Back to School Themed Pocket Letter – Creative Embellishments

Lately, I’ve been having so much fun creating and swapping pocket letters with others across the US. So, for today’s Creative Embellishments post, I incorporated elements from their September Challenge. I decided to create a Back to School themed PL for my trade partner since I was inspired by the letters, numbers, and colors in this this month’s inspo image. I did not use this as an example for the challenge though because I did not incorporate this month’s twist (stamp an image in the background of your project).

Here’s the CE September Challenge Inspo Image if you’d like to play along this month or would like to see the inspiration for my project:

Here’s what I came up with:


Close up of the top row:


1st panel:


2nd and 3rd panels:


Middle row:


1st panel:


2nd and 3rd panels:


1st panel bottom row:


2nd and 3rd panels in the bottom row:


Front of the finished pocket letter:


Back of the finished pocket letter:


Creative Embellishments products used:



Alphabet Border

Crayon Set


Wood Veneer

Simple Clock

School Set (chalkboard, ruler, pencil, apple with worm, school bus)


Tennis Ball


Music Notes

Geek Chic Glasses


Flair Buttons:

Elementary Set 3

School Days 


Be sure to check out the Creative Embellishments 20% off storewide anniversary sale! 😀


Incentive Jars – Out of this World/Awesome

My 3 youngest children attend cyber school rather than a traditional brick and mortar school. We recently had a conference with our family coach and worked on setting some personal and academic goals for the kids. I put together these incentive jars for 2 of them (I’m still working on the third) to encourage them to work on some areas that need improvement. My daughter, Madison, is working on managing her time better, so I’ve set a goal for her for when she should be done with her school work each day. If she reaches her goal, she gets to put a marble in her jar. My son, Matthew, is working on reading for enjoyment outside of the school curriculum and also working on his writing skills, so his goal is to read non school issued books and write a report, summary, or review about what he read. His jar is a bit smaller since it involves doing additional work outside of their regular school work. Once their jars are filled, they earn predetermined reward. 😀

To create these, I upcycled pill bottles from the pharmacy (I have far too many of these floating around). I painted them with Viva Maya Gold paints, which are delightfully shimmery! I then splattered white distress paint onto Matthew’s and wrapped trim around his, but wrapped lace around Madison’s. The title pieces were altered with the same Maya Gold paints, but the wood veneers were all altered using PITT markers. Here’s how they turned out:

jar top

jar front

jar Madison 1

jar Madison 2

jar Madison 3

jar Matthew 1

jar Matthew 2

jar Matthew 3

jar Matthew 4


The fabulous CE goodies I used:

school-set-set-of-36-85-600x600graduation-set-748-600x600globes wood-600x600out-of-this-world-title-648-600x600awesome-580-600x600

Every Day Card – Entry for Cardabilities #83

Now that Alex is back in school and it’s his first year of Junior High, I wanted to make him a little card to let him know we’re thinking of him and to wish him a great day…every day. 🙂 Those are my last words to him as he get on the bus each day…”I love you! Have a great day at school!”

To make the card, I used an altered bus chippy by Creative Embellishments and some gears that I snipped off of one of their steampunk corner pieces. I paired those up with ABC Primer paper by Graphic 45, topped it off with a Prima flair button and diecut strips for the sentiment. Here’s what I came up with for the Cardabilities sketch #83:

Every Day card


Creative Embellishments chipboard bus (smaller of the 2 pack) and gears
G45 ABC Primer paper
Prima flair
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze
alpha stickers from my stash
Pitt big brush markers
Sizzix die


Back to School Mini Backpack Gift Project

Need a little gift idea for your children’s first day back to school or a teacher gift? Check out this fab idea by Mary Arima for Splitcoaststampers! You can find the template and instructions for assembling this cutie project HERE. These are 3 little backpacks I made using this template (you can made adaptations to the template to suit your needs too):

Here’s a pic that shows the straps in the back:


Webster’s Pages Game On papers
Webster’s Pages Girl Land papers
Making Memories eyelets
seam binding

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