Friday, February 5, 2010

Homework. It's a part of our lives every weeknight. There have been several times over the years where the kids bring something home, usually from art class or creative time, and I think, "wow, that's cool - I should lift that idea for scrapbooking someday!"  I've had those thoughts plenty, but have yet to act upon my ideas.
Last week, however, I had to help Kyle with a math assignment, in which he had to create a crossword puzzle with words provided by the teacher. Using an on-line resource to create the puzzle was perfectly acceptable. As I was helping out, I had an "aha" moment. I had been kicking around several ideas for the BoBunny "14 Loves" assignment... a mini album of Abby with her 14 favorite stuffed animals, 14 qualities I love about my husband...pretty usual stuff. As I utilized an on-line puzzle making resource, I thought, "hey, wouldn't it be cool to createa  crossword puzzle of 14 things my family and I love"...and thus, the layout "US" was created.

To create your own personalized puzzle, visit Puzzle Source.  There are a number of puzzles you can make -  think of what fun you can have with page ideas! Print your puzzle onto acid free paper, to use on your layout as is, OR use it as a guide to recreate the puzzle on grid patterned paper. With many manufacturers offering grid papers in their collections, this is simply a fun way to utlize them with a twist.

The best part - family interaction! Have your family solve the puzzle as a team – ensuring the puzzle includes hints that everyone can answer.

To create the grid – use a pencil to chart your word placement on grid patterned paper. I used BoBunny's "My Sweet" in the Persuasion collection. For one down, I wrote the number 1 where the word starts, and a 1 on the last square the word uses. Don’t worry about the numbers – you can cover them up with letter stickers or letter tiles (which I created with an 18 pt. font stamp), or simply erase the pencil marks once your grid is drawn with a fine tip marker. Important tip: Determine your maximum grid square count – for example, the grid used in “Us” is 17 squares long, and 16 squares wide – use these numbers to determine where your squares will start and stop, ensuring you have enough room when a patterned paper has a design cover grid squares, as is the case in “My Sweet”. Print the puzzle hints on a transparency or solid-type paper and add to the page.
Designer Tip: Folded ribbon idea – use paper clips to hold ribbon in place, removing clips as you stitch. This avoids using adhesive that will eventually “gunk” up your needle.

 A few addtional close ups of details in this layout. I had a perfect matching 2.5" wide sheer ribbon in aqua that I really wanted to use. I knew it would be difficult, not to mention bulky, to thread all that ribbon through button-holes, so I used a scissors to cut about a 1/4" strip to thread through and knot.

Supplies Used:
Persuasion: Cardstock Patterned Paper - "My Sweet' Blooms (pink), Dot (green), Stripe (cream), Love Notes (red); Happily Ever After Rub-on; Love Is All Cardstock Sticker, Flowers, SWAK iCandy Brads; Buttons & Bling
Dot Cardstock: Coffee, Blush; Double Dot Ribbon: Wild Berry; Chunky Chipboard Alpha Blush; Chunky Chipboard Swirls & Brackets Wildberry

Ribbon - Michaels aqua sheet
Pearls: Hero Arts
Paint: Scribbles Iridiscent Blush by Duncan (on blush chip alpha)
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks, Staz-on by Tsukineko in Olive Green, Timber Brown, Black Cherry Red
Stamped Alpha: Circa 18pt by ProvoCraft (dial a letter)
Glitters: Sparkle Mod Podge (frame), Stickles (red) by Ranger on heart cut-outs
Transparency: 3M
Thread: Coats & Clark
Transparent Sticker Ticket: My Mind's Eye
Misc: cardstock - raspberry
Pen: EK Success Zig Writer brown fine point
Embossed “Love 14” embellishment – Cuttlebug

I hope you will consider utilizing an on line puzzle maker to create a fun embellishment, or idea, for your page. Or if you don't want to scrap it, consider making a Valentine puzzle for your family and use it as a Valentine's Day family fun game. It's a great way to see how 'in tune" family members are with one another. Thanks for stopping by Colorfully Creating.  And as always....

Happy Creating!
Rita S.


April said...

This is such an AMAZING layout!!! I love it...
- April

Kristie said...

That is so stinkin' cute. Love it!

Juliana said...

this has to be one of my most favorite of your recent layouts! love it girl!

Ann Cicilie said...


Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! And such a fun idea!