We hope your summer so far has been as amazing as ours! Whilst we are still enjoying our summer holidays and the time spent with friends and family, we know that the beginning of the new school year is just around the corner, and we want to be prepared so that it's the best year yet! Whether you're a school student yourself or if you're a parent looking to keep your kids busy this summer, we've gathered a selection of back-to-school makes which we think you'll really want to try!

Bullet journaling

Organisation meets creativity in the new trend of bullet journaling. It consists of tracking and planning various aspects of your life in a creative way in order to boost productivity and mindfulness. What's so great about this idea is that you can completely adapt this system of journaling to suit your life, and we think that it's a perfect way to start the new academic year.

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Homework station

What a better way of mastering homework than creating the perfect environment to complete it in! Create a homework station such as the ideas below to encourage productivity.

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DIY pencil case

Why not create your own pencil case for this academic year? You could sew your own using fat quarters or decorate an existing one using permanent markers, pom poms or even by using stamps, which would be a perfect activity for kids.

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DIY bookmarks

Creating a bookmark is a lovely summers day activity. You can achieve the feather bookmark make with our Sizzix Bigz feather die here.

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DIY notebook

Why not decorate plain notebooks with hand-drawn designs to add a personal touch or by using strips of washi tape. We think that washi tape is the perfect addition to any make and you can find Sizzix washi tape here.

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To view our video tutorial on how to decorate a notebook with washi tape click here.

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