My baby girl is now safely delivered to college. I still can’t believe it. I woke up this morning to a quiet and empty house. I have a lot of thoughts to share on that but they will have to wait until another day when I can sort them all out.
High School graduation is now only a memory at our house but I have one more post to share with you about it -our graduation announcement and a few of the gifts I put together for my daughter to remember her graduation and to send her off to college with. I wanted to give her something a little more meaningful than luggage or a new computer (although she got a computer too)
One of the gifts I gave to Tessa was this necklace that I had made by White Lilie Design etsy shop. I wanted something with a key on it. I had it personalized to say “You Hold the Key.” I wanted Tessa to know and remember that she holds the key to her life – to all the exciting, wonderful things that are to come. She has been wearing the necklace constantly since I gave it to her – I guess she likes it.
To go along with the necklace I also put a poster together, using my Creative Memories Storybook Creator software. On the poster I included all kinds of quotes I found about keys.
The poster is 16 x 20. I also gave copies of it to some of Tessa’s closest friends who were also graduating. I went to a vintage shop and bought some old skeleton keys for about $5.00 each and put them on a piece of ribbon and then tied it to the rolled up poster.
If you’d like a copy of the poster – you can download it for free here. A gift from me to you. I had it printed at Costco as a 16 x 20 poster. After it opens up on your computer, just right click on it and save it as an image to your desktop. You can then upload it to Costco. Be sure and check full resolution to download it at Costco.
I also created a digital book for her using the same software. I had made one for my daughter Cali also and it is one of my favorite books I have made. I used a poem “Did I Tell You?” by Elizabeth Knapp.
I used various pictures of Tessa that went along with the poem. I love it. Here are a few pages from it.
If you’d like to see the entire book you can go here. You will need to create a log in.
When I left her in Utah I framed this piece of art and left it on her dresser.
You can buy a copy of it here.
And there was that new MacBook Pro she got too.
I am not a big fan of those graduation announcements you can purchase from the company that does the graduation gowns etc. Just too boring and impersonal. I prefer to make my own.
One of the companies I love that does a great job with announcements and invitations is Tiny Prints. They have lots of really fun options. Here is the one Tessa chose for her announcement. It turn out beautifully!
Now I just need to get them out in the mail.
Being able to make a more personal announcement that reflects the graduates personality is so much more fun.
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