As someone who has always loved paper crafts the whole back to school stationary buying organising thing makes my head spin - in a good way - and then when I was blessed with two little girls whose eyes boggle the same as mine do when we walk into smiggle or Kikki K back to school is very fun
Last year I battled with contact - and I didn't even blog it it was so traumatic - I remember when I was at school I used to cover my books in left over wrapping paper and plastic. So imagine my delight when I found these awesome (and cheap! ) predone plastic covers at office works - no more battling with contact and no more bratz covered books YAY
So the girls and I went through our stash of scrapping papers and I created a little label printed them out - and armed with a glue stick we now have cute as covered books.
The process is simple and for quite a few of our books we mixed and matched the front and back and I think we like those even more than the matching ones.
You need a glue stick and two sheets of 12 x 12 papers - we used GCD and Jenni Bowlin - the JB ones especially were good as they are thinner - you may struggle with something like Basic Grey- I have some more to do which I'm actually going to use brown paper for and then just add the scrapbook paper for the spines.
Cut the 3 inches off one side of each sheet - pop those aside as- they become your spines
Choose two sheets and lie them matching together and face up - run a glue stick over one of your spine pieces and attach in the middle
Use a brayer if you have one to make sure its nice and stuck - we then prepared all of our papers leaving the glue to dry well
Using a bone folder fold your paper in half and cover your book as you usually would
This size works perfectly for the traditional sized exercise books
Once its done- cut up your labels and round the corners
Then pop it in the magic sleeve -seal it up
and add it to the pile
Now for my freebie for you all
Firstly some school book labels - all you need to do is get some sticker paper - 1 sheet per A4 or else you could even just use copy paper if you are popping these in under plastic.
We've used sticker paper as they are also going on their folders and textbooks
or if the name class thing doesn't work for you - some plain school themed ones
and finally just blank ones of those of you well beyond school book covering age ;)
I used the plain school themed ones - down loaded this font from here
and added the girls names and class -changed the colour and printed.
I have printed an extra sheet for each of the girls and popped them away with the spare stationary for later in the year when we need to get extra exercise books.
Lots of options for you