My favorite part of fall was always the annual back-to-school shopping spree. Brightly colored binders and coordinating spiral notebooks were just waiting to be snatched up and decorated with tabbed dividers, a fresh ream of lined paper, and photos of my best friends. While you may not be returning to classrooms lined with desks, you can still celebrate learning in your own creative classroom. We rounded up a bunch of our favorite crafting supplies from The Shoppe, all under $10! You might just have some spending money left over to wax some nostalgia on a new pencil pouch or day planner.
Multi-Colored Dots Washi Tape (2-pack) | $9.49
As colorful as confetti and just as fun to use, this decorative tape set will become your favorite crafting supply for every celebration. Add a cheerful sprinkle of color to your greeting cards, stamped projects, and handwritten letters with this polka dotted tape set. See a related project here.
Paper Mache Storage Containers | $8.95
This versatile stackable storage solution comes ready-to-alter and ready to help get you organized. Stash your buttons, jewelry findings, and other trinkets in these compartments. Label each box and have all your tiny supplies at your fingertips. See project here.
Basic Liquitex Acrylic Paint Set | $6.99
This set is the perfect paint starter kit for an aspiring artist who dabbles in canvas paintings, art journaling, and other mixed-media creations. These paints are permanent, water resistant, and flexible when dry. Set comes with a paintbrush. Add imagination and enjoy! See project here.
Decoupage & Decorative Wrap Sheets | $4.50
These gorgeous paper posters from Cavallini and Co. will wrap up all sorts of projects. Use as backgrounds on a mixed-media canvas, cut out images to decoupage onto a wooden form, or simply use to wrap a boxed present. See project here.
Punchinella Ribbon (Teal) | $3.99
Also known as “sequin waste,” Punchinella is the most versatile and beautifully textured altered art supply on the market today. Use this discarded medium as a stencil, creating a grungy polka dot patterned background or as a three-dimensional embellishment on canvases and wooden forms. See project here.
Somerset Studio | $8.99
Stampington’s flagship magazine, first published in 1998, is your comprehensive guide to mixed-media creations, presented in stunning beautiful full-color photographs. With featured artists Patti Robertz-Pizzuto, Lynne Perrella, and Michelle Ward, as well as the results from our Edgar Allan Poe challenge, this issue is sure to provide new artistic inspiration to crafters of all skill levels. Each issue comes with free artist papers and clip art pages that you can tear out of the magazine and use on your next mixed-media project. Find sample spreads here. Also see Art Doll Quarterly and Take Ten for more great reads under $10.
Beatrice | $9.95
Make your mark with Beatrice, one of the many charismatic characters in Pam Carriker’s Poetic Portraits stamp collection. Transform her distinctive portrait in your next paper crafting, art journaling, and mixed-media creations with a dab of paint or hand lettering. See project here.
Art Ribbon (Carousel) | $8.99
Tie a present up with a floppy vintage bow or bind a photo album together with shabby-chic pieces tied onto the spiral binding. Add dimension to your gorgeous projects with a little bit of textured flair. Includes 2 yards each of 3 delicious colors. See project here.
Vintage Softie Dress and Apron Kit | $9.95
This comprehensive kit contains all the materials you need to create a unique softie project. Included in this kit are mini clothespins, pre-stamped fabric, a mini black hanger, buttons, a swatch of ticking fabric, and a full-color instruction sheet to guide you through this simply adorable project. Perfect for beginning softie doll makers and plush lovers alike! See project here.
Flora Bowley Notebooks | $9.99
These imaginative notebooks measure 7 x 9″ and contain 106 colorful pages to doodle your thoughts and jot down to-do lists. First item on my list: get myself a set! See project here.
Tell us what we missed! If another product caught your eye in The Shoppe (and it’s under $10), leave a comment below for your chance to win it! One lucky person will be chosen at random to receive their selected item.
*Entries are accepted until 11:59 PM on 9/6/12. Contest is open to residents of the U.S.
Photo by Vanessa Spencer
Update: Christine Eastwood, you are our winner! We will be in contact with you regarding the details of your prize.