It's always fun to swap a tried-and-true recipe. For the new school year, share a favorite item to put in your child's lunch, or an A+ after school snack! Here are a couple of my personal faves:
* Depending on which part of the country you live in, you may or may not have heard of a fluffernutter sandwich. Instead of peanut butter and jelly, swap the jelly for marshmallow fluff. Just as easy to make, but something new and different for kids to find when they open their lunches!
* For a sweet but healthy after school snack, try a parfait! Fill a small dish half way with vanilla or plain yogurt. Add a couple tablespoons of apple butter and top with sliced bananas. If your kids aren't banana eaters, substitute just about any other fruit!
Share your favorite snack and school lunch ideas in the comments box!
Brainstorming a gift idea for your child's new teacher? How about an inspirational project to set on his or her desk all year round?
Project by Kris Swain
You can begin by making your own cube from cardstock - cut squares 4" x 4 1/2 " so that each panel has a 1/2 " tab to adhere inside the panel next to it. Adhere all squares so that the tabs end up inside the cube and out of the way for decorating your finished cube. If you prefer not to make your own, you can find cubes of all sizes and materials at your local arts and crafts store.
Cover each side of your cube with a different paper so that each panel has a slightly different look. Kris collaged various flat and 3D stickers from the Making the Grade collection, using several of the "skinnier" stickers (crayons, pencils, etc) to frame in the teacher-inspired quotes, which she printed out on white cardstock.
Want to make one of these for your child's teacher? Here are some education quotes to get you started! "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."
-- Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." -- Mark Twain
dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes
and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp
stick called "truth." --Dan Rather
Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~Author Unknown
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~Mark Van Doren Finally...Congrats to Brenda! She's the winner of our drawing from yesterday and will receive a set of Making the Grade papers and stickers! Brenda, please email your contact info to email@example.com and put "blog winner" in the subject line! Thanks to all for posting your back to school traditions!
Whether your kids are already back in school, or you're counting down the last days of summer vacation, we're spending this week celebrating the start of the school year!
What are the back to school traditions in your household to get ready for the new school year? Do you have a favorite tradition from when you were a student yourself? Post your back to school traditions in the comments box - we'll select one lucky winner at random to receive a free set of our brand new Making the Grade collection, just in time for the school year!
You probably remember the 5 Things challenge from a couple weeks ago. This week we are back with the contestants' creations! We sent each contestant an assortment of items and they were asked to create a layout and email us the finished product! Each day we will show you how someone else used the 5 supplies in completely different ways!
Day 1 is Wendi Robinson's layout - love how she layered those rub-on frames!
Check back all week to see how other scrappers used the 5 Things to create stunning layouts!