Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back to School with U-Cut Foam

School is just around the corner and why not get a jump on those Teacher projects with Glue Arts U-Cut it Foam! Today Designer Audrey Pettit has a sweet project for to tuck inside your childs book bag. Let's have a look shall we!

Back to School Set by Audrey Pettit

Designer's Note: Heading back to school time can be a very exciting and nervous time for many children. I try to make that time special by slipping a small surprise, like this supply set, into my daughter's backpack on the first day of school.
Supply List:
Glue Arts U Cut It Foam Adhesive
Glue Glider Pro with High Tac Adhesive
Glue Arts Vellum Adhesive
Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares
Glue Arts Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares

Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Crate Paper, and October Afternoon
Chipboard Owl and Frame: Magestical Memories
Brad: Crate Paper
Border Punch: Stampin'Up
Tissue Tape: Tim Holtz
Ink: Clearsnap and Tsukineko
String: The Kraft Outlet
vintage seam binding

Clear Cello Bags
Chipboard Sheet
Back to School Supplies

1. Apply High Tac adhesive to the chipboard frame and owl and cover with patterned paper. Use a craft knife to trim out the chipboard design. Sand the edges of the pieces to get rid of any excess paper, and then ink the edges with brown ink.

2. Fussy cut a leaf from patterned paper and add it to the tree branch using U Cut It Foam adhesive for a bit of depth and dimension.
3. Tie ribbon and string around the tree branch and add a decorative brad.
4. Cut a 5" x 11" rectangle from raw chipboard for the backing, along with a matching sized piece of patterned paper. Cut smaller pieces of 5" x 3" chipboard and papers for the top flap. Apply High Tac adhesive to the chipboard and cover with the patterned paper. Place the two chipboard pieces end to end, and hinge together using decorative tape.

5. Gather two clear cello sleeve bags to hold school supplies. I used recycled packaging sleeves that I like to save for just such projects. Cut patterned papers to size for the width of the cello bags and adhere to the bags using Glue Arts vellum Adhesive.

NOTE: Make sure the opening to the cello bags is at the bottom.

5. Adhere the background piece of covered chipboard to the center of the cello sleeve using Extreme Adhesive Squares. Add U Cut It Foam adhesive to the back of the owl and frame chipboard piece.

6. Place owl over the background chipboard piece.

7. Slide the two cello bags between the back and top flaps of the chipboard, with the ends going all the way to the top. Lift the smaller top flap of chipboard and staple the cello bags to the bottom chipboard.

8. Fill the cello sleeves with a variety of school supplies, such as pencils, pens, crayons, markers, post-it-notes, index cards, glue sticks, and erasers. Whatever you need.
9. Cut a Back to School sentiment and matching word strips from patterned paper. Adhere the title sentiment over the owl using U Cut It Foam adhesive. Then add word strips to the top flap and bottom bag using Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares.

So how would you like to try our GlueArts U Cut It Foam?

Simply post a comment here on our blog and we'll enter you to win our Embellishment Kit filled with our Roll Ribbon Adhesive, Roll Extreme Adhesive Squares, Vellum Adhesive, U CUT IT Foam, Squares Raisen's, and Micro Adhesive Squares. We'll pick on random winner next Monday to enjoy the goodies!

We'll see you back here tomorrow with more projects, ideas and of course....GlueArts adhesives!


  1. Amazing project! It's sooo cute! And thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. What a super duper cute idea! As a teacher--this is PERFECT:) LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  3. sooo super cute!! Love this project! Its going in my file for when my little ones go to school!!

  4. great project! and it shows off the many uses of your glue products.



  5. This is so cute!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. this is a super cute project. thanks for the how -to!

  7. I LOVE owls, LOVE wood grain, LOVE back to school stuff. This is right up my alley!

  8. WOWZERS! That is so very cute. I love cards that have circles or squares made with different papers. I've tried it before, but haven't been too pleased with the results. I'm going to make one just like yours, so it HAS to be beautiful!

  9. This is a super cute project! It would be super cute for a teacher to do for her students. Love this!

  10. That project is adorable -- and perfect for Back to school!

  11. OMgoodness! This couldn't be any cuter! :-)

  12. I love coming here to get ideas and your pencil package gift idea is great!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!


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  13. love,love,love this project! Just too cute!!!

  14. What a great way to make your little students feel special on going back to school. Love the Glue Arts projects and products!

  15. Very nice work... love owls on art works!

  16. I did the same thing when my girls were young - send them off to school with little surprises in their book bags or lunch box. Your daughter will love will love her surprise! I MUST my hands on some of this U Cut Foam!!!

  17. OMG!! WHat a cute idea!! I LOVE this and what a fun way to make school products more fun to use!! I LOVE it that owl is too cute!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  18. What a sweet project and fabulous surprise for a lucky young lady!!! TFS!!!