Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It & Vistaprint Order


Hi y'all! It's that time again... Monday Made It with Tara @ 4th Grade Frolics!


My first project was inspired by Amanda @ One Extra Degree. She made a BRAINSTORM BOX and I decided that I just absolutely loved the idea. So, I made my own! Mine looks a little different, as it has a closed top and is black with white lettering... but it's a similar idea!

MATERIALS:
Wooden box (Hobby Lobby)
My Cricut machine
White cardstock
Black paint
Paint brush
Xyron sticker maker

TO MAKE:
To make this, I started out by painting it black. It was wood colored, but I wanted something that would stand out! After I let it dry, I cut out the words "brainstorm box" using my Cricut. I used the Makin' The Grade cartridge and I think it turned out great! Then, I put the letters through my Xyron sticker maker to turn the backs into stickers, and stuck them on the box. Tada!




These are the little wood cutouts that I started out the day with... they go with my ocean theme I'll have for my classroom eventually! But then...

I went to Hobby Lobby because I ran out of sticker maker stuff AND I bought 44 more wooden cutouts! I grabbed one of each there and decided that they would all make great story starters or story characters.

Students will be able to use this box when they have finished their work and this box will also be stationed at a writing center. This hopefully will encourage students to be creative in their writing!

My second project was inspired by Kristin @ iTeach 1:1. She made a COMPLIMENT BOX and I decided (again) that I had to make one. Mine (again) looks a little different, as mine is a red painted box with red lettering. I'll be using my box in a similar fashion, though!


MATERIALS:
Wooden box (Hobby Lobby)
My Cricut machine
White cardstock
Red paint
Paint brush
Xyron sticker maker



This box will be used for my students to leave their friends some notes throughout the day. Amanda created a freebie for compliment notes on her site (click the blue link above this picture) so if you'd like it - go pick it up! I plan to have little strips of white paper where students can write their name, who they are giving the compliment to, and the compliment. At the end of the day, we'll read a few of them and the students will all get to take their compliments home! This is just a way to build community in the classroom and to make everyone feel as though they belong (because they DO belong!).

I also created the freebie below, too! These are the comment cards that I'll be using for my Comment Box above!

If you like what you see, you can have it for free! :) Click the picture below to be taken to my TPT store where it's located!


Finally, my Vistaprint order came! I borrowed a lot of different ideas from various people. Those who I took examples from are Tiffany @ The Learning Effect  and Katie @ Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans - there are a few other things I made that I had ideas from through people, but I cannot remember who! So, here's what I got!

This will be my birthday magnet that goes on the board - it's a small car magnet so it's plenty big enough! It's dry erasable, too, or so I've heard - yay!

 This will be used on the board where students' papers go without names. I absolutely love the design :)

These are the business cards I've made for my classroom. The top card is an exit ticket style card. This idea came from Katie. Students will write what they learned in order to move onto the next topic. The happy birthday card is obviously for birthdays. The computer style cards are for my students to put their username and passwords on cards in order to remember them (I will probably use some of these myself!). Finally, the last two are punch cards - the students will punch out their cards when they've done what it says - complete homework 10 times or move up the behavior chart 10 times. The last two cards were inspired by Tiffany!

 I made two stamps - they're both much smaller than I thought, but I like them! One is for a signature and one is for finish for homework. I also created these conference cards off Katie's choices - I absolutely love the style of them and they are very professional if you ask me.

Finally, I created these return address labels for my books - I'll probably order a stamp with my name on it to print on these eventually (since I don't have a classroom yet so I didn't want to put my name on them yet), but I absolutely LOVED the style so I had to get them!


LOOK at how much I saved on this oder - overall, it was a total of $35.88 - I used my Vistaprint Groupon $17.00 for $70.00 worth of products, but I obviously got more! I didn't want to spend $60.00 on shipping, so I went ahead and added at least $25.00 worth of stuff, and came out paying a total of $35.88 + $17.00 (for the Groupon) for a grand total of $52.88 - where I SAVED $237.07. WHOA.

I cannot wait to place my next Vistaprint order... I've joined a group on Facebook for teachers about Vistaprint - click here to be linked to the group! So, I'll have plenty of different ideas by then. But, that's all I've got for ya!

Have a good night, y'all!

16 comments:

  1. Wow, I love everything that you got from vistaprint. I will be checking out the facebook group.

    I absolutely love the brainstorm box, I really want to make one now.

    ~Jenna
    Diving Into Learning

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! Everything is all a collaboration of things from other teachers... just made them my own!

      Sara

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  2. Love your compliment box! I definitely want to go check out hobby lobby for a wooden box! How much was yours? I love it!! :) Congrats on saving so much at vistaprint! Don't you love that place?!? It's great!

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! The brainstorm box was $14.99 BUT I had a coupon for 40% off so it came out to be about $9.00 - the box with the slit in the top was $4.99 - Hobby Lobby is KILLING my wallet but I can't stay away! I do love Vistaprint.. super glad I had my bloggy buddies to discover it!

      Sara

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  3. I love that Brainstorm Box! I just added it to my list of things to make!

    A Pirates Life for Us

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! It was real quick & easy to make! :)

      Sara

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  4. Cute site, but hoping you will change the font in ' about me'. It is really difficult to read. Thanks for the great ideas! One year, I filled a suitcase with pictures, postcards, magnets and other things from various places. If you do Flat Stanley, you can use things that are sent to your class. Kids can then use the suitcase for creative writing.

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    1. Hi Tammy - thanks for the suggestion! It's changed :) and thank you for the idea of the suitcase! That's smart!

      Sara

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  5. Everything looks great. I love the Brainstorm Box. Clever.

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  6. The brainstorm box is so cute!! I love that idea!! I'm going to have to add that to my Monday Made It list of things to make. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. It was very easy, Lisa! And it's going to be very functional in the long run :)

      Sara

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  7. Oh my goodness do I like that brainstorm box!! What a good idea! I think this just got added to my truly never ending "project list" :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. LOL thanks, Stephanie! It's really easy to make, but I know what you mean about the never ending list!!

      Sara

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  8. Love, love, love the brainstorm box! Your crafting looks amazing! I am your newest follower by the way and I just started my own blog. Stop by if you get a chance. :)
    http://lattesnlaughter.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hiya, Julia! Thanks for the kind compliment! I'm coming on by right as I write this :)

      Sara

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