Gifts for Teachers- Carousel Notes – Miriam Thomas

Gifts for Teachers- Carousel Notes

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Don’t you hate in when you see a great idea somewhere surfing the internet- but you forget to bookmark it and then can’t remember how to find it!? Well that has happened to me! I saw a great idea for turning the Carousel Notes (page 5 of Summer Mini Catalogue) into a “Bag-a-lope” (for the uninitiated- a “Bag-a-lope” is a little bag made from an envelope)

Fortunately I had committed enough to memory to create my own- I think the ones I saw were made by either a US or Canadian stamper and the ones I made were inspired by hers- but I don’t think mine were as ‘detailed’.   

I thought they would make great little gifts for my kids’ teachers.  Erin and Adam are in the same class- but they have one Teacher, two Education Assistants as well as Adam’s “specials needs” assistant.  Fortunately Jared only has one teacher- but then I realised at the last minute that he has a student teacher in his classroom at the moment so I whipped one up for her too!

Before assembling the bag-a-lope I used chocolate chip ink to stamp images from the “Live your dream“stamp set onto the chocolate chip envelopes. I then scored and folded to create the bag-a-lope.  (If anyone is interested in learning how to make a bag-a-lope- then I would be more than happy to show you how in a workshop setting!!)  I used the soft sky, wild wasabi and groovy guava carousel notes to create the top of the bag-a-lope.  I added a large circle of paper cut out from the Afternoon Tea Designer series papers onto the caraousel notes before scoring and folding them and securing them in place.  (By the way the Afternoon Tea paper work beautifully with the “Live your dream” stamp set.) On the front of the bag-a-lope I used several circle punches as well as the scallop circle punch and a stamp from the “Friendly flowers” set.  The “thanks” sentiment is also from the “Live your dream” stamp set. 

To create the little label on which the sentiment  sits- I used my square scallop punch and then trimmed off two edges.  (Again this would be something I could show you in a workshop setting!)  The Bag-a-lope was finished off with a piece of chocolate chip ribbon.

If my my memory serves me correctly the other stamper used her bag-a-lope to hold some co-ordinating cards.   I wanted to include some chocolates in mine.  As I hadn’t made the bag-a-lope to fit the chocolates I had to make the chocolates work with the bag-a-lope.  I ended up covering the “Cadbury moments” in the matching patterned paper and then securing each piece to some cardstock and tying some ribbon so that they would stay in place.  There was enough room in each bag-a-lope for the chocolates and a special magnet and keyring for the teachers.  The children gave each teacher and assistant a bag-a-lope containing their goodies as well as a gold star shaped Christmas tree decoration in a star-shaped mini platter with a gold edge.  I hope they liked their gifts!


3 thoughts on “Gifts for Teachers- Carousel Notes”

  1. Liisa says:

    they turned out really well Miri:)

  2. Makeesha Byl says:

    Hey Miriam, these boxes are adorable, and the perfect teacher gift! What a great use of the carousel notes as well. They all look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
    Love Keesh x

  3. Val Western says:

    Love your bagalopes Miriam…and all your other pages and journalling. You give me a lot of inspiration to get started again with my scrapping. I’ve just got to find the time. Once things settle down in the new year I would love to have a look at a catalogue and possibly organise a group scrapping get together. WDYT?

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