Back to School!

Hello, lovely stampers!  It’s Sue here with you today, with my talented partner in crime, Ally!  And we just wanted to say that it’s the most wonderful time of the year… BACK TO SCHOOL!   (Go ahead – admit it… you have that song in your head now, don’t you? :) )

Ally and I have created some back-to-school themed projects to share with you today!

I have a dirty little secret to share – and I’m sure many of you can relate … I HATE packing lunches!  Most of the time, my kids bring home half of what I sent with them!  So I had an idea…

We sat down and made a list of their favourite foods (Mom-approved, of course!) from four basic food groups:  Grains, Protein, Dairy and Fruits/Vegetables.  Once we had about 8-10 items in each category (or more or less, if your children are more/less fussy than mine), I sat down and created this:

It’s a menu planner!  So, how does it work, you ask?

Well, when you were younger, did you ever have one of those books where each page was cut into three or four sections and you could mix and match the girl’s clothes and shoes?  Same idea!  The album, made from 6×6 pieces of chipboard, was decorated using patterned paper, cardstock and of course, myStamp BOX stamps, Funky Circles and Lots of Dots Alphas.  I then printed all of the foods from our list onto cardstock and trimmed them to 1.5″ x 6″.  A small strip of patterned paper, a stamp of colour and a quick punch with my Crop-o-dile, and voila!

Each child plans their lunch by mixing and matching the cards, ensuring a well-balanced lunch that they will eat, because they are in control of the situation! :)  I will also add some milk or water, and a small treat or extra snack to round out the lunch!

To add a little sunshine to their day, I created a little envelope from kraft paper and attached it to the inside cover:

Inside, I tucked teeny note cards that I created, using the Seal It and Itty Bittys stamp sets.

I will slip one into each of their lunches every day, to remind them how much I love them! :)

And here’s Ally…

Hello!  In order to get ready for a new grade, I thought I’d better complete a layout about my son’s first and last day of Kindergarten from last year so that’s what I did.  The journaling boxes from the “Your Story” stamp set worked perfectly to journal the details of each of my photos.

Stamp Sets Used:  Letterboxes, Mini Alpha, Fleurishing Punctuation, Your Story, Neighborhoods, & Mini Pennants

Thanks for visiting – and Happy Back-To-School! :)


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  1. Agata says:

    That lunch book is just excellent! I’ll try to keep that idea for a bit later when my kiddos are hard to please! :) Ally, you’ve “stolen” my idea! I’m about to make a layout with pics from first and last day of my son’s kindergarten. But I guess I’ll make first a layout about the first day of school… Your layout is great! So many details, love it!

  2. Janet Zeppa says:

    Wonderful projects! Too fun!!

  3. Allison says:

    OMG Sue! LOVE your lunch book idea… that IS indeed extremely clever. AWESOME!

  4. I have stamped lunch box notes before, but the book idea is brilliant! Ally, super layout!

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