Friday, September 07, 2007

Back to School Accessories!

Creating Back to School Accessories for your teenager by Julie Kelley, Creative Team Member

Using your digital papers and elements makes getting ready for school a snap!! Create fun accessories for backpacks and lockers in a flash... My niece is entering high school, and I wanted her to have a fun place to keep notes and pics in her locker. This is a magnetic "dry erase" board for inside her locker, and matching nametag for her backpack. Here's how I made them...
Supplies for this project:
  • Amy Teets "Little Star" kit available at and

  • Miss HuniBuni "Cardstock Alphabet" available at

  • Adobe PhotoShop Elements 4

  • Heavyweight matte paperlaminating sheets (I used the press and seal kind, but you can also use the heat laminating if you have access to a laminating machine).

  • magnets (self stick strips and round)

  • empty nametag holder

To create the magnetic locker dry erase "board" I started with an 8.5x11 blank canvas. I used some funky/grungy papers and elements by Amy Teets, and added the name using Miss HuniBuni's cardstock alpha. Once I had the elements set up the way I wanted them, I printed it on a heavyweight matte paper.

Using the press and seal laminating sheets, I carefully centered the paper and then trimmed and sealed the edges. As long as the laminating sheet is smooth, it will work great for a dry erase board, just be sure not to use the "non-glare" or matte types of laminating sheets! Use 2 self adhesive magnetic strips along the back.

Using the same kit and elements, I created a nametag. First measure the dimensions that will fit inside the nametag pouch, and open a new document with those measurements. Add the papers and elements that you'd like.

Before I printed the tag, I decided to create a few small magnets that she can use to hang pictures or notes with. I used the cardboard flower accent, and placed 6 of them on the page with the nametag (to save paper).

Cut out the flower accents, and attach to the round magnets

And there you have a wonderful set for any locker!!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Super cute idea! thanks so much for sharing. I just love it!