First Day Teacher Gift

First Day Teacher Gift

Last week my son started preschool for the first time. It was an emotional experience for me and I was so worried. So I put it off until the day before school to make this project. I don't usually procrastinate, but I was just not ready for this day.

I've seen that there is a lot of debate about first day teacher gifts, is it a good or bad idea? After being a teacher for years, a first day gift would have made me feel so appreciated. Plus the first day is exhausting (whether good or bad) so I went with something yummy. It's always a gamble because not everyone eats candy, but it turns out my sons teachers love chocolate.

As I was thinking about my blog, as I was cleaning the bathroom, I had the thought that this could be made for Valentines Day, teacher appreciation, Halloween, Christmas. So many possibilities.

To begin I was looking for a candy wrapper on my Cricut Design Space, but I wasn't finding anything when I came across a "Notebook Pocket." I took a gamble and cut a practice one on extra paper and it was just right for this project. I have been scrapbooking for a long time so I just went into my paper bins and found this "I Love School" Paper to use as the insert and then I matched the green cardstock for the actual pocket. The card stock is heavier and sturdier for the pocket. First I glued in the insert of the school paper and then I glued the notebook pocket on the folds with a liquid glue. My favorite glue is Zig Memory Systems, 2 Way Glue Squeeze and Roll. Once again because I was last minute, I ran out of my favorite glue as I was doing the project. Just my luck!

I know you can see that one of the circles didn't cut right at the top of the I Love School page, which is one of the reasons why I have a love/hate relationship with my Cricut. I did see it and made the decision to use it anyways because with the candy bar, it wasn't really noticeable. Usually I'm a perfectionist, but I was out of time. The theme of this project should of been out of time!

Then I made a tag that said "Looking forward to a sweet year with you" on white card stock with a polka dot matting, just to add a little pop.

I decided the front of the notebook pocket needed something else (I forgot to take a picture of this, it's a learning experience) so I added the crayons because preschool is all about creativity. To my fellow crafters, thats my crafting spot at the table because no matter how much I scrub it, somehow glue is always there.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Jenny Sparmo

Jenny Sparmo


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  Lancaster, NY

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