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Good Monday morning We R friends! It’s your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall here to welcome you to Teacher Appreciation Week. As the school year comes to a close for many kids, we thought it would be fun to share some teacher thank-you ideas. We can’t wait to show you the fabulous gift, card, and decor projects from our design team. They’re perfect for letting your child’s or grandchild’s teachers know just how special they are!

Many schools host a special thank-you luncheon for teachers to show appreciation for all their hard work. It’s a great way for the teachers to take a minute away from the chaos of the classroom to enjoy some yummy food and some down time. Here’s an idea for a banner and some simple table decor for a teacher appreciation luncheon. I used some of my favorite We R tools–the new Staple Board, the Alphabet Punch Board, the Banner Punch Board, and the Template Studio Star Guide.

Teacher Appreciation Banner by Aly Dosdall

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Once I decided on a “star” theme, I started by creating the banner. I used the Alphabet Punch Board and the 3×5 Metallic Paper Pad to create the letters for the banner. I love that the pre-cut paper pad saved me some time, but you can also cut your own paper to 3×5 inches before punching your letters.

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Then I made some flag banners with my Banner Punch Board. I cut one 3.5 x 6 inch piece of patterned paper, and one 4.5×6 inch piece for each letter. I used contrasting colors of some of my favorite papers from our sister brand, Heidi Swapp, so that the letters and banner layers would pop.

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Using banner pieces that are the same height but different widths creates a nice staggered look at the ends. I punched holes in my flag banners with the reverse punch on the board, and then threaded some DIY Party Raffia through the pieces for hanging.

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Next, I used the Template Studio Star Guide to create some dimensional stars for wall decor. This darling constellation designer poster board was perfect for that!

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It was easy to follow the included instructions for making the stars, and I love how they pop out from the wall.

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In addition to the included instruction booklet, you can check out this Template Studio Star Guide video tutorial from our YouTube channel below.

For the final touch to my Teacher Appreciation Luncheon decor, I made some simple cupcake and drink picks with a circle punch, my electronic die cutting machine, and the new Staple Board. I love the gold foil cardstock from our sister company, Bazzill–it’s just gorgeous on these picks!

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I attached the printed sentiments with some small blue staples. I love all of the options that the Staple Board gives to crafters. You can choose from large, medium, and small staples in multiple colors, and you can attach your staples anywhere on your project. Awesome!

staple board

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I hope this project inspires some ideas for ways you can express your appreciation to the teachers in your life.

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Creating something handmade for them is a great way to put your craft supplies to use for a good cause. How would you use your crafts supplies to thank a teacher?

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
Staple Board
DIY Party Raffia
Bazzill Gold Foil Cardstock
Heidi Swapp Wanderlust 12×12 Paper Pad

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags

Hello, Samantha here with you to share another way to wrap up some Christmas presents. Today I’m going to be using the Template Studio to create some Christmas pillow boxes with star tags. I have to confess, my husband does most of the wrapping at our house. I don’t really enjoy doing it, and I’m not very good at it either…but making pretty packaging with the Template Studio is so much fun!

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags by Samantha Taylor We R Memory Keepers

To create pillow boxes, you’ll need the Pillow Box Guide and for the star tags, you’ll need the Star Guide. WRMK’s has released some great designer poster board for Christmas, I chose Candy Cane and Snowflake. I love how red and aqua look together!

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I am wrapping some t-shirts in these boxes, so I chose to make a medium sized box. The finished size is 5 ¼ x 14 x 2, so you start by cutting the poster board to 13 x 16 (you can get 2 pillow boxes of this size per piece of designer poster board).

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The pillow box is a super easy box to make. You just score along the top side of the guide and cut along the bottom side.

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When everything is cut and scored, it’s important to use a good, strong adhesive when assembling the box. I really like the Sticky Thumb Sticky Thumb Double Sided Tape. It comes in ¼” and ½” widths, is super strong, and can be torn off the roll (no scissors needed!).

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Once they’re assembled it’s time to decorate them. I decided to use leftover strips of designer poster board as wraps around the boxes.

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

I finished up by using the Template Studio Star Guide to make gift tags for the boxes. The Star Guide makes 4 different sized stars. I made the smallest size star for my tags.

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You can attach the stars directly to the pillow box with some Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots, or you can tie them on using some Baker’s Twine or Raffia.

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

These Christmas pillow boxes with star tags are now sitting under the tree all ready for gifting. This is definitely some wrapping I don’t mind doing. Do you like to wrap gifts, or is creating packaging like this something you prefer?

 

Supplies

Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Pillow Box Guide
Template Studio Star Guide
Designer Poster Board Snowflake
Designer Poster Board Candy Cane
DIY Party Raffia
Crop-A-Dile Power Punch 1/4”
Pink Paislee Yuletide
Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots .25”
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Tape .5”

Template Studio Star Photo Backdrop

Photos are always an important part of holiday gatherings, so why not put your crafting tools to use to make a festive patriotic photo backdrop for your guests? Our fabulous in-house design team used the Template Studio Star Guide and Designer Poster Board to create red, white, and blue layered stars in different sizes. Simply hang the folded paper stars against a neutral background, gather your guests over one at a time, and snap away!

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Give this July 4th party decor idea a try. Your guests will have a fun memento from you party, and you’ll have some awesome photos to scrapbook!

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Star Guide
Designer Poster Board