Got Vista Print?

by becky on August 11, 2011

Last year I was all about Vista Print. I still love it, but I think I overdosed on projects last year. I have so many left over items that I am going to wait for a while before I order some more. But, I have to say, the quality of the items, the sales, and the time it takes to receive your orders is AWESOME. I have made a ton of things, and am happy with everything I ordered. Here’s the shortlist ( :)  ) of items I made:

I made these bucket filler forms on business cards. They are sturdy and in color. The kids love them! I think the quality just makes them feel more special :).

I used these punch cards last year for my class to help promote positive behavior and homework completion. Again, these were made on business cards. If they didn’t move their clip all day, they would get a punch. When they filled up a card, they earned a classroom coupon.

Speaking of behavior, I created the following poster to be used as a visual explanation for my students as to what they each level meant. I used to have a baseball theme in my classroom so I used the three Strikes method as my behavior plan.

Behavior explanation

A few years ago when I was mentoring the best first year teacher EVER (you know who you are!), my mentee explained to me her behavior plan. It was similar to mine in that we both used colors to move the students up and down based on their behavior. What she did that I loved and adapted for my classroom, was having the students write a reflection or explanation for each level they moved down. It has become a very powerful tool for conferences  and student reflection. This is when I created the following postcards:

Then on the back, the students filled out the form, and turned them into me. Sometimes, I’d make photocopies of the cards to send home with the students. The kids have a separate recording sheet as part of my classroom economy where they keep track of their daily behavior, but when the parents question a particular day’s behavior, I am able to pull out the card to show them what happened (in their child’s handwriting—not the teacher’s).

I saw this idea online (I apologize, but I don’t remember the source) and used the extra large postcards for these colorful conference reminders. I thought they seemed inviting and hopefully refrigerator worthy! :)

I love these! These are magnets (they come in sets of 25). I gave them out last year at parent night and the parents loved them too! Super cute and free!

Now, a few fun things featuring my princess. Here are the birthday certificates I made on Oversided Postcards. I talk about my pup all the time so the kids get excited when Lillie pops up in the room…

These are postcards I used for Christmas Thank You cards:

and FINALLY… This is the clear cling I ordered for my classroom door. Who wouldn’t want to enter??? Okay, maybe a Cubs fan. But look at the mug on my dog~precious! :)

I hope you liked my projects and maybe came up with an idea or two. I’m hoping in the next few days to FINISH my classroom and then, I’ll have a ton more pictures to share!!! Happy Thursday Everyone!

Becky

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Ashley August 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I really love VistaPrint and this post just reminded me that I need to jump on the bandwagon for this upcoming year! You have really cute ideas! :)

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Maggie August 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

I love love love the idea of making punch-card- business-cards! I’ve never used Vista Print but looks like I will definitely be looking it up ASAP! Thanks for sharing =]

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Sydney August 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

OH my goodness, I LOVE the idea of printing the bucket filler cards and homework cards onto business cards. Do you mind sharing your files for those? I would love it.

Thanks so much!

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Stephanie August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Ohhhh. I love the business cards as punch cards!! You’re the best!

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Mary March 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I totally copied some of your ideas for behavior! I just placed my VistaPrint order. Can’t wait to get it and see how these ideas work for me!

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