Monday, November 11, 2013

Graduation Gifts

When I go on road trips I like to take little projects with me to work on while I'm in the car.  On a recent road trip I took a project that I had been trying to get to all summer.  Believe it or not it was a couple of graduation gifts.  Yep I said gradation gifts.  I apologize, but since I did this in the car I don't have step-by-step photos, just the finished product, but I think you guys can figure it out.  I got the basic idea from Pinterest, just put my spin on it.  I had already created some art pieces that I will also share with you, but I wanted to do something with the invitations.

The first one is for a local high school graduate. 

I cut the invitation in strips then rolled each strip and inserted it into the ornament.  The invitation also included a senior portrait.  I planned to insert it inside the ornament, but I wanted it to be visible from both sides so I copied it onto vellum then cut it to fit the ornament.

Then I tied ribbon in the school colors of blue and gold on top.  The mascot is a Pirate so I also included some ribbon that had skull and cross-bones.  Cute, huh?  Guess that was a side benefit of not getting it done in the summer as planned because you can only get skull and cross-bone ribbon at Halloween!

The other one was for a college graduate.  I basically followed the same steps, minus the photograph since one wasn't included.

I also gave them each a piece of artwork I created.  I call them graduation crosses.  I wanted to create something that reminded them of the fun times and memories made of their time spent there, but I didn't want it to shout out "Auburn University" or "Fairhope High School." Hopefully it is something they will display because they want to and not because they feel obligated to. They are heavily textured and heavily glazed so that the colors are muted and not "in your face."

On the back I wrote "Let God's love guide the way."  I thought it appropriate. One would need God's love and guidance on her college journey and the other would need His love and guidance on her journey into adulthood.

And if you think about it, don't we all need to let God's love guide the way regardless of what journey we are on?


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