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Mom…My pencil case broke already!

Personalizing stuff with bubble letters

Yes, it broke!  Of course it did!!!!  Need I say more about the quality of THINGS lately?  Before school my daughter had her heart set on a kids OMG sequin pencil case.  I was thinking, hmmm how long is this going to last?  We were in a hurry….3 kids school supplies.. ok ok.  Get it done! A month later though the stitching started coming out.  “Mom, I need a new pencil case for school.” ugh… I knew it!  She wanted to replace it with an even more bedazzled case but I spotted this heavy duty one hanging up in the same section.

Personalizing your stuff: super heavy duty bag with blank canvas
zipper BAG from Walmart

It is super durable, made with a heavy duty fabric and strong zipper.  I had to talk it up because I knew she wasn’t going to like it.  I could tell it was just hanging up for the moms!  No kid wants this!   “We will make it great, and you will love it.” I kept saying.  My girl was not a happy camper.  Sad eyed and skeptical, I finally convinced her.

Once we had it home I wrote her initials lightly on the case with pencil.  I wrote the letters as if I was drawing so I could get a good fit.  Markers would be drawn on top and so I wasn’t worried about how perfect it was.  I also knew that the pencil markings could be erased on this fabric.

Personalizing with bubble lettering: step 1
Wrote initials lightly in pencil to fit

When I was a kid I was obsessed with bubble letters and hand lettering!  Free-hand bubble art was huge in the 80’s and my fascination 🙂 but here I really didn’t want to mess up!   Instead of free-hand, I bubbled around the initials in caps.

I handed it to my daughter to color with her fabric markers.

Personalize on fabric with fabric markers
Fabric markers from Dollar Tree

This kid has always been really artsy.   You’re right, those are fake tattoos and drawings all over her arm. 🙂   She comes up with the coolest graphics when she is coloring.  I expected she might come out of the lines in some spots so I took a THICK sharpie and outlined the Initial bubbles.

Personalizing with bubble letters
FINISHED with a thick sharpie line around the letters

I let her go crazy on the back and draw and color whatever she wanted.  She was thrilled with the result.  It’s not perfect and it’s not meant to be!  She was happy to color her new pencil case and make it her own.  I asked her if she wanted to add sequins……she said “OMG no!!  I love it just like that!” haha 🙂

K. Rupp

We are bringing bubble letters out of the 80’s!  Now I just need some Ziggy stickers!!  Bubbling up Everything Karupped 🙂  My bubbling video(me bubbling this pic!) in time lapse is on my social media pages: Facebook HERE, Twitter, and Instagram HERE !  Or you can click on my social media icons next to my picture to get there.Bubble lettering!!!

Personalized stuff with bubble lettering!

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8 thoughts on “Mom…My pencil case broke already!

    1. Thank you Roseann! Yes definitely:) It is made with upholstery fabric. Super strong and half the price of the kids cases. WIN WIN 🙂 Oh and I don’t have to make one…win win win…haha! Thanks for your comment!

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  1. Ooooooo I remember bubble letters so well. We used to do them everywhere when we were in school. I hope they come back in a big way. I love your idea of buying a plain pencil case instead of the dollied up versions. They’re so much cheaper and making your own is way better. I need to show my daughter what your daughter did to hers. It might just make it easier to convince her. We could start a new trend 😉

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    1. YES!!! I agree! A new trend to bring bubble letters back!!! 🙂 Right now it seems that the whimsical script is very trendy. I love it but that is all I am seeing lately. Calligraphy and lettering in so many styles from gothic to graffiti have always been fascinating to me. Your daughter will love it on anything you put it on. I think I am going to attack my daughters backpack next! haha. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting:)

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