Sunday, 1 September 2013

Back to School...On Your Bike!

I'll warn you now that today's post is rather long...with quite a few photos I've been busy making a 'back to school' gift for my flatmate. He recently started his own business and one of the thing he does is run cycling training sessions and bike clubs in schools. In the few months since he started the business it's grown much more quickly than expected, and it's looking like the coming term might be quite manic! He's not an organised person by nature, but he does like to make lists, so I've decorated a notebook for him to keep all his school 'To Do' lists in, with a matching 'Good Luck' card:

The plain kraft notebook was from Paperchase...I simply covered it using some bicycle covered paper (from the 'Cool Summer' collection by Carta Bella)...inking (with 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink) and doodling around the edges...then added some lettering (cut using my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet)...then I gave it  couple of coats of a satin varnish to help make it a bit more durable:

I decorated the back too...cutting the corners out using one of my circle Nesties:

It has a piece of elastic to keep it closed:

I made the matching card in the same way using a 4x4 kraft card blank from Hobbycraft...and obviously without the varnish!

And I couldn't resist making a matching tag and some quick bicycle wrapping paper by stamping on some parcel paper using my Hero Arts 'Classic Bike' stamp and 'Rich Cocoa' Memento Ink. I also stamped a little bike on the envelope...and attached the tag to the parcel using some twine from American Crafts:

Challenges for these items:
Now I just need to get myself ready for the new school term!


Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Beautifully presented .Lovely gift idea .
Thanks for sharing on Card crafters Circle .

brenda said...

A lovely collection of work Helen and it will make a lovely gift for your flat mate.

Thanks so much for joining in my 'It's all in the sentiment' theme at Allsorts this week.

B x

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

What a fantastic gift! I love the idea of using varnish. I would never have thought of that!

Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up Challenges!

Céline said...

fab set, love it
thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

~ginny said...

What a great project Helen! Anyone would love to receive that cool trio of your work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful project in the “Any Sentiment” Challenge at Aud Sentiments.
Aud Sentiments Design Team
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Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW! What a great idea and I'm sure Rob will appreciate the organizing help!! LOVE the wrapping too ... awesome project!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters

Squirrel x said...

These are just fab hun - Rob's gonna be so chuffed! Xx

craftybunny said...

What a super set and so beautifully presented.Great gift idea.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x

Ruza Rebel said...

Such an awesome project, and your packaging is perfectly put together! Thank you for joining us this week for our Back to School Challenge at Love to Create.
Ruza, LTC Designer

Sarah said...

Fab gift and card Helen x

Helen in the UK said...

Great boy theme. Love how you coordinated with the bicycle images :)

Claire said...

Fab creations hun. A great gift idea. Hugs, Claire x

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Wonderful project! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!

katslittlepassion said...

I totally love your notebook! Thanks for participating in CYP challenge!
Craft Your Passion DT

Dawn Lancaster said...

LOve your little gifts & your packaging! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Creative M said...

Fabulous & Fun!!
Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
Have a wonderful day,
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenges ♥

Jingle said...

Very cute set and great wrapping, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Pauline Wheeler said...

Thanks for entering the crafty ribbons challenge
P x

alicaz said...

great little notebook and I love the decorated wrapping paper too!
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica ;)

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a gorgeous book and card you have made. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx