I’ve always been kind of a geek when it comes to school supplies. I’m not saying I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait for September to roll around again, but there’s just something satisfying and exciting about that neat stack of fresh new school supplies, waiting for the start of a brand new year.
Tee’s starting Grade 1 this year, and we’re already stocking up on school supplies and getting in a self-laminating label frenzy for all her lunch and school supplies. I just need to pick up the perfect Harry Potter backpack for her!
As part of my own back to school prep, I knew I needed a planner for the upcoming school year. Between two kids, work, and blogging, there’s something happening pretty much every day, and I need all the help I can get to remember it all and organize my time. I found a free printable planner template online, and Avery sent me everything else I needed to make the perfect organizer.
I had plain 3-ring binders when I was a kid, but why carry a plain, boring old binder around all year? Avery sent us these pretty patterned binders in chevron, plaid, or damask print, and I claimed the chevron one for my planner. Avery also has lots of choices in dividers, with both write in and printer-friendly tabs. I picked these colourful reversible dividers to complete my handy dandy organizer.
The sturdy dividers keep everything organized. I love that I can keep my to do lists, blog editorial calendar, school calendar, and menu plans all in one place. Keeping the pages in a 3-ring binder will make it easy to add, replace, and reorganize the pages as the school year progresses.
But it’s not just about school! Avery’s best known for making printable labels in pretty much any style you can think of. I actually used their round ones to make our wedding favours way back when – 10 years last month! We gave our guests thank you tins of chocolate flavoured tea with rose petals, labeled with our names and the date of our wedding. All I had to do was download the template from the Avery website, fill it out on my computer, then print them out. Back then we only had an inkjet printer, but these labels work with both inkjet and laser.
You can use Avery labels to make your own stickers for pretty much anything you want. Wouldn’t they be great for a potty chart or reading chart this summer? Since our wedding, they’ve come out with tons of different styles, like these chalkboard labels and these fancy silver embossed ones.
This year, Avery has partnered with 13-year-old blogger Hannah Alper and Michael “Pinball” Clemons on the #AveryGivesBack campaign to provide 7500 back to school kits to under-resourced students from more than 20 schools across Canada. Until September 15, Avery will donate $1 to the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation for every share of the Avery Gives Back video on the Avery Facebook page, up to $5000 CAD. Go check it out and share, share, share!
Win an Avery Back to School Prize Pack!
Are you ready for school yet? One of my readers will win this prize pack of school supplies from Avery worth $150, including a pack of kids self-laminating labels, no-iron clothing labels, a binder, various dividers, a package of dark T-shirt transfers, HI-LITER pens, and assorted printable labels. (Basket not included.)
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