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Rebecca’s Tips | Packaging Gifts for Teachers

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Hey everyone!  It’s the beginning of August which means it’s time for a Packaging Ambassador post.  I took last month off to spend a little time with my family, but I’m happy to be back!  Well, school supplies are on sale everywhere so you know that means that the first day back will be here all too soon.  My kiddos go to a year-round school so they started in July and we’ve been back to our weekly routine for about 3 weeks already!


I’m always looking for fun ways to package up treats for the kids and their teachers, since everyone works so hard all year.  The Go-To Gift Card Holder: Pencil offers a fun way to deliver the goods!  In my post today, I’ll show you how you can thank a teacher AND encourage your student.

We’ll start with the teachers.  I asked my son and daughter if they knew their teachers’ favorite colors, which is where I started.  Even if the kids are way out of touch and the colors are nowhere near to their favorites, I think they still turned out really pretty!  My son told me pink and mint for his teacher so I used Raspberry Fizz and Sweet Blush with a bit of Luxe Gold to create the pencil and pull-out gift card slider.


I used several parts of the It’s A Sign: Beautiful stamp and die collection on these projects today, including the florals and leaves on the teacher gifts.  I stamped the leaves in Mint Julep ink and the flowers in Sweet Blush, with RF centers.  I turned to the Garden Party alphabet in order to personalize the gifts, and I went with the medium flag from Banner Builder: Basics, on which I stamped each letter.  My son’s teacher has a 2-letter last name so that worked out very well!


My daughter’s teacher apparently loves purple so Lilac Grace and Royal Velvet made up the pencil this time.  I used the same florals from It’s A Sign: Beautiful, but the leaves are done in Spring Moss and the flowers are Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, and a hint of Winter Wisteria.


Nemy’s teacher has a long name, but she allows her 1st graders to call her Miss H, so that fit nicely within our borders.  I didn’t want to do the exact same design, so I changed it up a little and added a glittery gold ‘thanks’ to the outside of the pencil.


On the inside I enclosed gift cards to Target, either for classroom supplies or something fun for themselves.  I really wanted to make the gift packaging pretty, but if your student has a male teacher, the pencil is neutral so you can swap out the florals and colors and opt for something more masculine.


I’ve got 2 more pencils to share so I’ll list the supplies for the first 2 now (and separately so you have an idea of exactly what I used for each).

Mrs. Ng Supplies:

STAMPSIt’s A Sign: BeautifulGarden Party

INK: Mint Julep, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush

PAPER: Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow, White, Luxe Gold

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilIt’s A Sign: BeautifulBanner Builder: Basics


Miss H. Supplies:

STAMPS: It’s A Sign: BeautifulGarden Party

INK: Winter Wisteria, Spring Moss, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush

PAPER: Royal Velvet, Lilac Grace, Smokey Shadow, White, Luxe Gold, Gold Glitter

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilIt’s A Sign: BeautifulBanner Builder: BasicsTo Die For: Cursive Thanks


Onto the kids!  I have a 3rd grade boy and a 1st grade girl, and while you can certainly reward their efforts with a gift card if you like, I stuck to pencils for now–at only 3 weeks in, let’s not go too big, too soon!  My son definitely needs all the pencils he can get, as I always see him using the tiniest 2-inch writing instrument!  And while I’ve tried my best to designate a special box of pencils and erasers that are ONLY for homework in our house, they always end up missing no matter what I do.  So if they have cool pencils to use, maybe they’ll take better care of them (but probably not :).


My son likes orange so I made his pencil from Orange Zest and Classic Kraft, using Luxe Silver for the cap.  Gus has a tendency to get a little down on himself at times and I wanted to include an encouraging message on his pencil.  After making a frame with the Framing Florals set, I used sentiments from It’s A Sign: Beautiful to create it.  I masked off the center text from the ‘always remember you are…’ message and only stamped the first and last lines around ‘smarter.’  I stamped ‘smarter’ on an Aqua Mist brush stroke from a Watercolor Textures mini set.


After assembling the pencil, I slid some orange and blue mechanical pencils into the pocket, using their clips to hold them in place.  It turned out pretty cool this way, and Gus thought it was fun!

Smarter Supplies:

STAMPSIt’s A Sign: BeautifulFraming FloralsWatercolor Textures: Brush Strokes

INK: Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, True Black

PAPER: Orange Zest, Classic Kraft, Smokey Shadow, White, Luxe Silver

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilFraming Florals

OTHER: pencils


I chose a pretty palette for Nemy’s that is similar to the yellow Ticonderoga pencils we buy every year with our supplies.  I took some liberties–the silver cap and the pink tip–but otherwise it’s pretty close.  She’s off to a great start this year so I’m cheering her on with ‘way to go’ die cuts and a banner with her name on it.  The garlands and alphabet are all from Garden Party.  I trimmed off one of the end triangles in order to layer it over another bunting.  The bottom one is stamped with images from Garden Party as well, and I added a couple of twine bows to the ends.


Her pretty pencils are slid in just like Gus’s were, but I taped them to the enclosed slider to ensure they don’t fall out.

Way To Go Supplies:

STAMPSGarden Party

INK: Bright Buttercup, Melon Berry, Pale Peony, Orange Zest

PAPER: Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, White, Luxe Silver, Gold Glitter

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilTo Die For: Cursive For You

OTHER: twine, pencils


If you have school age children or grandchildren, this Pencil gift card holder will come in so handy!  You don’t even have to put a gift card in it, if you’d rather not.  Consider enclosing a nice note, a little food treat, or a small pad of paper.  They’d make great favors for classroom or birthday parties, too!  I hope you found some inspiration from today’s post and I’ll meet you back here next month!

Rebecca’s Tips | Packaging Gifts for Dad

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Hello from the Ink to Paper blog!  I’m still covering packaging fun each month and today we’re celebrating DADS.  I’m not sure I’ve ever done a packaging post that’s 100% dedicated to the men in our lives, which is terrible on my part, isn’t it?  Well, I’m changing that today because this is ALL about them!

I don’t know about you, but the men in my life are so hard to shop for!  My dad is pretty simple and has a few different hobbies–especially reading–but I’d never dare buy him a book because he’s probably read it (and he works at the library so does buying books for him even make sense?).  My husband is a tech gadget guy, but again, I wouldn’t dream of shopping for him because I know I wouldn’t buy the right component.  He’d probably love that bottle of whiskey Ashley featured in her recent post, but since she already covered that, I’m taking the easy route and giving gift cards this year for Father’s Day.

I’ve used some packaging products and tag dies from Papertrey Ink, mixed with stamps and dies from Ink to Paper. It was hard not to be inspired by the mountain die in the new Simply Sweet: You set and of course, the World’s Best Dad stamps! I revisited an idea I shared during the holidays for decorating cloth gift bags, pulling out some masculine colored felt and cutting the mountain image from them. I adhered the shapes to the bags, adding 1 or 2 extra embellishments to each bag and finishing off with some simple tags.

One way to punch up the muslin bags is to add some subtle color to them with ink and a blending brush.  I chose the smallest bag–sized just right for gift cards!–and created a sky behind my mountain range with Blueberry Sky ink.  (It’s a bit hard to see in the photographs but you can see the upper half of the bag is slightly darker than the lower part, which is from the blue ink.)  The mountains are cut from Blueberry Sky and Classic Kraft felt, with a tiny heart from Pure Poppy felt.

I used the scrap of felt from which I cut the heart to add to the tag set, which includes Skinny Mini tags trimmed from matching cardstocks.  On the kraft tag, I stamped a Loosely Woven background in WaterMark ink; on the blue tag I stamped “#1 dad” in Enchanted Evening.  It can be tough (for me) not to add a bunch of ribbons or something glittery to a project, but when it comes to the guys, I have to make myself tone it down!  This is simpler, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring; hence the subtle details like ink blending, background stamping, and the red felt piece.

The next little bag is a linen bag, found in the PTI shop.  The small size is perfect for holding gift cards and I paired this up with brighter colors, while maintaining a masculine feel.  I cut 2 mountain ranges again, this time matting Tropical Teal felt on top of Ocean Tides.  Matting them offers a sense of depth and allows for more color.  These are adhered with Fabri-Tac, but if you’re adept with a needle and thread, they’d be just as nice stitched on.  I added the sun shining above the peak in Summer Sunrise felt (really fitting–that!).

The tags are kept simple as well, both are the smallest die in the Essential Tag set–one from Tropical teal and the other from white cardstock.  On the white tag, I stamped a portion of the largest paint stroke from Watercolor Textures: Brush Strokes. To achieve the soft color, I inked up the stamp with Tropical Teal ink, stamped once on scratch paper, and then stamped again on the tag.  It was the exact color I wanted.  ‘World’s best papa‘ is stamped in normal TT ink.  I stitched the tags to the bag with black thread.

My final Dad-approved project is a cardstock giftcard holder.  Papertrey Ink has lots of awesome dies for creating these, but I have a fun idea for turning tags into receptacles.  I started by cutting out 2 the largest tag from the Scalloped Tag die collection.  I used Classic Kraft paper and simply stitched the two pieces together.  I used a gift card as a stitch marker to ensure proper fit, tracing a light line around the card with a pencil.  After stitching was complete, I erased the pencil marks and inserted the card.  It was easy and just a little something different.

I decorated the outside of the ensemble similarly to the gift bags, using mountains cut from Ocean Tides and Dark Chocolate felt.  I used the sun imagery again but stamped and embossed the image this time.  I like the subtle shine of the gold against the kraft–it’s not too glitzy!

I cut a couple more Skinny Mini tags in white and Dark Chocolate, stamping my message on the white tag in Enchanted Evening ink, and adding a couple of Pure Poppy felt hearts.  I clipped it all together with a small wood clothespin, securing the tags, as well as the gift card.

I’m ready for Father’s Day now and hopefully you’ve been inspired to get ready for it, too!  Thank you so much for sharing this time with me today–I’ll see you back here in July!