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DIY back-to-school supplies

Insider secret: We LOVE going shopping for back-to-school supplies. Fresh paper and pens? Sign us up! But let's face the facts. Nobody wants the same supplies as everyone else. That's why we're taking a teensy bit of time to show you how to personalize your products to make this school year break the mold. 

 
 
Viva glam binder

Wanna take your binders and folders to a whole new level? Grab some paper and decorative accents and get to work!

 

How we did it: We turned the front of our binder into a grid of squares, then cut and pasted different colored paper on top. We used Sharpie markers to create designs on the squares, and to write messages on the front. Glitter pens filled in our bubble letters and dab of glue on the back of some rhinestones gave us some sparkle. Add some ribbon tied into a bow, and you’ve got a binder you’ll be proudly toting to first period!

 

More great ideas: Try cutting out and collaging images and words from your favorite magazine (um, GL!). Look for things that inspire you to perform well and achieve your goals. Talk about girl power!

 

 

So-chic book cover

Who wants a planner that looks like everyone elses? We took 10 minutes to turn our organizer into a work of art.

 

How we did it: We found some fun pink polka-dotted fabric at a craft store. Then we laid our open book flat over the fabric, cover against the wrong side of the print, and began wrapping it just like we would a present, neatly folding and hot gluing the corners down. You can glue it straight to the planner itself or to the fabric to make the cover reusable. When our fabric was ready to go, we grabbed a few items from our craft box—ribbon and a big iron-on “B”—and tacked those down with hot glue. Perfecto!

 

More great ideas: Use fun ribbon to spell out your name on the front, or head to the store to see what kind of decorations you can find. Check out the scrapbooking aisle for some unusual notions.

 

How are you gonna DIY your back-to-school supplies, sweeties?
 

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 7/27/2011 12:00:00 AM

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