{back 2 basics} be different, act normal

I'm so glad Lorie is here today! She features some of the best ideas around, including her own.  She's also ending the Back 2 Basics series on a perfect note.  This has been such a fun month for me, and I hope for you as well.  We've been treated with such wonderful ideas--a HUGE thank you to each and every blogger and reader who has participated.  I can't wait until next year!.....Hello everyone! I am Lorie and I blog over at Be Different, Act Normal.  I am excited to be here ate Brown Paper Packages sharing my back to school basics with you.On the first day of school, my kiddos jumped out of bed the first time I called, hurried downstairs, quickly ate their … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} tater tots and jello

 I just love Jen.  She is one of the first people that started reading my blog, and was so encouraging and kind. Not only is she the nicest girl around, but she's incredibly creative and talented.  It's an honor to have her here today!.....Hi there!! I’m Jen from Tatertots & Jello. I’m so excited to be here at Brown Paper Packages. I have loved hearing all of the great ideas in Kierste’s Back to School series.I am not a naturally organized person. So one of the things that’s hard when my kids go back to school is keeping track of all of the papers and notes that come home in their backpacks. There have been many times that some “crucial” papers have been accidentally swept … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} under the table and dreaming

 I just love Stephanie Lynn.  Her project and creativity get me drooling--I could look for hours! (and have...) I am so excited to have her here today!.....I'm super thrilled to be back visiting Brown Paper Packages - Thanks so much Kierste for having me!I'm Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming.Like many, I'm a big fan of keeping things organized and always have a hard time with all the little things that don't necessarily have their own place {like all the little office supplies I like to keep on hand}Today I'm sharing a super easy way to turn doilies into little catch-alls, perfect for corralling those tiny tidbits.They also make super cute little candy dishes … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} infarrantly creative

Miss Beckie is one talented girl, and so, so creative.  It is a delight to have her here today!.....Hello BPP fans. I am Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Knock off Décor and Roadkill Rescue. Yep, I am a busy blogging gal. Thank you Kierste for inviting me to be a part of the Back to Basics series. Since I am a mom of a new kindergartner I finally get the joy of understanding what “Back to School” means!When you have children in elementary school everything needs to be labeled if you have the remote chance of seeing it at the end of each day. I tried some backpack tags from a label company and it lasted all of about three school days. My kindergarten son needed something a little … [Read more...]

{lifestyle crafts new holiday releases} holiday tags

  Honestly, I can't believe that October is next week!  These next three months are the best time of the year in my oh so humble opinion. With the holiday season quickly approaching, I was excited to receive new die cuts and the Wintertide printing plate from Lifestyle Crafts' new holiday line..Be Splendid. Along with the printing plate, they sent a gold ink that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it...and I knew just how I wanted to use it. I {love} to add cute tags to just about anything and everything, and the holidays provide a lot of opportunities for just that. I used the scallop die cut to make 2 scalloped circles that were 3 inches around, then used the letterpress … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} skip to my lou

 Skip to my Lou is another one of those blogs that I've been reading and loving forever. I also love the name of her blog.  A lot.  :).....Hi, I'm Cindy from Skip to my Lou! I hope you will come visit me for some crafty tutorials, handmade gift ideas, teacher appreciation ideas, sewing patterns and recipes!I'm so happy to have the chance to be here. Thank you Kierste for inviting me!Today I am sharing free printable lunch box notes perfect for letting your kids know you are thinking about them throughout the day.Free Printable Lunch Box NotesDownload the free printable. Print in color on white card-stock and cut apart. Keep these little notes handy so you can brighten up … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} less cake {more frosting}

 I {love} Miss Ellie G. and her blog, Less Cake {more frosting} for lots of reasons.  Maybe it's that I hold that same philosophy myself (the only reason cake exists is for frosting...the thicker the better), or maybe because she's so darling and has the best ideas.  Mmmmmm....probably both.  :).....Hey Brown Paper Packages readers. My name is Ellie G (but my friends call me Lara...it's a long story). I blog over at Less Cake {more frosting}. I love to blog about all kinds of things. Mostly what happens on all my creative endeavors. Sometimes it's awesome, sometimes it's less than awesome. But it's always fun!I'm so happy to have the chance to be here. This was one of my … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} little birdie secrets

 Little Birdie Secrets is one of the first blogs I started reading, and loved from the first minute.  I think they are just darling, and have the best ideas.  How fun to have them here!..... Happy fall! I'm Mandy from Little Birdie Secrets, and I can't believe I was asked to be a part of this fabulous group of bloggers for the {Back 2 Basics} series! Holy cow! There is just too much good stuff here. I hope this quick and easy idea will help you get organized and stay organized this school year. Now that school is in session and I'm back to my routine, I'm noticing what needs to be organized around my house. As soon as the kids get home from school it's like a tornado hit! So I … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} whipperberry

I am just thrilled that Heather is here today!  Take one look at her fabulous blog, and you'll know why!   .....Thank you, thank you Kierste for inviting me to participate in your fabulous Back to School series!!  I am truly honored.  Hello everyone, I'm Heather from WhipperBerry...I am one of those love it and hate it kind of back-to-school kind of people.  I LOVE buying new school supplies and secretly I have a stash of some brand new crayons and pencils that I keep all to myself.  I love the new beginnings and the energy in the air.  I hate having to get back to the grind, wake up early and have to shuffle sleepy eyed kiddos out the door.  This year … [Read more...]

{back 2 basics} this little project

Happy Monday everyone!  We are starting the week off right with a really fun idea from Jedda, over at This Little Project.  She's super talented and creative, and I've learned a lot from her.  She's also a good friend in real life...lucky me! ..... Hi, I'm Jedda from This Little Project.  I'm lucky to know Kierste in real life and am excited to share in the back-to-school fun here!Today's {little project} is about celebrating what comes home in your child's backpack.I know you groan to have to go through it.  But {this little project} today will help both of you look forward to going through the "treasures" and papers that come home each day.why?Because we are … [Read more...]