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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Student Teaching Survival Kit

A couple of weeks ago, I received a student teacher. I wanted to do something to welcome him. So, I made him this cute survival kit. I had seen the idea on Pinterest and wanted to make one of my own. I actually used a sewing (thread) organizing kit from Joanns. 
 I found some cute pencil paper and paper that looked like binder paper to use as the base. I chalked the outside of the "binder paper" with deep red chalk. I used my "George and Basic Shapes" Cricut cartridge to cut out my words. Then, I added a red rhinestone to abbreviate Mr.
 I found the cute idea of what to put inside from the internet. Each item that was added to the "Survival Kit" had a cute reason for being in there.

My student teacher really enjoyed it and his wife who is a scrapbooker as well thought it was super cute!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Clipboard Holder

I have become addicted to Pinterest! The other day I came across a cute way to organize and hold all the clipboards in your classroom. The original idea came from:


In my classroom, I am kind of going with the black, white, and teal colors (along with zebra and polk-a-dot). I bought my container at Target, during the summer (it is actually an ice bucket). Then, I added zebra and teal and white polk-a-dot ribbon on the handles (from Michael's). I used my "George and Basic Shapes" Cricut cartridge to cut out the letters with vinyl. Even though it is kind of plain, I think it is an adorable way to keep all your classroom clipboards in one place!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Post It Holder

My mom made one of these adorable post-it holders the other day. I liked it so much I asked her if she could send me her instructions so I could make one too. The differences between ours is that my mom used velcro, I used brads and ribbon and of course we used different paper and embellishments. It was super easy to do and you can get as creative as you would like. I am going to give this to one of my student's parents who already brought supplies in as a donation. We had a back to school BBQ and start school on Monday, so I am sure I will have many more blog postings to share soon. 

Here is my post-it holder:

Here is my mom's post-it holder:

Post-It-Note Holder Directions:
What you will need:
Paper (double sided works best)
Scoring board
Post It Note Pad
Double sided tape or glue
Cute sticker or embelishment for the front cover

*  Cut a strip of paper 3" wide x 8" long (double sided is cute because you will see the inside when you open it.
First fold is at 2 5/8"
Second fold add another 3/8", which makes it at 3"
Third fold is an additional 3-1/8", which makes it at 6-1/8"
Fourth fold is another 3/8", which makes it at 61/2"
You should have 1-7/8" remaining

Attach your Post-It-Note pad with either tape or glue.  I took off about 10 sheets, because you will see that it is a little too thick otherwise.
Add velcro to the top and bottom with glue, and let dry throughly;  see my photo.
Add your embelishment as your finishing touch.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


 I bought the white block letters at Michaels. By the way, did you know that all teachers can get 15% off their entire purchase everyday, just by showing your teacher ID? I don't remember where I purchased the paper, it was some old scrapbook paper I had in one of my bins.
 First, I turned the letter over. Then, I traced the outline of the letter on the back of the paper. Third, I cut out the traced letter.
 Next, I glued the paper down on the letters.
 Finally, I used "Modge Podge" to make sure it was secured onto the letter and it gave it a nice glossy finish.
I saw an idea similar to this on another blog and thought it would be super cute in my classroom. I was so excited to share them with everyone that I had to take a picture of them right now (in my house). So, when I actually get them into my classroom, I will take another picture and post it. I know they are pretty simple, but I didn't want to add too much to the letters. Maybe I will add a couple of ribbons or buttons....any suggestions?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Works in Progress

I am so excited to show you all what I have been working on, but they are not quite finished yet. I am almost finished working on some scrapbooked letters to add a decorative touch to my bookshelf in my classroom. I was recently told about "Pintrest," which is a very neat website where you can find some very cool ideas and sort of bookmark them. It is very user friendly and easy to keep organized. I am hoping that I can recreate a very cute black and white bookshelf I found on there. I am also working on a class banner to hang in the classroom. I am in the process of making rosettes for every section of the banner, then on the first day of school I will take the students pictures and place them on the rosettes. Should be pretty cute and give the classroom a personal touch. Stay in tune, I will post pictures soon.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thank You Cards

You can never have too many thank you cards laying around your classroom. I made these cute apple thank you cards from the Preserves Cricut Cartridge. I thought it would be nice to have a couple of these handy for when parents donate supplies in the beginning of the school year.

It's That Time Again!

Well, the first day of school is in 13 days! I cannot believe how fast this summer flew by. The last couple of days I have been working in my classroom trying to get everything ready.

Things I have completed:
1) Bulletin Boards
2) Distributing Books
3) Organizing Supplies

Things to do:
1) Make the classroom cute!