So true.

This is it. Jordan has started her senior year.
(it officially starts tomorrow, but she had to go for sophomore day today)
She’s having a bit of anxiety over it. She’s a high school lover.
I’m sure it’s gonna go by really fast for her too.

I’m sure I must have mentioned that we will be going to NYC so she can sing at Carnegie Hall for A Capella too, didn’t I? That should be fun–especially since Dan and I will be chaperoning. ;)

So, how many of your kids have started, or are starting this week?
What are your ‘first of the school year’ traditions?

For us, there’s always the usual school shopping.
And we also take our kids out to dinner at the start–and the end–of the school year.

Whether it’s your first going to kindergarten, a child starting junior high, or anywhere in between, there’s always many emotions for both parent and child. The dreaded homework, quiet time at home, school activities, routine again . . . there’s always something to be thankful for and some things you aren’t. ;)

That’s why I love this page that Laura did! I love that she wrote down her feelings about her daughter starting her junior year in high school.

Time just flies, doens’t it?

Let’s check out her page . . .

[ Shapes | This+That: School / School Years: Add Ons (titles) ]

Now that little Miss Laura has a great tip to share with us as well!

Here’s the layout (above) that came before the cards that I already shared (see the post before). I started this layout, wanting to use the Print files from the This & That: School Kit as my patterned paper. While all of the pieces making up the patterned paper border along the left side of the layout are cut straight from the Print file sheet, I also wanted to cut a few of my titles from those same patterns, so that they would match perfectly. This is where I had to get a little creative, since I needed pieces that were much larger to cut from.

I started by pulling up one of the Print files that I wanted to work with, and choose which paper shape I was going to use for my cutting.


Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I select the paper that I want, by dragging a box around it and then selecting Copy from the dropdown menu (under edit).

I open up a new canvas to work on. I choose an 11” x 8.5”, since my printer only prints standard paper sizes.

From the dropdown menu (under Edit), choose Paste, which will paste the image you copied onto the blank canvas. You will go to your dropdown menu again (under edit), and choose Free Transform. Normally, I would hold down the Shift button while dragging one of the corners in or out to make the images smaller or larger in size, but still keeping the general shape intact.

However, I wanted to make this image larger, but also wider so that the ruled lines didn’t end up too far apart. So I didn’t worry about holding down the Shift button, while dragging out the edges of the shape to make it stretch across the page.

Since I was going to be cutting out a few different titles, I wanted to cover my entire paper with the black ruled patterned paper. Had I just made my original shape larger, to fill the page, the ruled lines would have been very far apart. So this is why I made the shape shorter and wider, and then simply copied and pasted it, so that were actually two on the sheet. When finished, just flatten the image, and send it through your printer (I used textured white cardstock).

Here’s a look at what I was cutting out on my Silhouette. The “And so it begins” and the “Junior Year” were for my layout, and the two “ABC” were for my cards.



And here’s a look at how it all cut out of my printed paper.

I also needed to cut the “And so it” and “Junior” to add to my layered titles, and I wanted to cut them from papers that matched the ones that were on my layout from the original Print file. So I pulled up the second Print file, and choose the two papers that I wanted to use to cut from.

I choose this lined yellow paper.


And this grid blue paper.

I used the same steps that I used before. Selecting the Free Transform from the dropdown menu (under Edit), and dragging out the edges of the paper until the size looked right for what I was going to cut.


 You could easily enlarge several of the paper shapes from the Print files, and combine them onto a sheet or two to print out.


You can see here that I had plenty of room to work with once I cut out the titles I needed. I could have added more shapes to cut, use the extra on another card or layout, or even use it with punches for embellish my layout or cards.


While Kerri’s This & That kits are fabulous for their intended purpose, which is for creating the gorgeous altered trays, keep in mind they can be used for lots of other projects as well. Break them down, and think of other ways to get the most out of them. And if you’re looking for a fun alternative to your regular patterned paper stash, really take a good look at the Print files, as you have a good selection of patterned paper right there. And you only have to print what the amount of paper you need!