We are so pleased to share with you our Guest Designer, Lowri McNabb. Lowri lives on a vineyard in beautiful Marlbrough, New Zealand with her husband and young family.
Tomorrow, we will help you get to know Lowri better with some fun Q&A's. You'll smile more as you get to know her...
Until then, I'd like to show off some of Lowri's creations that she has been working on with our latest back to school collection, Head of the Class. Get ready to be inspired.
It’s a real honour to be here today creating with one of Little Yellow Bicycle’s latest collections –Head of the Class. The LYB products are a little hard to come by here in New Zealand so I was thrilled to open my pack and find superb quality heavy weight patterned paper and an amazing collection of matching embellishments.
This collection is packed with fun, bright prints, but also offers some more subtle patterns too. My first projects have made use of these more subtle patterns and I have decorated a pencil box and desk tidy along with a few extra stationary items, all of which would be suitable for an older student or maybe even a teacher’s gift.
This box started out as a ribbon dispenser. It comes flat packed as 6 raw wood pieces. I sanded and painted the edges red and then used an old graph paper stamp I had to decorate with white ink and mirror the grid pattern on some of the papers.
I then measured, cut and glued pieces of paper to cover all the panels before assembly. I have mainly used the Ruler paper (HC-109) as it is such a fun print and reminded me of the old fashioned slide top ruler pencil boxes.
I have used the Back to School paper (HC-101) to decorate the top which again has some lovely ruler detail and also picks up some of the other primary colours used throughout the collection.
The stars on the sides are from the Fabric Favourites (HC-220) pack and just add a little texture and detail to the sides. I gently removed the dimensional adhesive from the ends, cut the strips to size and then used a mini glue dot on the back of each star to glue them down.
This again was a plain wooden piece that I painted and stamped like the Pencil Box. I have again used the Back to School paper (HC-101) as the base for the sides and on the front I have used these super-cute mini pencils from the Chipboard Shapes (HC-279) as well as the stars and numbers piece from the Fabric Favorites (HC-220)
You can see the box is stuffed with a few goodies!
These giant paperclips are so much fun. You can use them as bookmarks or just as clips for giant paper! I sandwiched the paperclip between one of the Dimensional Stickers (HC-195) and a piece of plain cardboard backed with paper that I cut to the same size. I used hot glue to bond them all together which makes them durable and easy to use.
Ruler & Pencils
This dollar store ruler suddenly becomes a lot more fun with a great sticker! I removed the sticker it came with and replaced it with this super-fun ruler sticker from the Favorite Pieces Cardstock Stickers (HC-135) I love looking for little fun ideas like this to give as extras with a gift – it makes it just that little bit more special. My son has to have all of his pencils marked at school so instead of trying to write his name in teeny tiny writing, I labelled them by wrapping coloured tape around the top. I have done the same here to create matching pencils for the pencil box. Such a simple idea but would add a lovely touch for a teacher.
Back To School (HC-101), Ruler (HC-109), various scraps from other papers
Cardstock Stickers - Favorite Pieces (HC-135), Cardstock Stickers - Fresh Verse (HC-140), Dimensional Pop-Up Stickers (HC-195), Fabric Favorites (HC-220), Chipboard Stickers (HC-279)
I hope you have enjoyed these and I look forward to showing you some more projects next week. Please post a comment with any questions.Head of the Class