Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teach & Inspire.

I have a fun project that I couldn't wait to share with you today! The Papertrey Ink team members each created with the new Teach & Inspire stamp set and the Teacher's Apple dies, and I can't wait to see what amazing things they've come up with. I LOVED this set!! (I apologize in advance for a photo-heavy post!)
For a back-to-school gift for a teacher, I wanted to make a set of cards. Then I wondered how to package them all together. Hmm....a BOOK! Yes, perfect for a teacher.
Here is what my book of cards looks like from the front. Don't you just love that Script alphabet die?
I created a front and back for my book of cards with the Front and Center #2 die. Then for the inside pages, I made pockets with vellum to hold each card. To make the pockets, cut vellum 6 1/2" wide x 7" high. Fold up the bottom 3". Punch a notch in the center of the front with a 2" circle punch. Machine stitch the sides with a zig zag stitch. Finished pockets are 4" x 6 1/2".
Here you can see a little peek at the pockets. I clipped it all together with clothespins, but you could certainly bind it in a more permanent manner if you wish.

Now for the inside! I wanted to have a little cover page on the inside telling the recipient what it is for!
I have six cards - one tucked into each pocket.
I used the Background Basics: Herringbone background here to emboss the cardstock after stamping the lines and sentiment.
I stamped the little rulers onto the background for this one.
Made my own little button apple.
On this card, I placed the Block Alpha die onto Soft Stone cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug to cut out the alphas. I used the negative piece on this card, along with the circle from Think Big Favorites #19. I kept the alphas to use on the next card!



The alphas that were punched out were used on the next card! I used a ruler to line them up. (Started in the center with d and e and worked my way out to the sides. This way if you have more room on one side or the other, you can trim the card down to make it look more even and centered.)
Last is a card using the adorable pencil stamp!

So colorful!

One more thing. I know this post is a little long!

...it's a little pencil made with a pack of Rolos candy. I used Summer Sunrise Patterned paper and Melon Berry cardstock to wrap around the Rolos and just taped it on the back.
Hope you are INSPIRED to try making your own teacher gifts this year! Visit the rest of the team to see more with Teach & Inspire:


"Inspire" Book of Cards gift set for teacher:
STAMPS: Teach & Inspire, Background Basics: Houndstooth, Think Big Favorites #19
INK: True Black, Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Classic Kraft
PAPER: White/Melon Berry/Spring Moss/Classic Kraft/Soft Stone cardstock, Pure Poppy and Summer Sunrise Pattern Pack, vellum. Other: Mistables by Pink Paislee, orange check by Lily Bee Designs
DIES: Front & Center #2 die, Script Alpha die, Teacher's Apple die, Background Basics: Herringbone Impression Plate, Block Alpha die
OTHER: True Black ribbon, felt, rustic twine, Pure Poppy button by Papertrey Ink. Pearls by Melissa Frances, font is Typewriter, clothespins from craft supply store, Rolo candy.

46 comments:

Rebecca Lovell said...

WOW! I love all you made here!!!

Leigh said...

Fabulous mini album, Danielle! I love all the vellum pockets!

Cik bunga mawar said...

Wow! Awesome...I love them all :)

Dee Rose said...

Wow, what a beautiful project!

Mary Lou Kemp said...

Love your projects! I really like that you used the alpha block die letters and the negative piece too.

Kristii said...

Love, love, love!!!! What an awesome gift!!!! You have inspired me beyond measure!!!

Cristina said...

Um... wow. Total wow.

Rhonda said...

Oh. my. GOODNESS Danielle! LOVE this so much.

June K said...

Totally beautiful, Danielle. Love it.

Jean said...

Another beautiful mini book ~ what a GREAT idea for a teacher gift!

8thgypsy said...

You are amazing! Everything you create is exceptional.

Amy Papale said...

OMG!! These projects are so great!! I love the way you packaged the card set. The cards are so sweet too!

artful-notions said...

Wher to begin!
1st you can't be too 'photo' heavy. They are perfection in instruction. And the results are devine! Such a thoughtful gift.

Suzanne Russell said...

I am such a detail person, I focused in on the vellum pockets AND the Rollos pencil. The mini-book is a brilliant idea. I love the way you pulled it all together.

Jen said...

Oh my!! I love this idea!! It will go into my kids classes this fall! Thanks for sharing!!!

Jojorenee said...

Your projects are so awesome! I have to get on the ball schools right around the corner for me!

Connie and Jack said...

What a wonderfully creative project!! Awesome!
-- Connie C.

Isabel Z said...

This is out of this world wonderful and I for one LOVE it as well as all the photos you shared!!!!

BeverlyBL said...

So very cute! What a cute little book.

conil said...

Golly girl! How do you come up with these terrific ideas. Love the apple button, the cards, the whole darn project. Gorgeous.

Marlou McAlees said...

This is fabulous Danielle :) you are a very talented lady :) x

Charlene said...

Adorable projects Dani!!!

Diane McVey said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. WONDERFUL. AMAZING. BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

one2stitch said...

You absolutely inspire me. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

angel said...

wspaniaƂe!:)

Susan Gosman said...

Wow! Your creativity knows no bounds. Thanks for sharing.

Audrey Pettit said...

Awww, these are absolutely gorgeous, Danielle!!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

love love love this! Never too many pictures! hugs

Joyce said...

Goodness--never apologize for having too many pictures. Impossible. We will always be thanking you when there are lots of pictures. This is a wonderful project.

Diana Waite said...

you are my IDOL! you are a CREATIVE INSPIRATIONAL GENIUS!! LOVE this little mini! :)

Betty Sue said...

You are so creative! The mini album of cards is sooooo stinking cu..ute!

Holly Saveur said...

STUNNING..LOVE it so much gorgeous colors and design SUPER!!!!

JAVAGIRL said...

Ahhhh just adorable

jintyoo7 said...

WOW!!!! Such detailing :)

janeangel said...

I love looong posts with lots of photos because there is so much goodness and details to see! beautiful creations

Annheidel said...

This is amazing!

Jill Norwood said...

WOW!!!!!! Love EVERYTHING!!!! The pencil of rolos is precious to top off all the gorgeous cards and packaging!!!

cursivesmile said...

I'm blown away. Absolutely, totally, and completely in awe. This is beyond fabulous, and the recipient is one lucky teacher!! The "card book" idea is such a brilliant idea & I'm so in love, I know I'll be trying it in the future! Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures - what eye candy! :)

Dortesjs said...

just adorable, i was blown away to. this is so eye candy. thanks for sharing

julia said...

sooooo cute bravo !

Michelle said...

Your post is stink'in cute! Love your idea with the vellum pockets!

jamie said...

Hi Danielle...
Love this book too...as your work is always so gorgeous.
And so gorgeously photographed too. I can tell you use natural light. But other than that, would you be willing to share how you obtain such crisp shots. Do you shoot manually? Or in a program mode. Would love to know how you do such beautiful work. And if there is a class you would suggest that would be helpful too.
Thank you for your time.
~jamie pate

Anonymous said...

Danielle, your project is amazing and I would like to reproduce my version of it for my sister who is a special ed teacher. Could you tell me what size you made the actual cards? Are they all different sizes?

Danielle said...

Hi there, yes they are all different sizes, but I tried to stick with an A2 size or smaller. You can make the envelopes first and then make sure the cards are made to fit into the envelopes, or you can make all of your cards and then just find your largest card and make the envelopes all that size to fit the largest card. I hope that helps!
Thanks for your note!
Danielle

NhDeSiGnS said...

Lovely! Clean, Neat, Not too busy.

Dana said...

Love it!
It's such a great idea and it is awesome, that you posted pictures of all the cards and how you made it. Mostly people on the internet just show a little piece of a book like this and I always wonder how they made it...