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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

Lisa

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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