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.

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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!

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

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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!

Download your FREE BACK TO SCHOOL party printables now!

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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

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30 back to school photography ideas

30 Back To School Photography Ideas

It’s that time again! Time for first day back to school photos. I’m planning what I’m going to do with my boys this year and collected some of my favorites on my Photography for Back To School Pinterest Board. I have over 30 ideas pinned ranging from easy to seriously styled.

Here are some of my favorites starting with my shoot from last year, which includes some good tips on how to get a great shot:

  1. Grades in chalk and photography tips from The Celebration Shoppe
  2. It’s the RULE! from Best Camera For Video
  3. Peeking girl from WK Photography
  4. Apple on top from Stay This Simple
  5. All about me from The Polka Dot Cottage Photography
  6. Cheeks from Baugh Phogotraphy
  7. Shhhhh! from Ann Price Photography
  8. Stop Crying Mom! from Adventures of Bradysitting
  9. Favorites on the wall from Cherished Bliss
  10. through 30+ on my back to school photography ideas Pinterest board

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

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owl lunch box notes {free download}

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My youngest is entering first grade this year… it hurts to even write it. And to go along with a healthy lunch, I’m going to put a little note in to remind him how very much I love him!

He may hide it under his sandwich… but I’m still putting it in! {wink}

Have an older kiddo? These are perfect for big test days or for anytime your kiddo needs encouragement throughout the year. They can be used as bookmarks or even reminders in the backpack.

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Hope you like them and enjoy! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Want to get organized for back to school? Love all the fabulous ideas you’ve seen using chalkboard paint?

Every year I promise myself that I’ll get a better system for organizing the daunting amounts of paper that comes home…yeah, right! {smirk} So, I gathered these great ideas to inspire all moms in their never-ending endeavor to get organized (and stay that way!)

  • School Notes Chalkboard via Kaboose is an adorable way to leave you and your kids notes for each day (and so much cuter than my little post-it’s everywhere!)
  • Back to School Slate via Mommy Creations is a portable way to keep little ones learning.
  • Chalkboard Table via My{not so} Glamorous Life makes great place for little ones to practice early math, reading and writing skills.
  • Chalkboard Desk via The Rustic Pig will help keep all those school supplies organized for homework time. Besides, what kiddo doesn’t want to have furniture he can write on?!
  • First Day of School Sign via Who Arted will leave no doubt what year you took that photo!
  • Chalkboard Calendar via PSA Stamp Camp lets you track your students busy lives.
  • Chalkboard Clothespins via create share inspire gives every little scrap a home (and a label).
  • Back-to-School Paper Holder via Seasons Gredings gives you a labelled place to keep all those loose papers that come home daily.
  • Back-to-School Teacher Gift via Mom Endeavors is a charming way to start the school year off right.
  • Chalkboard Lunchbox via Fancy Frugal Life let’s you leave sweet notes and reminders for your little student.

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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The kiddos will be heading back to school soon! A fun way to introduce yourself to a new teacher or welcome your little kiddo off the bus, apple-inspired hot chocolate stirrer!

Hop over to my latest contributing article at Parade magazine for all the easy DIY steps and make this fun food with your family!

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

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