Monday, August 17, 2020

make back to school season special with the foil quill

Hello crafty friends! "Back to School" season looks totally different this year. For some it's home school, for others it's a hybrid online/in school plan, and for some it's all at school but with extra safety precautions. Whatever your school year looks like, it's important to still create routines and rituals that help kids feel as normal and comfortable as possible. So I thought a fun Back to School Party might help us all get excited for the new (albeit different) school year!
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 1
Since I really want this celebration to feel special, I pulled out my Foil Quill Pens and Foil to add some sparkle and shine. The Holiday USB Design Drive has some fun school themed art so I started there and added a few things from my own library of SVG files.
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 5
I love combining foiling with cutting because it makes my projects go much more quickly. Using my Silhouette Cameo 3, here’s how I foiled two colors and die cut the cupcake wrappers:
  1. Heat up your Foil Quill. Open your cut files and your foiling files and arrange them at the bottom end of the mat on your screen.
  2. Using the Line Style tool create different color lines for each color of foil, and for the cut files as well.
  3. Click “SEND” and then “Line” at the top right of your screen. Insert your Foil Quill in the tool holder with the blue circle and make sure your blade is in the tool holder with the red circle.
  4. Check the box for the first color of foil, adjust your settings for your material. Be sure the blue tool holder is selected (the small circle on the right) and load the mat in the machine with the material and foil placed at the bottom end of your mat. Click “SEND”.screenshot 1

  5. When the foiling is finished, the machine will move the mat most of the way out of the machine. Do not unload the mat! Carefully peel off the foil, and then add the second color of foil while the mat is still loaded in the machine.
  6. Unselect the box for the first color of foil, and select the box for the second foil color. Adjust the settings. Be sure the blue tool holder is selected. Click “SEND”.
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  7. As before, do not unload the mat when the machine is done foiling the second color. Carefully remove the foil.
  8. Unselect the box for the second color of foil, and select the box for the cut files. Be sure the red tool holder is selected (on the left) and click “SEND”.
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  9. Assemble the cupcake wraps with hot glue or strong double sided craft tape
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 7
For the cupcake wrappers I used the Foil Quill to add the sentiment. Then for the paper airplane toppers I used it to create a foil patterned background on my cardstock, trimmed several 3×3 inch squares, and then used the Mini Score Board to help fold the mini paper airplanes.
We R Memory Keepers Mini Score Board
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 8
To make the framed art, I used one of the designs from the Holiday USB drive as a cut file on white vinyl, and then adhered it to the Crate Paper Magnet Studio chalkboard frame. The Large Bone Folder help to smooth out the vinyl nicely. I foiled the apple design from the Holiday USB drive on red vinyl, cut a circle around it and then adhered it to the chalkboard. I love the result!
We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 4
To make the banner, I used the apple design again but created a repeating pattern with it to make my own foiled patterned paper! So cool!
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 6
The 12 x 12 Foil Sheets came in really handy for this job. I just placed them over my cardstock, foiled the entire thing, and then used my Banner Punch Board to make the banners.
We R Memory Keepers 12x12 inch Foil Quill Foil Sheets
We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 2
No matter the circumstances, creating memorable rituals and celebrations surrounding this unique school year will help make it a great one. I hope these Foil Quill Back to School Party Ideas have inspired you to get out your Foil Quill and start creating. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

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