DIY Notepad // Great Gift for Teacher!

Hi friends! School is almost back in session in Maine and kids have already gone back to school in other parts of the country. Why not make this cute notepad for your teacher this year!

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No teacher? That’s OK use your favorite colors and images and make one for yourself, it is fast, frugal and fun!

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Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: TEACHER to get a free Mini Apple Peg Stamp, OR any mini peg stamp of your choice, when you spend $25 or more. Coupon expires on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Supplies:
White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp TapestryFruit WreathCherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Hot glue
Scissors
Paper trimmer
Cardstock/Patterned paper
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
Die inks
Silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard
Buttons & twine (optional)

Directions:
1. Trim copy paper and clip stack together, apply glue to short edge and smooth with a silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard.
2. Stamp apple and branch motif on white cardstock, punch out and set aside. Die cut any other elements you might want from cardstock or patterned paper.
3. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock in half and warp around the pad of paper to determine fit and score and crease to make a neat spine.
4. Cut a notch on the cover and feed ribbon through if desired, glue both layers of cover together.
5. Glue the other piece of ribbon for the tie closure to the cardboard backing. Also glue on a loop of ribbon for a pen/pencil holder. Glue the paper pad on top.
6. Attach the cover to the back of the pad (cardboard side) so it wraps around and the ribbon closures meet at the open side.
7. Embellish as desired.

The options with this litte notebook are endless, you can make stocking stuffers, party favors or even handly list pads to keep in your pocketbook. Add a magnet to the back and you can even put it on your fridge and best of all you can use up some of your pretty paper and ribbon scraps:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Back to School in Style!

Newsflash: Everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 40% off til Midnight Sunday!

I know…It’s only August but before you know it the kids will be getting on the school bus for their first day of school. I used the SVG die cuts in the Apple For Teacher kit to make some cute back to school goodies:

I love the gift bags, you can fill them with goodies for teacher or supplies for kids, I think it would be really sweet to make a bag like this for a pre-schooler who want’s to go to school with the “big kids” but is too young so they can play school anytime they like.

It is still summer and I’m making sure my kids stay on track with their reading. That’s why I designed this bookmark with a slot cut into it so my beginning readers can isolate one line as they read, now that they are starting on chapter books it is easy to lose their place and this really helps. Teachers can make these up and laminate them so they will hold up through the school year and still be see-through.

These sweet apple clips can be used as bookmarks too if you like! Also you get a plain paper clip and a plain apple SVG die cut so you have more versatility!

But that’s not all, I know not everyone has a die cut machine so I included full color printables in this kit, just print, cut and glue! As always you also get outline black and white templates too 😉 Here is a look at the Apple For Teacher kit:

Apple For Teacher SVG

You might also like Teacher’s Helper SVG set too:

Teacher's Helper SVG

I hope I inspired you to create a little back to school treat this year!

Don’t forget the 40% off sale on at LSS through Midnight Sunday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Nifty Gifties & a Freebie!

Howdy folks! Can you believe it is May 2oth already? Wow in a few weeks out kids will be home for summer vacation! Why not make some end of year teacher gifts to show your children’s teachers how much you appreciate them. Here I have made a few containers that my children can fill with home-made goodies, I use the new School Papers, Uptown Houndstooth papers, Envelope bonanza, 3-D Posies, School Rules Stamps and today’s freebie from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.

All supplies: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I used the sketch from 2sketches4you and the challenge at Gingersnap Creations to use a quote, and the black, white + another color at Magical Crafts. the tins are for the Anything but a Card challenge at One Stitch at a time

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A Super quick card! Simply trim the paper from the school papers collage sheet, wrap with ribbon and adhere it to a 4.25" square card, color the teacher quote stamp, cut with mini scallop scissors and adhere over, die cut 2 flowers from Posies SVG set, curl petals and attach with a brad.

The tins were great fun to make, I bought a new can opener that cuts the can slightly under the lid so there is no sharp edges and then the lid sets right back on as neat as you please. The can opener was the good cook brand and I bought it for $8 at the grocery store. I painted the tins red (use spray paint, the acrylic paint I used will scratch off easily, live and learn:) then wrapped them with strips of paper from the Uptown Houndstooth and School Papers set.

on this can I cut 3 flowers from the 3-d posies set and curled the petals, I put foam tape between the layers for extra dimension.

Tip: To print the papers change your printer setting to 8.5×11 borderless and switch the orientation to landscape, then choose center on page and print at 100%. You will get a borderless sheet of paper and the 11″ strips will more than wrap around the tins and you will have leftover paper for other cards. I printed the paper on cream cardstock and it is designed to use little printer ink 😉

A strip of printed twill tape and a few stick pins add a nice touch, I'm keeping this one!

It was fun to round-up found objects to use as handles on the lids. Spools, blocks or other toys work great for this! Before I glued the objects on the lid I Cut circles from the bingo cards in the school rules kit to adhere to the lid for a funky base.

Funky, no?

If you are a little pressed for time here is a quick little gifty, I used the ATC envelope from the Envelope bonanza kit to make a easy gift card holder, who wouldn’t love a gift card to Starbucks or a book store?

Quick, cute and easy, gotta love that!

And now for the freebie!

I have no idea who said this but I think I hear Tom Sellec say it on a public servise announcement once:) Click the pic to download. Enjoy!

Well, aren’t I a windbag today? How about we turn it over to the fantabulous Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT, let’s see what they have cooked up for us this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Rebekah Doak

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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