We've had to do a couple farewell gifts recently. It makes me a little sad because in less than two years, it's probably going to be us being sent off.
Anyway, I have a hard time coming up with farewell gifts but this time around, my scrap stash saved the day. I ended up doing a couple of books for the people leaving.
The first one was for a friend from church - her family had to move back to Christchurch quite suddenly. She was in my Bible study group and together, we filled a little daybook with photos of us and messages to her.
I ended up just decorating the front cover as everyone's personal messages filled the inside pages.
The second gift ended up being a notebook. This was a gift for Nathan's first teacher here in Brisbane - her family is leaving for a round-the-world trip!
I bought a notebook from Kikki.K but I wasn't completely in love with the front cover so I covered it.
I cut a piece of paper slightly smaller than the front cover - I wanted it to have a nice crisp black border. Once I arranged the strips of paper (all cut from the same paper) so that it fit nicely, I stuck them down and trimmed the edges.
I adhered that whole piece to the cover with modpodge, making sure not to touch the thin border. Here's how it turned out:
Then, I took my pink crop-a-dile and punched out holes, using the holes on the cover as a guide and slipped it back into the binding.
My original plan was to make something to encompass the entire front and back covers but when I saw this little quote on the inside, I didn't want to cover it. And you'll notice the slim black border around this inside cover - I wanted to mimic that on the front.
I added a little embellishment using a bunch of travel-themed products and left the rest of the pages blank for her to fill in as they travel around the world.
Thank goodness for all the travel/adventure-themed products in my stash!