Last week I was invited to be a guest poster on Bloom. It was so fun. I thought I would share my project over here, even though Mother's day is over. This would also be a great idea for a teacher or anyone who likes to be inspired. :)
So here you go:
My mom is notorious for being really hard to buy gifts for. She always just goes and gets what she wants, when she wants it. But one thing my mother does love, is quotes. She has always been an example to me in her constant efforts to live a better life and be a better person. In her efforts to become the kind of woman she would like to be she often comes across thoughts and quotes that inspire and uplift her. Usually she takes these quotes and puts them on scraps of paper and tapes them to various surfaces in her house. Sometimes she asks me to print them off in fun fonts so she can hang on to them a bit longer. So, my solution to her desire to have these inspiring thoughts look nicer, while still being able to switch them out as her needs/ focus change is this:
An embellished clipboard where she can display her favorite thoughts. But, I didn't want to have to re-do the embellishment on the quote every time she wanted to replace it, so I came up with this:
First, you will need to make an embellished clipboard. I got a small one from Staples. I have a tutorial on how to add the paper here on my blog. Once you have your clipboard ready you will want to find and print off your quote. Make sure you leave enough white space at the top for the clip and at the bottom for the embellishment.
You are also going to need some felt, a large paper clip and a hot glue gun (not pictured). Cut the felt into your flower shapes. ( I used my Sizzix and a couple of flower dies and a butterfly die- You could just cut them free hand, or trace them and cut them out.) Layer the flowers and stitch them together with a few simple embroidery stitches. (or glue them together, whatever you like.)
Next, you will cut a piece of felt the size of the white space on the bottom of your quote. This will help you keep the flowers within the space you have set aside.
I really appreciate the opportunity to spend some time with you today. I love the feeling and the messages Anne and Emily share on their blog and I'm honored to be a part of their celebration of motherhood.