Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teach & Inspire

Welcome to the final day of the Papertrey Ink August Countdown and the second design team group post day. This time around we bring you Teach & Inspire.  For today's assignment we bring you two types of projects... one card application and one gift item.

This is the week... my little boy starts kindergarten.  Gasp!  I know, he will do just fine and both of us are excited to find out who his teacher is.  Thanks to today's post, I'm already set with the perfect teachers gift and I am extremely pleased with the way my projects turned out.

Let me share...  
I've assembled a heartfelt teachers card and a coordinating upright photo frame, perfect for the teachers desk.
First up... the card!  I stamped a 2" panel with the Teach & Inspire banner images.  All in a color combo of  Pure Poppy, Orange Zest & Simply Chartreuse.
I attached the stamped banner panel to a Rustic White card base, using dimensional adhesive, and then finished the card off with a few Simply Chartreuse buttons.
Inside...  I stamped the tree trunk and sentiment using Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and the gorgeous tree top image, using the Rock & Roll technique, in Orange Zest and Simply Chartruse inks.  Then stamped in Pure Poppy, hand cut and attached an apple.
Next up... the upright photo frame.  I couldn't be more pleased with the way this project turned out!  Not only is it perfect for a teachers desk... how about your own desk or dresser at home?!  This photo was taken last year; my son was so excited to attend his first day of preschool and I have a strong feeling that he will be just as excited to start kindergarten this year too.
Here's How:  I began by die cutting three Fabulous Frames.  I then layered them all together, with strong adhesive, to create a sturdy base.  To the backside, (please forgive me for the mess above) I attached dimensional adhesive while being careful to leave just enough room to slide a photo into place.  I then cut a back side cover by cutting cardstock to the size of... 3" x 3".  Then adhered it into place.
The stand was created from a piece of cardstock measuring 3" x 2".  I scored it 3/8" from the edge and then trimmed of the bottom edge at an angle.  Please Note:  The cut angle needs to begin at the scored line in order for the stand to fit right and the frame to sit right.
I attached the stand using some strong adhesive and then slid the photo into place, easy peasy!

Embellish as desired!

Well, there you have it. I hope you've enjoyed! Just remember that Teach & Inspire will be available for purchase beginning August 15, at Papertrey Ink. Now, be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today...
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Teach & Inspire Card and Photo Frame


  1. Absolutely adore this little set, Maile! The little frame is such a sweet idea!!

  2. Your samples are adorable. I am so anxious for this new release so I can get the Teach & Inspire set. I have lots of stamps but none for teachers. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I absolutely love the photo frame!! How clever, now I might just have to buy that set!!

  4. Thanks for the frame idea. Love taking and giving pix gifts.

  5. Great job, Maile, no wonder you are pleased with your finished project. Your son's teacher will be delighted as well. The card is to die for!

  6. Lovely color choice on your card. And I love the little photo project. CUTE!
    -- Connie C.

  7. Well Gosh! These are both perfect. WOW!

  8. Love the chevron colors and your photo stand is wonderful. Thanks.

  9. The photo frame is adorable! I can't wait to get my hands on that fabulous frame die!

  10. You are so creative and inspiring. Love that frame.

  11. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! And congratulations with regards to SC! So exciting to see more card designers on the team.

    Good luck with your little one's first day as a kindie! I am sure he will have a wonderful teacher.

  12. That frame is adorable! And congrats on the Studio Calico DT spot!

  13. Marvelous, Maile :) Great frame idea - love it!