Friday, June 20, 2008

Teacher Gifts

My son Wesly has autism and today is the last day he will see 3 of his 4 teachers as he turns 3 tomorrow. As a gift, I made each of them these bags and a card. I found a saying for teachers somewhere online at one point that listed different items and what each stood for. So I bought all of the items on the list, put them in the bag, and included the saying inside of the card so they didnt think I was crazy and just throwing a bunch of random items in the bags. It was my first time ever making these bags and they actually turned out to be quite simple. I got the idea from Shestampshestamps over at SCS.

To make the bags all you do is take an 8 1/2 by 10 piece of paper score it at 6 and 8 (on the 8 1/2 inch side) then cut the paper in half at 5inches. now you should have two identical pieces of paper which will be come your 4 sides. For the bottom you need a 3x7 piece of paper. You then score all the way around it at 1/2 inch. Where the scores meet at each corner, you cut through the center (where it makes an x). Then you fold up the sides. I used the red sticky tape from SU and put it on all sides of the 3x7 piece. On your two larger pieces, I put sticky strip on the smallest fold...its a 1/2 inch. Then I just taped it all together. For the handles you need a 3/4 by 11 strip of paper. I then just used brads to attatch them... I also put a small piece of sticky strip at the bottom to help support and keep the hanle ends straight. Hope those instructions were clear for ya.

I used Berry Bliss DSP for all of the bags. I used either purely pomengranite or Close to Cocoa for the bottoms. For the Card I used Chocolate chip for the base, Purely Pomengranite for the mat behind the Berry Bliss DSP. I used Pretty in Pink and my scallop punch for the scalloped circle. Then I stamped the butterfly from Priceless in Purely Pomengranite and punched it out with the 1 3/8 circle punch. I popped the scallop up on dimensionals, added the so kind in white craft ink and I was done! Very simple card. I hope they like them. It's not very much, but how do you thank someone that has helped your son become a new person?

Thanks for stoppin by!