“Backpacks of Love” by The Blue Ribbon Project #CricutCause

Welcoming a newborn is quite humbling. You remember the day that you get to sleep through the night. You also realize how much of it you took for granted. Some babies sleep through the night, some just don’t. If you happen to be waking up every 2-3 hours, you can’t help but wish your little bundle of joy would also sleep just as much. It doesn’t mean that you love your baby less. It’s normal to feel such, especially when the exhaustion sets in. You’re a new parent, and that is OKAY. Here’s the thing though, while you are considering that thought, there are families out there who wish they could at least spend some time with theirs. Sounds sad, right? Well, you haven’t even heard half of it.

Have you heard about foster kids? How about the foster care system? I honestly was as clueless as everyone else until I have gotten to know my late mother in law. She used to care for foster kids back then. I have seen the kids come and go. I have also come across the good and the bad ones. I even cared for two with her at one point. I realized that the little kid who was often referred to as a “bad” kid was lashing out as a result of their situation or what they have to go through. Come to think of it, most people don’t realize that these kids had been moved from their respective homes and family. Some kids really needed to be moved from their abusive environment. Then some had to be moved simply because their parent(s) are in a bind or a tough spot. Imagine not being able to make ends meet, can’t keep your lights on or so. This would warrant having the kids taken away. While all that sounds rough, I honestly was even more shocked when I discovered that these kids often had to be moved with NO belonging with them except for the clothes in their back. In those instances that they can grab some things from their home, they are given a trash bag to take their stuff. Yes, a TRASH BAG! Heartbreaking. As a mom, I can only imagine how these kids must be feeling. I tried putting myself in their parents’ shoes. That if I was, I would hope for the best and that they have someone who would be able to care for them as well as show them that they are wanted. Accepted. Welcomed. Most of all … LOVED.

Given that I was raised in the Philippines, I have seen and experienced my fair share of trials and even challenges. I happen to have also been married to a military man who served 20 years. All these contributed to my passion for supporting causes that give back to our community. That if I ever were in such a situation, I would want someone to be there for me too. This is also why I appreciate and commend brands that support causes and offer charitable contributions. The latest cause by Cricut in partnership with “The Blue Ribbon Project” is absolutely near and dear to my heart. It tugs away on my heartstrings and literally is the embodiment of what giving back is all about. This is also why I am super thrilled to be able to partner with Cricut to create a customized “Backpacks of Love” that these kids can truly call their own. An actual bag made with them in our mind. A bag that they can physically treasure and not have to use a TRASH BAG to collect and keep their belongings.

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I have decided to personalize 4 backpacks instead of just 2. I figured, why not? When I have additional means, I will create and do more. So far, these are the designs and styling that I have made using my Cricut Explore Air 2!

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❝ you can read a bit more about the Cricut Explore Air 2 along with my review by clicking here. ❞

The backpacks all turned out cute and absolutely darling. I have used a combination of HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and Infusible Ink. I love the vibrant colors and it was SUPER EASY to make! If you’re interested in creating a personalized backpack, check out my post ❝ DIY Personalized Backpack with Cricut ❞ for the easy step-by-step guide!

Want to know more about the Backpacks of Love Project? Visit the ❝ BlueRibbonProject.org ❞ for the complete details. I also encourage you all to follow along with the updates on social media with the hashtag #CricutCause.

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  • Sarah

    This is such a cute idea and reminds me of the Christmas shoe boxes that are filled with essentials children need. I definitely think this kind of gratitude is so essential in life. Wonderful blog post as always.

  • Ladena

    What a great idea! I like them all! I would totally make personalized backpacks for my kids if I had a Cricut. They’d love that.

  • Heather

    These are SUCH a sweet idea! The personalization on the backpacks is so cute & gives me a ton of ideas!

  • Tara Pittman

    These are so cute. I love the way that these are going to bless someone

  • Geneva

    This is so commendable of you. These backpacks of love will really make a difference for these children. And I love the messaging you have on the backpacks. How encouraging!

  • Matt Taylor

    The backpacks of love project s0unds awesome. I will have to check it out sometime.

  • Scarlet

    I love that back pack with that beautiful cricut design for the blue ribbon. Great quote too. It is very motivational for tough times to remember there is a rainbow after a storm:)

  • Amy Desrosiers

    Wow, these did turn out great! I love each backpack and overall newborn look.

  • Stephanie Stebbins

    These all came out beautifully! So cute!

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    What a truly wonderful initiative this is and I think you are wonderful for getting behind this to benefit unfortunate children that are in their situation through no fault of their own. My fiance used to be a foster parent to children with special needs so I have some appreciation for what you are talking about. Love the sets that are on offer here and I hope the word gets out more about this.

  • Scott DeNicola

    What a great idea the backpacks of love project is. There has to be a way to start some sort of go fund me where you can use the money to buy more supplies or work with a local church group to help. I love the animals’ pack and the future is bright design. Very clever.

  • Kathy

    I love these backpacks! They are all so cute. I really love the messages on them. It’s great you can do that. I really need to get a cricut.

  • Heather

    These backpacks are super cute! And I love the project! What a great cause.

  • Celebrate Woman Today

    All things look awesome! Darling backpacks with unique applique.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    This is such a great campaign to help out and give back to the community. The children deserve all the help and support they can get and this is one great way for them to have hope for the future.

  • Sherry

    This is such a great cause. I don’t know much about the foster care system but I do know about the garbage bags. The backpacks turned out really well.

  • Catalina

    These backpacks are original and so cool! I know someone that will be happy to have these!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson

    I love this so much! As an adoptive mom of 5, I’ve seen firsthand how traumatic it can be to have your life change in an instant. 4 of our kids came to us with little more than the clothes on their backs. These backpacks are such a sweet gift.

  • Stephanie Pass

    These backpacks came out so cute. I need to get a Cricut and do these things.

  • Krystel | Frugal Living

    I am watching the documentary on Gabriel Fernandez now and they talk about the Blue Ribbon Project. I would like to do one of these.

  • Wren

    I love these so much! Especially the rainbow backpack. I have a rainbow baby and it touches my heart.

  • Myrah Duque

    What a great cause the BLUE RIBBON PROJECT seems to be! Giving back via making these adorable backpacks of Love is genius! These bags are filled with great, useful items that many don’t have. Bless your heart.

  • Toni

    This is such an amazing idea! Love those messages on the backpacks!

  • Rog Willis

    Your creations are AMAZING! I love your vision to create these. Cricuts are extremely versatile to handle just about any creation. I also love the cause for whom you made these for!

  • Dreams Abroad

    Ahhhh, love these backpacks! I love the grey one with the animals. I am checking out THE BLUE RIBBON PROJECT right now.

  • Britt K

    This is such an adorable way to make a big difference in the lives of these children. We can’t erase the pain of their past or the situations that they have been forced into, but a small personal touch like this can bring a little light into an otherwise grey situation. I hope that your sharing this inspires others to reach out and do something similar either through this project or through something closer to home.

  • Sim @ Sim's Life

    Such a wonderful idea and worthy cause! The backpacks you have made are wonderful and will certainly put smiles on faces! Such a wonderful thing you are doing x Sim

  • Autumn

    I love it when bloggers and influencers share articles about charitable causes. I love and support the Blue Ribbon Project. Thank you.

  • Sara | mshealthesteem.com

    What an incredibly beautiful thing to do! These are lovely. Thank you for sharing the Blue Ribbon Project with us ♡

  • Ivana Mearns

    I love the “My future is a bright as the Sun” slogan, it makes the bag pack look so special.

  • Ruth I

    They have a great cause that needs support. Thank you for sharing this. Such cute designs you have!

  • Fatima Torres

    What a wonderful project. The backpacks are adorable!

  • Rebecca Smith

    The Blue Ribbon Project sounds like a wonderful idea. It is so important to support causes such as this.

  • StepHen

    Those backpacks are super cute, I’m loving the colour coordinating.

    Any child would be lucky to receive them

  • Trish Veltman

    Those are very cute designs – I like the animal one particularly

  • Lily

    Wow your backpacks look so professional. So adorable I want the Circiut!

  • Samantha Donnelly

    We have recently purchased one of these machines, I am amazed at how they work and what you can achieve with them

  • Emman Damian

    I have been reading a lot about Cricut. It sounds like a great tool for DIY projects. I hope to have one soon.

  • Rhian Westbury

    These designs are lovely, I love the quotes on them and it’s for such a great cause x

  • Luna S

    What an amazing cause to support, those backpacks are so cute! I love everything you put together and I know they will benefit the children they go to.

  • Lene Andersen

    It’s astonishing that organizations devoted to protecting and supporting children and families would actually not consider what it does to the psyche of everyone involved to use a trash bag. I love these backpacks. I think they could be instrumental in making such a situation a little easier for the kids.

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    The Backpacks of Love Project sounds like a great initiative and we love how you’ve personalised them! The contents are super useful as well!

  • Jess Howliston

    Oh wow this brought a tear to my eye! I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the kids and often the parents too, foster carers are such amazing people who really do deserve so much credit for everything they do for kids who need them! This sounds like an amazing campaign and I will definitely go read more about it and how I could get involved! Thanks for sharing x

  • Lyosha

    sounds like a great project to share and speak of. also great products, very cute!

  • Janet Robertson-Peverley

    What a lovely post to read, and to know that these little backpacks will have so much meaning for some. I love the little sayings you have added, so simple, but so much love in them.

  • Natalie

    Lovely idea. Love all these products. Must get some of these for my boy.

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    I am also a fan of companies that give back! Those backpacks are incredible. You’ve done such an amazing job and they will make the day of the child receiving it. Nice job!

  • Julia

    Well done – all customized “Backpacks of Love” are very nice. I’m sure that they will make some unfortunate kids’ lives a little brighter. Thank you for introducing the Backpacks of Love Project

  • Thuy-Linh Phan

    This is such a great cause, my heart is so full knowing there are people like you in this world doing such kind things. I remember hearing about the trash bags foster kids have to transport their things in and it’s so sweet to be able to have backpacks instead

  • Ashleigh D

    This is such a lovely idea. I’ve never thought about fostering but one of my best friends was fostered so it does appeal to me to help out. These bags are lovely.

  • Afshan

    I’m loving the white back pack as there is always a rainbow. They are so cool! Fostering is so rewarding, so well done to tour mum for giving kids a home.

  • Karen Langridge

    My mother in law was also a foster carer for many years, she has now retired. I really love these bags you have created, the slogans on them are very meaningful.

  • Danielle Rice

    these are freaking adorable!