It’s Back to School Time!

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For most of you, there’s only a week left of summer until school begins again.  So I thought I would share with you some fun scholarly projects with you today.

My only son, Spencer, is going into Kindergarten this year and we had a variety of school supplies to get to start him off at school this year.  So instead of sending him with boring old looking supplies, I thought I’d make a few special more personal items just for him.


So I grabbed some fun school related papers from GCD Studios called “Schooled” to use as my inspiration.

I first created the cover for one of my son’s notebooks.  This is originally what it started off looking like.  I know… just not inspirational or fun looking at all!


And this what it became…


I used the Rough Copy Alphabet stamp set to create a name plate for the front.  I stamped all the letters so they touched each other and then cut it out all as one word.  I added some pizazz to it with some fun colour coordinating mists and my Copic airbrush system.

Then I created this cute little faux chalkboard piece… so very simple to make.  I stamped my little view of the school yard on smooth black cardstock using my Neighborhoods stamp set using white ink to make it look like chalk.  Then I created a brown mat and adhered it over the stamped image to appear just like a mini chalk board.

I also used my file tab punch and added a stamped “subject” element too using the word from the Snapshots stamp set.

I layered all the elements including a fun embossed ruler piece using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, mini book mark and my faux notebook across the front of my book.


Next I created a fun little back pack.  I thought it might make a cute little mini card holder to give to his teacher as a gift.


I used the GCD Studios lined papers for the back pack and they worked perfectly with the myStamp BOX Mini Alpha – Small Box stamps so I stamped a variety of fun school related words all over the lined papers on the front and back of the little back pack.


And finally I thought I’d make a cute little book mark for his reading books at home.  So I took the fun school themed paper scraps I had and made a fun book mark.

To add some school elements, on the front, I stamped the numbers using my Review Time stamp set.  I also used the star from the set and stamped a row of those in blue ink.  I had some small scraps of lined paper left and using my Mini Alphas – Small Box stamps to stamp a variety of school related words on the back to match his mini back pack.


So in the end, I have a fun notebook, a cute little back pack and a fun book mark for him for school next week.  I thought even if he wasn’t allowed to use that actual notebook, that I would keep it at home to either practice his printing at home or use it as a communication book between myself and his teacher.  One way or another, I have 3 fun school projects I just adored making.

Why don’t you look at your young kids school supplies and see what your stamps can do to jazz them up and make them more personal.  And get your kids to help… that will make them even more special!

Happy stampin’!


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  1. Monique says:

    Wow, super cute Ally!!! especially that notebook! TFS!

  2. evap says:

    So cute! I love the back pack! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Agata says:

    Wow! What an incredible school set!!! I’m sure your son will be very proud to have all this! So personal, no one will have anything like it! :)

  4. Jolene says:

    These are awesome! The mini chalkboard embellie is my fav.

  5. Vicki Wilson says:

    Awesome projects. The notebook is a great way to make your son feel special.

  6. jill says:

    this is SUPER cute, Allison!!!! You are such a creative gal with those stamps!!!!!

  7. TraceyT says:

    Fantastic projects!

  8. Victoria Lau says:

    Awesome Ally! Too creative! :)
    Hope the first day of kindergarten goes well!

  9. Isha says:

    This is so cute. Love those stamps, perfect for such projects. Congrats on your kids school going. I m proud too this semester as my younger one started First class. Your son will be proud to take these things along n you proud of him going to school….good luck.

  10. Michelle galloway says:

    looks great Ally! we are counting down the days for back to school!

  11. Jacquelin G says:

    These are all completely adorable! Enjoy the bittersweet time of your little one entering school. . . they grow up too fast!

  12. gisele says:

    oh Ally, such a great job with all that scrappy goodness:-))
    I love how you did his name and the chalkboard is amazingly looking like a real blackboard!
    His teacher will love the card holder I am sure:-))

  13. Cher K. says:

    These projects are all way cool Ally. They are all super super cute!

  14. Aleks says:

    This is such a sweet set! I love the faux chalkboard on the notebook. Will he be using it *at* school? Also, the card holder…thanks for showing the back because it’s SO sweet!!! Such a clever idea!

  15. Holly Morris says:

    Wow Ally! You really rocked these! I love the little backpack, and I totally want to make my own notebook now! Awesome projects! =)

  16. areeves says:

    Those are so cute Ally! What a great way to make the normal boring stuff fun!

  17. KimR says:

    OH, I hope he gets to use the notebook at school–it is soo darn cute! Just watch out, or you will end up making them for everyone! LOL Great set of projects! I am sure his teacher would love that little pouch–I always love to receive handmade gifts from students!

  18. carisa says:

    Awww, I love that! I was thinking about doing that with my daughter’s notebook as well. She also just entered kindergarten. Isn’t it fun? She’s my oldest – so this school thing is new to us, but we’re all loving it. I adore that little backpack you made. I really want to try that some time!

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