Sunday 3 September 2017

Paper Players 360 - DT Card

After last week's gorgeous sketch challenge, this week at The Paper Players we have a theme challenge for you.

Back to school is the challenge this week. Of course, in my part of the world it isn't back to school. We still have a term and a half left of the school year and we're a month away from the next school holidays. Still, the start of the school year will come again and it doesn't have to be the beginning of the year to give an encouraging card or a thanks to a teacher either.

This challenge is interesting for me, as I am teacher-librarian at a local secondary school. Although the first instinct with a school theme is bright, primary colours and ABCs, or maybe apples and numbers, I started thinking about the teenagers I mix with every day at work. 

It's a common idea that reading is dead and teens are only interested in their phone or their gaming consoles. Some are but there are still plenty of readers out there. Some of them are even reading on their phones or i-pads because it's not the medium that matters but the story. I'm really lucky to be able to spend parts of my working day talking to them about what they've read, hearing them enthuse about their latest read, musing about when their favourite author's next book will be out and helping them with what they'd like to read next.

Now, I'm a Good Reads girl and keep track of my reading and want-to-reads on Good Reads but not everyone does. I've noticed students scribbling down book suggestions on bits of scrap paper or coming in with a tatty list, which is why my project is an altered notebook made to be a reading journal: a place to jot down titles, interesting quotes, questions and thoughts about your books. There's a matching book mark because no matter how many book marks you have, it's never enough and our print collection is still more heavily used than our e-book collection.

We'd love to have you join us at The Paper Players this week. If you do, there's a couple of simple rules to keep in mind.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
Any products are welcome but if you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator to help you with ideas or provide you with wonderful SU products, then please message me on my Facebook Page (link in the sidebar of this blog) or leave a comment below. I'd love to help you craft.

Card: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Lemon-Lime Twist, Fresh Florals DSP, a notebook
Stamps: SU Butterfly Basics, SU Dictionary, Dark Room Door Bookworm
Inks: Lemon-Lime Twist, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black
Other: Grace Taylor Washi Tape, American Thickers chipboard letters, sponge, Lemon-Lime Twist ribbon, White baker's twine, SU scallop-top tag punch.


  1. Oh, Jan. I can so relate to that sentiment on the bookmark :-) There is something still so wonderful about turning a fresh page in a real book! I love the green and white colors and how you tied the bookmark and card together. What a wonderful combo

  2. Yay for reading! What awesome projects..I LOVE the sentiments!

  3. What a wonderful post. It's great to see your project is so heart-felt - I could imagine a student treasuring a book like that!

  4. This is a great idea, Jan! I used to love to talk to my Elementary aged students about their favourite books and authors. There is something about a real book though! I bought a couple of ebooks to read on my camping trip, only to find they hadn't synced to my tablet when we got there so I was out of luck. That wouldn't have happened had I brought the real thing!

    I love the garden designs on your journal and mtching bookmark! What a beautiful project!

  5. Jan, my school teacher heart loves your card and bookmark. I always think SO many books, SO little time every time I walk into a library! I still love to read a "real" book. Nothing like turning the pages! So happy to hear you have so many students that still love to read. The green and black combo is stunning! Thank you for rocking my challenge this week! XX

  6. Jan I'm a Good Reads girl too, but I would love a gift like this! A reading journal is such a wonderful idea, and yours is so pretty with its matching bookmark. Wonderful take on the challenge!

  7. Hi Jan! Nothing like a good book in your hands and your bookmark is a wonderful way to mark your place. Most of my family and friends read e-books but I just don't enjoy that nearly as much as the real thing. I love the colors that you used on your project too!

  8. Such a beautiful set! I am still "old-school" and love the feel of paper in my hands when reading :D