The weekend before last my nephew Luke received a letter stating that he has been accepted into Portora Royal, which is a really prestigious grammar school in Northern Ireland near where I grew up. At first I just couldn’t believe that both Luke and my other nephew Kyle are actually old enough to be finishing Primary School and are entering a new chapter of their life. I can still remember visiting them in the hospital as babies, changing their nappies, and teaching them their A,B,Cs. I guess I must have blinked and now they are 11 yeas old. It’s incredible how that happens. Then once I had finished reminiscing, it hit me – I was overcome by a whoosh of profound pride. I know that Luke has been working very hard to complete his practice tests, he had his first taste of serious school exams as he endured the two parts of the 11+ tests, and he really deserves to be in a school which can let his intellect ripen. Well done Luke, you have really made your Auntie very, very proud.
Luke and Kyle only have a few more weeks remaining at Primary School, with the friends and teachers that they have spent their childhood with. A moment in life where sadness and excitement walk hand in hand. So as this subject was at the forefront of my mind, today I want to share some Thank You cards which I have made for Luke to give to his teachers.
As this card was for Luke’s favourite teacher, I wanted to make something extra special, so I made a card that Mrs Breen could keep on her desk all year round. First take a piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock and cut a strip 3″ in width. Fold it in half using a bone folder. At the open end of the card, measure and score a line at 0.75″ and 1.5″. These folds will allow you to make a tent card that will fold flat to fit in an envelope, yet will open out to allow the calendar card to stand on a table. Next I stuck down the pocket unto the front of the card using double sided sticky tape. I’m really sorry that I cannot remember where I got this cute school bus pocket and journal card, nor indeed which company makes them, but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use it, if you know who makes it, let me know and i’ll update the post.
For the calendar, sometimes you can buy these in shops, get freebies from banks and post offices, but I simply made my own on the computer and then printed them out. Simply make a grid or table and fill the correct dates in for each month. Click here to download and use my copy for your own use. After carefully cutting out each month, using an x-cut rotary perforator, I perforated a line across the top of each one so that Mrs Breen can easily remove each page as she moves onto the following month. Then I cut a piece of red card stock to the same width as the calendar pages, but slightly longer, and used this to fold over the top of the stack and stapled them all in place. As a quick and easy finishing touch, I stamped an apple using a Stampin’ Up rubber stamp, and layered this using circle punches and foam pads, and attached a handwritten message, cut out from a record card. The finished piece is a fun and functional, quick and quirky card which Mrs Breen can treasure all year round, and Luke can write a little thank you message on the card so Mrs Breen will always remember him.
Tomorrow I’ll post the second card which I have made which is for all the school staff, make sure to come back to see it as well.
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