Thursday, 15 March 2012

SJ Crafts Challenge #3

It's time for a new challenge at the SJ Crafts blog... this month's theme is 1,2,3. Your project can be anything from a 1,2,3 list on a layout, to a first, second or third years child's birthday card. Whatever these numbers say to you! You can also use three of something (eg. brads) on your project. See the challenge post here for more ideas and all the rules - you could be in with a chance to win some Echo Park 'This and That' Chipboard if you enter the challenge by the 18th April!

I decided to do a layout about my daughter's love of counting, she really likes learning numbers, which I don't think she inherited from me!

I wanted the 1,2,3 to be a real feature of my layout, so I created a large cut-out of the numbers, to look a bit like it had been cut on a Silhouette die-cutting machine. I've been loving the look of these cut titles but can't afford the machine right now, so though this way of doing it is more time consuming, and less neat, it works for me right now!

The 1,2,3 template was made in Microsoft Publisher. I just made 3 seperate text boxes, typed a number into each (using Baskerville Old Face type, size 350), and moved them about until the numbers overlapped. I then printed it out and checked it was about the right size to fit onto a 12x12 layout:

I cut the numbers out and used pencil to draw around them onto the back of my patterned paper - making sure to flip the template so it would come out the right way around:

Then I cut it out with a craft knife, and mounted it onto my layout with 3D foam dots. It's nice and eye catching having such a large cut-out title! If you want to use my 1,2,3 template to make something for this challenge (or for anything else), then I've saved it as a word document for you to download here.

For more information on the products I used and to see other DT members take on this theme, don't forget to check out the challenge post here.

I'll be back tomorrow to show you something exciting! (Well, exciting for me!) Ta ta for now, x


Louise said...

wow that's a lot of my little ponies!! the numbering is very clever Jennifer, before i saw your page on sj crafts i thought you had used a machine x

JO SOWERBY said...

gr8 layout, maths isnt my thing either, ;)
gr8 to see the next generation embracing it though. i love the background paper and the numbering, coll idea for a template and thanx for the mini-tutorial,
jo xxx

Lisa-Jane said...

I love the big numbers on this and the papers are lush. I am coveting one of those machines too but I'm worried that it will take too long to fathom how to use it and it will sit there staring at me and sniggering! I really like the way you've photographed it as well.

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