Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Day of School Teacher Gifts

I was inspired by some altered clipboards and paper clips that I saw and decided to try my hand at a customized set for each of my children's new teachers.

Here's the set I made for Mitchell's preschool teacher with the new owl punch (item #118074). Love that punch!

First I used white craft ink (item #101731) and white embossing powder (item #109132) with my heat tool (item #100005) to create a crisp shiny white border on the front and back of the clipboard. I was glad that I had recently invested in a set of Powder Pals  trays (item #102197) to catch all of the stray embossing powder because that was pretty messy!

I used some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up on the top half and customized the bottom half using My Digital Studio (item #118108) (our digital paper crafting software). Some Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (item #109025) covers the border between the two pieces. I used Modge Podge (available in local craft stores) to adhere the paper to the clipboard, then I coated the entire front and back in three additional coats.

I used a hole punch to make spaces for the rivets on the back of the clipboard. Finally I sprayed the entire front and back with some Krylon acrylic sealer so it wouldn't be sticky. (I had actually stamped "Hand Stamped by Cheryl" on the back, but I accidentally glued the wrong side of the paper to the clipboard! Bah.)


An RSVP brand pen was easy to alter with matching designer series paper. I punched out the body of the owl four times from some Old Olive card stock (item #100702) using the new Owl Punch (item #118074), then glued the layers together using Tombo Multi Purpose Adhesive (item #110755). Some Rose Red card stock (item #102544) makes the eyes pop. The punch cuts out all the shapes you need for the owl in one punch!

Some Crystal Effects (item #101055) gives the owls a nice shiny gloss and holds them firmly atop the pen, paper clip, and pencil.

I made the pencil pouch out of chipboard (item #114320), Rose Red card stock (item #102544) and retired Designer Series Paper. Let me know if you'd like the directions for it - it's pretty simple.

Gwenny is one of Mr. Cartlidge's Caterpillars so I created this set for him.

Your turn!


  1. These are great! You are the teacher gift queen. I'm repeating to myself: it's ok if I don't do start of school gifts, it's ok if I don't do start of school girts, it's ok...

  2. Thanks Mom!

    Deanna - you're so sweet. I have been dying to make an altered clipboard ever since I saw yours, so you're my inspiration! (Now I have Peter Cetera stuck in my head)
    It *is* ok to not do them - I really questioned whether I should. And didn't you make your son cloths napkins for school? Uh huh, yeah, see you got me there!

  3. :) Although, I didn't make my clipboard. I do love it though and I use it all the time, so I think it's a good gift.

  4. very cute!!! You have inspired me to do something on the theme for the classroom! I love the pen pencil idea, but my daughter (6) just wants to do a big pig. (that's their animal, funny, huh????LOL!)