Monday, October 8, 2012

Sticky Note Pad Teacher Gifts

Sticky note pad holders.  For this picture they are propped up against my white background.  When in use, they would sit on a desk or counter at a slight incline.

The sentiment which is from a retired stamp set says:
We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
Need a gift for your child's teacher, why not make some cute desk top sticky note pad holders.  If your children are out of school like mine, and don't need teacher gifts anymore, theses also make great gifts for coworkers and really anyone who uses a computer, sits at a desk, or has a busy household and is always looking for a piece of scrap paper when the phone rings, or any occasion when the pen is always missing and you just need to write something down.
To make the holders, I first purchased some clear photo frames from the dollar store.  These are the kind that have the little lip or ledge in the back (at least that is what I would call it) so when it is used for pictures the frame stands up.  To use it for the sticky notes, I keep the ledge at the top, this way the holder can sit on your desk instead.
I decorated them by cutting Designer Series Paper to fit the measurements of my frames.  I slid the paper inside the frame where there is an opening.  To keep it secure I placed a small piece of Sticky Strip at the top (this goes in the back of the holder).   The Sticky Strip can not be seen because I further decorated my holders with Embossed Card Stock.  I also added another piece of the DSP to the lip in the back. I then added my Sticky Notes by placing Sticky Strip on the back of the note pad and placing it directly onto the front of the clear frame.  Remember, my Designer Series Paper was slipped in behind the frame where the opening is so the note pad sits directly on top.  This way when the note pad is empty it will be easy to just replace it.  No paper to rip, just remove the last piece and put another pad on top.  I added my sentiment, sponged some ink around the edges and cut it out with my Big Shot and a Window Framaes Collection Framelit.  I secured this onto my cardstock with snail adhesive. 
I wasn't sure how I wanted to secure my pen, so I just tied coordinating ribbon around the entire holder to keep it in place. 
The following were used (current products listed only):
Designer Series Paper:  Twitterpated #125406, Birds of a Feather #126899
Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant #126969, Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant #126969, Baja Breeze #126960
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Windows Frames Collection Framelits #129021 (Holiday Mini), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder #127819 (Holiday Mini), Stamping Sponges #101610
Ribbon:  Elegant Eggplant 1/2" Scallop Dot #124143, Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding #122331
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Snail #104332

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