I can hardly believe it, but tomorrow we say "good-bye" to summer and "hello" to a new school year. It's back to classes, team sports, homework and a crazy busy schedule! I've been thinking a lot about this school year, and ways to make our schedule run more smoothly. My children so often have to do homework on the go...in the car on the way to piano, sporting events, in the orthodontist's waiting room, etc. Being in elementary school, my son, Elijah, still needs a large variety of supplies to complete his homework, and many times, when we are on the go, he doesn't have everything he needs. So I decided to assemble a Homework Kit for him, stocked with school supplies that he can use either at home or on the go.
Artist Edition 12 x 12 Notebook
8x8 Half Bracket Mixed Media Book
Fancy Pants Chipboard, Brads, Buttons & Felt Shapes
It's Your Day: Live it Up paper
It's Your Day: RSVP paper
acrylic paint (two contrasting colors)
hot glue gun
Note: I found a wooden box at Hobby Lobby to decorate, but you could use a metal or chipboard box as well. Choosing one with a handle is nice for easy portability.
1. Remove hardware from box. Lightly sand box if needed.
2. Paint portions of the box that won't be covered with patterned paper. Let dry.
3. Apply crackle medium. I applied it to just the bottom outside of the box. For bigger cracks use a thick coat of crackle medium, for smaller cracks a thin coat. Let dry.
4. Add paint over dried crackle medium in a contrasting color. Cracks will appear as the paint dries.
5. Add papers to box with liquid glue.
6. Apply sealer over the entire box, inside and out, including the portions covered with patterned paper. This will protect the box and papers as well as help the papers to stay in place.
7. Trim acrylic page (from Half Bracket Mixed Media book) to fit inside the box lid. This will serve as a dry erase board inside the box. Glue in place. Accent with a chipboard strip covered with pattered paper and ribbon.
8. Trim felt page (from Half Bracket Mixed Media book) to fit front of box. Machine stitch around felt. Decorate felt with chipboard letters and felt shapes. Use hot glue to adhere felt page to box front.
9. Reattach hardware to box.
10. Fill box with homework supplies, and don't forget a dry erase marker for the mini dry erase board.
My son loves his Homework Kit and I'm sure he'll get a lot of mileage out of it! Happy New School Year everyone!