Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teacher Gift Set

Hello Everyone!  Last Friday, my eldest finished Grade 7 which means next year he is off to High School!  Grade 7 has been the final year of Primary School as long as I can remember in Queensland (although my mother tells me in her day Grade 7 was High School - the Education Dept obviously change the rules every generation or so), however this cohort will be the last to finish in Primary School, with the Grade 6 class finishing this week also heading to High School next year.  Such a strange feeling to have a child heading to High School.

Last Friday, the Grade 7's had their Graduation Ceremony which also included 10 Awards Presentation - these being Art, Mandarin, Music, Academic etc....  Finally the last award was announced, the June Hammer Memorial Award - which is given to one boy and one girl and is decided by no less than 20 staff and the winners kept a closely guarded secret by only 2-3 people.  The winners names will be engraved on the Honour Board at the school.  You can't imagine my surprise and gasp as my son's name was announced (I didn't even hear the girl's name I was so stunned - although I saw her go up on stage - Congratulations Ruth).  Needless to say, I shed a couple of tears.  We are so incredibly proud of you Zac - what an amazing young man you are growing up to be!

Now that I have had my Proud Mum moment - onto today's project!  Every year I make journals for the kids to give to their teachers (I do have others but you won't see those for a while due to the stamps I've used on them) - Zac had a male teacher who liked to torture the class with music from the 80's, so he wanted a journal in this theme.  (Not that Zac hates 80's music, he's been learning guitar to some of the songs of that era.)  You can imagine how this got my brain working - how was I going to do 80's theme?  I found some random bright, circular patterned paper deep in my stash which I thought would work, punched the edge with a spiral punch and glued it down.  I've made a black and orange panel for the front, and cut out the teacher's name in yellow and green using Spellbinders Upper Case Font One.  The guitar was cut using MFT's Rock and Roll Die-namics (I can't find it in their store - perhaps it's retired?) in a variety of colours.  Next came the cassette - I found Retro Cassette shape in the Silhouette Online Store and cut all the pieces and glued them together and attached as shown.
The card was made in matching colours, with the added use of the Music M-Bossabilities folder, the sentiment from MFT's A la Mode Rock Star set (also retired - boohoo - I miss the a la modes) which I've secured with a staple.

Stamps - Rock Star (MFT ret)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss, Black, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, White, Unknown DP from stash
Accessories - MFT Rock and Roll Die-namics, Spellbinders Music M-Bossabilities and Upper Case Font One, Silhouette Retro Cassette Cutting File, Silhouette Machine

Sorry this has been a long post today and thanks for hanging in there until the very end!  I hope whatever craziness is happening in your part of the world, that you remember to enjoy it and celebrate every day!


Leslie Miller said...

Congratulations to your son, Kathy, and you have every right to be a proud Mom! You captured the 80's perfectly in this project. Well done! Busy crazy days and I'm wondering how I'll fit everything in, but it will all come together. Thank goodness I have a nice long vacation after the 23rd.

Gab said...

Huge congrats to your son! And to you as his mum - he couldn't have done it without you!
My son finished Year 6, which in NSW Is the end of primary school so he's off to high school next year too. Strange feeling isn't it!
Love, love, love the journal and card. I also made some cards for my son's teacher!


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