Wednesday, May 25, 2011

End of Year Teacher Gifts

Pinky has been blessed with two wonderful, amazing teachers this year. I give them so much credit for keeping the school year fun and getting Pinky excited about school.

When I started searching for ideas for end of year gifts for her teachers, I stumbled upon this project at A Turtle's Life for Me - it's a "What will teacher do this summer" gift card scrapbook. I knew it was just what I wanted to do!

I made a few changes but am THRILLED with the finished product.

I couldn't find chipboard albums at my local scrapbook store, but they did cut chipboard to the size/shape that I wanted. Had I thought ahead I would have had them cut the paper too - that would have made this project even easier!

I covered each of the pages with bright and fun summer themed papers. When the pages were done, I drilled a hole through the corner and tied the book together with a coordinated ribbon.

Here's a more detailed look at one of the books (the two books are almost identical):

The covers of both books - "What will (teacher) do this summer?". I cut the roller coaster and the sun from another summer paper.

The first page - "Eat ice cream" with a $5 gift card to Dairy Queen. I had Pinky do the illustrations for each page.

Page 2 - "Read a good book" with a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Page 3 - "See a movie" and a gift card for a single admission to the movie theatre. I cut the movie tickets on the left page from a carnival themed paper.

Page 4 - "Plant some flowers" and a $10 nursery gift card. Pinky didn't want to draw a garden. She drew her teacher shopping in the flower store instead.

I used the back cover to write a short thank you note to each teacher.

These were a HUGE hit. Her teachers cried and hugged us. When I picked Pinky up from school, other teachers (and the assistant director of the school) came up to tell me how much they liked the scrapbooks! I guess I'll have to make these again next year for Pinky's Kindergarten teacher. :)

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Natalie said...

Oh my goodness, I love, love, love your version!! They look fabulous and I just adore the little note at the end! I'm so glad they were such a huge hit and thank you SO much for letting me know you did this! Do you mind if I share it on my blog?? (with a link back to you, of course!)

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

What a great idea! I love that she illustrated the pages.

Natalie said...

Wanted to let you know I just put a post up linking back to you! Thanks again!

nanann said...

I really do love these -- but man oh man, you are more generous than I! I *just* got a gift card to the movies...

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Susan said...

Thank you for such a fabulous idea. I did this for my daughter's preschool teacher (with a modification) and she LOVED it. Thank you!
P.S. Let me know if you'd like to see my finished product and I'll be happy to share it with you.

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