Friday, April 18, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Time

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

This week's blogger challenge theme is "alter it."  Since teacher appreciation week is coming up soon, I thought this would be a good time to put together a quick and useful teacher thank you project using an inexpensive clear photo frame and a pad of sticky notes. As I put together my project, I took photos for a basic step by step tutorial so you can whip one up for your favorite teacher.


Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

Here's what you need to put this gift together:
  • 4" x 6" clear picture frame
  • 3" x 3" sticky note pad 
  • stamps and ink (or patterned paper if you'd prefer!)
  • cardstock to stamp on and to layer your stamped panel on
  • double sided adhesive
  • letter stickers

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I started off by cutting a white cardstock panel just a little smaller than the size of the frame.  I stamped an apple image from the Reverse Confetti Class Act stamp set repeatedly on a white cardstock panel using pigment inks from Imagine Crafts.  You don't have to stamp a panel--a piece of patterned paper would work just fine here, too.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud
After I finished stamping, I matted the panel on a piece of kraft cardstock cut to fit inside the frame.  Of course, you can use any color that coordinates with your stamped or patterned paper panel.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I slipped the panel inside of the frame.  Make sure you set the frame so it slants down, not so that it sits up like you'd use it to display a photo.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I attached some strong double-sided adhesive strips to the back of the pad of sticky notes.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

I peeled off the tape's backing, then attached it to the frame.

Teacher Post It Note Holder-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud

You can stop there, but to add a personal touch, I used foam letter stickers to add the teacher's name (mine!).  I'll be putting this on my desk when I go back to the classroom next year!

Materials Used:
Class Act stamp set (Reverse Confetti); Memento Luxe Love Letter, Toffee Crunch, and Pear Tart inks (Tsukineko); white cardstock (Michaels); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); black foam letter stickers (American Crafts)

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