My mother's a strange one, Mr. Grinch. It's always a bit difficult to buy a gift for her.
I imagine there are little old Mexican women who are just as difficult. I share your pain.
In this instructable we will combine the ease of making a gift with the personality of your mother, mother figure, etc.
The details are based on my gift to my mom, a cookbook.
(This is also a great way to tribute any special person who has passed.)
Step 1: Materials.
-college ruled paper
-transparent binder pockets
-adhesive of some sort
-any decorating material
Step 2: Mend.
If you are planning on covering the binder with fabric, don't mind the color.
Step 3: Choosing an idea.
Everyone's going to have a different result with this part of the project. The easiest way to figure out the reuse of your binder is to find out what your mother, mother figure, etc. would be glad to have.
-Memory book filled with loose pictures. This idea would be great in some type of chronology, in essence, pictures depicting a timeline. Start with present time photos until you get to the tearjerkers, the baby pictures, or the other way around.
-Recipe book (the idea I'm using in this project) with special foods only the family knows. These can be hand written on lined paper or typed. Add photos or drawings of the food. Use proper cooking grammar. Tsp and tbsp are going to make a difference in the taste.
-Scrapbook is the most versatile. One may feature concert tickets, photos, and/or a combination of the two ideas earlier.
Once you've found what is the most appealing and what will provide the most opportunity, start thinking of how you'd like to execute it.
Step 4: Fill and organize.
For the cookbook I decided to take the stubs and write the recipes in fairly large print for legibility.
This can also be typed with pictures provided by the internet.
I thought it would be important to include a picture in the recipe, just in case.
Create a cover piece with your fabric or choice of material.
Photo 2: Recipes stored in a transparency pocket for the binder.
Photo 3: Organize with labels, clear and legible. and creatively.
Step 5: Packaging (optional).
I personally like the instructable in the link for easy upcycling of old gift bags. :)
I used some brown craft paper for wrapping.
Step 6: Fin.
This should be the time to write anything on the wrapping paper.
I used punch outs from the Scrap Pack by Colorbok in the photo.
There are great instructables out there specific to creative decorating, wrapping paper tricks and such.
I hope you had fun!
CUT TO BLACK. END.
The hard part is going to be waiting for my mom to open this gift!