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Back to School: Two Cards and a Gift in One!

Need back to school card and gift ideas? @heyelsie’s got you covered on the @pinkpaislee blog today, as she shows you how you can use the new Turn The Page collection to help inspire and cheer on loved ones as the new school year approaches! #pinkpaislee #ppTurnThePage #scrapbook #BackToSchool #Card #GiftBox #Handmade #Diy

Hey everyone, it’s Elsie here! If you were anything like me as a child, the term ‘back to school’ brought equal amounts of nerves and excitement. In the last few weeks of August the nerves really started to kick in, as the uncertainty of new teachers, classes and my inner perfectionist wanting to get the best grades I possibly could, all bubbled up into dreading summer vacation ending.

4However, going back to school also meant new shoes and new stationery, so I guess it wasn’t all that bad! So for today’s post I wanted to inspire you to create cards that are fun but also encouraging, and Turn The Page is the perfect collection to strike that balance.

9This first card was inspired by Turn The Page’s gorgeous colour palette. Because I love all of the colours in the collection, I had a massive dilemma because I couldn’t narrow down which colours I wanted to use! I came up with this Caterpillar design so I could use lots of colours in one go!

2I drew this caterpillar design, converted the image into a cut file and cut out each shape with my Silhouette (I didn’t trust myself to cut out perfectly round circles by hand!). I used the ‘B’ sides of a lot of the papers because they have a lovely solid colour as their base but they also have a small and intricate pattern which adds the perfect amount of detail without being too intrusive!

10Of course I couldn’t help but stitch around the caterpillar in co-ordinating colours! I love the tactile texture this adds to my cards, it’s the perfect whimsical and handmade touch.

1112One of my favourite things about going back to school was getting a new school bag, so I decided to try and create a little backpack card/gift box all in one! I used a cut file (found here) to cut the base of the box from some white cardstock.

7I decided to go use the ‘B’ side of paper 16 as I’m obsessed with mint green! For the bag’s flaps I used both sides of paper 18. And again, I stitched around all of these pieces in coordinating thread, as it helps frame all of these individual pieces and serves as a little nod to the fabric and stitching you would see on an actual backpack!

8The ribbon pack is one of my favourite items in the Turn the Page collection and it was the perfect material to use on this project. There is a ribbon with the same floral pattern as the one I used on one of the bag’s flaps, and so I decided to use that for the straps on my bags.

Because of the dimensional nature of this paper backpack I knew it would be difficult to write a message for the recipient on it. However I riffled through the journaling tag pack and found one of the larger journaling pieces which fitted so perfectly onto the back of the backpack that it was like it was meant to be!

5I decorated it with some stickers from the sticker book and some fussy-cut butterflies. There are so many positive sentiments you can use in the Turn The Page collection, so they are especially good for a ‘back to school’ card and gift box!

1I used some chipboard pieces as faux ‘buttons’ on the flaps, and to adhere them down I used some velcro dots so the pockets could be easily opened and closed.

I wanted to include a couple of gifts on the outside and inside of the backpack. So I decided to create a keyring that the recipient could attach to their locker/house/car keys! You could personalise this to suit the person you’re giving this to, but I used two papers from the adorable 2×2 paper pads.

On one side I used a paper from the phrase book which fit perfectly in the keyring, and on the other side I used a paper from the pattern swatch book with a clear gold foil sticker sentiment. This was so simple to do, but it carries a lot of meaning.

6To fill up the backpack, I think it would be a cute idea to pop a few gifts in, like some pencils and pens, erasers, paper clips etc. any small stationery item would be perfect.

And FYI, the stamp set and memo pad from Oh My Heart can fit perfectly into this backpack which is a perfect stamp set for planning!

And once you’ve given this to the recipient I think they could use it as a cute little desk ornament and storage pot, this little paper backpack certainly packs a punch!

3I hope you’re inspired to use Turn The Page to create some fun and encouraging cards/gifts for your loved ones as they head back to school!

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One Response to "Back to School: Two Cards and a Gift in One!"

  • Angela Styles
    August 31, 2017 - 8:18 am

    Such lovely ideas and great to show off the new turn the Page collection!