Back-to-School Gift Card Holder

It is time once again to start those back-to-school projects! August has become “back-to-school month” for many children in the United States. My college-age daughter and my middle school-age son both start back on August 19. After nearly 15 years of having such an early start date for school, I have become used to it.

I have designed a gift card holder suitable for giving to your favorite student to reward hard work or good behavior, or to great teachers to honor their efforts in the classroom.


  • Grafix Arts Black Chipboard
  • Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film
  • Cardstock
  • School-themed paper and embellishments
  • Computer and printer with mirror-image capability
  • Die-cutting system and dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Vertical Gift Card Pocket, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Weathered Clock
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting System and Graphically Speaking Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, foam dots, glue pen

1. Use black chipboard to create the gift card book. Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6″x4″ for the front and back covers, and cut one piece to 6″x3/4″ for the spine.

2. Cut 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook paper in half. Place the three chipboard pieces onto the wrong side of one half-sheet of paper, making sure to allow 1/8″ space between the covers and the spine. Trim edges even. Repeat to cover the inside of the book.

3. Decorate the outside of the book in a school theme. Cut 6″ square from chipboard and different scrapbook paper; adhere together and die cut clock shape.

4. Create custom sentiments using Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film. Create a design using computer graphics program, rubber stamps, or draw something by hand. Follow manufacturer’s directions to create, print, and apply rub-ons to surfaces.

4. Decorate the inside cover.

5. Use electronic cutting system to cut file folder pages from cardstock or scrapbook paper. Decorate pages with custom rub-ons. To create custom sentiments on the computer, you must create a reverse or mirror option. If using Microsoft Word, create a mirror image by using the Word Art feature with the Rotate or Flip command.

6. Die cut gift card holder from paper; fold and adhere to one file folder page.

Grafix Arts Chipboard

Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film

Wishing you a happy back-to-school month!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

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