Teacher Appreciation Week: Part 2


Here is a great idea for teachers, grand parents, family, friends... I heard about this years ago. Probably from Martha! I was excited to finally get to do it. They came out very cute. Lu drew pictures of each of her teachers, I scanned the images, sized them, added the names and layed them out onto one page. I gave the single page to Kinkos and told them to make two 75 page pads. I was charged a cutting fee and a gluing/binding fee. If you can do most of the work for them you won't be charged additional fees for laying out etc. Each pad came to approx. $5.50.

I printed out a band that said thank you and then tied a ribbon around it. Chica and Jo have a great tutorial on how to make your own pads for a fraction of the cost. I found their tutorial a little late. The adhesive you have to order on online. I want to invest in the adhesive about $10 for a quart (which will make a gazillion pads) but the shipping on it is like $7 so I am having trouble rationalizing buying the quart. Chica and Jo sell a 2 oz. container of the padding glue on their site for $7 including shipping. Even though 2 oz. makes a lot of pads it is still only 2 oz for $7 versus $17 for 1 quart. Any of my frugal friends out there let me know what you think the better buy is.

Anyway, they came out so cute and Lu's teachers loved them! I can see making lots of pads for friends and family. What a cute gift for older girls! Tweens are so hard to buy for! Make them their own pads with their artwork on the pad. Tie it off with a bow and a super girly pen!

11 comments:

Katie said...

Wow those are awesome!!! Thanks for all the tips, I had no idea the copy center could do so much for you. I will definitely look into this, in a year or so!

Beth- the mama bee said...

I love them! Those have mothers day written all over them! I'll be making those one of these days.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Those are the cutest things EVER! I'll be linking.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I always love visiting your blog to see what you're up to, and these cards are simply darling! I am loving this idea!!

Anonymous said...

I used 4 or 5 layers of Rubber Cement, letting it dry between layers, and it worked fine. You can find rubber cement anywhere.

Swedie

tcufrog98 said...

I used Mod Podge to make a notepad and it turned out great. I just put on 3-4 coates and let them dry between each coat. Hope this helps.

christie said...

I don't exactly have the right setup to print a ribbon that says "thank you" on it (though it looks great!), so I think I'll write a little note on the first page of the notepad...

Annette said...

This is awesome! Thank you!

Sharon said...

You were not kidding! I called everywhere today trying to find the padding compound and NOBODY has it! I was wanting to try and make it on my own but it looks like I'm going to have to have someone do the adhesive for me. Thanks for the idea! I'll let you know how it goes!

birdslikeleaves said...

I've heard that Aleene's Tacky Glue is a good alternative to padding compound. I'm having trouble rationalizing spending that much on shipping as well!

Jody said...

I bought the padding compound from Chica and Jo - mostly because I do not like to have extra chemicals around that I will one day have to figure out how to dispose of. It works really well. I have made at least 20 pads and used ~20% of the compound. It is also nice to support Chica and Jo - I learn from their blog.

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