Thanks to Michaels for sending us a gift card so that we could shop for our
“First Day of School Blogger Challenge!”
The first day of home schooling is approaching fast, and I always like to do something special for the children to make it memorable. Since Joseph, Catherine and Benjamin will be keeping most of their written work in a binder, I thought it would be fun to help them decorate their binders in a personal and unique way. Michaels invited me to be a part of their First Day of School Blogger challenge, so that’s where we headed for our supplies!
Each child picked a theme for his or her binder: Joseph chose pirates, Catherine wanted to do royalty and Benjamin wanted to go medieval.
There were special sales all throughout the store when we arrived to shop. I got a great deal on some Crayola pencils and crayons:
Catherine and I spent a really long time in the jewelry section, looking for charms to hang on their backpacks. The selection was incredible!
The children were really happy with the embellishments we found! They perfectly matched the themes we’d chosen.
To dress up their school binders, we purchased patterned paper, rubber stamps, glittery embossing powder, brush tip markers, white construction paper and glue sticks.
Step one involved cutting the scrapbook paper to fit into the front cover of the binder. Then we cut a smaller piece of white construction paper to fit inside that so the patterned paper made a frame. After putting names and grades at the top, it was time to decorate. Catherine and Joseph both used the embossing powder to give their stamped images a glittering effect. The technique is very simple. You quickly sprinkle the colored powders onto the stamped image while it’s still wet. Tap the page to remove all the excess powder. Then use an embossing tool or other heat source to melt and finish the image.
Everyone is very eager to start filling their personalized binders with school work! Joseph, Catherine and Benjamin are so proud of how their projects turned out that they show them to everyone who comes to visit.
For more great ideas to make this year’s back-to-school anything but routine, take a look at Michael’s latest Lookbook!
And don’t forget that teachers get a 15% discount EVERY day at Michaels! I love the way teachers take time to make their classroom a fun and engaging place for students; this is quite often done out-of-pocket, and it’s so nice of Michaels to make that easier.
Also, did you know there is a Michaels app for your phone? See the newest coupons and sales by just pushing a button. I brought my husband’s smart phone along with me on our shopping trip so I would know where all the deals were. If you check the website right now, there’s a 40% off coupon for one regular-priced item!
Finally, it’s good to know that if you ever need a lot of something, but don’t see the quantity you need in the store, take advantage of Michaels bulk ordering program which will allow you to get as many as you need AND realize up to 20% in savings!
Here are all the ways you can connect with our friends at Michaels:
Want to see how other bloggers met the Back to School Challenge? Use the hashtag #MichaelsBTS on Twitter! One of my favorites is the Launch Pad that Rebecca posted at the Tots Family blog!