Monday, August 28

Back to School: Science Notes

Hello Monday! Thanks for joining me this week for our newest challenge, Study and School Related. I know school has changed over the years, some are year round, others return in August, and here in New York, school begins in September. I retired from teaching a few years ago, and Labor Day Weekend was always my summer swan song! Now I look forward to September for entirely different reasons. 

Hasn't it been awesome having Simona Rebecchi with us this month? I am looking forward to your creative work, and we'll miss you around here!

Don't's the last few days of the Kid's Summer Challenge!! I've really enjoyed checking out their amazing creativity!!

School makes me think Science, since I taught science for many years! I decided to make some fun little notebooks for several science teacher friends so they will have a place to jot down their ideas, lists, doodle, etc.

I found a black chipboard book in my stash, and the 6 pages were perfect for my covers. I cut blank and notebook paper to fill them with, and punched a hole into them. 

Since to edge of the book had this curve, I hand cut the pages to fit them to it. Yep, lots of scraps, but it really didn't take too long as I cut them in batches.

Now the fun begins! I chose three palettes to work in with the Distress Oxides. I swiped the color onto the Craft sheet, spritzed it and wiped the watercolor paper through it, and held it up to drip a bit. 

Each time I had a bit left on the mat, so I used some scraps from cutting the paper and swiped up the rest of the color.

I wanted to add a bit more to the backgrounds before stamping, so I used a variety of Simon Says Stamp stencils, and the Distress Oxide with a mini blender. I lightly misted, then dried it.

I love them just like this and could have left them alone, but I wanted to add in the science twist, so stamped the scraps with the Indigo Blu Calculus stamp and the grey ink, then The Chemist set with the black ink. 

I took my white pen and doodled around each one and added a word. On this one for my friend who teaches Physics, I added a gear where the test tube is. 

For my friend who teaches a bit of every science in the middle school, I used the books and quill along with the blackboard notes.

And this one is for my friend who teaches Chemistry.

Hmm, maybe I should have made one for myself! Definitely a fun project with the bright colors, doodling and fabulous fibers!

Are you thinking school and study? Maybe a gift for the new teacher? A treat for your child's lunch? Whatever it is you make, please share it with us! 

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Let's check out the awesome projects from the design team for School and Study! 


  1. What an amazing idea for gifts, Maura...Bet your friends will love them to bits!!! Has been such a pleasure to play along with you...sending lots of hugs!!! Simona

  2. Love these little notebooks Maura and I am sure your friends will love them too! the backgrounds are fabulous and I love the details, all of them are awesome!! :-) you definitely need to make one for you now too!! a prefect size to pop into your purse! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. These are amazing, Maura! I don't know of a science teacher that wouldn't love them. Each design is so clever and unique and your backgrounds are amazing. I love how you added a strip to one side with the calculus stamp. Awesome!

    Cathie ♥

  4. these are wonderful, and perfect little personalized gifts!

  5. What a fun idea Maura! I love the tag shapes and the great oxide backgrounds. The doodling is such fun too.

  6. What a cool idea! I love all of them, although I hated science when I was young... The colors of the covers are so sweet and I love the use of stencils on them. Great pictures and the frames too. Hugs, Marzena!

  7. Colorful and original as always! You use colors in a fabulous way and definitely unique, absolutely Maura style! love this project! barbara

  8. As always, your work is so totally original and that's what I love most about you's just wonderful and I love what you've created here, another unique project and fabulous pieces of art! <3

  9. love your gorgeous trio of notebooks Maura and I know that your teacher friends will too...hugs kath xxx

  10. I love your notes Maura and I also love the mix of color you choose for each of them! So unique!!

  11. Love the beautiful colors on this notebooks, Maura. Such a brilliant design! :)

  12. These are so beautiful and....funk-tastic! (Your work always inspires me to invent new words)! I used to teach junior high school and these almost ALMOST made me wish I was a teacher again if these are the kind of goodies that someone would've made for me! I love so much about them-- especially the backgrounds and the white doodling along the edges. And hey- that hand cramp you probably got from all that cutting was worth it because the shape of these is awesome! Kudos to another outstanding job and I love how you personalized each image for the specific teacher involved.

  13. These little notebooks are so sweet, Maura! Love the pretty colors of oxide! and the lovely strings and twines are such a fabulous touch! Hugs, Sandra


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