Posts Tagged ‘teacher gifts’

Desk Calendars

Here’s a perfect little something for someone!  I’m sure most people would find a little calendar and some post-it notes handy.  I love giving these to teachers and to friends who have jobs that tie them to a desk.


The little calendars can be found at scrapbooking shops or online.

These little free standing calendar/post-it notes combinations are easy to put together and do not use very many supplies.

Start with a sheet of A4 cardstock, cut it down the length at 10.5 cm.  With one of these pieces score at the centre (approximately 14.8cm) and then score again 7.4cm.

Cut the other strip at 14.8cm, I know the score lines are difficult to see, this is what you’ll have.

Adhesive only goes on the longer piece, on that first section to the score line.

This is how it will fold up once assembled….

You can decorate the top layer to your tastes.  I’ve used a sentiment from “Layering Love” and some paper from a retired pack that is very similar to “Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper”.

Line up the smaller piece over the top matching the bottom and sides.

Now you should be able to use your fold lines to get it to stand up, when you have it as you like it adhere a stack of post it notes (this will act as an anchor too).


Another design….

Please let me know if you have any questions!
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I’ll be back soon with a tutorial on how to do my background!


Teacher’s Gifts!

I promise myself every single year that I will not be making gifts at the last minute….and then BAM – life happens!

So here we are the last week of Primary School and I’m crafting like a mad person yet again!

I was inspired by a project by Brandi Cox, she packaged a small collection of cards with a window sheet and kept the focus on the cards themselves – I modified her ideas to come up with this one of my own.

My stack of cards was bigger and so I’ve scored my cover differently.  You can use our Stampin’ Up! window sheets.  Otherwise if you have some acetate that will do the job too.  Any thick clear plastic packaging is suitable.

I’ve cut mine at 6 1/2 inches by 11 5/8 inches (16.5cm x 29.5cm).

I’ve scored it to wrap around my pile of envelopes and cards at 11.5cm, 13.5cm, 25cm and 27cm.  You can score your cover differently depending on the height of your pile of cards and envelopes, for my pile a 2cm width works well.


As a photo of score lines on clear plastic is as helpful as shovelling snow in a blizzard here is a second photo illustrating the score lines on cardstock to help you get your orientation correct.


Once you wrap your acetate cover around your cards you will tend to find that if it fits snugly it will tend to stay put nicely.  A little bit of washi tape on the back can help to secure it and in my project will coordinate nicely with my cards.


That cute little stamp that I put on all my envelopes is from “Better than E-Mail”.

I then made a basic belly band (I didn’t score the belly band, I just wrapped it around. My bow was made with a Big Shot Bigz Die that I have had in my collection for a long time.  The tag was made with the “Merry Tag Framelit” dies, I’ve stamped the sentiment from “Tin of Tags” with versamark and Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder.


The trick with using this Glitter Embossing Powder is to heat set it from the underside of your paper, don’t direct the heat on the glitter from the top.  Watch it really carefully as you heat, you should see it get more glossy as the actual embossing powder melts.  Make sure that you shake your container before use to keep a good distribution of the powder through the glitter mixture.  Don’t over heat it as you may lose some of the glittery shimmer.

I’ve threaded some thick white bakers twine under the belly band and around the cards to prevent the cards from slipping out the side and to attach the tag to.

I think this gift is perfect all year round for anyone.  I think it would make a great gift for work colleagues as even if you don’t craft yourself I would think that most people like to give cards.  I will also be making these packs for my hairdresser, postal delivery lady and beauty therapist.  My packs for these important people will be all occasion cards that can be used all year round.

Oh and the cards that are inside? Very simple cards featuring washi tape, inexpensive and quick!


If you have any questions please let me know!

Christmas Countdown – Project 83

???????????????????????????????I have run a few recent workshops that feature this awesome Stepper Box.  It is a great project for that “wow” factor.

Here it is open:


This is a great gift for teachers as they can keep it on their desk for paperclips, erasers etc.  It is also a great gift for little girls as it is the perfect for hair clips and jewellery.

They may look difficult but are so easy to make.

If you want to make one of your own you could follow this tutorial here….

Happy Stampin’


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