A couple of years ago, we discovered how handy labels are for back to school. Labels quickly became a necessity. I buy a package of Avery labels ($5?) and make very basic labels for the kids to put on all their back to school supplies. SO much easier than writing their name on everything.
My oldest decided to make her own this year. They turned out amazing. She went with the color scheme from her backpack and took some of her favorite graphics (Audrey Hepburn and Union Jack) and "picniked" them. Wah-lah: hot pink Audrey Hepburn and sepia Union Jack. Genius.
She was unable to find notebooks with designs that she liked, so we bought the 15 cent notebooks from Target, and she covered them with scrap book paper and glued larger versions of her picniked graphics. They turned out great. The polka dot notebook is a color copy she made of her PB Teen binder. I will say it again, genius!
There you have it. All completely coordinated and oh so lovely. The best part for me? She did this completely on her own and certainly did a better job than I could have done.