Sunday, May 31, 2009

Not your ordinary lanyard

What teacher wouldn't love a lanyard like this to wear their name/id badge on?  This fun idea comes from Cute2Carry click here for the tutorial.

Personalized Notepads for dads, teachers, etc.

Found this SIMPLE & EASY gift idea on Family Fun.  I thought it would also be fun to do something similar for teachers and let your child draw a pic of their teacher at the top and then write or type under it "from the desk of Mrs. Brown".


Memo pads adorned with your child's original artwork make a noteworthy Father's Day gift. Simply have your kids decorate the top of a piece of paper and take it to a copy shop or printer to be made into notepads. Pads start at 50 cents each, depending on the paper size and your printer.   

Fathers Day Book

I saw this creative gift idea for Father's Day on Stacy Julian's blog and LOVED it! I'm pretty sure this is what I'll be making for the hubs and maybe even a different version for the grandpas this year. Thanks Stacy!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Teacher Stitching

This adoreable idea comes from Anne, her sister-in-law Dianna (who is a teacher and said she would LOVE something like this) submitted it.

She created it using a picture her daughter drew of her teacher and then she stitched it.  Such a fun idea!

Teacher Gift-Framed Crayon Letters

This cute idea and pics come from Hilary Shirley, and she found it via the Tip Junkie.

I bought an 8x 10 shadow box... printed the first letter of the teacher's last name really light in a plain font (I used Century Gothic) and the teacher's name on the side or bottom using a font called Pea Heather's Handwriting. I printed it on cardstock, cut crayons to size with a sharp paring knife and glued on with Elmer's glue. Crayons leave little flakey bits of color, so be careful not to smear your 'masterpiece.' I printed a sample on paper to hold my crayons up to to size them and a cutting board for cutting the crayons on. The cardstock does warp a bit, but it isn't noticeable in the shadow box.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Post It Note Holders for Teachers

These cute post it holders were submitted by Misty at who go the idea from Creating Keepsakes Magazine. Thanks Misty!

Post-It notes (regular size)
Patterned paper (traditional or digitally created)
Bone folder, embossing stylus or scoring blade
Terrifically Tacky Tape
BasicGrey magnetic snaps or Velcro dots
Paper trimmer


1. Trim cardstock to an 8" x 3 1/8" rectangle.

2. Trim the patterned paper to an 8" x 2 3/4" rectangle, or create it digitally the same size. Adhere to the center of the cardstock.

3. Using the bone folder, embossing stylus, or scoring blade, make folding marks at 2”, 2-1/2”, 5-5/8” and 6-1/8”. Fold on the marks.

4. Use a strip of Terrifically Tacky Tape to stick the Post-It pad to the center of the inside of the cardstock.

5. Fold cover.

6. Place magnetic snaps on the center of the flap openings (if they won’t stay, use little pieces of the Terrifically Tacky Tape). If you don’t have magnetic snaps, Velcro dots will also work.

7. Add embellishments to the cover if desired.

Calling All Creative Minds

I think it would be great if we could get a bunch of ideas up here for end of the year teacher gifts (any kind of teachers, school, dance, coaches, music, etc). I know some of you have kids that are already out but others still have a few weeks to go, so please share any and all ideas from this year or years past ASAP by emailing them to me at Pictures are always appreciated.