Teacher Gifts and TIPS

Aren't these cute?! What are they you ask? Why Lesson Plan Bookmarks of course! As a teacher we keep a book of our lesson plans and it's nice to have some way to mark the week you are on! Now I didn't come up with these entirely on my own (what teacher of crafter comes up with something COMPLETELY on their own? Not many.) My friend Tonya a SU demo gave me one similar when the new catty came out last go around (when I was in her stamp club). They are made using JUMBO paper clips from Wal-Mart and then a variety of punches and stamps and such. First I started with my base - black scalloped circles I punched mine out using SU's scallop circle punch. Then I had to build each side. One side I wanted teachery so I used Tart and Tangy and stamped the apple image in Real Red then punched it out using my EK Success 1 1/4 inch circle punch. I matted this on a 1 1/2 inch So Saffron circle - punched out uisng the Yellow Marvy Circle punch. I went over the apple with Crystal Effects (also known as Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents), done with side one and left those to dry. For side two I just wanted it to be pretty. I had my Black Scalloped Circle and so from there I added a 5 Petal flower punch in Real Red (kinda looks like a star) then on top of that I layered a circle. The circle I first stamped the circle medalion from Simple Delights in So Saffron on same CS for a subtle look and punched it out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch. To this I added a little bitty circle image from One of a Kind stamped in Black punched out with an itty bitty circle punch from SU - I call it the Build a Brad punch cause it's the perfect size to use with SU's build a brad. I wanted to use a mini red brad to adhere the mini circle using a mini red brad to the so saffron circle. However it was so little I knew I would have trouble punching a hole in it............so I used my paper piercer!!!! I also didn't want to get up from my desk to get my matt so I used my mouse pad!!!! SO there are my two tips for you! 1) When wanting to put a brad in something very small try your paper piercer! 2) when you are not in reach of a matt to use you paper piercer try your mouse pad oh but make sure it's not one of those gel kind! That could get messy! So I assembed side two and then used Tombow Mono AQUA to adhere to the JUMBO paper clip - not sure the diffrence between Aqua and Multi but the Aqua bottle is bigger and it worked GREAT!

Here is a close up of both sides. I made 10 of these and it took less than an hour including drying time! WARNING the Crystal Effects stays tacky for a long time especially in humid hot sticky Missouri! I will be giving these to my team members (kindergarten) and other close friends at school as a start to the new year gift. And one for my PSF Cheri who I get to scrap with Thursday!!! Oh and I made one for myself too!!! Thanks for looking! Check back soon for my Welcome to Minnie Cline Cards using the same colors! Hmmmm do I detect a color challenge??? Check back for that too!

CS: Basic Black, Whisper White, So Saffron, Real Red
Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Simple Delights, One of a Kind
Ink: Real Red, So Saffron, Basic Black
Punches: SU Scallop Circle, 5 Petal, Build A Brad, EK Sucess 1 1/4 inch circle, Marvy yellow circle
Other: Red mini brads, JUMBO paper clips (wal-mart)
, Tombow Mono AQUA, glue dots, paper piercer


  1. Oh so cute!! I better be one of those "close friends" getting one of these! I'd hate to have to make my own!!!

  2. Love the bookmark. Miss you over on the pif thread.

  3. awesome!! I tried things like that before. very cute

  4. so very cute!!!hmmm....ideas are flowing! great back to school idea...

  5. Cute, I wish some of my students would make me something!

    SBS 20

  6. Sarah Coyle8/04/2008

    oh NICE!!! what lucky friends!

  7. Found your blog via SCS - and these paper clips are adorable.
    Come visit me sometime at my blog. I love your blog and I plan on adding it to my list- i will be checking back!! GOOD WORK!!!

  8. Jennifer (refinnej2)8/08/2008

    Totally cute idea...so cute that I went to TWO walmarts and bought them out today. Twenty packs of large clips!! I better get designing!!

  9. These are really cute...I have some large paperclips somewhere from Staples...I will have to find them and have a play
    Janette SBS20

  10. Neat ideas! I wonder if HS teachers would like them......

  11. yeah i love these clips, and these ones look absolutely adorable!


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