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School time is approaching quickly. Are you ready? Each year I put together a simple “Welcome Back to School” gift for my children’s teachers. This year, I partnered with Pilot Pen and created a positive reinforcement notepad and pen gift set for each of the teachers. What is a positive reinforcement notepad? It’s a way for teachers to praise a child for going above and beyond expectations or for a student that is a helpful and positive addition to their community.
I designed the notepad in Illustrator. After a bit of brainstorming I decided to call it the “CAUGHT YOU” Notepad. At the top I added CAUGHT YOU in a blocky font and multiple bright colors. I added a box beneath for the teacher to fill in what they “caught” the child doing… being kind, working extra hard, helping a classmate, etc. I left plenty of space underneath so that the teacher can leave a little note as well.
The colors I chose for my notepad coordinated perfectly with the Pilot Pen FriXion pens that I purchased at Walmart in the Home Office section.
I went with the Pilot Pen FiXion because not only is it a gel ink that writes smoothly, but it is erasable! No need to stress over a mistake written in pen. SO COOL!
Plus, FriXion Clicker 3 packs are on Rollback for $4.77, or the FriXion Clicker 10 pack is on Rollback for $9.88 at Walmart, making this an affordable gift to make.
Want to make your own “Caught You” Notepad? Follow the steps below.
1. Download the “Caught You” Notepad pdf. Personal use only. Do not alter.
2. Print as many copies as you will need. I like to have at least 40 sheets in the notepad.
3. Cut the notepad printable into fourths using a paper cutter.
4. Assemble the notepad. Using binder clips, clip the notepad together at the top sides.
5. Add a thin strip of school glue along the top edge of the notepad. Rub the school glue in gently with your fingertip so that the entire top edge is covered. Add a 3rd binder clip to the top middle.
6. Allow the glue to dry. Once dry, remove the binder clips and your notepad is ready!
7. Using bakers twine or ribbon, package your Pilot Pen FriXion Gel Pen together with your DIY “Caught You” Notepad!