Monday, May 18, 2009

note cards for the teachers

I know there are the typical teacher gifts.  I try to remember that teachers are also people and like things that I might like and not just anything with apples on them.  Last year we made the boys' teachers fabric lunch totes with their names on them.  My eldest reported that his teacher uses her lunch tote everyday since he has as a teacher again this year.  I have noticed some awesome teacher gifts on blogs out there.  Love the necklaces at Koala Brains.  Makes me wish I were a teacher.  This year we made them personalized note cards.  I made them one set that said their teacher name (a note from Ms. Doseck) and another set with their first names on them.  

I made them using Photoshop Elements.  I made the new file 8 1/2 " X 11" and put the ruler (go to view and select ruler) on the screen.  I chose digital scrapbook images and centered them in each of the 4 spaces.  I know there must be a way to divide the sheet in to 4, but I just went off the ruler.  As long as each graphic was placed 1/4 inch from the top and centered at 2 1/8" for the left note cards as seen in this photo:

and, at 6 3/8" for the right note cards like in this photo:

then they turned out perfectly when I cut them!  When doing the lower  two cards, I made sure they were also centered at these measurements and placed at 5 3/4 inches down the page.  Since the paper is 11 inches long and 5 1/2 " is half way, then 5 3/4" is just 1/4" from the top of where they will be cut.    I am sure you all know an easier way, but this really worked for me. 

I saved them as a PDF so that I can either send them the file or print more for them quickly.  


blairsblog6 said...

We had Heidi Cantrell as a teacher for two years! She's awesome! Love your notecards!

marble rose said...

What a brilliant idea - I am most certainly going to do some of these.

Thank you - I'm now going to go through your back catalogue for further inspiration!!!


Busym1 said...

New to your blog. Love these notecards, thank you for the instructions. I must check out the rest of your blog. Michelle

Kathryn-nannygoat said...

I love this Traci. Especially since I don't have anything planned to make yet and I have everything I need to make these.
They are perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

Those are wonderful! Thanks for the idea!

Jennifer said...

Hi Traci,

I love this idea but don't have a collection of digital scrapbook images. Where do you find yours?

traci said...

Jennifer, I put some links in this post with 4 great digital scrapbook sites. Many of them have some freebies that you can get to start out with. Good luck, Traci