Back to School Blog Hop

If you missed us yesterday…welcome to the Back to School Blog Hop!  We are so glad you are joining us!! If you are here again–hop through anyway, and make sure you didn’t miss anything!  There are 10 other FABULOUS blogs on the hop with tons to see and learn…and of course… you can still enter to win some awesome BLOG CANDY!

I also wanted to tell you about another Back to School Blog Hop going on today and for the next 4 days! 🙂 These 5 awesome ladies (Georgiana, Dorcas, Cheryl, Jen and Carri) will have a different project for you, for 5 days–that means 25 projects!! 🙂 You can start that blog hop with  Georgiana at Carson’s Cricut Creations

Okay– Sit back, get your mouse clicking finger ready–and HAVE FUN!

Being a “retired” teacher–I have always been excited for school to start–but, this will be the first year I am actually sending one of my babies to school-so, it is extra-special for me!!

In preparing for school- a big chore has been finding the “RIGHT” backpack.  You wouldn’t think this would be a difficult decision for a 5 year old, but I guess it is hard to choose between characters, or patterns and colors.

We have not found the PERFECT backpack yet–so, I thought it would be fun to make my daughter a mini-album in the shape of a backpack in celebration of this BIG EVENT in her life!

The front of the backpack

Side view

Backpack including ribbon straps

The front flap opens to reveal two hidden pockets

The first pocket has, crayons cut from A Child’s Year– and a Crayon box using a welded rectangle and circle.  I also used the gel pen kit to write CRAYOLA across the box of crayons.

The second pocket, has an Apple for the Teacher :)
When you open the Big Flap, the rest of the album can be seen, starting with this first page- A Cut Above the Rest sentiment comes from Pink by Design, Simply Everything Stamp set, and the Scissors come from Dreams Come True cartridge. The 2nd page says Back to School, and is from the Designer’s Calendar Cartridge The 3rd page, has an A + cut  can be made from any font cartridge, and the sentiment: You make the Grade is also from the Simply Everything Stamp set.
The last page, has the school bus from Doodlecharms, and Kindergarten is written out using those handy little gel pens!



Before you HOP AWAY, be sure to be a follower and leave a comment below– to be entered into a drawing for Pink By Design Country Living Stamps! During the blog hop, (Saturday and Sunday) all of the PINK BY Design Stamp sets are 15% off, and an extra 10% off for followers.  If you are a new follower, you will need this MAGIC CODE:  OEJOLV8IQF6Z

and also be sure to comment on everyone’s blog–because for each blog you comment on, you will be entered into the drawing for the Happy Hauntings Cartridge–generously donated by Memory Miser

Okay, now that you’ve entered for the yummy Blog Candy–here are the rest of the blogs on the Trail!!  I think you will love all of them!! Have fun!! 🙂

Amanda at Cricut Creations by Amkscrap

Cheryl at Nana’s Creative Corner

Joy at Joy’s Life

Trish at 1/3 Chicklet

Kerry at Momma K Crafts

Tangee at Kricut Krazy

Momo at Made by Momo

Stephanie at Always Crafting

Rosy at Sweet Delights

Ashley at Her Creative Path

416 thoughts on “Back to School Blog Hop

  1. This is such a cute idea I just love it and it could be done for the first day of school for each year and the colors and fads of that year would be great



  2. Oh my gosh, that is too cute. I cant believe all the details. Makes me want to be going back to school. Great job. If this is any clue to the rest of the blog hop, oh my gosh.

  3. This is soooo cute.I am looking for ideas to make for my kids in Church for back to school inspiration.Thanks for all of your great work.

  4. This is adorable, my kids are grown but thinking about the grandkids and nephews. With school colors this would be a great gift. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Leigh Ann

  5. it’s finally here the BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP I could not sleep last night just thinking about this hop… I can wait to meet all your blog hop pals and what the created.

    Since I live in PST I starting at just the right time for this blog..LOL

    Your backpack book project is simply awesome and I sure you’ll fill it with wonderful memories of your daughter first day of school…

    The Scrapbooking Queen

  6. I just love this! So cute! My daughter who is 6 would love it. You are not alone in the search for the perfect backpack. We still have not found hers yet!

  7. I absolutely ADORE that backpack!! My daughter will be in 1st grade this year and I still have to scrap all those pictures from last year when I was a mess about my daughter going into kindergarten 🙂 TFS!!! ~Tara

  8. This is an amazing project. I love all the details you have put “into” it. I can’t believe how long its been since my little “big” ones started their first day of school. Fabulous creation. Can’t wait to see the other hops.

  9. Love the backpack it is a cute idea and something fun I can make with my kids. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!! 🙂

  10. Aww, I sent the kids on with the hubbs to the trails and horses to stay home and hang out here! Thats a great way to make her first day special, Great choice of paper too! Congrats on your babys new “first”!

  11. Sarah, your backpack album is adorable! It’s just perfect for those first day of school pictures celebrating this milestone for your little one. Of course I’m a follower, and am looking forward to the rest of this hop!


  12. sarah that was sooo adorable. i wish i would have known about that 14 yrs ago, when my son went to kindergarten. lol but i really loved it. i have to say ur mind is sooo creative. ty for that idea. it would make a gr8 teacher gift if u change the pages inside a little. xoxo

  13. That is so cute. My son just got a dinosaur backpack for school. He loves it. He is 2. I just mace a mini album inspired from all my blog reading. I need to opting out your instructions and save them so I can start a project idea book. Keep ghe great projects coming. Hopefully I can finish setting up my craft room.

  14. I think this is adorable and glad you put the directions separate.Great job on this one.
    I am a follower and am thrilled to have a chance to win

  15. This is super cute! I LOVE it! We are starting a scrapbooking club at school this year with 3rd – 5th graders and the girls will really want to make this.


  16. Wonderful idea Sarah! So adorable. Good luck on the perfect backpack hunt. I got Owen’s from ll bean. Great packs and on sale right now!

  17. Awesome idea, I’ll have to try this one since my daughter is starting kindergarten this year. Thank you for the fabulous idea and directions.

  18. I really like this and think that this would be a cute project to do with my students. That’s if I land a job when we move to Roanoke this month. Thanks for sharing.


  19. This is a really cute idea. I’d like to use it with my students if I land a job in Roanoke when we move this month. Thanks for sharing.


  20. Absolutely love this idea. I have a little guy who is starting 4K this year and this would be such a cool gift to give him. Thanks for sharing and hosting the blog hop.

    brookstenjem at hotmail dot com

  21. I love the backpack album idea! A great easy and quick way to preserve a really important memory! Also I love the “A cut above the rest” makes me think Joanns.

  22. I love the backpack. I have a five year old heading to kindergarten too. (I am so nervous) The mini backpack album will be great for his kindergarten album.. Thanks for the idea.

  23. Love, Love, Love this idea! Fantastic! I’m going to attempt this for my kids! Hope mine turn out just as fab as yours! Thanks!

  24. You know that you have set a challenge now– your daughter is going to want a backpack that looks exactly like the one mommy made. Good luck in finding it : )

  25. This backpack mini album is adorable! I am sure you little one will LOVE it! (how could she not!!) Thanks for including instructions! Off I go on the rest of the hop!

  26. What an AMAZING project Sarah!! It turned out so CUTE! I may just have to try to make one of these for my little girl going into preschool this year!
    Thanks for the chance to win and the awesome project!!

  27. Just finished visiting each of the gals participating on today’s bloghop. Will have to go back to the gal in NY as she did not have her blog updated as yet. Hope she is ok; I know its been incredibly hot and miserable for so many! Thanks for organizing this. Even though I have no school-age children, the ideas and inspirations received from everyone today just started my weekend out on the right foot! I’m off to my crafting table, as soon as I get my next drink! Wahoo and happy weekend! Kelly

  28. WOW, just love the backpack. This is going to be a fast blog hop, need to hit the gym at 9 🙂 I will have to try and make this one 🙂 I am already a follower, do I need to do again 🙂

  29. How cute is that?! My granddaughter is off to “school” (Mother’s Day Out really) this year and we got her a matching monogrammed backpack and lunch pail from the Pottery Barn Kids – too cute. Now I’m going to have to make her a backpack mini album to match!

  30. I love the backpack! Wow so much detail and thanks so much for the organized instructions. i used to teach 5th grade so this reminds me of the good ol’ days!

    thanks for the chance to win! i am now a follower.


  31. What a sweet idea Sarah – inspiring! Thanks for hosting a great blog hop – I love hopping. And, thanks for a chance to win some awesome blog candy! I love your stamps.
    annekinn at yahoo dot com

  32. I love that backpack, I think I’m going to have to try and put that together. I have to start getting my 11 year old ready for school, she is going into 6th grade. I hate that’s she’s growing up so quickly. Thank you for the opportunity for this great hop. Time to move off down the trail.

  33. This is such a great idea! My oldest is gonna be 5th grader this year this would be great for her as its her last year in primary school before she starts middle( where has time gone?) youngest is 18 months so thankful he makes me feel young lol.

  34. I love the little bck pack, I have 3 grand daughter that will be starting back to school in Sept. ( we start later in Canada) So I have lots of time to make these. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at the blog candy.

  35. Wow this backpack is so adorable. The first day of school will be a long one. Good luck to you and your baby. Thank you for a chance to win great blog candy

  36. This was soo cute … the blogs i got out of this are wonderful …. this is such a cool idea … WOW …. thanks autumn

  37. Thanks for the instructions…love the backpack. Can’t wait to try and make one!! Thanks also for this amazing blog hop!

  38. I make a gift for my kid’s teacher at the end of every school year and finding something different every year has been a challenge. This would be perfect, thanks so much for sharing.

  39. You did an awesome job on the backpack. So cute. I think I want to make them for my boys. Thanks for the idea and the blog hop.

  40. Sarah this paper backpack is amazing, I am in awe!
    I have just ‘blog hopped’ back to your site and want to thank you for hosting this. Everyones projects were inspiring and although I don’t have school children I did pick up a few ideas for Christmas gifts, the blog candy is a bonus. Thank you again for sharing your time, talent and generosity. Have a great wkend.

  41. Love the backpack its so cute i might need to make one for when my son goes to school in another year (pout pout). Thanks so much for sharing and the wonderful candy:)

  42. I have been waiting and waiting for this HOP. Since I have a son in school, and it is super hard to find ideas that work for girls AND boys, I am looking forward to what you and your friends have for us!
    Can’t wait to see the rest!! Oh, and I have my coffee right next to me!
    Theresa99 🙂

  43. Love the back pack! Almost makes me want to have a little child again–ALMOST! I always enjoy your blog, and am so excited to be hopping with you…maybe next time, I’ll join in! Thanks for the generous blog candy! Blessings!

  44. WOWWOWOWOW! That back pack is so cute. What a treasure! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    First time to your blog. What a wonderful blog.
    Thanks again, Marilyn

  45. Your backpack is unbelievably AWESOME! That is the neatest thing I’ve seen. I am going to have to do one of these! Thanks for showing. I became a Follower! 😀

  46. This a really great project and I love your into made me laugh. Thank goodness I finshed my coffee lol. Have a great day and good luck finding a back bag.

  47. Love it!! I have one sons entering 2nd grade and one entering kindergarten, so this little pack will be something on the “before school starts” list! TFS, Cheryl (

  48. What an awesome backpack! So very creative and just darling. Thanks for the blog hop! I needed that cup of coffee:o)

  49. I got up this morning thinking hmmm what I am going to do today before my girlfriend and her family drives in from Vegas and then I found your blog hop from MOMO’s blog!!!! I have my cup of coffee and I am off to see everyone’s project. I love the backpack that you made. It’s so cute!! XOXO, Julie. :0)

  50. I really like the backpack. I think I will make it for my nieces for their return to school. It would give them a nice place to keep memories of the school year.

  51. Love your little album. I am definitely going to have to save your directions —have three friends with children starting school next Sept.. Thank goodness I have a year to get them done!

    Thank you for sharing with us and for setting up this hop. I sure hope I get the chance to win some candy.

  52. Lovin’ the backpack mini album 🙂 I haven’t made a mini yet and this looks like a great one to make. Good luck on your search for the perfect backpack.

  53. Love Love the backpack mini..what a great idea..Sending your first to school is a little heartbreaking..but as well fun and necessary 🙂 Thanks for sharing this project, the chance to win blog candy and hooking me up with all these other great blogs…Good Luck everyone on winning the goodies.

  54. What a fun little project to make! I am also a teacher! But will be heading back to school on September 5th! Although I am still enjoying my summer. I am looking forward to playing along! I have always over going back to school! Probably the reason I became a teacher! Lol!

  55. wow! that is an extremely cute project…my DGD is starting K1 this year. I’m going to try to make a backpack for her (well, really for her mom & dad). Thank you so much for a great idea.
    Cyndie Straten

  56. Love that backpack, how totally talented, maybe someday I will learn how to create as beautifully. Thanks for the hop….

  57. So let’s be honest… this is a cute project… Means I am going to have to raise my game if I want to compete with the Pro’s


  58. Wonderful idea………I don’t have any little ones going off to school but this is an idea I am going to share with some frinds of mine to come and check you out!

  59. Extremely Cute, I have two boys ready to go back too, and A lil girl who I need back at PDO so I can scrap again.

    Doing the Blog HOP

  60. What a cute idea. Another one to put away in the try it sometime soon folder.


    Keep Kreating,
    SpantastiKreations at yahoo dot com

  61. This is awesome. Wish I had time to make one right now but am filing the directions. I’m busy preparing my classroom and two weeks from now I take my own kids shopping for backpacks…Urghhhhh! How well I remember it from last year…LOL

  62. Wow!! I love the backpack mini you made. It is so amazing!! Your daughter is going to love it!! I’m a teacher and my first day of school was this past Wednesday. The students first day was Friday. It was a great day but it’s going to take some time getting used to going back to work after Summer break. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations with us. Take care, Jenny L 🙂

  63. This is absolutely adorable! Thank you for directions (as I usually need the extra help) I know your daughter loves it!!

  64. I love the backpack idea and I wish I had just some of the talent to make that. I am fairly to Cricut and so want to learn more! Wishing your daughter a fantastic time at school this year!

  65. Hi, I’ve finished the Hop! Thank you for hosting this .it was great fun and the inspiration I needed …now off to my craftroom I go! I posted as lilygirl,ColleenSigurdson1(same as on cricut messageboard) and laysig…my e-mail is Thank you Colleen

  66. This is my first blog hop what fun. Love your project very talented retired teacher, Thnaks for the inspiration!

  67. Wow that little backpack brought back memories. My kids are heading for High school this year. One a senior and the other his first year of high school. I don’t think he would like the little backpack album, but what great memories it brought back. Looking forward to the rest of the blog hop.

  68. I’m going to give you a A+ for that project! I loved every page and appreciate you giving the directions….:O) I’ll be back to get the information. Meanwhile I’m going to go down the blog hop trail!

    (PS – Good Luck to your little one finding just the ‘right’ back pack.)

  69. That mini album is so cutie patootie! I love that idea. What a neat idea to make for some teachers to use as giveaways for their students. Thanks for the directions and the opportunity to win.

  70. Sorry to leave a second comment. I went through the entire blog hop, but I am unable to access and leave a comment on Rosy’s blog. I tried contacting her via Facebook to let her know of the problem. There is a note now on her blog regarding the issue. I just wanted to be entered in the Cartridge drawing.

    Thanks so much. The blog hop was a lot of fun.


  71. I just love this!! Too wonderful!! I am so going to make one for my princess, because we to are going throught the same thing with her backpack…

  72. WOW…that backpack is so stinkin adorable!!! I gasped when I saw it =)
    thanks for including the instructions…I put them in my favorites and cant wait to come back and try to make one!!!!

    Thanks for doing the bloghop!!!!!!

  73. I love you little backpack. I’m very excited about school starting this year. My 5 year old will be starting Kinder on the 23rd. I can’t believe that he is already in kindergarten.

  74. What a fabulous Blog Hop! This is the first one I have ever done, and I had so much fun! I got inspired with many diffeernt projecs, an dI look forward to visitng ese blogs more in the very near future!

  75. This is such a cute and fun looking project. I dont have children but I know that my niece would def love this. I will make this a proj for us to make together.
    Jess M.

  76. wow! what a cute backpack!! I’m sure she will love it! Good luck on the first day of school for both of you!!

  77. I LOVE your backpack! Being a teacher, I’m torn between liking going back to school and not yet ready to go back.

    Thanks for sharing how to make one! I can’t wait to give it a try!


  78. Me encantan tus sellos, espero pronto porder comprarlos en Colombia!!!! Cuando termine el mini te lo envio!!!

  79. Enjoy your little one’s school years. My little one (25 yrs!!)starts a brand new job Monday. Kinda feels like a new school year!!

  80. Wow!! That backpack mini album is amazing!! Impressed by all your hard work.

    I am a follower.

    Thanks for the opportunity and inspiration,
    DonnaCMC at optonline dot net

  81. Oh my goodness. This is the cutest project!! When I am done the blog hop I am coming back to check out the more detailed instructions. I smell a scraplift coming on!!!! Thanks for the inspirational project. Love your blog!!

  82. Hey Sarah…. I did post but can’t figure out where it went. So if it comes up twice, I do apologize. Just wanted you know that. (Maybe I posted on a different comment?)

  83. The backpack is really cute. My daughter is in college to be an elementary teacher. I may make her one:) Thanks for the inspiration.

  84. Awesome blog…Thank you so much for the backpack idea…That is wonderful…
    thank you also for the chance to win some fabulous blog candy….
    I tried to copy the code for your button but it wouldn’t let me….. Can you email it to me so I can add your button to my blog….

  85. This is such a fun blog hop, thank you Sarah for hosting it! I just LOVE your little back pack mini album. SO SO SO adorable!! Also thank you so much for the fun blog candy as well.

  86. OMG…the backpack mini album is so adorable. This is the first time I have ever seen a backpack mini album done. I am sure your little girl is going to find her perfect backpack.

  87. What a fun and wonderful idea! I love the outside the box creativity! Thanks for the opportunity to win some blog candy!!

  88. What a wonderful blog hop!! I really enjoyed seeing all of the projects. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see them all. I left comments on all but one, but I sent a Facebook message instead as the blog wouldn’t allow me to comment. My mind is full of great ideas thanks to this blog hop!! Thanks again!!

    Heather H.

  89. Oh my gosh!!! Your backpack is adorable and I am positive that your daughter was thrilled with it. I love all the bright colors and your cute embellishments. It’s just sooo cute.
    This is my first visit to your blog and it’s wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing your darling design.

    1. hi Carole,

      My husband noticed that you have a address – which he swears is Pioneer Long Distance. Is he crazy? He grew up in SW Kansas and it stoked to see someone visit from close to home.

      Thanks for coming by,


  90. what an adorable backpack…my DS is having a difficult time choosing a backpack as well. Good luck!! Thanks for sharing and the blog candy!


  91. I have so enjoyed your hop and meeting new friend. You have done such a great job. I’m so glad that I’m a follower. I look forward to each and every post you make. Thanks for a wonderful chance to win some yummy blog candy.

  92. awesome little book. the pictures are extremely helpful.. think i might be able to do this without detailed desc. maybe…

  93. I love this project so much I finished mine and it is ready to go! Now I am off to hop away to the other sites.

  94. Sarah, I wanted to thank you for letting me by a part of your hop!!! You are an amazing crafter and your blog is always filled with fun and Sneek Peaks! Much love to you my friend! XOXO Momo

  95. That is such a cute book bag! Thanks for the directions on how to put it together. I may just try to make a few for my fellow teachers for when we go back to school in a few weeks. Off to hop along!

  96. What a neat idea! I also have a 5 year old going to Kindergarten this year so I understand about finding the ‘ perfect ‘ backpack! 🙂 Too bad one of these wouldn’t work! 🙂

    TFS, Khrista 🙂

  97. I am a teacher and this would be a great to give and receive. This must have taken you a really long time. Super cute!

  98. Loved the blog hop, lots of great projects. You did a fantastic job organizing it all. Sure hope you find the perfect backpack for your childs first day of school.

    Katsews at Gmail dot com

  99. such a cute project!! I just might have to give this a try!!
    This is my first time going on a blog hop – lovin’ it so far 🙂

  100. This is too cute and such a great way to start with a new backpack. Love the colors.
    Ok on my way to the next blog hop.

  101. super cute project. I love the colors! Great blog hop too! Not sure why I didn’t start here but I did end up here! 🙂 Thanks for all the inspiration and the chance to win blog candy along the way!

  102. What a great project. I remember how long it took my kids to pick their school supplies but it was a fun time. Thanks for the blog candy.

  103. Luv your backpack project and looking forward to seeing the rest of the hop! Thanks for a chance at some great Candy!

  104. I TOTALLY have to make this back pack for my daughter – also 5 and going to kindergarten for the first time! Thanks!!!!

  105. oh thanks for much for the super sweet comments during my blog hop over and colorfulscrapbooker! hope you come back and visit again!.. just adore your blog here.. i could read it for hours!!

  106. Wow. You just did a brilliant craft in here. You backpack design or idea rocks and I feel the want to make one for my youngest daughter. I especially like the colors you used and the combination of colors attracts me so much.

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