10 Back To School Shopping Tips! {For Parents & Teachers!}

Hi friends!  Even before I had kids I would hit the back to school supply sales to stock up my own art room. Today I will share my money-saving tips to get your kids or classroom ready for the new school year!

Desk with school supplies. Studio shot on wooden background.

Watch the video to see what I recommend!

Top 10 tips!
1. Wait for the supply list from your teacher. There is no point buying things you don’t need or can’t use (no matter how good the deal is!)

2. Clear out old supplies first and determine what you have. You may still have plenty of pens, post it note and highlighters from last year that need to be used up. If you have old book bags and backpacks that you are not going to use this year but are still in great shape pass them along, same goes for outgrown sports equipment or winter gear. Those soccer cleats that no longer fit could be put to good use by another child!

3. Go refillable! My kids love mechanical pencils and you can get a few decent refillable pencils (I like these side advance ones from Dollar Tree and you get 4 for $1) and have them keep a box of refill leads in their pencil pouch to save space and trips to the store. These are the refill leads I buy. I also like to use these clear refill tapes in my desktop tape dispensers, they are very good quality.

4. If you want the best prices on consumables like glue sticks, crayons, markers and notebooks check out the back to school sales at Target, Walmart, Kmart and Staples. These “loss leaders” are designed to lure folks into the shop there but there is no law that you need to buy anything else if you don’t need it. I would stock up on these sales every year when I owned an art teaching studio.

5. Remember though that the Dollar Tree has the above items for a dollar every day so you can always “store it at the store” which might be more practical if you are just buying supplies for your own children.

6. If you need a large quantity of things like baskets and bins check out the Dollar Tree online. Our local dollar trees sell out of the good stuff quickly and they rarely have to cute colors that I see in haul and organization videos so if you are outfitting your classroom or craft room ordering the bulk supplies online will save you the hassle of going store to store in search of enough of one item.  *I think they might be out of the book bins online as I could not find them today but they were there last week 😦

7. Buy quality and buy it once! It is inconvenient to have to replace a backpack or binder halfway through the year and often times it would just be cheaper to but a quality item the first time around. I am a big fan of the zip up Case-It binders, they last really well and the one time the binder broke before that school year was done to company replaced it no questions asked. They earned my business that day! Just make sure to keep your receipt for warranty purposes or purchase it on Amazon like I did and you can access your receipt in the future if needed.

8. Make sure if you are buying a backpack that it fits everything you plan to carry. If you want to make sure it fits your binder and lunch box then bring it with you or measure it. Again, it is no bargain if it does not do the job you are buying it for.

9. Let kids pick out some supplies like binders, backpack and notebooks. They will be more excited for school if they get to choose! They can also customize their notebooks and binders with pattern duct & washi tapes and decorative paper. I used to LOVE turning old cardboard boxes and tubes into cute desktop stationary organisers and it is a fun project you can do with your child or hand over the supplies and let them go to town!

10. Find out what your kid’s classroom needs and grab a few extra if you can. Wet wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer and welcomed by most teachers who often end up purchasing these items out-of-pocket. I find the best deals on Clorox wipes are at Sams Club (there are so few in a tub of Dollar Tree wipes it is no bargain and you have the leftover tubes to recycle when done, they are a good size to keep in the car for travel clean up tho) and Amazon has the best deal on Lysol wipes. I don’t have a preference myself.

Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments! If you enjoyed this blog post please consider pinning it on Pinterest or sharing it on your favorite social media! I;ll have a fun cardmaking tutorial fro you tomorrow, til then, happy crafting!

*This post contains affiliate links to Amazon and Dollar Tree.

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Happy Back to School!

Happy back to school time friends! Here is a fun little treat you can make for the kids!

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It would also be awesome to use as a place setting at a special dinner if you cover the table with white kraft paper! Great for the kids table at any holiday! Watch the video to see just how easy it is!

Get the supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Large Shipping tag
Large unstrung merch tag
Washi tape
Bakers twine
Measuring tape ribbon 
Crayons
Heat tool

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy craft! I want to let you know that we will have a live painting class tomorrow (12:30pm ET Friday as usual) so I’ll see you then! Till next time happy crafting!

Start The School Year Off Right!

Hi Friends! All over Facebook I am seeing first day of school photos from my friends down south. Luckily up in Maine we do not go back to school until September but I am all ready with this cute homework supply caddy:

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I wanted to make a portable box of supplies that was not too big, yet would have anything my kids needed for homework. These sturdy parts bin boxes from Papermart are just the ticket. My kids can take it to their favorite homework spot then slide it on a shelf when not in use. Watch the video to see how I did it.

Video!

Supplies:
Bin box
Washi Tape
Scrapbook paper (I used designs by Crate Paper)
Scissors
1″ punch

Directions:
1. Cut paper to fit the sides and ends of the box and adhere.
2. Assemble the box. Fold one of the dividers to make a divided compartment and leave 2 compartments open.
3. Add washi tape to the edges of the box.
4. Fill with back to school supplies and homework essentials!

Items I put in the box:
Ruler
Pencils
Markers
Highlighters
rubber bands
paper clips
glue and glue sticks
safety scissors
paper re-enforces (paper donuts LOL!)
white vinyl erasers\pencil sharpener

Make sure this box is accessible on a shelf so the kids can get to it whenever they need. This easy idea will save you and your kids headaches and stress when it comes to homework. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

 

50% off today at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff!

Just a quick post to let you know everything is 50% off today only at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff!

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Here are some products you might enjoy:

Apple For Teacher SVGHalloween Doodles StampsREtro Movie Clips & CuttingHalloween Favors SVG

If you are feeling crafty be sure to check out the back to school craft I posted last night! Happy crafting!

Birthstone Challenge & Back to School!

Over at the Shabby Tea Room this week they have challenged us to make a project using our birthstone as inspiration, since mine is ruby I chose a panel of ruby stardream cardstock as my inspiration. The fact that my kids go back to school this week gave me the perfect theme. This weeks challenge is sponsored by Pink Persimmon stamps so you will want to play along and win some awesome rubber, all the stamps I used here are from Pink Persimmon:

I had lots of scraps of school themed papers and I used them to make this card and envelope. I am using a lot of photo corners lately because I just got a great Martha Stewart cut/emboss corner punch, I have been punching all of my small cardstock scraps with this and filing them away, I love the vintage flair they add!

The wagon and books is from the Little Red Wagon set (it was the first set I bought from Pink Persimmon years ago and still one of my faves!) and the ruler is rom the Hello Vintage Girl set. Love how well all of their stamps work together. Here is a look at the sets I used:

I just love back to school time, don’t you? Don’t forget to play along at the Shabby Tea Room for your chance to win some Pink Persimmon stamps! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back-2-School: Kerning

OK first a disclaimer: I am NOT caught up with my scrapbooking! I just like to scrap photos the day I take them sometimes while the moment is fresh! Here is a scrapbook page I made yesterday with photos I took yesterday as my kids went of to school:

Collage Sheet: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Apple Clip Art: LillyBimble (Mygrafico.com), Font: LD Pencil (lettering Delights), paper: Autumn Leaves

I love back to school time, I loved that new pencil box smell, new school clothes and getting back with my friends after a summer apart…of course that got old quick and I would long for lazy days by the pool LOL!

I also decided to make some backpack tags, they are so quick and fun, I used two freebies from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff: Shipping Tag template and Back to School Collage sheet. the tab on the bottom left photo was from the teacher’s helper kit. The apple clip art is from the Super fruit kit by LilyBimble and you can snag all of these goodies at MyGrafico.

Handy Stuff to Know: I want to talk a bit about kerning today, kerning is the spacing between letters in a font. Most of the time the letters you type will be just fine but sometimes if you have a font where the characters connect (like a cursive or script font) they won’t line up just right. Take a look at this example using the Font LD Pencil from Lettering Delights (that I used on the name tags and scrapbook page and it is on sale for a dollar!) and also a cursive font called Little Days:

this example was done in Paint shop pro, if you are using Microsoft word and want to adjust the kerning go to format, font and click the character spacing tab then click the spacing box and it gives you the option to condense (squish the letters together) or expand (spread them apart) play with the spacing until you like the look.

I wanted to make sure the backpack tags I made would survive the elements so I cut a slit in a 3″x5″ ATC baggie and slipped in my paper tags feeding the ribbon through the hole and sealed it shut on the bottom. I could have laminated it with packing tape too, just be sure to do that before you set your eyelet and add ribbon.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: silhouette 10 (sketch), A crafty Little Place (anything goes), Fussy and Fancy Friday, Incy Wincy, S2G , Simple Doodles and Stamp Challenges (back to School)

Also a great deal! Lettering Delights has everything on sale for a dollar but they also have  extra coupons you can use on top of that: 10% off a $10 and up purchase: TakeTen or 30% off a $25 purchase: TakeThirty That is a fantastic deal! I love the Doodlebats they sell because the cut great in my Cricut using SCAL software and you don’t need to convert them because they are ready to cut! OMG SCAL is on sale too for $59.95 regular $75. I love a good sale!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Free Collage Sheet & 30% off Sale!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” No, not Christmas, back to school time! I decided to mark the last week before school starts in my neck of the woods with a big sale, everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico is 30% off through Saturday!

I was inspired to make a back to school set using my new Teacher’s Helper SVG set, it has tabs, clips, pockets, folders and a sliding box plus 2 digital stamps all for $4! (that’s on sale for $2.80!)

Stamps, papers, diecuts: Lindsay's stamp stuff

I used a bunch of LSS kits on this set: Uptown Houndstooth and School Papers Digital Paper Packs, School Bingo Cards form School Rules Kit and of course the die cutting templates from Teacher’s Helper SVG set. There are printable templates in the kit too if you don’t have a cricut and SCAL software (BTW, I just saw on the Craft Edge website that SCAL is on sale for $59! SCAL allows you to cut SVG files AND your computer’s fonts with your Cricut machine!)

This card took minutes to make! you could also use the idea for a belated birthday card and stamp "Happy Birthday & past due" on the library card!

This box is about pencil box sized but you could make a mini slider box to fill with treats or candy!

This is jut a fun tag made from leftovers, you could use it as a book mark or a backpack ID tag (you might want to laminate it first though:) This set qualifies for the following challenges: Creative Inspirations (bookmark),  Cutie Sunday and HandStamp Creations and I Did IT creations and One Stop Craft Challenges (anything but  a card),  Double Dutch (make your own DP-Hey I designed all of the pattern paper-does that count?), Frosted Designs and Lil Red Wagon (back to school), Gingersnap creations (red and black), Incy Wincy and Lollipop crafts (buttons/bows).

Here is a look at the new sets at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff this week, remember everything in my shop is on sale for 30% off through Saturday!

And now for the free collage sheet I promised! You get an 8.5″x11″ 300dpi printable sheet of card elements! Click the pic to download, Enjoy 🙂

This week we welcome a new designer to out Team. Laurel Seabrook is a very talented crafter and we are so glad to have her on the LSS DT! Let’s see what the DT has for us today, please note all of the new projects will be live by 10am ET 🙂

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Tracy Vinson

Laurel Seabrook

Thanks for stopping by! Remember everything at Lindsay’s stamp stuff is 30% off until Saturday at midnight! Happy crafting!

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