Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Graduation Gifts....

I've been sharing with you the graduation boards I have been busy making this summer.  Well..  I've also been busy making gifts for the graduation parties.  I love taking an inexpensive photo album and turning it into a one of a kind keepsake. 
 Here's  one of the albums I created...

Think about creating a matching gift bag for your one of a kind gift. 
It makes a great presentation.  I love using silk floweres to embellish my projects, but silk flower embellishements can get very expensive.  Check out my cost savings idea HERE...

Making a girly album is a lot of fun. 
 It gives me the opportunity to use lots of rhinestone... ribbons...
and  pretty buttons.

Oh, did I mention I also get to use some gold paint
to embellish the album!

Here's the inside of the album. 
 I had these paper flowers left over from my niece's wedding invitations.  The flowers are sold with the wedding invitation accessories at Michaels Crafts. 
They come in a large container
 and you can use them for lots of different projects.

Now I needed a gift for a boy....

Isn't this masculine paper? 
 Perfect for a boy. 

Here's a cost saving tip... Go to the local hardware store and ask if they have any  keys that have been a "mistake" when they were cutting them for customers.  They are happy to give them away.  A little black spray paint and some gold paint brushed onto the key, 
 they become the perfect embellishment. 
The best part....the cost is nothing.

Here's the inside. 
Great buttons to hold the ribbon ties onto the album.

Another girly album....

I printed the saying off on vellum paper and ripped the edges.  Just added a little bit of gold paint.  A small safty pin is attached to the ribbon. I just hot glued the metal word "FAITH" onto the pin.

Last album and this time I decided to do Black & White.
 I really liked the color combination.

I added a pretty heart charm that had rhinestones.
The ribbon ties were held on with buttons
which I glued to the albums front cover.

These albums take a little bit of work,
 but they make a wonderful gift for so many different occassions.

I'll be linking this post to the following sites....


Sueann said...

They are so wonderful!!! Absolutely stunning and such a great gift idea!!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Sherry ~
Those are so awesome !!
I love each and every detail
that you added ~
What wonderful gifts !


Heather Henderson said...

great tip on the mis-cut keys!!! I love keys, so I'll have to check that out.

Leslie said...

These are adorable! I was hoping you would link them up tomorrow to Hoo's got talent instead of Hoo are you! I love your paper! Thanks!

Diane said...

OMGosh, these are gorgeous! My fave is the one with the fleur de lis. Great & thoughtful gift.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You always do such a good job with these, Sherry! I love looking at them {and the matching gift bags you make, too}. I'll bet everyone who received one of these as a gift just loved them!

the thrifty ba said...

coming from tt...
love these and wish i was your friend so i could get one!

Gail said...

You do such beautiful work! I look forward to seeing all your creativity.

Have a wonderful day.

. said...

Stunning!! The detail you put into these are amazing!!

Anonymous said...

That is really creative, and can be made for any holiday, not just graduation. For my son's new teacher, I plan on making one! I love all of those teacher quotes, and the album could easily be decorated with those ABC foam letters or apple stickers.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! What a great gift idea!

Waseem said...

These gift work well for all gift giving occasion...Do you have some more Graduation gift that best fit the personality of the Grad?

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