Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teacher's Cover-All Gifts

It's that time of year, when we honor the talented and dedicated people that teach our children. Here in the U.S. we honor educators during Teacher Appreciation Week! Want to make a gift that keeps on giving? How about a journal. Everyone can use one, to write lists, jot notes, keep track of favorite students......

I used to buy small ones at the office supply and then decorate the covers. The only down side? Well, what to do with the notebook after it's full or all the pages used? Throw it away? Yikes! Well, here's an answer. Decorate a Zutter Cover-All instead! Decorate a Cover-All and then slip a standard spiral notebook inside for a beautiful journal that can be used a lifetime!

Here's how:
Gather your materials. Here are the items I used to complete this project.

  • Purple Cows 2in1 Trimmer
  • Purple Cows #2810 Decorative Blade, #2811 Scoring Blade
  • Making Memories Alpha Punch Set
  • Paper Piercer
  • Needles, various
  • Scissors
  • Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
  • Prima patterned paper
  • Fabric, ribbon and lace trim scraps
  • Seed Beads
  • Copper
  • DMC Floss, various colors
  • Vintage Sheet Music, buttons, jewelry
  • Stick pins, Beaded pins, needles, jump rings, paper clip
  • Sewing kit, various pieces
  • Ranger Distress and Alcohol Ink
  • Miscellaneous stamps
  • Miscellaneous 5”x7” spiral notebook
1. Stamp bird on cloth scrap. Sew this too another scrap, layer several more. Add lace, seed beads, buttons and ribbon. Sew where possible.
2. Punch border and add music sheet to Cover-All. Cut two strips of patterned paper, add to Cover-All.
3. Stamp word into copper. Distress with alcohol inks. Punch holes into Cover-All, add metal plate with brads.
4. Add cloth décor to Cover-All.
5. Decorate cover of generic spiral notebook with vintage paper. Add cloth strips, needles and pins. Add small scissors and tape with jump rings and paper clip to spiral. Add to inside of Cover-All.
6. Decorate inside front of Cover-All with stamped fabric, fabric, lace, buttons, stick pins, etc.
Now give away to your favorite teacher (final grades are coming up!!)    ;)  or keep for your self!

OZZ DT Member Vicki Flinchum


voodoo vixen said...

Well, I really hate to admit this but... there is no ways any teacher would get this... I wouldn't be able to part with it!! Stunning journal!!

Lynne Forsythe said...

oooohhhh Vicki....love this...what a great idea and I do have to agree with Annette!!!