Back to School Photo Notebook Labels

How to make back to school photo notebook labels for each school subject

I have another REALLY fun and easy back to school photo idea that I made for HP in the past! My daughter and I did a mini photo shoot at home and took pictures with my phone and printed with the HP Sprocket. We staged different school subjects with blocks, a chalkboard, and books and changed each “scene” accordingly.

I can’t tell you how much fun we had doing this. Change outfits and hairstyles if you want. We did a standard bun and black rimmed eye glasses. It’s also fun for kids of all ages, from preschool to high school. You can get really creative with your shots!

How to make back to school photo notebook labels for each school subject

Time: 40 Minutes


  • HP Sprocket or similar
  • Photo Props of Choice
  • Colored Paper
  • Glue
  • Notebooks


First, set up your background.  This can be very simple using things you already have around the house.  We used a mini chalkboard, a globe, books, and blocks. Get creative with different subjects.  My daughter is in second grade, so we did spelling, reading, and math. You can also have your child dress up. Use glasses for reading or a white lab coat for math and science.

Next, we had our photo shoot with my phone and instantly printed our favorite three photos direct to our Sprocket. I cut out 3”X4” pieces of colored cardstock to use as boarder and peeled off the sticky back and centered the photo. I used a glue stick to glue on the photo to the notebook.

No Sprocket? No Problem.

If you don’t have a photo printer like this, simply resize any photo, print, and cut them out. Use tape or glue to attach it to your notebooks.

Back to School Photo Prop Ideas

You don’t have to spend any extra money to do this. Look for things around the house for items you already have. Plus, you don’t need a fancy camera, only your phone.

  • Apple
  • Ruler or Yardstick
  • Books
  • Chalkboard & Chalk
  • Backpack & Lunchbox or Lunch bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Globe
  • Cup of Pencils
  • Pack of Crayons
  • Large Clock
  • Calculator
  • Laptop or Computer
  • Glasses

All you have to do is take your photos, add a border with colorful paper if your wish, and place them on your notebook or covered text books.

Older teens can take turns with their friends posing and taking pictures for one another.

Watch the video:


Styling Your Photos

Here are some ways to style your photo shoot. As a bonus, it’s a great way to spend time with your kids!

  1. Dress in your back to school best, or wear your school uniform.
  2. Pose with your best friends and tell a story through a series of 3 or 4 photos.
  3. Have your child carry a large stack of books.
    • Pro Tip: If you don’t have text books handy, turn the spines around so you can’t see the titles.
  4. Dress up like a teacher with glasses, a bun or bow tie, and ruler.
  5. Sit at a desk and pretend to write or draw.
  6. Go to the local library for a perfect background setting.
  7. Take photos on a playground with a backpack and books in hand.
  8. After school or on a weekend, take photos at your school in front of the marque, mascot, or school sign.

Other ways to use the HP Sprocket for back to school:

The HP Sprocket prints photos with sticky backs so you print instant photo stickers! Take photos of you and your friends and use them to:

  • Decorate your locker
  • Embellish your covered books
  • Decorate binders and folders
  • Make personalized pencil cases (see below)

Watch the video on how to make these no sew pencil cases with scrap pieces of felt:

This is a fun idea to share summertime photos at school.

Get the full tutorial: Photo Pencil Cases

Be sure to check out my other Back to School projects.

Also, stop and visit me on my YouTube Channel. I have over 100 craft tutorials and ideas on there. I would love it if you subscribed!

This article was originally posted on August 21, 2017 and since then updated and improved.

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  1. What a clever idea on the notebooks covers…plus the fun ya’ll had togerther…fun time with mom and daughter priceless…thanks for sharing….love it and now I want the hp printer….

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