You may not know this, but I'm one of those people who loves to look at crafts of things people made, but I'm not really very crafty myself. I admire and say I'd love to do that, but I know it will never happen. I love to paint, to create-just not very good at it.
I've seen lots of first day pics where people make frames that the kids hold up for a photo. I'm thinking since so many parents like to take pictures on the first day, this year I'm going to try that idea. My theme being the Wizard of Oz, this is what I came up with (it's just a plain wooden frame that I painted-I tried to get my dog Ruby to pose in it, but she wasn't having it-no kids to try it out with) :
I know the lettering is not perfect (believe me, it wasn't for lack of trying-I repainted the white many times! :). But I think it will serve its purpose. The first picture in the kids' portfolios can be them inside a rainbow instead of over it!