Gifts for 2011 teachers

If you know me at all, you'd be well aware that I am a big fan of handmade gifts - for teachers in particular - and this last year was no different, other than the fact that I now have two girls at school and more than double the number of gifts to make.

This year for the girls' class teachers, I struck upon an idea quite early - which, while it didn't translate into my actually completing the gifts any sooner than they were absolutely required (some things will never change), it allowed me to ruminate over how best to execute my plan...

The plan started with this little seed of an idea from a back issue of Creating Keepsakes (Nov/Dec 2010 for those of you playing along at home)...

Happily, the plan also required a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth ("start the CAR!!") to pick up the frames that feature in the project :-)

Here's what I did with mine...


With the addition of a good many grinds of my Timeless Type Junior Alphabet and Simple Numbers dies through the Bigshot, plus my trusty laminator, I put together a perpetual calendar and was rather chuffed with the result ;-)

The one pictured above uses the very sweet and pretty Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper, which is one of many options you have to choose from in the way of exclusive Hostess Products should you opt to host a workshop of your own.

Next up, I put one together using some very lovely paper that you may not yet be familiar with depending on whether or not you've clapped eyes on the upcoming Sale-a-bration brochure (can anybody say FREE STUFF?!!)


One tip that I will give you should you decide to embark upon a similar project, is that it's a good idea to mark a little notch for the rings to sit in so that they don't slide over the edges of the frame.

Like this...

I just used a little metal file that I have and after measuring the correct spot for the rings to hang, ground it back and forth to create the little divot :-)

The gifts I made for the Teacher's Aides in the kindy class were of a sewing persuasion and didn't involve Stampin' Up! fabrics, plus they were finished off at such a cracking last minute-ish pace that I'm not even sure I have photographic evidence that they exist...  If I dig some up, I will post them on my other blog for your viewing pleasure ;-)

So there you have it, my 2011 teacher gifts.

Should you be liking the idea of getting your hands on either set of the Designer Series Papers that you've seen glimpses of here, be sure to contact me to book yourself a workshop.  Sale-a-bration starts on the 24th of this month and is shaping up to be the best ever!  Contact me to book your date...