{back 2 basics} a little tipsy

 I adore Michelle and her darling blog, A Little Tipsy, and I'm so excited she's here!.....Hi, I'm Michelle from A Little Tipsy {creative tips and ideas}. I am so excited to be visiting here on Brown Paper Packages for the Back 2 Basics event!My oldest turns four this winter so we have not yet braved the big boy school, but he did start preschool last month. His teacher send home a calendar each month of what they will be learning each day and suggestions to reinforce their learning at home. If you're like me, it is a lot to ask to keep track of a piece of paper for a whole month.I was inspired by this post for an altered clipboard and thought it would be perfect for organizing school … ...read more

{back 2 basics} somewhat simple

I am thrilled that Stephanie is here today--she was one of the first blogs that I read, and LOVED. She knows how to make everything look so darling!  ....Hi, I'm Stephanie, from Somewhat Simple!School is starting soon, and that means all those cute papers, projects and awards you little ones bring home will need a place to stay without getting crumpled or spilled on by tomorrows bowl of cereal!Up until yesterday, all of Ethan' s stuff was at least stashed in an expanding file folder, but then I saw Becca's idea, and I was sold!I made one box for each of my kids- each box has a file folder for each grade. These boxes are durable and can stack on top of each other or fit nicely in a … ...read more

{crafting with the stars is back!]

It's time again, for Crafting with the Stars! I'm so excited to be a participating again--it's going to be a great season.  Auditions are now in full swing, and will be open through September 15th over at Sew Dang Cute Crafts. To enter your project, go HERE!  I would love to work with one of you, so head on over soon!P.S.  There are PRIZES!!!  … ...read more

{back 2 basics} oopsey daisy

Day 2...Please welcome Alison from Oopsey Daisy!  I've fallen in love with her blog and all of her great ideas.  Today is no exception, take a look!.....Hello! My name is Alison, and my blogging home is Oopsey Daisy.I am thrilled to be here because Brown Paper Packages really is one of my favorite things!Once upon a time, I taught first grade. I taught oodles of adorable kiddos and loved every minute of it. In fact, I miss it. Sometimes I want to walk through elementary schools and look at their bulletin boards just for fun.Although I don't have any children in school yet, I do teach Mommy School at home to my little toddler. For me, back to school definitely means back to … ...read more

{back 2 basics} craftaholics anonymous

Welcome to Back to Basics!   September has long been one of my most favorite months, and as a little girl I LOVED school.  Nothing was more exciting to me than choosing a new outfit, packing my backpack and lunch, organizing my supplies, and heading out the door on that first day of school.  Since my son started school, I've felt the same way as a mom.  Can I just tell you how much I enjoy walking up and down the aisles of school supplies?  :)  This month I'm delighted to present to you some of the most talented bloggers around, as they give you great tips, tutorials, ideas, and recipes for back to school days.  First up?  Please … ...read more

{2×4 raceway building blocks}

cars outside with jack 2-logo

I had the best day last week.  It was seriously like Christmas when a very large brown box showed up on my doorstep, and I opened it up to find it overflowing with the most fantastic products! I'm delighted to introduce you to the Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts. I was privileged to preview the line, and I'm here to tell you that you are going to love it! Here's what I love about it... It is incredibly versatile.The paint is formulated to work on ALL crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric.  It is indoor/outdoor safe, dishwasher-safe on glass.  There are 160 paint colors in five … ...read more

{photography with lei} fun with props

Hello everyone!  How's the photography coming?  Are you seeing improvement in your photographs?  Have you been playing around in manual mode?  I would love to hear from you!  Email me with questions, or photos you're proud of (or want help with)... my email is photosbylei@yahoo.com.  And please visit me on facebook!  http://photosbylei.com/leilani.rogers.photographerToday I thought it would be fun to delve into the creative side of photography a bit more.  Developing a sense of style of course is very important in achieving beautiful portraits!  All the know-how in the world isn't going to get you that.  You have to stretch your imagination, … ...read more

{boo! beadboard sign}

boo sign front 2

With the month long Back 2 Basics event coming up in September, I thought I would get a jump start on something fun for Halloween. I have a corner in my kitchen where I usually keep a chalkboard frame, but I wanted to make something that would go there during the holidays.  I went to my workshop, and found the most perfect piece of beadboard--I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I {LOVE} it! This is a quick and easy project--just the way I like it!. ITEMS YOU NEED: piece of beadboard, approximately 11x14 black spray paint white cardstock, 8.5x11 Distress Ink (I used vintage photo) black cardstock coordinating pattern paper Silhouette or template for … ...read more

{elmer’s craft camp}

When Elmer's contacted me about doing a craft camp for kids, I couldn't wait, and I knew just who I wanted to invite. Some of my best girlfriends have the most darling group of girls aged 7-10, and these girls are always creating fun projects and crafts for the younger kids. I just knew how much they would love getting together to create, plus go home with some really great products!Elmer's sent me the most fantastic crate, filled with 6 burlap bags--1 adult bag, and 5 kid bags.  They were filled with all sorts of wonderful supplies--scissors, markers, glue dots, gel pens, craft foam board, and more. On the day of our camp, I set the picnic table with the supplies, their bags, and … ...read more

{back 2 basics} a fall event!

I am just so excited about this! Some of the most fabulously talented bloggers around are going to be here the whole month of September, celebrating school days and everything it involves, in our Back 2 Basics fall event. They will be sharing recipes, tutorials, organizational ideas, free printables, and more! Just look and see who will be here...Craftaholics AnonymousOopsey DaisySomewhat SimpleA Little TipsyLil' LunaThe Crafting ChicksSew Dang Cuteseven thirty three---a creative blogSnippets of WonderfulHowDoesShe?Brassy Appleeighteen25This Little ProjectWhipperberryLittle Birdie SecretsLess Cake {more frosting}Infarrantly CreativeUnder the Table and DreamingTater Tots and JelloBe Different … ...read more