Back to school

Hey it’s Latrice. I’m loving this week’s inspiration! I’m here to share a back to school organization idea. Mornings for us are definitely the hardest part of the day. Getting the kids up and dressed is rough sometimes. In order to lessen the stress, we try to do  a lot of prep on Sunday evening. First on our to do list on Sunday is always choosing clothes for the week. Today’s back to school organization idea is perfect for your kid’s closet. Here is what we’re creating today.

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What you’ll need:

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive

Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue


Circle punch

Chalkboard paint

Letter stickers scissors

Paper trimmer

Below you will find a photo tutorial on how to create these fun hanging back to school organizational tags.

Start by cutting the chipboard down to 3″x5-1/2″ and punching a hole in the top center.

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Cut a slit in the top. This is where you can attach it to the hangers quickly.


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Paint the bottom third of the tag with chalkboard paint. I used two coats.

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Next using the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive adhere the patterned paper and cardstock strip above the chalkboard area. You will need to punch the circle out and cut the slit at the top again also.


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I chose fun teal glitter letter stickers to mark the days of the week. I want these to stay put, so I like to use the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue for that.

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Next, add some chalk to the chalkboard part and wipe it off with a paper towel. This prepares the surface for writing.

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I chose to write what school activity is going on that day so I checked my daughters schedule for that. This makes choosing the right outfit go a little faster.

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Here is what it looks like in the closet and ready to go!

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Anything to make my days a little less stressful is perfect for me. These can be customized to match the child’s bedroom or gender.

Thanks for stopping by today. Check out the other posts from this week and come back tomorrow for more back to school inspiration and ideas!



Back to School Scrapbook Page

Hello Happy Moms! Jennifer Priest here, and all kidding aside about the “freedom” back to school gives us moms, it’s a fabulous milestone in each of our kids’ lives. I wish I had known about the trend of using the same chalkboard in each of my kids’ back to school photos but we do the next best thing: a scrapbook page for every back to school day. My kids love their scrapbooks more than I ever imagined and are very proud of them so adding milestones and important events in their lives to their scrapbooks is something I want to be sure to do. Today, I am sharing an easy scrapbook layout you can put together for your kids’ back to school photos.


Here’s how to put this page together:

Tip: Use Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color stickers to match each other when you don’t have enough of a single sticker color.

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I hope this page inspires you to make a back to school scrapbook page for your kids. It really can go together lickety split! See more projects like this one over at Just JP.



Back to School Week – Pencil Topped Teacher Box


I love thinking outside the box when it comes to crafting and since it is Back to School Week on the Tombow Blog, I decided to craft with actual school supplies!  I created this pencil topped box, which would make a great gift for your child’s new teacher and would look FABULOUS on their desk!


Sand inside and outside of Walnut Hollow Basswood Keepsake Box.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth.


Paint inside and outside of keepsake box with chalkboard paint using a 1″ flat wash brush. Let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary.


Measure and cut #2 school pencils to fit top of keepsake box.  I used the Easy Cutter Ultimate by Midwest products.  Dry fit pencils, so you make sure that you have cut enough (I used 3 dozen).


Apply pencils to lid of keepsake box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue using the pen tip.  To create interest, I alternated the pencils across the length of the box lid.  Continue until entire keepsake box lid is covered.  Be creative and design your own pattern!


Using red, brown and green cardstock, draw an apple with a Tombow MONO Professional Drawing Pencil.  Once cut out, remove pencil lines with the Tombow MONO Plastic Eraser.  Draw a leaf and stem, cut out with scissors.


Draw line in center of leaf with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #158 (green).  Write the teacher’s name on the apple tag with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15 (black).  Attach leaf and stem to apple with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Measure and cut piece of Kunin™ Eco-fi® Rainbow ClassicFelt™ in Red.  Secure to inside bottom of keepsake box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.

Fill box with lots of back to school goodies, wrap with ribbon and tie on the apple tag for a gift sure to get an A+ from the teacher!

Thanks for stopping by and for more inspiration be sure to check out Tombow’s Instagram account!  -Beth


Back To School Week Altered Notebook

It’s Back To School Week on the Tombow Blog!  The Design Team will have inspiring projects to share with you all week.  My project is an altered notebook.

Composition notebooks can be so boring.  With just a few products and a few minutes you can turn that drab notebook into a totally FAB notebook!



I Started by adding patterned paper to my cover with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Tombow Xtreme Adhesive is 5 times stronger than regular adhesive runners, so I knew my cover would be secure. I also used the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere my ruler trim to the cover.  Remember, when using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, you have to pull it to the side when you are done applying it.

Inside, I made 3 sections.  The first page of each section, I added pattern paper to the front and back with Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive.  The pages are very thin, so the Stamp Runner provided more than enough adhesion.

At the bottom of each page I put a pocket.  I used Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the paper pocket to the page. Mono Multi Liquid Glue is awesome for things like this because it dries super fast.

This is the middle page.

Here is the third page.  I tucked some index cards in to show you the size of the pocket.


And the back of the book.

Isn’t this a lot better than a regular composition notebook?  I think so!!  I hope I’ve inspired you to try this Back To School project!!


Out of the Envelope Mail Art! By Jennie Garcia

Cassette Mail Art Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed this Mail Art Week so far! You have learned enough about customizing envelopes and making postcards. Today I’m going to share an out of the envelope mail art! I got the idea from an event called the Mail Social Club that happened in the National Postal Museum in D.C. a year ago. The theme was “Naked Mail” and the object was to mail see through objects like bottles, cassettes and a few other clear containers. Two of my friends mailed cassette cases and I thought it was a very cool idea. I got a few cassettes at Goodwill for $0.25 each! Or maybe you are sentimental and you have a few at home you could use. Cassette Mail Art-001 To make the base you need a piece of any paper that measures 11 1/4 x 4 inches. You are going to score at 1″, 1 1/2″, 4 1/8″, 6 5/8″ and 9″. I made 4 tiny collages with quotes. I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to glue my papers but to glue my vintage used stamps I used the Tombow Stamp Runner Dots Adhesives. Cassette Mail Art-002 I typed a few of my quotes on my typewriter (because the cassette alone wasn’t retro enough) and I glued the strips with the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. To make the background on the tag with the man I used THIS TECHNIQUE using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens Cassette Mail Art-003 Fold your mail art to fit your cassette case using the score lines as a guide. If your art is a little chunky and it makes it hard for your cassette case to close use masking tape or a strong washi tape to keep it close. *Do it before you put the stamps on. Cassette Mail Art-005 My friend’s cassettes mailed with 4 stamps but I added one more for good luck! When in doubt, always add an extra stamp!  Cassette Mail Art-006 To add the labels I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive because it’s tough enough to resist the trip to my friend’s mailbox. Cassette Mail Art-007 Do you think it will mail? Have you mailed something unsual? Share it with us your out of the envelope mail art!

If you want to see more of my projects check out my Blog Earthy Scrap!

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Mail Art Week – Doily Envelopes

Latrice here with more mail art week inspiration. I send a lot of cards in the mail so I usually try to address them in a fun way by adding stickers or color on there somehow. First, I thought I would color in an Adult Coloring page and fold it into an envelope. Great idea, right? But I just ran out of time for that. So I’m sticking that idea in my back pocket for when this busy mom has time to sit down and knock out a couple of those pages.

I did, however, want to do something with texture and color. I chose four envelopes and four doilies from my stash of products to create this fun set of four decorated and colored envelopes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

Tombow Dual Brush Pens in various colors

Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker



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First, start by adhering the doilies to the fronts of your envelopes using the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue. Just fold the extra around to the back side of the envelope.

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After those have dried for about 10 minutes, choose four coordinating Tombow Dual Brush Pens to decorate the fronts with.

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Here are my four designs:

Simple lines and dashes on this one.

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Fun swirls with dots. I didn’t get fancy with these, just kept it simple.

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More masculine plaid with a gray ombre on the edges and black lines using the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

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For the last envelope, I created an Aztec-type pattern using different lines.

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When it’s time to mail these out, I will write the recipient’s address on the doily with the MONO Twin – it’s the best permanent marker out there, hands down.

Here’s a look at the four envelopes once again.

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Don’t forget to check out the other projects from our mail art week.

Daniella- stamped handmade envelope

Beth- Mixed Media Postcards

Jennifer- Coffee Lovers Inspired Starbucks Mail Art

Thanks for stopping by. There is more for you tomorrow from Jennie. Happy crafting.




Coffee Lovers’ Inspired Starbucks Mail Art

Mail art is so fun to look at but it can seem difficult to make. All this week Tombow is sharing mail art here on the Tombow blog. A few years ago I received my first piece of mail art – I had ordered a print from illustrator Helen Dardik’s etsy shop and the envelope came with all these doodles and a cute little person drawn on it. I kept the envelope and later cut the little person out and used her on a craft project. Every print I ordered from Helen Dardik came in another decorated mail art envelope. It made me feel special and I knew it was completely one of a kind because it was all hand drawn directly on the envelope. Well, I am not an illustrator but I have to tell you that mail art is a lot easier to make than I first thought. Today I am sharing how to make a coffee lover’s inspired Starbucks mail art piece using the art on a gift card as the color and design inspiration. This mail art will make the person receiving it feel extra special, on top of the gift card inside!


I am still working on learning lettering so I knew I wanted other elements to be the star of the show on this mail art piece for my friend Dana. I am sending her a gift card and thought it might be fun to make the envelope match the gift card and to hint at what is inside.


I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to add the doodles, swirls, and lettering to the envelope but first, I made “coffee mug stains” on the envelope, using an empty tissue roll, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Tombow Spray Mister filled with water, and the Tombow Blending Palette.


Here’s how to make this Starbucks inspired mail art:

Depending on the type of paper the envelope is made from, the Tombow Pens may bleed. Just be aware of this and test the Pens on the back of the envelope before starting decorating.


I wanted the bleeding to happen so that my coffee marks would look nice and round, that’s why I chose these envelopes.


Next time you send a card or gift card, decorate the outside of the envelope to match the card inside! It’s pretty easy to make mail art with a few Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Tombow Blending Kit and you’ll make the person you’re sending it to feel really special!

For more crafty projects like this, please visit me at Just JP.






Mail Art Week – Mixed Media Postcards


This week the Design Team Members are featuring Mail Art!  Now I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what mail art was, but I am always decorating my envelopes and creating my own postcards, so I was creating Mail Art and didn’t even know it – LOL!

Here are some colorful and easy Mail Art Postcards that can be created in just a few hours!


Start with Watercolor Paper, select a few colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens ( I used 373 and 515) and scribble randomly over the entire surface.  This is FUN and let’s off a little steam!


Next is the magic!  Apply clean water with a large flat brush and mix the colors around.  The Tombow Dual Brush Pens just melt!  TIP – I always watercolor on a towel, so if the colors bleed off the paper, it will not ruin your work surface.


While the background is drying, we can move on to the top layer.  Now the Tombow Dual Brush Pens are ideal for lots of surfaces including wood.  I recently stumbled across these cool wood veneer 12″ by 12″ scrapbook sheets by American Crafts.  Measure out six 4″ by 6″ rectangles.  Color in loosely with Tombow Dual Brush Pens (I used 933, 815, 743, 703, 296 and 173).


Use Tombow Dual Brush Pen Blender N00 to smooth out the color and “erase” any stroke marks.  TIP – Make sure to draw on a blank piece of scrap paper in between light and dark colors, so your image does not get muddy.


Once dry, measure and cut with scissors 4″ by 6″ rectangles from watercolor background.  Flip over and draw on postcard markings with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.  Erase any pencil lines with Tombow MONO Plastic Eraser.


Measure and cut with a craft knife 4″ by 6″ rectangle from wood veneer.  Attach to watercolor background with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

Write a message on the back of your postcard, address and mail some HAPPY to a friend or relative today!  TIP – Check with the Post Office for how much postage this card will need AND request that it be hand canceled.

Create your own Mail Art this week and share it with us on the Tombow Facebook Page!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Mail Art Week!!

This week, the Tombow Design Team is making awesome Mail Art.  I love Mail Art!  I love making my own envelopes, decorating them and lettering the addresses.  I don’t know which one I love more, making mail art or receiving it!!

This is my finished mail art envelope.  All it needs is an address.


I cut and scored my watercolor paper into an envelope shape and sprayed it all over with water from the mister that comes with the Tombow Blending Kit.  The Blending Kit is awesome!  It comes with a mister, a Blender Pen, an instructional blending guide  and a Blending Palette.

I picked a blue and a red Tombow Dual Brush Pen because when these colors are combined they make purple.  The Blending Kit also comes with an instructional blending guide to help you with your blending.  After I applied all of my wet ink from the blending palette to my watercolor paper, I sprayed it again with more water from my mister and let it dry.

Isn’t it sooo pretty???  All the beautiful colors from Dual Brush Pens stayed true and blended into a super pretty purple.  The paper stayed flat and accepted the water perfectly because it is a heavy weight paper that is made to get wet.  Looking good so far!!

Next I stamped several different background stamps all over the envelope using Tombow Dual Brush Pens as my ink.  Just color the stamp with the brush tip and it works just like an ink pad! If it is a large stamp, you might have to huff on the stamp before stamping it.  I used 3 different shades of blue and stamped light to dark.  Then I stamped the feather stamp and the postage type stamp with brown ink so they would stand out.  And I added a few little bird stamps too! To finish the envelope off I added some dots and circles with my darkest blue dual brush pen.

To close the bottom 3 flaps, I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Fine Tip.  Mono Multi is a super strong adhesive which is definitely what you want when you make envelopes or pockets.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you make some awesome Mail Art yourself!  I know you will LOVE it!!  And so will the person you send it to :)



National Smile Week Home Decor By Jennie Garcia

Smile Girly Frame It’s National Smile Week! As a reminder I made this cute frame for my daughter’s wall using the Walnut Hollow Circle Thin Plaque. You can make it in just 3 steps!  Smile Girly Frame -001 The first step is to glue the May Arts Mini Pompoms around the plaque using the fine tip of the Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue. I leave the point where the pompoms connect at the bottom so you can’t see it. You could use other trim like lace or just leave it without trim.

Smile Girly Frame -002 Second, glue the paper to the plaque using the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. To cut this circle I used a Sizzix Die, you can also use any electronic die cutting machine, or just trace the circle with a pencil and cut it with scissors. You could also glue the paper to the plaque using the Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue or the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Smile Girly Frame -003 Last, use the Tombow Foam Tape to give dimension to the speech bubbles. I cut the bubble speech out of patterned paper and drew the faux stitching around them. Add the little details that are like sprinkles in cupcakes, or in this case, buttons and enamel dots.

These little frames are super easy to make and you can customize them to fit your room theme or style. Hang them on your wall using the Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty so you won’t damage your walls!

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you make one, please share it with us on Facebook!

If you want to see more of my projects check out my blog Earthy Scrap!

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