Warning: This is an very photo-heavy post.
I had so much fun working with this line. The colors and multitude of elements were so versatile. When you are working with a line and getting ideas for a dozen other projects you want to make - that's a good line! My first project is a mini album for all the 'first day' photos - pre-school through 5th grade. I used a translucent mini album and started layering on the great variety of elements I had to work with. Here's my cover:
I love die cuts and Makin' The Grade has a few different kinds - my favorites are the acetate and chipboard:
On my album spine I added a scalloped fabric sticker and some black twill:
The album has 7 translucent dividers that are decorated for each grade, starting with pre-school and ending with 5th grade. Here's the inside front cover and first divider page:
Here you can see one of the photo pages, made from kraft cardstock cut to 5 x 5 1/2 with holes punched to fit the binder. I followed this simple format throughout the album for continuity:
Here I replaced the letter 'b' with an acetate die cut bee:
Here's the first grade divider page with a layout page to the left.
Those cork shapes are awesome!!
Here a cut apart sticker and fabric dimensional sticker embellish the 2nd grade page. I fit a 'back to school' sticker behind the '2' on the journaling card:
The third grade divider - love that owl:
For the grade numbers, I used the journaling cards from a larger sticker/envelope embellishment. I backed the '3' with a chipboard banner:
I used a banner behind the '4' here, too - this time an acetate one:
And here is grade 5:
And I also made this teacher card. I always have trouble making these but I really like the simplicity and dimension of this one. I used the Making the Grade Papercrafting Kit to make the ribbon embellishment.
Little Yellow Bicycle blog for more Makin' the Grade inspiration. It's a great line and the LYB Design Team and Cycling Team made some amazing projects with it!
Thanks Little Yellow Bicycle for letting me play!