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Back To School Pencil and Notebook Paper Inspired Ideas

Both of my boys go to schools where everything is all about technology; they do almost every class on Chromebooks and iPads! I still have old school tendencies and want them to still do 'work' with a pencil and notebook paper!


I'm over on Moms and Munchkins, feeding that urge with pencil and notebook paper inspired ideas for back to school.




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DIY Notebook Covers

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We live and breathe by our very old HP PSC 1315, from school and work projects to printing photos, it has seen many years of projects. Alas, it has reached the point where it only feeds one sheet of paper at a time…it is time for an upgrade! The HP Deskjet 3636 from Walmart is a great printer that can take the beating of our busy household.

DIY Notebook Covers with HP 3636

Coming in 3 cool colors, Vibrant Red (our color), Dragonfly Blue, Sporty Purple, it is easy to keep it simple with an affordable all-in-one printer, scanner and copier.  It has great features our old printer didn't have.  Not only do I now have wireless printing from my laptop, I can connect my smartphone directly to my printer—and easily print without accessing a network.

DIY Notebook Covers aka How To Cover A Boring Notebook

Since it can print up to twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges, I'm getting more high-quality prints and borderless photos to printables;  just what we needed, especially for getting back into school and work mode!

Speaking of which, don't send a boring notebook or composition book to school; I created a free paintbrush notebook cover you can use to turn an inexpensive pad into a fun project.  I even snuck in a bonus balloon dog print...


What You'll Need:

spiral notebook (mine measures 7" x 5") and/or composition book
paintbrush or BONUS balloon dog printable (both options you can download HERE)
white cardstock
scissors
Mod Podge
foam paintbrush
hole punch


To create the spiral bound notebook cover

1. Print the notebook cover(s) of your choice on white cardstock. If you wish to cover the back of the notebook, you'll need two per notebook.
2. Carefully remove the covers from the spiral of your notebook. Depending on the type of spiral, the hook is on the back or in the middle of the spiral to prevent snagging.
3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the front of the notebook cover(s) and position the printed cover to your liking, then smooth to adhere to the notebook cover.
4.  Set aside to dry, then trim the excess paper off the cover(s).
5.  Use the hole punch to punch out the notebook holes.
6.  Reassemble the notebook.


To create the composition book cover

1. Print the notebook cover(s) of your choice on white cardstock. If you wish to cover the back of the composition book, you'll need two per book.
2.  Trim the left/right sides of the printable so it will butt against the black trim of the comp book. You can trace the comp book onto the back of your printable and cut out or if you are like me and don't trust your tracing skills, trim after you have adhered it to the comp book.
3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the front of the comp book cover(s) and position the printed cover to your liking, then smooth to adhere to the notebook cover. To make sure the cover doesn’t curl, place a heavy book on top for an hour or so, until dry.
4.  If needed, trim the excess paper off the cover(s).


If you want to cover several notebooks, use a piece of black chalkboard tape and a white pen to label the different subjects!

Be sure and click here to check out other ways to use HP in your life!

Do you have any back to school tricks that work for you? Leave a comment, we could all use the help...

 

Linking up at Homestories A To Z


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Popcorn Snack Bags

I like party ideas that are so simple to execute and make you look like a party genius. It's back to school season and yesterday I shared some party must haves whether you are having a full-blown back to school party or playdate.  The most important party though, of any party are cute snacks.

School themed popcorn snack bags

This month's Whisker Graphics Design Team project is just that! The hardest part was trimming and attaching the periodic table washi tape to the grid straws (see yesterday's post for the sources) to make the flags for our popcorn snack bags. Filling notebook Little Bitty Bags with popcorn makes even this simple treat perfect back to school themed fun.

Popcorn snack bags for a back to school party or playdate

I know, you're welcome.

Need more school themed snack ideas? Be sure and check out my easy DIY chocolate alphabet cookies, candy bark and trail mix and even more snack ideas at our Back To School Playdate party.




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Must Haves For Your Back To School Party

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I have a stash of items that are perfect for a back to school/end of school/graduation party. Some of them are from unexpected places and probably a few you have never heard of...so, I put them all together to give you a little 'must haves' shopping guide...

Not your typical must haves for your back to school party

The best part? Many of these items can be used for other types of parties; my beakers and flasks have seen many a Halloween/mad scientist party and the table runner is perfect all year round!

Not your typical must haves for your back to school party

Not your typical must haves for your back to school party; table runner

Minted's Modern Math table runner in black | large notebook treat bags (mine are no longer at Target but here is an easy DIY version) | Whisker Graphics' notebook Little Bitty Bags | black periodic table washi tape from We The Sciencey

Back To School Snack Ideas

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When did it become August? We are just getting into our summer groove and now it's time to think about back to school! With middle and high school boys, keeping them well-fed is always a priority! They are always on the go, from early morning band practice to afterschool sports and activities.

Ghostbusters Inspired Back To School Snack Ideas

Like many parents, we have a busy schedule but I always want them to have something a little special from home.  I'm teaming up with MARS Wrigley to share two fun snack ideas inspired by this summer's blockbuster Ghostbusters; a sweet and tasty Kellogg’s Froot Loops™ popcorn bark and a post-practice energy trail mix with Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® plus a free printable you can download and use!

Ghostbusters inspired cereal snack ideas

Both snacks are easy to make and stored in white ice cream tubs to keep them fresh and ready to throw into a lunchbox, backpack or sports bag.  The best part, you can find almost everything you need at Walmart.

If You Give A Moose A Muffin-Themed Baby Shower

Remember Monday's post on decorating book plates for a book themed baby shower? Come check out the full shower inspired by If You Give A Moose A Muffin on Moms & Munchkins!

If You Give A Moose A Muffin themed baby shower

This is a great way to build baby's library for a first time mom or a repeat mom who has lots of gear and clothes...but not a lot of books that survived older siblings.




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Book Themed Baby Shower Book Plates

I haven't thrown a baby shower in a while, real or styled!  All of my friends have passed this stage of life, so I had to create a shoot to get the creative urge out.  Inspired by my boys' favorite book from back in the day, Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give A Moose A Muffin, is a great start for a book-themed baby shower where guests are invited to bring their favorite book from childhood to start baby's library.

A great activity for a book-themed baby shower, coloring book plates!

Coloring book plates is a great activity and ice breaker for your guests; I'm not a big fan of the traditional baby shower games (melted chocolate candy in a diaper??).   I jumped on the adult coloring bandwagon and designed a free book plate download to coordinate with our baby shower.  Of course, they can work for any shower theme.

Book themed baby shower book plates

Don't mind my coloring skills...it's been awhile.  Guess I should sit down and do more coloring...


Be sure and check out the full shower on Moms & Munchkins.

FREE BOOK PLATE DOWNLOAD – Download link: (click the link below to download the high-res pdf. ENJOY!)

book plate link




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Lemon Margarita Gift Box

Summertime parties are my favorite! From the picnics in the park to the backyard BBQs, it is the perfect time for getting together with family and friends.  For this month's Whisker Graphics Design Team Project, I am going to keep you getting those party invites with a Lemon Margarita Gift Box as a host/ess gift!

The perfect summer hostess gift, a Lemon Margarita Gift Box!

Bring someone tequila, they will love you forever.


What You'll Need:

Gift Tag Supplies:
large yellow tag
white and lime green cardstock sheets
sheet of vellum paper
striped paper straw
black stamp pad
blue stamp pad
scissors
double sided tape or adhesive

Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party

Summer and ice cream go hand in hand...it's perfect for every type of get-together.  When The Bakers Party Shop sent me their new Party Pastel Rainbow striped and polka dot cups, spoons and sprinkles to play with, I knew they were begging to be part of an impromptu ice cream party!  I love how you can mix and match the pieces to your heart's content! Enjoying a beautiful afternoon with ice cream and all the toppings you can think of, with minimal prep, means maximum fun!

How To Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party

Once you have a few items on hand, you will be ready to party any time! First, you need inflatable floating flamingo drink coasters from Oriental Trading; seriously, every party needs them. I added a short glass to each one for our toppings.

Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party; party table

I always have rolls of butcher paper in kraft and black paper on hand; it is the perfect stuff for table covers and backdrops.  Cover your table with black paper and a white pencil for labeling the best part...

Throw An Impromptu Ice Cream Party; toppings

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses

Champagne flutes are probably the first glasses you think of when you want to drink a little bubbly.  But if you want to rock a retro look like Daisy Buchanan, stock up on champagne coupe glasses.  Known as the ballerina of cocktail glasses, with their delicate stems and wide, shallow bowls, they can do so much more than rock a champagne tower.

Coming in a range of prices and designs, I've been looking to start my own collection, that wouldn't break the bank or my heart if I couldn't replace one (I'm talking to you, vintage sets!). Here are a few fabulous ideas for entertaining with them...

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; elevate ice cream into a fabulous dessert

I discovered CB2's Marie Coupe Cocktail Glasses on my first trip to their store in Vancouver, BC and fell in love! Not only are they très affordable but they look like their more expensive counterparts.

They are the perfect way to elevate a simple dessert of ice cream and macarons.  Sidebar, a Ladurée House is now in Vancouver; I stumbled across it on my way to CB2 and was too thrilled.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; chocolate dipped donuts

Serve another dessert like these chocolate dipped doughnuts featured on the knot...

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; displaying macarons

...or display a few macarons with Style Me Pretty.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; floral arrangements

A gorgeous way to display greenery featured on Junebug Weddings.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; floral cocktail

Since its wide bowl does not sustain carbonation as well as a flute does, a coupe is not ideal for serving dry wines but is perfect for pretty cocktails like these from Anthropologie.

Entertaining With Champagne Coupe Glasses; Cotton Candy Cocktail

A swirl of cotton candy alone is perfection; turning it into a cocktail with Lauren Conrad, heaven!




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