I had a large scrap of plain white card stock. I am using all primary colors in these albums, so I decided to make a rainbow for the title page. I inked the colors with a Tim Holtz ink applicator. I applied them in stripes down the paper, blending them together as I went.
I used the colors: Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint & Stormy Sky. See them below.
After I had the colors applied to the paper I worked quickly. Distress inks stay wet longer, and they react with water. So I used this spray bottle....
and spritzed the inked paper with water. I held it close as I worked because I wanted big splotches and puddles. I wanted the ink to show it had been sprayed.
Can you see the way it looks splotchy here?
Next I cut it in half the long way.
You can see that this left a white edge. I don't want three colored edges and one white one, so I decided to ink all four edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
I also wanted to do this so that the tone of the paper I colored myself is similar to the patterned paper seen here. I am also going to be using the patterned paper on the page. As you can see it has some bright colors, but also some dark areas where the crayons are piled on top of each other. (Boy is that patterned paper old! Anyone recognize it?)
I inked up using the blending tool again. I would usually do ink direct to paper, but I wanted a soft look and not too much ink applied.
Next I created a border that will go between the Disrtess Inked paper and the patterned paper. They will look too similar if I put them on the page next to each other with nothing separating them. I created the border using this punch I have by Stampin Up. It is perfect for a school page.
Here are all the elements, roughly where they will be, when the page is done.
I have the chipboard letters to spell out the grade she was in, but I wanted to say "All day" also. I have this old stamp set from Stampin Up. It was made to use with the punches pictured. You stamp the letters and then you can punch out the letters with either a circle or square. It is so much cheaper than stickers, :-) and use any colors you want.
Next I wanted to add a date to the title. I had these old cork stickers and a date stamp. Perfect! So schoolish.
I'll admit that at this point I thought I was done. I had the title glued down and the date sticker added. I ate lunch and kept thinking about it. The I remembered the clock stamps. I had added the stamped and punched out letters saying "All Day" and the clock just seemed to go along with that idea. I stamped the clock and the hands separately with this Heidi Swapp stamp set.
I'm using a variety of shapes, sizes and styles of We R Memory Keepers page protectors in the school albums. This way I can add art work, report cards, other ephemera, and pictures in all the pockets and spend less time on what I'm creating. With the school albums that is perfect for me. :-)