Appreciation Matters! Day 6

You "Paws"itively make us "Smile"!

You “Paws”itively make us “Smile”!

When you are thinking up a fun way to express thanks individualize it to the person.  This treat here is an example of a treat made for our Educational Support Professionals (Aides) at our school.  Since it was for people at our school  I picked  blue & gold paper to craft this thank you out of since they are our school colors.  The play on the word “Paws” came about since our mascot is a Bengal Tiger and much of our school’s graphics displays paw prints.  I had found these simple bright yellow smiley face magnets and 2 of them fit very nicely in the paper pouch I made along with some scrunchies that were , yep – you guessed it yellow and blue.  Do you just love the wave of school spirit coming off of this here treat note?!?  By stamping a paw print and adding it as an accent I was then able to come up with my corny saying.  You “Paws”itively Make us “Smile”!!   Ta Dah a treat note with a double play on words!

Well, what you see here is what I call a “sour cream pouch”. They are really very easy to make – take a 3″ by 4″ piece of cardstock and fold it almost in half leaving about 1/2″ on one side to put adhesive on and then fold over.  Now you have a tube of sorts – at one end pinch it together and staple.   Put your items inside of stapled tube. Then take the other end of the tube and fold it the opposite way of the bottom and then staple there also.  I used my embellishments to cover up the staple.  I don’t know if these instructions make sense but soon I will do a little tutorial with pictures to show how to make it. I know sometimes it just helps to see it done to make sense.  This particular blog post is not so much about how to make this item as much as stressing the importance of a little Thank You cuteness!


Appreciation Matters! Day 5

"Pop"ping by to say Thank You!

“Pop”ping by to say Thank You!

Alrighty then, it is Day 5 of this series.  When I was preparing for our school’s Educational Support Professionals (Aides) Week I was in Pebbles in my Pocket trying to channel my creativity for this week of saying Thanks to some wonderful people!  I can’t say enough about spending time in this CUTE place – ideas are scattered all through the store and it really gets the “Cute” factor pumped up!  While I was there I came upon this project and the project I will be sharing tomorrow.  The design for the bag came from Pebbles but the corny saying I came up with. Popcorn sayings are among the highest used on treat notes. I have seen it used in so many ways so in this I wasn’t very original but I think the cuteness of the packaging helped it score points.

In doing this project I discovered a love for doilies – they “cute” things up very nicely.  In this case a button, and some twine didn’t hurt either, just added to the effect.  Taking some very simple elements and adding 2 or 3 of them can add up to a very cute, heartfelt Thank You!

Appreciation Matters! Day 4

You are one in a "Melon"! Thanks for planting "seeds" of healthy eating in the students of our school!

You are one in a “Melon”! Thanks for planting “seeds” of healthy eating in the students of our school!

For our Lunch Ladies Appreciation Week  I had these wooden plaques that looked like a seed packet.  I had watermelon ones so I played off of the “melon” and the idea of “seeds”.  I actually wrote the message on the back of each plaque and then put it in a cello bag with some paper scrunchies and tied with a pretty bow.  A thank you does not have to be elaborate – remember it’s the Thank You that counts.  I got these on clearance at my local craft store – keep your eyes open for things you could use for thank you’s and buy them when they are on sale.  Did you think of someone to thank – I sure hope so! And I hope your thank you is on its way to your intended receiver.!  Doesn’t it feel great to express thanks!

Appreciation Matters! Day 3

For Day  3 of Appreciation Matters let’s talk about the value of a hand written note to say Thanks!  For the final day of LunchLadies, Aides, and Janitorial Staff Appreciation Weeks I gave hand stamped Thank You cards with a personal note to each person with a $10 gift card for something I thought each person would enjoy.  For example I thought the Lunch :Ladies might enjoy a lunch out, the Aides might enjoy ice cream, etc.  But I felt that the true thanks was the personal note that specified some areas for which they were appreciated.  I know that I love specifics when I receive a thank you – I like knowing what it was that I did or said that they are thanking me for.  Cuz if it was good then I certainly want to know so I can do it again! 🙂  Some questions to ask yourself about the person you want to appreciate so you can be specific –

* Does this person do something that you have noticed that only they do? In what ways has the person made his or her approach to their work/role unique?

* When this person interacts with others, what is their attitude, their demeanor?

* Is this person enthusiastic about doing whatever it is you are thankful for? What is their attitude about their job or role?

* Any other ways this person has individualised his or her position or approach to life?

With answers to questions like these you can begin to compose a personal thank you to just about anybody, anywhere, anytime.  Think about it – do these questions fit a church leader or teacher,  how about your neighbor,,  what about the friendly lady checker at the grocery store, a friend or someone at your school?  Give it some thought and write a personal note of thanks to someone today – go ahead – I DARE you!! 🙂

Once you get in the groove of writing notes then you need to stock up on cute cards to write on and then  you can make a cute box to store them all in.  Or you could store all of the thank you’s you have received over the years in a cute box like this. Then you can go back through them and get warm fuzzies from reading them.  And saving them and reading them can help you the next time you go to compose a letter because you can see thanks through another’s voice or voices.  I believe that saving cards with kind words from others makes us want to help add a  bit of beauty & sunshine to another’s world.  And doesn’t the world need more beauty & sunshine!!

This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael's that I bought last week.  I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid.  Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!
This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael’s that I bought last week. I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid. Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!

Appreciation Matters! Day 2

For today’s appreciation idea I wanted to show how I used a paper purse diecut from Pebbles in my Pocket to hold some yummy Lindt truffles and make a cute thank you.  This thank you was for the Aides or Educational Support Professionals at our school.  They do many things and deserve our thanks as well.  So I found purses diecut in a cool measuring tape type patterned paper.  This gave me two words to play off of – purse, and measure.  The caption under the picture shows what I went with.  I added mini tags to label them individually for each person.  I think that adds to the value of the Thank You because it shows the receiver that the thanks were meant for her specifically.  Then any cuteness you can add – ribbons, twine, buttons, etc.  There you have taken time to make something beautiful to brighten someone else’s day!

"Purse"onally we love seeing all you do to help our students "measure" up

“Purse”onally we think it’s a real “treat” to watch you help our students “measure” up!!

Appreciation Matters! Day 1

One way to add beauty and sunshine to the world is to let others know you appreciate them!  And when I say Others I mean anyone who does anything that adds beauty and sunshine to your life or the lives of those you love.  At our elementary school we have MANY people to appreciate and thank for their efforts in adding to the greatness of our school.  This next week I will be posting once a day and sharing with you a fun & clever way I have appreciated some of the wonderful people at our school.  They range from lunch workers, to aides, to the janitors, etc.  The PTA at our school assigned Appreciation weeks to each group of people who help at the school e.g. Lunch Ladies Week, Educational Support Professionals Week, and Janitorial Staff Week and so on.  So day 1 of Appreciation Matters! post –

There's nothing "mini" about how we feel about you - you are A"m"azing "&" "m"arvelous!!

There’s nothing “mini” about how we feel about you – you are A”m”azing “&” “m”arvelous!!

This was made for the Lunch Ladies at our school. It was simple and fast. I used only yellow & blue m&m’s because those are our school colors.  The message was written on the back of the blue circle.  I added a white m to the blue circle to make it look like an m&m.  Any color could work, I chose according to our school colors.  The cello tubes were purchased through Stampin’ Up! but a bag for a single pretzel rod could work as well.  See how a saying and a treat can add fun to a thank you!!