Reusing The Garden of the Good Shepherd
Even though The Garden of the Good Shepherd: A Sticker Calendar to Count the Fifty Days of Easter claims to be reusable, I have not found that to be the case…
A couple years ago, when we first used this calendar, I didn’t remove the stickers and when I went to reuse it again last year, they wouldn’t peel off the background without tearing. Then, last year, I did take the stickers off, and yet they still curled up and lost some of their stickiness.
I wasn’t too upset since I purchased a number of the calendars from LTP when they were on clearance. However, had I paid full price I would have definitely counted on the stickers being “reusable.”
This year, Charlotte and I were talking about ways to make sure the stickers could be reused in the future, and agreed that Self-Sealing Laminating Sheets would probably be the easiest.
I purchased a package of the Laminating Pouches and am very pleased with how our stickers turned out. I finally have a set of stickers that we should be able to reuse year after year!
Originally I thought I would apply the stickers to card stock and then cut them out before laminating, but decided that
would take way too much time just laminating them would make them sturdy enough.
It’s hard to see in the pictures, but I laid the stickers face down on the front sheet of laminate. Even though the sticky side was up, I didn’t have any problems peeling the protective paper off the back sheet and pressing the two sheets together.
It only took a few minutes to laminate all 50 stickers, using 3 sheets of the laminate.
They shouldn’t take too long to cut out, but so far I’ve only completed the first week. (I’m not really a procrastinator… just really busy! At least that’s what I tell myself!)
We are just using a little double sided tape to place the symbols onto our Garden poster, but if I had some Blu-Tak
I would use that instead of the tape.
If any of you have any other suggestions or advice for reusing the stickers, please feel free to share in the comment box.
Also, while typing up this post, I noticed that Amazon currently has copies of The Garden of the Good Shepherd
in stock (they keep selling out), if any of you would still like to purchase a copy.
Anyhow, we have been enjoying placing our “stickers” on the calendar each day, after reading the Bible verse, and my children are looking forward to our first Good Shepherd’s Garden Party
later this week!
Happy Easter Wednesday!!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.