I'm a retired first grade teacher. I loved my job. My last years I was blessed with a group of co-workers who were just the best. We worked well together, planned together, supported each other. Those were great years. We still get together from time to time, but not nearly enough. We do always gather at Mary Ellen's house around Christmas. She is our decorator in the group and her house is always beautiful. So, in a little while, I'm off to Mary Ellen's for lunch and an afternoon of Mexican Train.
We give each other small gifts each year. This year I'm giving them each a journal. I'm hoping that they will fill them with things they are grateful for each day. Did you know that gratitude makes you a happier person? So I'm hoping that I'm really giving them happiness for 2017.
I love the way it turned out. Each notebook measures 5 x 7. I picked them up at Michaels a while ago. They looked like this.
I covered the notebooks using the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday catalog. Since the spine is black I left that alone. My sheets measured 4 3/4 x 7. I did use the Project Life Corner punch for the two corner on the outside. Adhere using Tear & Tape. You need strong adhesive. Take your time and be careful to look at all corners and sides. Once it's down, it's down. Cover the front and the back.
This close up shows you the texture of the Fancy Frost Specialty paper. It lends such an elegance to the project. This paper is on sale now in our Year End Close Out Sale. Click to go there now!
- The ovals were made using the Stitched Shape Framelits. Be patient. They will be back mid January. I used the largest two ovals. The largest is Lost Lagoon. It's retired, but I wanted to use some of it up. Some colors just live on in our hearts! The inside oval is Whisper White.
- The sentiment is from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set from the Holiday catalog. I trimmed the paper to fit the saying. Put dimensionals in the center of the saying and glue dots along the ends. That gives the saying a rounded look.
- Use the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits to build the flowers. Colors used were Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow (also retired), Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Pink Pirouette. Sponge everything. I did use Crumb Cake ink to sponge the white flower.
- To make your flowers a little 3 dimensional, press in the center with the wrong end of your paper piercer while it sits on the Stampin' Pierce Mat. Adhere everything with glue and glue dots.
The tag uses the Merry Tags Framelits. I used the Gold Foil Sheets and Lost Lagoon. The center sentiment is from the stamp set Peaceful Pines. It's punched out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch. Of course I used the gold thread from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack to tie it on. It's also on sale at the Year End Close Out sale.
So here is my gift all wrapped up. I used the 6 x 17 Gusseted Cellophane Bag. Place it in front of the pleats of the bag. Tie it up with Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon (sorry, no longer available).
It was so much fun to make these. I hope they will be used! At any length, they are a gift of the heart for some very special friends. I never win at Mexican Train, but who cares. Have a wonderful day!
Update. We never got around to the game playing. There was just too much talking and catching up. I'm not sure we have mastered the art of the selfie.