Tag Archives | Back to School

Back to School with Cricut Scoring Wheel!

It’s time to think about back to school time already! With Cricut Scoring Wheel, it’s easy to welcome teacher back from summer vacation with a cute gift!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut, but all opinions are the author’s own.]

Cricut Scoring Wheel teacher gift

The new Cricut Scoring Wheel makes it easy to make 3D items like this adorable schoolhouse box, with your Cricut Maker machine. Pair it with a small plant and a gift card holder and it makes for the perfect back to school gift for teacher!

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Silhouette | School Calendar Magnets (and Promo!)

Last week, I showed you the dry erase whiteboard that I decorated with my Silhouette Portrait for us to keep track of my daughter’s new virtual school calendar. It now hangs on the wall above the side of her desk, conveniently showing us her week at a glance.

Weekly Dry Erase Board

In addition to being a whiteboard, the board I used is magnetic. I decided to use that property – and my Silhouette and printable magnet paper – to keep the board more organized, easier to read and change, and looking neater.

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Silhouette | Back to School with a DIY Weekly Dry Erase Board

It’s time for back to school at our house next week, and so we are in full preparation mode! This year, preparation is a bit different as we are planning to enroll our daughter for the first time in virtual school as she goes into 6th grade. So instead of buying backpacks and school uniforms, we are worrying about turning her computer desk into a full-time school area at home for her.

One important part of virtual school will be keeping track of when her lessons are, to make sure that she doesn’t miss attending one and that she gets all of her hours in. So after some research I have come up with the idea of a dry erase board that can be refreshed weekly with a schedule of her lessons and activities. Regular weekly schedules are designed for office cubicles so they are expensive, small and boring. We wanted something fun, large and affordable for our new “classroom”. So I decided to make a DIY weekly dry erase board with the help of my Silhouette Portrait machine!

Weekly Dry Erase Board

The blank dry erase board is from Walmart, and cost about $8. It’s 17″ x 23″ in size, and came with a pen and two colorful magnets (it’s also a magnetic surface).

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Digital Trends | School Kits

School is starting all across the country and digital designers have been very busy making sure that we have new back-to-school kits. I’m not sure when I’ve seen this many new school collections at one time, and they are all fantastic! Let’s go take a look at just a few of the newest collections.

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet has just released two new school-themed collections, one classic bright collection and one for vintage fans. Her “School Mates Kit” includes bright primary colors and loads of fun and whimsical stickers and characters. Her “Lesson Book Kit”  includes an old schoolhouse collection of papers, flowers, frames, labels and oodles of other embellishments. Both of these kits are just part of larger collections that you can find at Designer Digitals.

School Mates Kit by Katie Pertiet

Lesson Book Kit by Katie Pertiet

The Lilypad

At The Lilypad, Lauren Grier has released a fun new kit called “Wake Up!” (our least favorite part of back to school, right?) that includes over 20 papers and lots of fun word art and embellishments.

Wake Up! by Lauren Grier

Two Peas In A Bucket

Baers Garten Designs has released two new back-to-school collections at Two Peas In A Bucket. The “It’s Elementary” Collection includes papers, elements, quick pages, and alphabets. It also includes a gorgeous set of vintage alphabet cards. The “Days of School” collection also includes papers, elements and alphabets with a vintage theme.

It’s Elementary Vintage Cards by Baers Garten Designs

Days of School by Baers Garten


At Oscraps, Charlize Creations also has two new school-themed collections. The “School Sweethearts Kit” includes 10 papers, alphabets and numbers, and almost 50 embellishments in a lovely palette of soft hues. The “Little Bookworm Kit” uses brighter colors and includes 10 papers, an alphabet and almost 60 embellishments. As with the Designer Digitals and Two Peas kits, these kits are just part of a much larger collection.

School Sweethearts Kit by Charlize Creations

Little Bookworm Kit by Charlize Creations

And there you are – there are so many fun and creative school-themed products available right now in the digital world.  I can’t wait to see layouts made with these in all the galleries!

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Layout | Back 2 School

On Tuesday I showed you my back to school kit, and today I’m back to share a layout I made with it – my first layout of the new school year!

At first glance, I wasn’t sure how I could make the papers of this kit work for the bold colors in my photos. After a few minutes it became clear to me that I needed to play up the yellows, kraft, and brown of the kit for this page. Because I designed my kit with all double-sided patterned papers this meant that I had a lot of options to play with! By combining some of my favorite bits, I really like how this turned out.

Supplies (from kit):
Kraft cardstock (Bazzill)
Lost & Found 2 Sunshine – Forever Classified patterned paper(My Mind’s Eye)
Lost & Found 2 Rosy Ordinary brads (My Mind’s Eye)
Finally Fall – Quadrants (Bella Blvd)
Finally Fall – At the Patch patterned paper (Bella Blvd)
Finally Fall Alpha + Bits Sticker Sheet (Bella Blvd)
Sunshine Broadcast – Kindle patterned paper (Sassafrass Lass)
Uncommon Petite type circles alphabet stickers (Authentique)
Blissful – Prosperity patterned paper (Authentique)
Inkssentials Kraft tags (Ranger)

Additional items used:
white thread
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade (Ranger)
black pen
Souffle 3D Puffy Ink pen in white (Sakura)


With just utilizing bits and pieces of this kit, and by only adding in a pen, some ink, and a little thread,  I love how this page turned out. Here is a simplified sketch version of my page. All you need is two 4×6 photos for this design, and you could easily rotate the sketch if you have landscape oriented photos.


Next up, I want to be sure to capture some of my kids favorites, what they’re into right now, and things they are liking about school. Then in future years, I will do the same so that each fall I have a new layout to add, and notes on what they were like and liking to compare from year to year.

If you have kids (or grandkids, or even your  own school journey) to scrapbook, what school themed pages are your favorites? I invite you to share – and wish you happy crafting.

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