Sunday, February 9, 2014

Better late than never, right?

Hey folks! Its Mandy Kay Starner, here to share with you, my very first "official" Chic Tags project!
Last week, I received my first Design Team box and I could not wait to dig in! There was quite a bit of the School House collection in there and it just so happens that I haven't scrapped the photos from the first day of school, back in August... oops! *blush* I'd like to think of it as fate. Those photos were waiting for the right moment, and this was it. So, I grabbed a bit of the Good Tidings and Happy Place collections and a lot of the School House collection and got started. 


I layered up a few strips cut from the School House "Lessons" paper, an 8x10 chunk of the Happy Place "Fuzzy Slippers" paper, and backed it all with the School House "Teacher's Lounge" paper. Then I ran into a dilemma with the photos. I had 3 relatively large photos already printed for this layout and they would take up a lot of room spread out across the page. I didn't want to reprint smaller photos, so what to do? I considered a pocket of some sort, but I wanted to do something different. While I was thinking, I laid the photos on my page in a scattered stack. I LOVE how they looked so, I adhered the bottom two photos to the layout, layered a Happy Place Hanging tag, and a Good Tidings Frame tag underneath, then I had to figure out how to attach my top photo so that all the photos could be viewed. I realized that if I folded a School House Mini Icon tag in half, it could be used as a hinge for my photo. I tucked and adhered the back half of the tag under the bottom photo and adhered the top half(with the numbers) to the top photo, like so...



See, now I can lift up the top photo and see what's underneath. Pretty neat, huh?
So now, I've come to the point where I always struggle... where to put the journaling. I now have a hidden spot, just perfect for it...on the back of the top photo. So I took two School House File Cards, adhered them back to back, and stuck it to the underside of the top photo, like so...
 


I embellished my file card with a rub-on from the School House Rub-ons and a couple exclusive stamps from the January Kit.
I finished off my layout with a cut title, created with my Cameo, a School House Photo Topper, School House Rub-ons, School House Label Stickers, and a Happy Place Mini Tag.

So now, I have an interactive page with hidden photos and journaling... all nice and tidy.
Thanks for stopping by the Chic Tags blog today!

15 comments:

Kathy Skou said...

Love that hidden pic Mandy!!! Such a fab layout!

Sherri said...

Mandy you rocked your first post for CT. Love the way you added the extra picture. I for one never, ever manage to get the 1st day pix scrapped in a timely manner either. The hustle and bustle of the start of the school year/Dance year always leaves me feeling a little worn out the first couple of weeks. Looking forward to more inspo from you girl!

Cassie Box said...

Amazing!! So glad to see you on this team. I love Chic Tags and I love Mandy Kay.

Jenny Chesnick said...

Great lo biz. Love the hidden photo!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Awesome page, MK! Love how you used the tab to showcase more photos!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

such a great page with the hidden photo and tabs~

buglvr2010 said...

So fabulous!

janet said...
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janet said...

I love this!! The pictures are so great! Do you write on the chalkboard? It looks amazing. Such a fun page. (Ok, so I would want to know this if it was my page, but you forgot the "n" in journaling.) I hope you don't take that in a rude way! Love the page!

Suz said...

Love the hinge with hidden photo and how you did your journaling Mandy!

Emily Adams said...

This is an awesome layout! Love how you squeezed in hidden journaling and an extra photo!

Danielle said...

LOVE the hidden picture, fabulous page!!

Christin aka Umenorskan said...

Lovely layout and cool handwriting.

Jennifer Chapin said...

Love your layout, I am so scraplifting this!!!!

grammypat said...

That hidden picture and writing on the back are such a novel idea , I'm surprised that none thought of it sooner. Great inspiration and give me something to work towards.