machine, you can whip up your own party garland in no time.  

Using a variety of products from The Graduates collection, I made a few easy garlands that would be perfect for a graduation celebration.  

I cut apart the book covers on the Study Hall 12"x12" paper and stitched them together to create a garland.  A book cover garland would be so much fun for a graduation party.  

Isn't this paper fantastic?  All cut apart, one page of 12"x12" book cover paper makes a garland that is about 4.5 feet long.  Not too shabby!  

I created one strand of garland by trimming the tabs off of the Pixie flags and then stitching them together.  I cut the Pixie circles in half to create the scallop flags. 

I used the The Graduates Star Garland all on its own to compliment the the book garland and Pixie garland.  The mini star garland is nearly 5 feet long making it perfect for party decor.  

Happy graduation season!

Graduation Cards 
End-of-the-school-year greetings, Doodlebug friends...that time of year is quickly approaching! 
Graduation announcements will start filling our mailboxes and the scurry to find just the right gift for that special graduate will be upon us.  And for me, I find it a much tougher job when it comes to buying for the guys; it's just easier to hand them a handmade card with money or a gift card tucked inside :)
Today I have a couple of super cute card versions for you.
First we'll start withe the quick and easy one:

 I used one of the vertical sides from the Simply Put card and trimmed it down to the 
desired size for my A2 card.  Next, I die-cut the Tangerine Sprinkles Vellum with the 
postage stamp shape; for stability, I mounted it onto the same sized white cardstock.

The rest was as easy as layering the layers together with foam adhesive and then
decorating the banner portion of the sticker with the year of the graduate.
A little pop of orange was used on the owl's cap and we're done!

Next I have little chevron washi tape tutorial for you to make this card:
Gather up your supplies: various washi tapes...even if you only have a 
couple of colors on hand, that will work fine!  Also, a piece of cardstock cut to the
size that you need;  I've used white.

First, draw a vertical line with a pencil.  You may decide to do this down the middle
of the paper, or over to the side as I have done here.  Add a strip of washi tape just
passed the line and wrap the excess around the back of the paper.

If the washi tape has a light enough background, you will be able to use this next tip:
Press the tape over the pencil marking and rub with your finger.  Lift the tape and you
will notice a faint line on the back.  Cut on the outside of the line and then press
back into place.

Continue until the piece of cardstock has been completely covered.
Corner round the bottom edges if desired.

I added a strip of matching cardstock (that I used for the bottom mat) across
the section where the washi tapes meet.  A couple of Pixie Sticks were cut to size
and adhered with Zip-Dry glue.  I had a guy in mind for this card, so I kept the rest
of the design fairly simple and frou-frouless!

That's a wrap for my Graduate themed cards!  I hope you enjoyed- Shellye


  1. Wow! I love banner! That is so creative, Notebooks!!! And I also love the amazing background with washi tape!!! Outstanding projects!!!<3<3<3

  2. THREE FABULOUS garlands and TWO AWESOME cards!!!
    LOVE the stitched book covers and Pixie flags!!!
    LOVE the Sprinkles vellum and WONDERFUL Washi chevron - thank you for the tutorial too!!!
    THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION Amanda & Shellye :)

  3. Amanda, darling idea to turn the paper Study Hall paper into a garland! I think that paper is so cute and that is a wonderful way to feature it! :) Shellye, your cards are over the top cute! Love your tutorials on how you did your V shape with the washi tape! :)

  4. Wow! I love these banners! Such an awesome idea!

  5. Wow, I love Shelle's card--it looks super awesome designed with all that fabby washi tape! And those very stylish and sophisticated grad banners are out of this world!!! Really, truly wonderful. So much inspiration today!!! Thanks so much for another wonderful week of great ideas and lovely Doodlebug eye candy!

  6. The banners are so cute
    and would be fun to make.
    Carla from Utah

  7. I pinned these adoreable cards! Thanks for the chance to win some of this great line so I can make my own!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these cards.

  9. Fabulous card! Love the step by step and the Washi. Mr. Owl is the best.

  10. awesome!!

  11. These are awesome projects! My third and youngest daughter is graduating in June. Nice ideas for some cards.

  12. I pinned the pic showing all three of Amanda's fabulous garlands on display :)

  13. I pinned the pic showing the new 12x12 papers, with Study Hall on the bottom RHS, the one Amanda used to create one of her fun grad garlands :)

  14. I pinned the close-up pic showing the stitched book covers cut from the "Study Hall" paper and the stitched Pixie flags of Amanda's garlands :)

  15. I pinned the graduation Pixies, showing the flags that Amanda used to create her stitched garland :)

  16. I pinned the close-up pic of the graduation card that Shellye created - love the orange Sprinkles vellum she combined with The Graduates collection :)

  17. I pinned the cute grad card Shellye created, LOVE the chevron Washi Tape panel, such pretty patterns combined together to make AWESOME!!!

  18. I pinned the close-up pic showing Shellye's tutorial on creating the AWESOME Washi Tape panel - THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

  19. I pinned a pic of one of the Washi Tapes that Shellye used to create the AWESOME chevron panel for her grad card :)

  20. I shared the Facebook post linking Amanda's graduate garlands with my crafty friends - my FB name is Tracy Moloney :)

  21. I shared the Facebook post linking Shellye's fun & fabulous grad cards with my crafty friends :)

  22. I pinned Amanda's banner to my Pinterest "party décor" page:

  23. I pinned Shellye's Congrats Graduate Photo to my Pinterest page:

  24. I pinned another photo of Amanda's graduation garland here:

  25. Ohhhh soooooooo cute~~ I really love the papers/patterns.. okay.. realllllllly love that washi tape.. (big smile) Thanks for the give~away.. I appreciate it!! L.r. Smith on fb pg..

  26. How cute!! Pinned

  27. Love the banner, they are so lovely. Here is a great banner's web:


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