Monday, June 15, 2009

Kitchen Sink Monday: You Measure Up

It's time for another Kitchen Sink Stamps Monday. Since schools around here are just about to wrap up the school year, I thought it would be appropriate to share a school-themed project today.

I found a six inch ruler with the wood items at the craft store and decided to build my project around it. I ended up creating an altered spiral bound blank album that could be used as an autograph or memory book, perfect for the end of the school year. The blank spiral bound album has been in my closet for a while now, waiting for me to find just the right project for it. I removed the spiral binding carefully, then lined up the patterned paper against the cover so I could mark and punch holes for the binding. I attached the paper with my ATG--no drying time, smooth finish--and replaced the binding.

Since the patterned paper I used to cover the book has a lot going on, I kept my embellishments simple. I stamped the "You measure up in my book!" sentiment from the 3 Step School Days set directly on the wooden ruler in red Palette ink and added a wooden button with a twine bow as an embellishment. I attached a scalloped strip under the bottom edge of the ruler so it would stand out a bit against the pattern on the cover, then attached the ruler to the cover, again using my ATG.

I forgot to take a picture, but inside the front cover, I made a kind of book plate for a picture of the book's owner using Nestabilities labels dies. I stamped "This book belongs to: " underneath the book plate to finish the inside.

For more inspiration from the Kitchen, you can visit the rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew. Here's where you can find them:

Angela Knopf
Connie McCotter
Dee Jackson
Julie Masse
Lisa Somerville
Lynn McAuley
Makiko Jones
Maria Colosimo, owner
Tammy Hershberger

Don't forget that you still have time to enter the current Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge. The challenge theme is Reduce, Reuse, and Repurpose. Entries are due by the end of Friday, June 19 (midnight EST). More challenge details can be found here.

Materials Used:3 Step School Days stamp set (Kitchen Sink Stamps); Pure Poppy Palette ink, wooden button (Papertrey Ink); Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Teacher's Pet patterned paper (Imaginisce); twine (Walmart); memory album (Target); ruler


  1. What a fun end-of-school notebook, Lori!! The pattern paper is perfect and I love the addition of the wooden ruler!! Super cute!!

  2. Such a great notebook! The paper goes wonderfully with the KSS School set!

  3. This is adorable project, Lori! I love that little ruler with the button embellishment, and that paper is super cute!

  4. This is really cool Lori! Love that paper

  5. What a wonderful notebook!! Love the how you used the set!! Awesome paper, too!!

  6. This is so wonderful, Lori!! Such a fun notebook!!

  7. What a fun project Lori! Great idea for the ruler and dp - cute! :)

  8. Such a great idea for the end of the year. How perfectly everything flows together. ADORABLE!!


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