Friday, May 11, 2007

Easy Teacher Gift Tutorial plus a Freebie Alpha for You!

Create an Easy, Personalized End-of-the-year Gift for your

Child's Teacher: Unique Gift Card

by Julie Kelley, Creative Team Member

For my children's teachers, I usually get them a small gift card for either a local store that I know that they like, or for the local coffee shop. I wanted to find a way to personalize the gift, and here is the little booklet that I created.

For this project I used papers and the ribbon from Carrie Stephens' kit that was a free gift for subscribing to Scrapdook Dimensions Magazine, and atomic cupcake chipboard actions for the letters.

I decided to use cascading flip up pages to spell the word "Teach," and when you lifted it up there would be a little message underneath, and on the bottom I would attach the gift card. Each letter is 2 inches shorter than the one that came before, making the entire project 10 inches wide. I created a new file for each one in decreasing lengths. Because I wanted the front to be uniform, I had each be the same color, then the message could be on a different patterned paper. I wanted a little bit of depth on the front, so I printed the letters, ribbon and heart separately so that I could attach them once the project was complete. Here's the process (I tried to fit a few things on a page where I could because I was using a heavyweight matte paper):

In this first example I printed the binding paper, and the background "T" page. The T is the back page that I will be attaching the gift card to.

Page for Letter T

I wanted each of the inside pages to look the same, but be different sizes, with differnt text based on the letter.

Page for Letter E

Page for Letter A

Page for Letter C

Page for Letter H

The final page that I printed included the C and the H page, along with the letters and heart (trying to conserve the beautiful thick matte paper that I was printing on). The H page is blank because it is the last page, and will have the H and heart attached.

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Here is the final product all put together.

Digital papers by Carrie Stephens (Scrapbook Dimensions free digital kit with subscription).
Program: PhotoShop Elements 4
Font: Jane Austen
Chipboard Action: Atomic Cupcake
Epson Heavyweight Matte Paper

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1 comment:

SnapHappyInkyMomma said...

What a great gift idea!