Of course, end of the year meant I needed to make thank you gifts for the teachers.Both teachers worked so hard all year and I know they were probably ready for summer vacation two weeks after school started - LOL!
So for both of the teachers, I created a gift set that consisted of: the following items: altered full-size clipboard, matching altered half notebook with pen, a bouquet of flowers, and can't forget for a little R&R...body wash that comes with a body sponge which was bought at the Dollar Store too. If you have been following my blog or have seen my gallery, you will notice that I love altering clipboards and composition notebooks. They are always a great "go to" gift.
Gift Set #1 went to my daughter's kindergarten teacher...My daughter's kindergarten teacher always admired anything crafty simply because she is a scrapbooker herself. So this was my chance to make something special for her. She had been teaching for many years and my daughter loved being in her class. She had several misfits in her class, including my daughter, but she kept chugging.
One of Jen del Muro's blog posts had given me a great idea to make these beautiful bouquet of flowers made out of tissue paper with tulle in the middle. She found this idea on Pinterest - a new website every crafter is raving about. I know I need to jump on the bandwagon already. Here is the tutorial I used for the flowers: Bouquet of Flowers
I started to make all of these flowers with different color combos. Here is a sampling of what the flowers look like...
It depends on the size rectangle you use so after testing the size on one, I created a much smaller version so it would fit better in the vase. In the pic below, you can see my first one made with yellow and white tissue paper and then my revised much smaller version on the left.
Here are the rest of the pieces of the gift set. The first one is the clipboard and notebook gift set.
For the notebook, I decided to leave it as is so that I wasn't distracting from the design on the paper. I created a matching pen for it too. When I gave the gift to my daughter's teacher, she said this was her favorite kind of pen. So score on that one too! I wish I would've had time to make a beaded pen instead.
Gift set #2 went to my son's 1st grade teacher...She is fairly new teacher - this is her 4th year teaching. She is one of the most awesome teachers I have ever met. She is so energetic, enthusiastic, and so genuine with the kids. My son loved being in her class. My husband and I love the fact that she was so great at communication. I wish I had a teacher like her when I was younger.
When I started altering clipboards, I used to tie different colored ribbons by the metal clamp, but browsing through the SCS gallery had inspired me to experiment with different kinds of medium. For this one I used one of my flower dies, red felt and a red button. For a more 3D effect, I cut out 2 each of 3 size flowers. To put the flower together, I gathered all of the pieces the way I wanted it to look, then stitched a red button with matching thread. Then to make more stable, I cut a square piece of cardstock and glued it to the back of the flower. Then I cut a few pieces of 3 dimensional double stick tape to the back so that it is not completely flat on the metal clamp. I think it turned out so cute! Don'tcha think???
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