Back to School Basics!

Hello crafters, its Nina-Marie here with you! August is upon us and everyone is getting ready to send their kids back to school. Today I am sharing 10 “back to school basics” that you may find you need for your kids (or you!) this Fall! 

Avery Elle Zipper Pouches

To hold all your school supplies this year, you may want to grab a couple of the super-handy Avery Elle Large Zippered Pouches; these mesh bags are 13″x10″, which means they can hold all your supplies, including those rulers! 

Adhesives & Tape

During the course of the school year, you cannot be without some good adhesives and tape. I have three such tools that I recommend having on hand:

  1. An all-purpose liquid glue, such as our Simon exclusive Craft Tacky Glue; this glue can adhere paper, wood, embellishments, and more and comes in a great, large size bottle! Safe for kiddos, this adhesive is non-toxic.
  2. A tape runner. I love the Therm O Web and Gina K. Designs Dot Runner, which applies small dots of adhesive across your project. The tape also is reposition-able if you don’t press it firmly into place right away, giving you some wiggle room for perfect placement; this is great for kids! 
  3. A correction tape. The Tombow Mono Air Correction Tape is great for covering over mistakes! A must have for fixing papers and even hiding those spots where you may have colored outside the lines. Learn more about fixing coloring mistakes in this video!


Scissors are an important part of your back to school supplies; I couldn’t live without the Tim Holtz Mini Snips! These mini scissors are micro-serrated and can cut through any paper weight, as well as mixed media surfaces. For safety, there is a cover for the blades so you can’t hurt yourself by accident.


If you need to make use of a ruler and hand-held blade for any upcoming projects, you can’t go wrong with these must-haves from Tim Holtz! The Tim Holtz Design Ruler is clear so you can see what you are doing, and it also has a metal edge so that your blade doesn’t cut into the plastic! 

For a blade, I really love the Tim Holtz Mini Rotary Cutter. This little blade folds up so that you cannot accidentally cut yourself, which also means it takes up less space when taking it with you.


If you love to color or you need a good set of colored pencils for your kids school supplies, you’ll want to check out these Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils. Available in 12 or 24 packs, these colored pencils are unique because unlike most colored pencils, these can actually can be erased with ease! Make a mistake? Just turn the pencil over and erase it!


Don’t forget to sharpen those pencils! I have always enjoyed the results I get from the Kum sharpener (I have the gold body version, but the silver has the exact same blades). The blades on this sharpener do not break the tips of your pencils, which means the pencils will last longer and you’ll get perfect, pointy blades every time. 


Whether you are writing, doodling, illustrating or adding details to stamped images, the Micron Fineline pens are a true go-to! These are permanent when dry, which is great for projects involving watercolor or other wet mediums. They also come in many different tip sizes so that you always have the right size pen for your project!

Be sure to check out these must-have supplies and stock up for the upcoming school year! 

cardmaking blog grab bag

Blog Candy Alert!! Follow our blog via email and comment on this post for a chance to win special blog candy!

  1. Editing and proofreading are equally crucial. Take the time to review and refine your paper for clarity, coherence, and grammar. It’s often helpful to have a fresh pair of eyes look over your work or even consider using online tools to check for errors. If you ever feel overwhelmed or need additional assistance, you can consider reaching out to professional writing services like WritersPerHour. They have experts who specialize in research paper writing and can provide customized support tailored to your specific needs. You can find more information about their services here: . Remember, research papers require time and dedication, so don’t hesitate to seek help when you need it. Best of luck with your research paper

    1. When it comes to managing stress during exams, it’s crucial to employ effective strategies to maintain focus and performance. One helpful approach is to prioritize self-care and time management. Taking breaks, staying organized, and seeking support from peers or professionals can significantly alleviate exam-related stress. Additionally, incorporating relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness exercises can help in maintaining a calm and focused mindset. Remember, seeking assistance when needed, whether it’s through academic support services or online resources like, can also provide valuable guidance and relief during challenging times. Overall, by implementing a well-rounded approach to managing stress, students can navigate exams with greater resilience and success.

  2. The section on time management is gold! Balancing classes, extracurriculars, and a social life can be challenging. I’d love to hear more about specific strategies for effective time management – maybe a follow-up article?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing, you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.