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Little Things :: Printstagram Lunch Box Notes

August 20th, 2013

DIY back-to-school lunchbox notes | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

When I was in school, my dad created an ongoing character who made a special appearance on the napkins in my lunchbox.  I didn’t see this character everyday, but he showed up often enough for me to be wondering when he’d be back again. His name was Superdog and he was precisely how you are picturing him…A totally awesome flying dog with floppy ears and a flapping cape. Superdog would always pop in just in time to give me the encouragement I needed to get through the grueling days at school.  Life is hard, even when you’re 10 (or maybe especially when you’re 10)…

DIY back-to-school lunchbox notes | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

This is a memory that is etched in my mind. As silly and simple as it is, Superdog made me feel all kinds of encouraged and uplifted as a child. Clearly, this wasn’t the only little token of encouragement I got along the way, but it was a start down the road of confidence that I continue to walk.  I would always rather air on the side of ‘Ya, I can probably do that,’  wouldn’t you?

DIY back-to-school lunchbox notes | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

All this to say, I want to encourage my kids. I’m not perfect at it. I don’t even attempt to be, as motherhood is quite literally the hardest thing I have ever done. But man, I want to encourage them. I want them to think they can do anything. So, lets start with a lunchbox note. When thinking about how I wanted to execute my version of the Superdog, I was shooting for something that could leave a profound impact, be stylish and inspiring, and also take very little time (Is this my motto for life? Perhaps yes).

DIY back-to-school lunchbox notes | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Meet PrintstagramThe company links your Instagram account to their professional grade printing. You have a choice between a few different products, but for the lunch notes I chose the 4” prints and the 2.5” prints. The great thing about using your own Instagram photos for lunch note cards, is that they quickly provide you the subject of your notes. ‘We are going to grandma’s house after school!’ written on a picture of Grandma’s house, could be a super fun surprise at lunch — maybe even a surprise worth sharing at the lunch table. Or a sweet note about hoping your child’s creativity can shine at school written over a quick pic you took of their artwork last month could mean the world.

DIY back-to-school lunchbox notes | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

So, I bring you the Printsagram Lunch Box Note… newPostLabel_Supplies


  1. Order prints through Printstagram (2.5”, 4”, or the calendar would all work great)
  2. Use rubber stamp to embellish prints
  3. Write a quick note with a sharpie on the print.
  4. Use a magnet or washi tape to adhere the note to the inside of the lunchbox!

DIY back-to-school lunchbox notes | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles


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  1. this brought tears to my eyes (emotional mama). such a great idea!!

  2. Carrie says:

    Lesley, I’m so glad you liked it! It really couldn’t be simpler!

  3. aww, this is incredibly happy. what a wonderfully inspiring thing to create for your children. definitely incorporating this into my family traditions. thank you!

  4. Love that lunchbox and what a sweet idea!

  5. What a cute idea! I have to spread the word on this updated love note!

  6. Capella says:

    I think that is possibly one of the sweetest things a dad could do… love superdog.

  7. Lauren says:

    What a brilliant idea and invention! I could have done with this at school, school days can seem so long so you always need something to brighten your day. Ill definitely keep this in mind if I ever have children 🙂

  8. I love this idea! My Mom used to leave me little notes in my lunchbox and I loved it. It always made me feel like she was with me. I even have some of them saved!

  9. Susie says:

    Superdog!!!! No wonder you are the way you are. I love this idea, especially with Bobby starting kinder next week.

  10. stephen says:

    This is so cute!!

  11. courtney says:

    this is awesome carrie!

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  13. Meagan says:

    I can’t wait to buy some stuff from Printsagram for Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

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