Teacher’s Gifts 2010

I wanted to make something special for the teacher’s this year. Lucas starts Pre-K tomorrow, (sob)…  I kept the same idea of last year and did the journal jars inspired by Nichole Heady over at Papertrey Ink. To add to that idea, I made a set of personalized note cards for each of the teachers inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s post. In this video, she illustrates how to use Word ( I used Pages because I have a Mac) to personalize note cards with a printer. It was just as easy as her tutorial illustrated. Then I kicked myself and wondered why I had never thought of doing that before. I kept the layout very similar to the card she did, but added some fun fabric tape (from Practicing Creativity) and used textured note cards.

Lucas is just growing up so fast. Sometimes, I just want to freeze time. Sometimes, I look at him and cry because I know one day, he will be old enough to move out, then get married, then have children of his own….. I want all the best for him but at the same time, I am sad…. I know. I know. This is as it should be…. In addition to him starting Pre-K, my very dear friend will be his teacher! How fun is that!!! She is also the person that introduced me to stamping. It was probably a year and a half ago, she was talking about all these stamps she wanted and I was like stamps? What do you mean? Postage stamps? Stamps like “good job” or “A+” like teachers stamp at the top of papers? I was then introduced to this whole world. She never knew how quickly I would take to this world. I jumped in and never looked back…. So, I was kind of nervous making HER something…. She is like my crafting mentor!

I decorated the journal by using the PTI Alphabet Impression Plate and lightly sponged over it with Tim Holtz distress inks. I used some more of that fabulous fabric tape, sprayed some glimmer mist on a scallop square, attached a apple with glossy accents and adhered it using pop dots. A close up:

I bought a mason jar from Michael’s Crafts and dressed it up using Back to School digi paper from The Digi Chick and some May Arts ribbon I purchased from Practicing Creativity.

I had a lot of fun making this and I hope the teachers like it….

The layout of the cards were inspired about by EBTKS challenge.

Stamps: PTI Ink School Time; Ink: PTI, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Practicing Creativity: fabric tape, May Arts ribbon; DigiChick digital paper; PTI impression plates; corner rounder; glimmer mist

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  1. This turned out FANTABULOUS!!!! Everything is GORGEOUS!

  2. Awesome project! I would have loved to have gotten something like this when I was teaching 🙂 And I can’t believe you’ve only been paper crafting for a year and a half! You’re amazing!

    Glad you and Latisha found the calendar square examples I made – maybe you’ll have to convince your spouses’ club to do them in the future! Our spouses love them. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. Cute, cute, cute!

  4. Can I have your kids in my class when they are older? We don’t get BTS gifts in Middle School. 🙂

    These are great!

  5. I recently retired from teaching second grade. I would have LOVED a girt like yours. Sometimes we wonder if parents even think about us. So much of what we do goes unnoticed or perhaps unspoken. What a great way to start you son’s school year. I made a teacher gift for my grand-daughter to take to school. It is on my blog. Nothing like being kind, especially the first day of school! Good luck to you. Barbara

  6. very cool! it looks so much better on your blog than via the webcam. such an awesome gift….. lucas’ teacher loved it!

  7. What a cute gift set! I bet the teachers loved it! Thank you for playing with us in the EBTKS challenge! 🙂

  8. kellie says:

    This is AWESOME! What a great idea. My friends daughter is a teacher and she can’t stress enough how much she *hates* getting mugs! LOL This past year I made my son’s 1st grade teacher a scrapbook LO made from a few photos I took when I chaperoned before school ended in June. It came out REALLY cute and she loved it! Your gift basket is a great idea and I can’t wait to do something similar for his 2nd grade teacher. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

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