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Nov 17, 2008

Teacher Gift Set

My sister just finished her last semester of schooling & will soon be an Elementary teacher. She needed a gift set in a hurry to give to her host teacher where she's been student teaching. As a struggling college student, she needed something friendly on the budget, so we came up with this gift set. We covered a tin can to create a pencil holder, created a bookmark from a large paperclip, & made a bound desk calendar out of coasters!

I'm really excited about this desk calendar! For those of you who haven't heard, A Muse creates a 16 month calendar every fall that is a downloadable product after a minimum $4 donation. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! It's a wonderful fund-raiser & the calendars are so handy! It also includes a Perpetual Calendar, which is great to keep up with birthdays, anniversaries, etc.! I have several 4" x 4" coasters in my craft stash & used them to make the front & back covers. But... if you don't have these coasters yet, just bring home a few disposable coasters from a restaurant! :) For $4, you can feel good about contributing to a great cause AND create gifts for all of your friends & coworkers this holiday season! I used my Bind-it-all to bind the calendar at the top, and the chipboard is heavy enough to allow it to free stand on a desk top. I left my pages blank on the inside, but you could easily stamp and decorate each month if you wanted.

This is the card that I made to coordinate with my Teacher Gift Set. It's SUPER simple, but the Lined Paper BG stamp (by Cornish Heritage Farms) doesn't need a lot of additional stamping to make it look good!

I found these large paperclips in the office supply area at Walmart! Just sandwich the clip between two scalloped squares and adhere! I added a blob of Glossy Accents around the paperclip just to really cement it in. Voila! Instant bookmark!

Supplies for Teacher Gift Set:
- Let's Get Stuffed (the Kim Hughes Line) by CHF
- Making the Grade (the Kim Hughes Line) by CHF

- Onyx Black Versafine inkpad by Tsukineko

- Natural Smooth & Suede Brown Dark Prism CS

Printed Paper:
- All Fall, Penmanship by Fancy Pants
- Oh Joy! by Cosmo Cricket
- Apples Dashing Lace Cardstock by KI Memories

- Large paperclip
- Square Nestabilities dies by Spellbinders
- Mellow Ribbon by Basic Grey
- Copic Markers (for stem & leaf)
- Brown felt
- Tin can
- Buttons by Foo-fa-la (Autumn Leaves)
- Brown embroidery thread

- Bind-it-all

- printable calendar

Supplies for Card:
Stamps: (all by CHF)
- Making the Grade & Let's Get Stuffed (the Kim Hughes line)
- Lined Paper Backgrounder

- Warm Red Colorsnap fluid chalk ink
- Onyx Black Versafine inkpad by Tsukineko

- Suede Brown Dark Prism CS

Printed Paper:
- Oh Joy! line by Cosmo Cricket

- Copic markers (to add color to leaf and stem of apple)


  1. Your gift idea is just plain CUTE! Love Kim's stamps too.

  2. Your teacher gift idea is tremendous.

  3. I love this teacher's gift set! Almost makes me wish my guys were little again so that I could case you . . . LOL!

  4. Julie,
    This is such a fabulous idea. I may have to borrow the idea to make a gift for my Granddaughter's pre-school teacher.

  5. so cute!
    Good luck to your sister.
    i teach 1st grade in Fl.
    I've been in 1st grade for 19 years and I love it every day!
    I'm sure her supervising teacher totally loved the gift. I sure would!


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