Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back To School.

How many of you are on Facebook? I'm not a big "poster" but I do love to read what everyone else writes. I found the cutest pattern on there to make a sweet mini backpack. I just had to make one and share it (and the link) with you.

I went to Splitcoaststampers and printed out the tutorial and the patterns by Mary Arima. I cut out the patterns and then traced them out onto a double sided piece of 12" x 12" patterned paper. I actually made a backpack following the directions and patterns that Mary came up with and it just turned out super cute.

Here they are next to each other before the sentiments were added.

 Here is it with the sentiment added.

 However, I thought I would like the front pocket to be a bit smaller than the pattern that Mary made so I made my own pattern for those pieces on this second project.

My personal measurements for the Front Pocket are 2 1/2 inches by 3 3/4 inches. You will understand this if/when you print out Mary's template. The folds are 1/4 inch. I adjusted the Front Pocket Flap also. It is 2 1/2 inches by 3 inches with the first fold line at 1 1/4 inches and the second fold line at 1 1/2 inches. (I really just trimmed the sides of the existing pattern to fit the pocket that I made.)

I pulled out my The Tale of Peter Rabbit stamps by Beatrix Potter. I stamped out my sentiment onto cream card stock, trimmed the paper into a tag shape and then inked the edges to distress it a bit. I added a bit of twine through a the hole that I punched at the top of it. Finally I added it to the flap of the backpack with some adhesive squares.

I love how this turned out and I am sure my daughter's teacher is going to love getting it. It is the perfect size to put in a gift card or some candy or even a pack of crayons.

My kids start back to school next Monday the 27th so there has been a lot of things to do to get ready.  Tonight my BFF, Denise, and her family are flying in to stay the week.  They are coming in to help me celebrate my birthday on Friday and to have a little mini vacation before school starts.  WOO HOO!!  I can not wait!  We are do the last minute clean before they all arrive.  Luckily she is my bff so I don't really have to burn that much of a calorie! LOL  Poor Denise!! haha

Please stop back by on Friday because I am going to do a giveaway to celebrate my birthday!!  You don't want to miss out on that do you?? 

Happy Scrapping!


  1. OMG Girl these are so fun! I bet you are having a blast right now with Denise, tell her I said hi! We are back to full school mode, my poor little one has alreay had her highlighter, stapler and tape stolen from her desk! Makes me sad! I now spend my afternoons trying to remember how to do algebra, which war was where and when, why they have to know the definition, Synonym, antonym, and make a sentence for 25 words... Did we have to do this?? School lunches, clothes, and don't even get me started on the girl drama! I am seriously exhausted just listening to the two of them yap away all night long! LOL! SO the great Mom that I am allowed them to stay up late tonight to watch dance moms so I am catching up! Hope you gals have a great time and such a great way to spend your Birthday! Happy Birthday!!

  2. hoi stacy
    wat heb je een schattige rugtasjes gemaakt met erg leuk en vrolijk papier!
    groetjes van corry

  3. Ohhh, thes are just so incredibly cute!!! I have to try these as well. My DD is back in school as well and very happy about it - well first grade is pretty cool! Happy Birthday and on Friday and enjoy your special day.

  4. I did see these on facebook they are so adorable!! I don't post much on there either.
    Love how your created yours so beautiful!!
    DD starts back on Monday too! We have a end of the Summer trip planned for September to one of our favorite resorts.
    Hope you and Denise have a fabulous time!!
    Look forward to hearing all about it.
    Happy Birthday!!

  5. The backpacks are so adorable Stacy.
    Hope you and Denise have a great time .
    Happy Birthday!!

  6. Happy Birthday, Stacy!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

  7. I forgot to tell you how much I love these adorable backpacks!!! :)