TOFW Books

These were our TOFW books that I made for each of my sisters & niece.
Time Out For Women (TOFW) is a SUPER AWESOME women's conference put on by Deseret Book. We all went to one in Boise back in 2009 and we had so much fun.
Can't wait for the next one!!

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm a really good copier, but I do try to give credit where credit is due.

This book idea was from my awesome, uber talented friend Tiffany.
Here is the book she made for me back in 2008 & I used it as my guide.

I used chipboard letters & covered them with paper (using my Xyron, which I LOVE) for the title on my cover. Then I used pop up foam stickers behind the f to add even more dimension to the cover.

Something you need to know about me is that I love flowers!
For the cover I wanted my flowers on the edge of the book, so I cut & layered three different flowers & attached them with glue dots.

  This book was made with a bunch of different papers:

I created a pocket on the inside cover to save the program & tickets as souvenirs.
As you can see, this was a direct copy of the book Tiffany made.
She did tell me that it was the highest form of flattery to have someone copy the things you make, but she may have changed her mind after knowing me for the last couple of years ;)

The theme of the conference was "Sweet Assurance" so I thought it would be neat to have the definition of assurance to the inside cover.

  Did I mention that I like flowers? You can't see it so good in this picture, but this flower also has glitter--another LOVE of mine.

  I created a 2 page spread for each speaker at the conference, so we could take notes & remember the things we learned. For each speaker, I made a label & tag with the speaker's name on it.

  For the edges of each page, I created a paper border with coordinating paper, using this cool Eyelet Border Paper Punch from Stampin Up!

  Because I created this book with black cardstock, I had to cover each page with white cardstock, so you could actually write on the pages. I would probably use white cardstock for the inside pages next time.

  For some of the corners of pages, I used stamps to dress up the page. This is another Stampin Up! item--a swirl stamp from the Baroque Motifs stamp set.

  For the tabs of the pages, I used this Round Tab Punch, again from Stampin Up! & then printed the names on white cardstock.

  I added a few pages of decorative paper so we could add pictures of the event, after the fact. As you can see, I still need to add my pictures. I better get on that :) The stamps on this page are from the same set I listed earlier, Baroque Motifs Stamp Set. The cool thing is that Stampin Up! now offers a Digital Download of this set.

  For each book I created, I used different punches for the labels. For this book, Tiffany let me borrow her Stampin Up! Decorative Label punch. See, not only did I copy her, but she let me borrow all her stuff! I should take this opportunity to tell you, that Tiffany basically ROCKS!! (Oh yeah & she recently moved away & I miss her like crazy!)

  As you can see in this picture, I inked the edge of the paper. I did this every where that I could in this book because I love the finished look that inking edges gives.

  I used a different coordinating paper for every page, so there would be some variety.

  I also tried to make sure that the labels & tabs were a different paper than the page they were attached to, so they would coordinate instead of match.

  Can you tell I have a friend who sells Stampin Up! & that I love their stamps? I LOVE circles almost as much as I love flowers. This set is called, Picotine.

  I wanted to change it up a bit, so I added ribbon to some of the pages instead of tabs. These ribbons are attached in between the cardstock pages with glue dots.

  I wanted to have a clear page in the book too, so I created these pages for pictures. I borrowed the Zutter Bind-It-All version 1 from my awesome friend Becky to create this book & as you can see, it even punches through plastic. Since using that too, I just had to buy my own & I was glad when Zutter came out with this, Bind-it-All Version 2.0.

  I added paper, rub-ons & ribbon to my clear page.
  I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch these holes in the plastic.

  This flower stamp is also part of the Baroque Motifs Stamp set from Stampin Up!

Another ribbon tab easily made by stapling a piece of ribbon to the edge of the page.

  Another decorative page with a quote relating to the theme of the event. I printed this quote onto a printable transparency & attached it with brads.

  This is a pre-made fabric tab that I had in my stash of supplies.

  Sometimes it's hard to think of ways to change things up. For this page, I decided to change the direction of the quote. This quote is also printed this onto a printable transparency & attached it with glue dots. Since you could see the glue dots through the transparency, I decided to cover the glue dots with these cute little pink plastic embellishments I had in my stash. I think they are little plastic beads that go in vases of floral arrangements & you find them in the floral department.

  Again I used my Xyron to attach paper to this chipboard embellishment.

  More flowers & glitter, but this time it's glittery paper. I used a flower for the tab of this page by attaching it between the pages. This is another page for pictures.

  In the back of each book I created tags so that we could write notes to each other. Another Tiffany idea.

  This was really fun for me because it gave us the chance to share what we loved about each other. Also, these are words we can go back to & read when we need that extra "pick me up".
Not sure where I got this cute ribbon charm, but it's so cute with it's rhinstone sparkliness! Is that even a word?

  On the back I added this cool upc like rub-on just for fun.
I absolutely LOVE this Heidi Swapp paper!!

I tied a lot of ribbon to the spine just to make it even more pretty. This is the longest post ever & you're probably tired out now. A friend of mine called me yesterday asking me about this project, so I thought I might as well post it to share with all of you. This book doesn't have to be made for a conference, but you could make something similar as a gift for many different occastions: a teacher appreciation gift, a wedding gift, a birthday gift, a memory book, and the list goes on and on! I made a total of 9 of these books, so I might have to share more pictures of the others another time. Hope this was helpful and I'd love to see what you create using this idea.
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April PTO Teacher Spotlight Bulletin Board

For April I just had to do something with an Easter bunny & Easter eggs.

So this is what I came up with--Easter baskets, filled with Easter eggs.
The eggs list all the "get to know me" things about each teacher.
I had the pictures with frames behind them, but the teachers kept adding pictures (which is totally fine, but the reason they don't have the cute frames).

It's kinda hard to see Mr. bunny, but he's still cute.

Here's one of the baskets close up.

  This is my favorite part of the bulletin board--the grass. I just think it's so fun.

  Here is the whole board. I should have taken pictures when I was first finished, so there wouldn't be all the things in front of the bulletin board, but I forgot to bring my camera with me.
Also, the paperclips hanging at the top of the board are not part of my decor, but a contest to see if a class can reach them to the front of the school by earning each paperclip. Anyway, you get the view with the table full of art in front of the board :)



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