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!


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

  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

  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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!