Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to School Ideas!

Can you believe the summer is winding down and school is starting again already?! There have been fabulous back to school ideas all over the Blogosphere. Thanks so much to the In the Looop members who linked up their back to school projects to the new "Featured Tag Spotlight." Thanks also to the non-members who sent in projects! But surely there is more out there! Members, you can continue to link your projects with the tag "back to school" until the next  featured tag is announced.  Here are just a few. Be sure to check out more at In the Looop!

What better way to kick off back to school than with a party for the little ones?

 Dukes and Duchesses did. You must stop by to see this adorable party! Very cute and clever details.

And if you have a back to school party, you'll need invitations.

Chrissy of Hoot Designs has the perfect idea for that!

We all need a wreath for every season and holiday.

So why not have one for back to school? Thanks Rebecca, from Freckles Crafts for sending in this idea!
No matter what grade, all students need pencils.

Why send them with the boring yellow ones when you can make them beautiful with fabric? Omiyage created these fabric-covered pencils with Mod Podge.

Make sure your kiddos have a good place to do their homework.

Natalie at Johnny in a Dress refinished and old desk to create this fun chalkboard desk. This would be great for scribbling numbers while solving math problems!

Chalkboards are also great for little ones learning to write their letters and even for older ones learning to write in cursive.

Many people are painting their walls with chalkboard paint. This chalkboard, found at Sparkle, can easily be rolled up and tucked away when it's not being used.

How can you and your child be sure they are ready for the next school day?

The 36th Avenue has the solution with these back to school charts. Brilliant!

And finally, because we love them or feel the need to do a little brown-nosing, a couple of cute gifts for the others who care for our children.

Gifts for teachers

An adorable "School's In/Out" sign for the teacher by How Does She.

Don't forget the bus drivers! Give yours this cute gift from Sassy Sites.

Remember to head over to In the Looop to see more and to link up your back to school projects!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wanted: Back to School Projects!

It's back to school time again! Depending on where you live, your summer might be over, or you may still have a few weeks left. Either way, everyone is busy checking off that supply list and finding the perfect outfit for the first day. And of course the creative geniuses (that would be you all) are all thinking up and creating adorable back to school crafts, snacks and gifts.

If you are a member of In the Looop, head over to the home page to submit your project* and be sure to use the tag "Back to School."
 Not a member yet? Submit your project (direct link) to help@inthelooop.com.
But don't wait! Submit your project now!
In the Looop Blog will feature several projects submitted by both members and non-members Monday, August 22!
Can't wait to see whatcha got!

*Members will be allowed to submit one extra project this week for the featured category. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Check Out In the Loop Blog!

We finally have the ITL blog up and running! From now on, most updates and announcements will be made on the blog rather than via email. Please subscribe to the blog to get the latest updates to keep you In the Looop! Don't forget that you can Tweet, Facebook or blog about In the Looop for extra invitations to give to your friends! Just let us know that you did and we'll send them your way! Also, You don't forget that you can post 10  projects when you join ITL. After ten you will be allowed one per week. You will receive an email reminder when you are able to post again. Please keep linking up! So far the projects and members have been outstanding! Our goal is to make this site a place where people can come to find the best crafts online without having to search and filter. If you are a member, don't forget to grab a button! 

Thank you so much for your membership and participation!
The first post will go up this weekend and it's one you won't want to miss! We plan on launching the new site and blog with a contest and a giveaway!