Sunday, May 29, 2011

Teacher Thank You Cards--Digi-Hybrid

It's hard to believe that summer is almost here!  If you are like me, at this time of year you may find yourself making a bunch of thank you cards for your child's teachers.  These days, most kids have more than one teacher.  In addition to the regular classroom teachers, there are specialists (like the music teacher and the art teacher) and perhaps also coaches, Sunday school teachers, scout leaders, etc, who all deserve our thanks for their hard work.  Using digital tools can really help streamline the process of making so many cards.  And digital crafting is by its very nature green, because it reduces waste: it leaves you with no scraps, no spent adhesive backing, etc.

Don't worry--going digital does not have to be difficult.  I created my thank you cards without any complicated software; I just used my regular photo-management program.  Here are some ideas to get you started on trying your own digi-hybrid cards.  Begin with a photo of your child's school.  It could be a photo of the building itself, a photo of the kids doing some group activity, or just a shot of an interesting feature of student life.  In this case, I chose a photo of the school flagpole with pretty spring blossoms, which you can see at the top of this post.

In your photo-editing program, add some text and a colorful border to your photo.  Print as many copies of the photo as you will need.  Adhere the photos to card bases, add handwritten sentiments below the photos, and have your child write a personal message for each teacher inside the cards.

Supplies:  Yours Truly card base, Zig pen, digiKam software, 3M adhesive

That's it!  Enjoy the last few days of spring, because summer will be here before you know it.

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