Just The WRITE Back To School Teacher Gift

Need a quick and highly appreciated back to school teacher gift? Hop over to Office Max ($5 off while supplies last!) and whip up this easy craft!

Just The Write Teacher Gift For Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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I’ve given many back to school teacher gifts over the years and yes, I’ve given my share of candies and sweets, but at the end of the day teachers need and want supplies for their class and for themselves. Educating a group of 20 – 30 kids needs organization!

So this year I whipped up a gift with Office Max. These are all things I use in my own office that help me to stay on top of my latest project and let’s face it… keep everything pretty in the process.

I have a few favorites by the way:

  • Sharpie Clear View Highlighters (because I color coordinate my “to do” lists once I write them out),
  • EXPO Neon Dry Erase Markers (because they work great on this clear clipboard for daily inspirational quotes… as well as on windows because my children steal them… which might be fun for teachers when they want to decorate their classrooms for a special lesson!), and
  • PaperMate Black Pearl Erasers (because I use a lot of mechanical pencils and I need a great eraser… yes… I do erase while sketching ideas {wink}

I was short on time (isn’t every mom!), but I still wanted it to be pretty so I punched out a paper tag, wrote a pun-intended note, used fun tape to attach all the “write” tools to the bottom of the clipboard… and my favorite part, added a honeycomb apple.

It’s just a mini round red honeycomb I picked up a few months back and I used the EXPO Neon green marker to draw a cute little leaf. And that stem tag is from my free back to school party collection. Make sure you download yours!

Back To School - Honeycone Apple | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So hop on over to Office Max or Office Depot and save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch). Here’s a quick link to Office Depot Rewards (use this link even if you plan to shop at Office Max.)

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy back to school!

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Clipboards, Coffee, Back To School… Oh my!

So I’ve been talking back to school around here for weeks and the big day is next Thursday… only six shorts days away. Eeek!

DIY Vinyl Clipboard & Coffee Mug | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the only way I will survive is by being organized, being motivated… and oh yea… being awesome! {wink}

So to remind myself, I created a few easy vinyl designs for my favorite coffee  canister and a simple clear plastic clipboard, using my new Cricut Explore! I love… love… love that the Explore allows me to load my own designs for free!

DIY Vinyl Lettering Clipboard | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need a few things in addition to the Explore. Let’s start with the clipboard:

  • clear clipboard
  • black vinyl
  • ruler
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)
  • sheet of white paper

Step 1 – Start a new project with the clipboard template.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 – Load a piece of ordinary white craft paper and cut your design a second time. Or, if you make your own image, print it from your computer. Place it under the clear clipboard as your guide for placing your vinyl.

DIY Vinyl Lettering for Coffee Canister | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the coffee canister. You’ll need:

  • coffee canister, preferably without a lot of contour
  • silver vinyl
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)

Step 1 – Start a new project with the canister template. Adjust the size to the dimensions of your coffee canister.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 - Carefully peel off each vinyl letter and place it on your container. Hand wash gently.

I’ll be sharing more pictures of those on my fabulous team, team #12, next week.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh… and dont’ forget… BE AWESOME! 

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Back to School – Free Printable Bookmarks

I don’t know about you, but back to school is on the brain in my house right now. My kiddos are already excited to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new backpack… I’m sure the excitement will wear off. {wink}

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Have you and your kiddos read this book? It’s super cute and perfect for back to school. It’s called Louise The Big Cheese and The Back To School Smarty Pants. It’s all about how Louise wants to get all As this year… but she has a tough teacher… or so she thinks.

back To School Free Printables | Kim Byers

So to celebrate this awesome and creative book… and the upcoming back to school season, I’ve whipped up a few free printables including these bookmarks.

To make these quick bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Free Back To School Printables {link below}
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Washi Tape

Free Back To School Printables | Kim Byers

Just trim out the design, cut a length of ribbon and attach it to the back with washi tape. Done!

Back To School Free Printables with Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And what’s more, I’ve designed other goodies like pencil toppers, and party supplies for a simple back to school party surprise. I hope you’ll hop over to my original post to see more pictures!

Download your FREE BACK TO SCHOOL party printables now!

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Back To School – Simple Apple Cupcakes

Here’s a fun way to welcome them home from the first day of school… a simple apple cupcake idea for back to school!

Back to School Apple Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

All you’ll need to decorate white iced cupcakes are: large red gumballs (I got mine from Candy Galaxy, along with a ton of other colors) and green craft paper. Just trim out a simple leaf and attach it with a drop of icing to a red gumball. Top your cupcake.

It couldn’t be easier and you’ll look like a rockstar! {wink}

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Have you seen my free back to school party printable supplies? The set includes a mini BACK TO SCHOOL cake bunting, pencil slips, I Love Bookworms and You’re A Smart Cookie tags (great for snacks and bookmarks) plus little A+ circles. Make sure you hop over and download them all to whip up your own back to school fun!

Want more ideas? Join me on Pinterest for more back to school photography, back to school party and teacher gift ideas!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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20+ Quick & Easy Back-To-School Biscuit & Scone Breakfasts

With back-to-school season just around the corner I’m trying to organize our household not only for the influx of papers, notebooks, lunchboxes… and on and on… but also by gathering quick, easy and delicious recipes to send my kiddos off every day for another day of learning.

Check out Quick & Easy Back To School Breakfasts

by Kim Wilson Byers at Foodie.com

 

Being a southern girl, my mom (sometimes my dad) and grandmother (in the summer) always made me piping hot biscuits in the morning. I’m a bit nostalgic I guess. {grin}

So I’ve collected these 20+ biscuit and scone recipes. Something I can prep the night before and whip up fresh in the morning. And there are just so many flavor combinations once you have an amazing base biscuit or scone recipe!

I’m gathering up some easy breakfast casserole ideas too. More to come or hop over to FOODIE now and start making your own board of goodies!

And while we’re on the topic of back-to-school, I’ve been talking about how to capture those fun and creative first day of school pictures, as well as sharing some FREE back-to-school party printables including a mini cake bunting. And I’ve got much more coming over the next few weeks.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Back To School Party + Free Cake Topper & Party Printables

Are you celebrating back to school this year? Whether you’re planning a big send off party or a small “HOORAY” this is going to be fun… you’ll see… {wink}, I have some fun free back to school party printables for you!

Back To School Party + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Back to school season is exciting around our house. The kids can’t wait to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks… and we always have a fun little party with some of our best friends. Just a little kickoff to the next chapter in their education.

And this year I’ve whipped up few free party printables to share with my favorite readers! The set includes:

  • Back To School cake topper
  • I love bookworms (treat toppers or bookmark)
  • You’re A Smart Cookie (treat topper or bookmark)
  • Pencil or straw slips
  • A+ buttons (great as table confetti)

Want a closer look?!

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My favorite is the mini cake bunting welcoming them back to school. So easy to assemble. Just cut out the bunting, fold over string, bakers twine or ribbon, and use a glue dot to close.

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love little happy reminders on their pencils.

Back To School Party +  Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I also like to remind them that they’re smart cookies. {wink}

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And since my youngest son’s favorite back to school treat is the gummy worm… we had to have a few book worms too. {grin}

Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s hoping you and yours stay sharp this year and have a very happy back to school season. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider – Easy After School Snack

I love having fun little after school snacks for my boys from time to time. You can’t make every afternoon of homework fun, but you can on special occasions: first day of school, after a big test, end of the quarter.

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

These Strawberry Rice Krispies Treat Sliders are super simple to make with just the right blend of sweet and fruity. I think your kiddos will love them.

We actually made banana ones too and they might have been my favorite. {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats Snack Packs
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Marshmallow Spread

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Back To School Photography – Fun with Bubble Gum

I don’t know about you… but the older my kids get the harder it is to get them to pose for good back to school pictures. I mean, they’re not super thrilled about summer ending…

Back To School Photography with Bubble Gum Fun | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So last August I tried something new. I started out the normal way (see my post about getting “no tear, no stress” back to school photos) and got some great shots… and then they got tired. So to liven them back up I decided I needed to distract them a bit. Hence, the bubble gum.

Back To School Photography | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It was amazing. There were smiles, giggles, teasing… and the photos better captured their real personalities.

Back To School Photography Ideas | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I always like to try and catch their style if I can and last year my oldest, Alex, really wanted a messenger bag instead of a backpack. I think he pulled it off well with his professor cardigan. {wink}

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Would you like these super cute signs updated for 2014-2015? Hop over to my friend Cindy at Skip To My Lou and get yours!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh yea… and get it all in pictures. {grin}

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Back To School Snack – Simple Book Rice Krispies Treats

Want to believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about back to school… I know… but you can start planning those fun parties and after school treats. {smile}

Back To School Snack - Simple Book Rice Krispies Treats | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

And it doesn’t get any easier than these simple Rice Krispies Treats with chocolate icing to make books. You could whip up their favorite subjects!

You’ll need:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (snack packs)
  • Chocolate icing
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Scissors
  1. Open the snack package.
  2. Spoon icing into a resealable bag.
  3. Snip corner.
  4. Pipe border and text book names on Treats.

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plan a classic children’s book party

Book Party Ideas | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hello again, everyone! It’s Kristie, and I’m excited to be back to share a fun birthday idea — a classic children’s book party!

My son, Kenton, was an early reader — in fact, his first word was “book.” I designed this party with him and all his little book-loving friends in mind. My design inspiration started with this bookworm owl invitation, which is part of my collection exclusively for Minted.

Playing off the owl’s glasses, I found these fun geek-chic “toy” reading glasses by Loftus. They’d make such cute party favors — and an adorable photo op.

Since we’re talking classic party, what could be more classic than cookies and milk? DIY iced alphabet cookies from designmom.com, and milk served in vintage bottles, available at dressmycupcake.com, would be perfect on your dessert table.

Stack books as creative food pedestals, and wrap them in colored paper that coordinates with your party decor (tutorial found at designmom.com). Then use pages from old books to make these adorable pinwheels for cupcakes from bhg.com.

And I couldn’t resist this smart and sophisticated little owl t-shirt from Boden!

Visit me on Minted for more invitation and stationery ideas. And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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