The room mom from my daughter's elementary school class somehow got the crazy impression that i was artistic, and asked if i would be willing to decorate the door for Teacher Appreciation Week. Being that this is my first experience with elementary school, this stressed me out like you wouldn't believe! But since i love my daughter, and apparently her teacher, more than the prospect of ever getting a full night of sleep, i agreed. Despite my panic the project turned out fairly cute, so i'm sharing the results just in case any of you lovelies are in the same position next year.
i decided to go with a hot air ballon as the main focus (drawing inspiration from "What's Up!", my most recent product line for BasicGrey). Chatting with my little bean about tagline options we ultimately settled on "with Mrs. McCandless, learning is an adventure " ("seriously, it really is!", my daughter proclaimed). Rather than the usual butcher paper i utilized large maps as the background, a quick and easy way to add texture and visual interest with little effort. Then using my cricut (& SCAL) i cut out a variety of patterned birds, and had each child sign one to adhere to the door. Both teacher and students were thrilled, which was my measure of success... but fingers crossed i'm not asked to do this again next year!