Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Summer Goes By Too Quickly-A Peek-a-Boo Project

 This is Jon David Lowe for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts I'm now into my 33rd year of teaching, 23 years at the same middle school. It is still early in the school year but I always begin full with hope. The more things change the more they stay the same. My father went to a one room school house near where I grew up in Pennsylvania, My mom's mom trained teachers to work in one room schoolhouses. The Golden Rule of treating others as one wants to be treated should never go out of style. These are the inspirations for this artwork.

1.  Gather Supplies.

2.  Make Copies of Grade 2 Manuscript Practice Book and Transparencies of Vintage Black and White Schoolchildren.

3.   Use Dot Glue Runner or Double Sided Tape Glue Runner  to Adhere Transparencies to Manuscript Backgrounds.

4.  Print Copies of Vintage Classroom Rules on Vintage Looking Paper. Add Patina by Spraying with Water.

5.  Use Sizzix Big Kick Embossing Machine and Embossing Folder of your Choice on Front Portion of GSLC ATC Folder Frame.

6.   Randomly Paint GSLC ATC Folder with Shades of Yellow and Brown Acrylic Paints.

7.  Fill in Any Empty Spaces with TH pumice Stone Distress Stain.

8.  Paint Back Portion of ATC Folder Frame  With Blue Lagoon Acrylic Paint.

9.  Add Neon Blue  Acrylic Paint Using Dry Brush Technique.

10.                Add Patina by Randomly Adding TH Rusty Hinge Distress Stain.

11.                Paint front Portion of GSLC ATC Layered Frame with Art Alchemy Metallique Flame Acrylic Paint.

12.                Glue Layered Portions of Frames Together with Weldbond.

13.                Attach Prepared Black and White Manuscript Images to Frames Using Dot Glue Runner or Double Sided Tape Glue Runner.

14.                Use a UHU Gluestick to Add Wider Washi Tape to Spines of GSLC ATC Folders.

15.                Attach Frames to Back Inside Portion of Folder with  Dot Glue Runner or Double Sided Tape Glue Runner.

16.                Use a UHU Gluestick to Attach Copies of Vintage Classroom Rules to Inside Portion of Folder.

17.                Seal Everything with Matte Gel Medium.


Some Final Thoughts.

 I used to say that by the time students made it to 6th Grade they knew the difference between right and wrong, students came to school with an understanding of social norms. It seems like the pandemic has seemingly changed our collective ethics and common etiquettes. We have lost the Golden Rule as this poem titled The Golden Rule by Jim Yerman contemplates:

 As I watch many world religions fight, acting inhumane and cruel
It makes me ask the question, what’s happened to the Golden Rule?

Countries at war with one another, soldiers dying, a world of dread
Again I ask, has the Golden Rule been buried with the dead?

People going hungry every day, so many in the world oppressed
Is it possible the Golden Rule has been forgotten or suppressed?

We read of people murdering one another, even children, and we’re stunned
And I ask as we wipe our tears, has the Golden Rule been shunned?

Yes, so many sorrowful stories we hear each day...we hope they can’t be true,
And we ask, have we forgotten Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

As I see people hating people just because of how they look or who they are
I think to myself...Do unto others hasn’t really evolved very far.

In a world where we are so connected we should look within our hearts
And find the reason why, when we’re so close, we're still so far apart.

I believe the answer is a simple one and will come as no surprise
For it’s been around since the dawn of man sitting right before our eyes.

If you look at most of the world’s religions, (I remember learning this in school)
A basic lesson in all of them is some form of The Golden Rule.

Ah, but it’s not enough for the religions of the world, the Golden Rule to teach
Another thing I learned in school...we must practice what we preach.

We can point fingers as to the cause but we all shoulder part of the blame
For it’s up to each of us to follow the rule and treat everyone the same.

Is it possible the answer is so simple or am I once again the fool?
For thinking the world would be a better place if we all practiced the Golden Rule.

If it worked, if starting today we all practiced The Golden Rule
And the world became a better place...then I would gladly play the fool

I want my students to know the joy I felt when the Scholastic News Flyers were handed out in class and if we had the money my momma would allow me to choose one or two items. Students today seem to have no appreciation  for their immense requisitions, so much is given to them and they do not have a need nor a care. They live in a world of instant gratification and privileged entitlement.

 The two items I would most often Choose from magical Scholastic News Flyer was the latest Clifford, the Big Red Dog book, who originally was the runt of the litter, seemingly fated to small and sick, but grew to an enormous size apparently due to Emily Elizabeth's love and care. The second treasured item was getting a yearly subscription to Highlights Magazine.

Highlight Magazines had wonderful features like "Hidden Pictures", "Jokes and Riddles" and "What's Wrong" being my favorites.


Not to brag but I was always a 'teacher's pet" because I was a people pleaser and did not want to be noticed in a crowd. I did not need the  Goofus and Gallant cartoon feature created by Garry Cleveland Myers and drawn by Anni Matsick. The strip features two contrasting boys, Goofus and Gallant. In each cartoon, it is shown how each boy would respond to the same situation. Goofus chooses an irresponsible, immature and unkind path, while Gallant chooses a responsible, mature and kind path. My hope for my students to more often choose the path of Gallant and less often the way of Goofus.

Supplies:  GSLC ATC Folder Frames 2, Transparencies of Vintage Black and White Schoolchildren, Copies of Vintage Classroom Rules,  Copies of Grade 2 Manuscript Practice Book, Dot Glue Runner, or Double Sided Tape Glue Runner, Embossing Folder of your Choice, Sizzix Big Kick Embossing Machine, Shades of Yellow and Brown Acrylic Paints, TH Pumice Stone Distress Stain, Blue Lagoon and Neon Blue Acrylic Paint, TH Rusty Hinge Distress Stain, Art Alchemy Metallique Flame Acrylic Paint, Weldbond,  UHU Gluestick, Blue Neon Highlighter, Matte Gel Medium

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Mini Fall decor: sign post with ticket chipboard

 Greetings! Sneha here with a new post for GSLCut. 

Today I have made a mini fall decor. A sign post using ticket chipboard from GSLCut store. 

I have used some basic supplies here to make these interesting mini decor. I am planning to use these as a table decor for October cake party usually held in our community.

I have used 'KEY' alphabets for sign boards as  Autumn holds the KEY to the magical winter...

I have used ticket strip chipboard and coffee stick to create these. I took 3 coffee sticks for each sign post.

Take the first coffee stick and cut it into two halves and second stick into four equal parts.


Adhere the one half stick to the third stick towards the top to make the arms  and 4 small pieces towards  the bottom to make the base of the standas shown in the picture.

 Now pierce two tiny holes on the arm of the post stand and on the chipboard.

Similarly make other two stands and color them Using acrylic colors. I have used buttermilk shade.

Now to decorate the sign post I have used some vine diecuts and colored them with fall colors.

I also added some glitters to these vine and to make these glitter stay for long I added clear glue and then sprinkled the glitter on the top.

Stick scrapbook cutouts on the chipboard and  sprinkle glitter on the edges of the sign boards.

Now glue the vine die cuts on the post stand.

Now using jump rings attach the sign boards with the post stand. Hook the jump via tiny holes in  both sign board and arm of the post stand. I have used 6 jump rings for each post stand.

Repeat the same for all of them.

Yo make the alphabets stand out I colored them with black marker.I then glued these stands on a white thermo board to make them stay standing  and decorated it. Here are the final pictures of these mini decor.

The products used from GSL cut: 

I hope you like this mini make and feel inspired to make one for yourself.

I hope to see you in next make till then ...Happy crafting.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Bracket Edge Top Close Mini Album



It's Karolina here. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has an excellent Bracket Edge Top Close Mini Album.

I created it for an Autumn swap on one of the FB groups.

First, I added white gesso and a bit of gold wax to the album's edges.

Next, I cut the paper to decorate the album.

The next step was to distress the edges using distress ink. 


I stuck the paper to the album using glue.

I use a gold paste to decorate my album.

In the end, I added two pieces of ribbon to close an album. Also, I die-cut some leaves.

You can visit my YouTube channel to see the whole process.

Here are some photos of the finished album.

GSL product used:

Other supplies used:

white gesso
gold wax
gold paste
patterned paper

I hope you like my door hanger. I cannot wait to see how this project inspires you. Please share it on the GSL Cuts Craft Group on Facebook.

Thank you for stopping by!