Back-to-School Survival Kits for Teen Girls

For my church, I teach a group of Young Women between the ages of 12 and 14. Each Wednesday night we get together for an activity. Last night I was in charge of planning our activity. I wanted to do something for Back to School and after browsing around the web a bit I came across an idea for DIY Locker Accessories. Instead of creating the mirrors, etc. I went with Tausha’s idea at the bottom of the post to create Back-to-School survival kits.

Mine came together a bit differently, so I thought I would share with you what we did.

First, instead of the snack container, I used a sliding pencil case. I liked the fact that these were already opaque and had pattern/color to them, so that we wouldn’t have to do much decorating. I created the labels with my Silhouette machine. The font I used is called Bernard MT Condensed. I assembled the vinyl labels for the girls ahead of time, so all they needed to do was adhere to the label to the front and then decorate with stickers. (The puffy stickers were purchased at the Dollar Tree at the beginning of the summer. I couldn’t find them there yesterday, but they had other cute ones you could use instead.)

The pencil case slides out and holds everything neatly in place. The pencil cases are the perfect size for the girls to slip into their backpacks or lockers. Here is what is inside ….

An extra pen and pencil, hand sanitizer, maxi pad (for those unplanned events), chapstick, pack of gum, a little chocolate (for those days where you need a little pick-me-up), a small container (decorated with washi tape) to hold emergency Advil or allergy medicine, and a small ziplock bag holding a few bandages, safety pins, bobby pins, hair elastics, nail file, and fashion tape. (I found the fashion tape at JoAnn’s by the register — it helps with several things: keeping a bra strap/blouse in place, temporarily fixing a hem, etc.)

Instead of a contact case for the medicine, I bought a set of bead containers. They were $10 for 30 of them . . . use a coupon to make it less expensive. 🙂 The girls had fun decorating the outside of the containers with a strip of washi tape. For the lid, I cut white cardstock circles with my Silhouette machine ahead of time. The girls layered two small strips of washi tape over the circle and then trimmed the excess off with a pair of scissors. The circle gets tucked up inside the lid and stays in place without any adhesive. Easy peasy!

These were so much fun to put together! The girls really loved it! Gosh, I’m thinking I might put one together for myself . . . how great would this be to have tucked inside your purse for everyday?!

Happy crafting!


Children’s Job Chart

Last week was my birthday and I bought myself a new camera. I have been having so much fun playing with it! But my new equipment doesn’t quite fit in my old camera bag. I’ve been doing a little research around the web and found the most amazing camera bags for women, Epiphanie Bags. I ordered the Red Lola Epiphanie Bag pictured below and it’s on its way to me! I’ll let you know what I think once I get it and have a chance to use it a few times. 🙂

I made this Children’s Job Chart a few months ago and it was featured in the September 2011 issue of Cricut Magazine.

I created the base of my Children’s Chore Chart with a simple piece of wood that I had a local cabinet shop make for me with a scrap piece of wood. The edges are routered smooth and there is a clear coat applied to protec the wood. Next, I added 5 cup hooks (available at your local home improvement center) and decorated the board using Cricut Vinyl in Raven, Burnt Umber, Yellow, and Lime Green. The stars were created using the Chore Chart Lite cartridge and the title letters are from the Cupcake Lite cartridge.

The idea behind this chore chart is that the child will have five jobs (or job cards) to work on each day. As they complete the task, they turn the card over to reveal the gold star. Everyone loves a gold star for a job well-done!

The black card base was created using the Fabulous Finds Cartridge. All other cuts are from the Chore Chart Lite cartridge. I love that the images on this cartridge are simple pictures that even a non-reader can understand! Just look at all the sweet images! Aren’t they CUTE?! Any child would enjoy using these! Maybe I should make one for myself. LOL!

As a child completes the tasks each day, set up some kind of reward system. Maybe they could earn points for each job completed. Or after so many days of completing all five jobs, your child could choose a special treat, prize, or activity.

To make the cards extra durable, laminate them using the YourStory Book Binder and Laminating Machine.

Finally, finish your Chore Chart by hot glueing a couple of magnets to the back. This allows you to display the job chart on your refrigerator, or perhaps a magnetic message board. Have fun!

Cricut Machines used: Cricut Expression, Gypsy Design Device, Your Story Book Binder & Laminating Machine
Cricut Cartridges used: Chore Chart Lite, Cupcake Lite, Fabulous Finds
Other Cricut Supplies: Cricut Vinyl (Raven, Burnt Umber, Yellow, Lime Green), Your Story Laminating Pouches
Other Supplies: Cardstock (black, white, gray, blue, light blue, orange, green, yellow), Wood board, Cup Hooks, Adhesive, Magnets, Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

If anyone is interested, I created a few Gypsy files to go along with this project separating the different layers into the colors I used. It makes it a little easier to cut everything out all at once.


***DOWNLOAD Jana’s Job Chart Card Base Gypsy File Here***

***DOWNLOAD Jana’s Job Chart Images by Color Gypsy File Here***

***DOWNLOAD Jana’s Job Chart Title (Vinyl on Board) Gypsy File Here***