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Back to School with Simon+Kabuki

I must admit that I love when my kids are on summer break and totally dread the first day of school. The summer flies by and there is never enough time to do everything we want to plus work and take care of house duties! I always say we’ll hit the beach once a week or go to the park or hike but something always gets in the way. We have gone to beautiful Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz and we are going to San Luis Obispo for a weekend soccer tournament so we have been doing some things, I just wish summer was longer! We also have to start stocking up on school supplies. Every teacher gives their list and we all head off to Target or the office supply store. I love getting them some fun and funky school supplies to start their year on the right track. We designed several Back to School Collections. Here are a couple of new ones. Check for sales on back to school and the rest of our collections. Too Cool for School Collection can be found here and The Prep collection can be found here.




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Summer Fun – Personalized Coloring Books


Going on a road trip this summer or just looking for something fun to keep the kids busy? Coloring was one of my favorite things to do on long drives or hot summer days at home. You can get super cute personalized coloring books from There are many choices for both boys and girls, from monster trucks to butterflies, perfect for any occasion!

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Easy Photo Craft Project

Woodpix photos on wood

Woodpix photos on wood

Last summer after getting back from Hawaii I had one of our family photos transferred to wood by a company called Woodpix. It turned out really cute and I thought it would be fun to experiment on my own a bit with transferring photos to wood. It is a really easy process and a fun project for kids. My kids were thinking of gift ideas for friends and fun ways to decorate their room. We used black and white images and a piece of wood I bought from Michaels for our first attemp. Next time I will also try out color images and different types of wood blocks maybe even colored wood to see what we come up with.

What you will need: A photo printed from your laser jet printer, Mod Podge, foam brush, wood, a credit card for smoothing bubbles and a rag

Step 1 – Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto your board. You can also use gel medium instead of Mod Podge. I used Mod Podge.
Step 2 – Carefully lay your photo onto the wood and use the credit card to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
Step 3 – Let dry overnight or at least several hours.
Step 4 – Lay a wet rag over entire board to get the paper wet (it does not need to be soaking wet). Use the rag to scrub off the paper.
Step 5 – Once all of the paper is off, let the wood dry a bit and then follow up with another layer of Mod Podge to protect the image. Voila you are done!

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Happy 4th of July!

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Hope you have a fabulous 4th of July, filled with yummy barbeque, family and friends and spectacular fireworks. We always have a swim barbeque during the day and head off to find fireworks as it gets dark. For some fun personalized coloring pages to keep the kids busy, check out There’s even a personalized World Cup soccer page! Hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July!


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