My nephew starts senior school this week (the tissues are at the ready). Of course there will be the compulsory photo at the front door, all dressed up in his crisp shirt, pressed trousers and brand new rucksack. There's a clear plastic geometry set never to be used for its real purpose, a pristine white rubber and dangerously sharp HB pencils all kept safely in a carefully chosen pencil case.
Out of all the school paraphernalia the pencil case has to be a particular favourite of mine. It holds more than just pens and pencils. It holds secrets too.
You see, it's all to do with the zip. Fold a note into a tiny white square, nestle it in between the ink and lead, close the zip and it's your own private safe.
I've still got my last pencil case (pictured above) which holds the initials of a teenage crush. Not so secret anymore as it turned into love and he's now my husband!
Here is a round-up of some back to school creative ideas for you to try to perk up any pencil case: