Friday, December 21, 2012

Neighborhood Craft Night - Teacher Gifts

When I hosted my first neighborhood craft night in October I knew it would be something fun to do on a Friday night, but I couldn't have imagined how much I would look forward to this "girl time" or what a bond I would feel with these women - many of whom were essentially strangers when we first started. My December travel schedule was a little hectic and with the holidays coming I wasn't sure I'd be able to fit one in (or if anyone would have time to come) - so when all of my "regulars" not only came but brought three new people, I knew we had something special.  This month's project - teacher gifts!  All photos (except the crappy one at the bottom) courtesy of Busy Bee Photography.

We created altered notebooks and post-it note holders using the GORGEOUS Teresa Collins Vintage Finds collection and - of course - my Xyron machines. You can find a quick tutorial on how to create your own notebook (with the lovely Teresa herself) here: 

and I created the post-it note holders using two pieces of 3x3 chipboard covered in patterned paper (and we made our own binding using a smaller piece of paper), but of course AFTER craft night I found an ENTIRE Pinterest page with tutorials that were MUCH easier.  Live and learn!  :)



Bizzy - the official mascot of...well...everything.  :)  She is like the "Where's Waldo" of craft night!

I got so wrapped up in the fun of it all that I forgot to ask Rachel to take a picture of the post-it note holder, so here it is - in all its low light, crummy camera blurriness.  I made it nice and big so you can revel in the awesomeness of the photo.  Ha!

Happy Crafting everybody!  Can't wait to see what the new year will bring!

9 comments:

  1. love the altered notebook and post it covers, they look very 'expensive'!!!!

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  2. They turned out GREAT!!! I want to organize something like this with the girls from my church in the New Year!!! Great job!! Merry Christmas

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  3. Great gift for a teacher (trust me I know). I'm sure in my 26 years I paid for part of the Post It division of 3M. I always loved getting cute things that my students had made or helped their parent make. Things like this also make your desk look pretty.

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  4. Looks like tons of fun!! Love TC papers!

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  5. I love the projects! And TC papers are so beautiful! I have the Bingo card paper, and made my husband a shadow box of an old photo using them!

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  6. love both of these projects ~ I am a journal junky! Seems I buy or make them every chance I get. Thanks for sharing and I so wish I some friends that could get together for a "crafty" night.

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  7. Hope you have another soon!! ;) I could use a creative day with another adult!! ;) Not that I might the inspiration a 3 year old provides, but I could certainly use another perspective! I'm about Avengered OUT!!

    xoxoxox

    Jessica

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