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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My First CJToo Design Team Project - Teacher Appreciation!

First of all, I'd like to thank Tracy from Craft Junkie Too again for selecting me to be on her Design Team! 
Today we are posting our first projects for End of School Teacher Gifts for Teacher Appreciation! 

When she gave us this theme, I immediately thought of two elementary teachers that I go to church with and knew that I was going to create something for them.....but what?  Then I knew what I was going to use my old Enfamil formula cans for!!  This project!  I know you're thinking....what???  But I do have to admit that I save weird stuff like that for future projects.  My hubby just rolls his eyes when he sees a bag or a box filled with what he would call "trash"!  :)  I just like the idea of recycling items and making crafty things out of them!  :)  Hey, it saves $$!  :)  So for this project, I guess you can call it a School Supply Container.  The two teachers I gave them to yesterday were estatic about them and loved the goodies I filled them with as well. :) 

Like I mentioned, I used an old, clean Enfamil can or any formula container would work for this.  I first covered the outside with a green 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock cut in half and overlapped them.  Then at the seams, I covered them with 2 strips of black polka-dotted ribbon cut 5 1/2" each.  For the apples, I used my new County Life cartridge (which I lovvvve!") and cut them at 3".  For the blackboard, I used a white gel pen and wrote the above saying on just some black cardstock, and then just manually cut strips of a wood grain patterned paper to frame it.  For the "2+2=4", I used the Simply Sweet cartridge and cut them at 1 1/4" with the Real Dial Size on. (This cartridge doesn't have the "=" sign on it, so I used the "#" sign image and of course did some trimming!)

  On the other side, I found some clipart of an open book that said "READ" so I colored in some red & blue and cut this out with a blue cardstock shadow.  Then I used my Country Life cartridge again and cut the letters for "LEARN" at 1 1/4".  I cut these letters from some cardboard which came from an old Cheezit box!  :)  I inked the letters for added character with brown ink and added a couple of blue rhinestones.

 Inside, I filled the containers with pencils, pens, highlighters, and dry erase markers which they loved! :)

For the lids, I covered the Enfamil label with a red stitched circle cut from the Simply Sweet cartridge at 4 1/4".  I also cut the flower from the same cartridge at 2 1/2" and inked the edges with red ink.  I used the white gel pen to accent the stitches and to write their names then added a red rhinestone too.

I have the utmost respect for our teachers and know that they face many obstacles and situations as much as students do these days.  It takes patient and caring individuals to do this job and we should all show our appreciation for all their hard work that they do! :)

Have a great week!

Shelley (Carley's mom)


  1. Shelley: What a fabulous project and "HATS OFF" to you for recycling......LOVE IT! Your project turned out SUPER CUTE and can see this project proudly displayed on any teachers desk. Thanks for sharing and for going green! Kadie (fellow design team member)

  2. Shelley - I think it is a great idea to repurpose/recycle!! I dont throw out a cereal box until i cut all the large sides off to use as chipboard! Bottles, boxes, any container! Think of the potential!!! My hubby and I have established a rule though - use it within a month or toss it!! The cardboard from the cereal boxes are small enough to store in a drawer but the rest I am forced to use! Gives me the incentive!!!

    I adore your projects - teachers can always use more supplies and to have a container to hold them is even better!!!
    Hugs - your fellow DT member - Shawn

  3. Hi Shelley (Carly too),
    I super happy you stopped over--I'm now following your adorableb blog and looking
    forward to being bloggie friends!

    Big Cricky Hugs,
    K Andrew of Getting Cricky!

  4. Love the idea i will love scraplift this project

  5. Super cute! TFS!

    (fellow CJToo DT member)

  6. Super cute your project, I really like the idea, I`ll go and find some cans, thanks,



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Shelley (Carley's mom!)