Alright so I have been trolling the Internet looking for a cute, creative, affordable gift for some of my fellow teachers. Now there are LOTS of great gifts, I found tons on sistersstuff and eighteen25. However, none of them fit what I wanted to create. My criteria was cute, affordable, can be made in less than 15 minutes, and could be done with materials I already have handy. I came up with this...
First thing I did was cut some cardboard that I had lying around. I cut it so that there was about 1/4'' inch on either side of a standard size post it note pad and long enough for two post it pads.
Next, I picked a sheet of scrapbook/ decorative paper, and cut it so that I had about 1/2'' inch extra on all 4 sides. This way I could wrap it around the back. Then I wrapped the cardboard. Don't worry if it doesn't cover the whole back. I cut another piece of the same paper. Make sure it is the size of the cardboard. This piece will be glued to the back to give it a clean look.
This next part is the decorative part. I cut a piece of different paper for a header, and glued it to the top. Sorry I don't have measurements. I just kind of eyeballed it. After I got all the paper glued down, I laid out the ribbon, decorative and post it notes to measure where I wanted everything to be. I played around with the layout until I was satisfied, then glued everything down. About half way down, I glued some Dots on Chocolate mini designer cut outs, I got from Creative Teaching press. I wrapped the ribbon around and I glued them down with some Glue Dots, I LOVE them. Here is what it looks like.
Next I printed the recipients name and printed on plane white paper cut it out to size and attached it with a paper clip. Then I slipped the last sheet of the note pad through the ribbon and I was done! See the final product below.