Lisa’s Celebrate & Decorate
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Hello! It?s Lisa with a decorative project for you today. The month of May can be a hectic time of year. Mother?s Day, end-of-school activities, a US national holiday and the unofficial start of the summer make for a busy month. Pulling from one of the month?s themes, I decided to create a few items to share with you today that will be part of a celebration later this month ? my daughter?s high school graduation!

First, I have to brag a bit, as most mothers are wont to do. My daughter, Rachel, is a lovely and intelligent young woman. She?s graduating second in her class, a superb student and is sweetness personified. I love that she?s decided on a career path in pharmacology and is determined to succeed! If you couldn?t tell, I?m VERY proud of her accomplishments and can?t wait to celebrate her high school success!

With her high school colors in mind, I gathered cardstock and planned a few fun decorations that will grace our celebration later this month.

I created today:

  • A bunting
  • A gatefold card
  • A decorated container for giving advice and well-wishes to the graduate

The key to creating for my theme was to keep it fairly simple. The basis for each project was a circle element, a graduation die cut and the school colors. Grab your cardstock and create multiples while you have your die-cutting machine set to go.

Build your bunting by sandwiching twine (in this case four lengths) between two circle dies. Decorate with graduation caps or the year.

It?s so hard to get a picture of these in use. It just doesn?t capture the project well. You?ll have to trust me that it?s super cute in real life. Haha!

I also added a bit of shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen to the numbers and tassel. And the pinked circle gives the project an ?award? feel, doesn?t it?

The gatefold card was also very basic. I used the same die cuts to embellish the card. To create the gatefold base, cut a piece of cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Score and fold at 2 1/8 inches and 6 3/8 inches.

Because the card base is black, I added a panel of white cardstock inside so I can add a special message.

This brings me to my last decoration. I thought it would be fun to put out a small container of paper strips and a pen so that family and friends can leave a message for Rachel at her party. This could be advice or well wishes! Since Rachel is planning on pharmacology (and I?m a science geek), I thought it would be fun to embellish a plastic beaker.

What other special celebrations do you have planned for the month of May? I hope something here inspired you to create for your special day!

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies used: Solar white #80 cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; black licorice and banana split Pop-Tone paper from French Paper Co.; Y19 Copic® marker from Imagination International Inc.; clear glitter pen from Wink of Stella; yellow twill tape and twine from May Arts Ribbon; Grad Cap (#TE177) and Class Of (#TE563) dies from Taylored Expressions; By the Numbers and Pinking Edge Circle dies from My Favorite Things; Standard Circles LG dies (#S4-114) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Big Shot die-cutting machine, Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies (#656499) and Standard Cutting Pads (#655093) from Sizzix; Scor-Pal scoring board from Scor-Pal Products; adhesive foam tape from 3M; 1/4-inch Be Creative Tape from Ellen Hutson.

2 Responses to Lisa’s Celebrate & Decorate

  1. Congratulations! You should be so proud! Great ideas.

  2. DawnL says:

    Woohoo! Congratulations!! Yes, proud indeed!
    These are great ideas, Lisa!

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