29 October 2010

Saying Thank You

If you are hopping over here from Angelique's blog, welcome! It's blog hop time again over at InStyle Stamps. This month our theme is Giving Thanks. I decided to make this little folder - it has multiple purposes. My daughter and I are going to finish it together (and I'm thankful that she loves to do that), and then she is going to give it to my mother-in-law for Thanksgiving. If you read on, you'll see where the "giving thanks" theme works for that part.

Making this was really easy. Here's what I did:
  1. Start with a 12"x6" piece of cardstock
  2. Score it at 5 3/4" from each end, creating the "spine"
  3. Flip the cardstock and scored one long line at 3 3/4", to create the inside pockets
  4. Cut the cardstock along the score lines where you've created the spine, to separate it from the two inside flaps. I glued that small piece to the inner spine, for extra strength (it won't be the length of the spine).
  5. Decorate the inside and outside as desired. You could put holiday tags, small notecards, embellished items, or whatever you can think of in there. Scoring the card at the 5 3/4" marks gives you a spine of 1", so there is not limit to the lumpiness that will fit in there.
  6. Tie closed with a ribbon
Here is what the inside of mine looks like. Those mustard colored pieces of paper will eventually be joined by more, and all will have a white panel on them. My darling daughter is going to write things that she is thankful for (so far, her list includes love, family, friends, school, and Santa) and draw a picture to go with it. She's got her eye on some prima flowers and other embellishments to add to the outside of the flaps, so they won't stay plain brown.

Your next stop on the hop is the crazy talented Kristine - just wait until you see what she made! Thanks for hopping with us this month, and if you get lost along the way just head back to the InStyle Stamps blog and start all over again :) While you are there, vote for your favorite project and you could win a $25 goodie bag from InStyle Stamps!


Kimme said...

I love this idea. So cute!

jimlynn said...

Just a fabulous idea! The little image is precious too. Thanks for the tutorial.

wendyp said...

super cute, Taylor!!

Kristine Reynolds said...

What a terrific idea! Your MIL will love it!

Tanya said...

I love this! Thanks for the instructions :)

Patricia said...

This is darling! What a neat idea. I hope your MIL appreciates all the goodness that's being put into this.

Janelle said...

What a great idea! So many things to be thankful for...including Santa for sure!

JLJ Designs said...

Beautiful project! And beautiful thoughts for your daughter. What a wonderful way to celebrate.


Claudia7 said...

Great project!Thanks for the instructions.

xxx, Claudia

Scrappychick said...

What a great idea!

Kerry said...

What a fabulous idea! So clever and I absolutely adore the paper!

Robin McK said...

Hey Taylor!

This project is THA BOMB! Your colouring is fabulous, and what a great thank you gift!