Back to School Themed Projects

My daughter officially survived her first week of high school last week and is now coming home with a smile on her face and TONS of stories to share about new friends, weird people, and funny things that happened throughout her day. What a relief. I could feel her tension last week. But all is well, as I knew it would be.

So with school in session and a new Close To My Heart paper line called "Scholastic" there is plenty to create for the student in your life or just for fun. You can check out all the papers in the Scholastic paper pack here. My Cards & More Club will be making these two cards and this altered book this month all made with Scholastic papers and coordinating embellishments like our new Memo Assortment.

The Happy Birthday card might look familiar if you are a regular follower of my blog. It was my Stamp of the Month Blog Hop card. You can view it here in case you missed it.

This file folder is a cut on the new Artiste Cricut cartridge, which is exclusive to Close To My Heart. It's filled with tons of 3D projects, plus great card shapes, tags, borders, an alphabet and much more.

The file folder card was cut at 5 1/2" and the liner of the card was cut 1/4" smaller.

New Harvest Baker's Twine, and there's one of those Memo Assortments I was talking about. They're great because they are thick and sturdy like a chipboard tag. Easy to stamp on, ink or layer.

I just love the library card images on the B&T paper here. The hot air balloon is also on the Artiste cartridge. What fun, eh?

The final project is an altered book. When I was first coming up with designs for my third project, I kept thinking of a composition book and how it is the quintessential back-to-school item. So for inspiration, I went to good old Pinterest and found all kinds of images of altered comp books, but nothing really lit my fire. Then I saw a photo of one cut clean in half! Now we're talking!

Off to Office Depot I went to buy my composition books. I know the ruled ones are super cheap, but I really like the graph paper ones and since I was cutting them in half, they essentially were half price! I read online that office stores can cut them for you, so all I had to do was ask and they were happy to help for only 75¢ per book. Sweet! Call me silly, but these kinds of things make me supremely happy!!

Okay, so they didn't do the best job cutting them perfectly in half, but I wasn't going to complain. 
I can adjust for my class accordingly. 

I took out my Corner Chomper and rounded off the top corner to match the bottom, then chomped the pages inside as well.

Covered it with Scholastic paper, ribbon and twine, and another Memo Assortment tag.

The Memo Assortment pack includes these epoxy number stickers too.

The new Artiste cartridge also has this great sans-serif font. I like how it looks in all lower case.

More and more to come in the next handful of weeks, so be sure to check back.

Let me know what you think of the projects, the Scholastic paper, and if your kid is back in school yet and how it's going. I'd love to hear.



  1. Fabulous! I love the sweet card and darn creative girl!

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  3. Love the composition notebook. I've always loved doing them for me, and other people. Never thought to cut them in half-BRILLANT.


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