I am geeking out over here with this week’s Monday Made It projects. Literally, you know you’re a teacher when making things for your classroom pumps you up. Okay, so the letters V and P… what’s that all about. Those letters, ladies and gentlemen, represent the V in Vista and the P in Print. Yes, Vista Print. One of my favorite printing places. EVER. So a few years ago before teaching blogs blew up the Internet, a really excellent online resources was ProTeacher. I still have an account but I sadly haven’t logged on in years. It was one of the first places, if not the first, where teachers could interact, bounce ideas, get encouragement, and/or ask questions related to teaching. One of the coolest things talked about on there was Vista Print. There used to be amazing deals (and honestly maybe there still are) where you only had to pay shipping for projects you create. Last night, I was thinking about it and logged on to see if there were any freebie deals going on right now. There didn’t appear to be, BUT they are having their Semi-Annual sale where everything is 50% off. It goes until 7/28/15. I decided to play around. I created some personalized .jpg images and got to work. The thing with it, is not everything seems applicable to a classroom–but that’s where creativity comes in. So, let’s get to it. Thanks Tara for continuing to have this fun link up.
For this, I used one of Erin Bradley‘s ADORABLE banners paired up with my name to create a personalized pen image. I just LOVE Erin’s papers and banners. I have bought a ton of sets lately because I’m obsessed. She has a TpT shop but I bought most things from her online store because she has all her designs available there. She’s a fellow Illinoisan–and that rocks! Check her store out!
Anywho, I made a few pens years ago and I love them.They write smoothly and look super cute! I only have the graphic I can show you right now, but I’ll post ALL the projects once they come in the mail.
Secondly, I have made some really cute To Do List frames for myself and some coworkers, but mine got broken when I moved schools this past year. I was going to make myself another one, but I decided I would make a To Do Notepad instead. This way, I get 100 lists that I can tear off and put in my binders, car, purse, etc… They come in regular or magnetic.
Remember when I said you sometimes need to be creative when using Vista Print? Okay, here is a perfect example. Backstory to this is that my experiences with magnets on my classroom’s white boards is THEY.DO.NOT.HOLD. anything. It’s so annoying. I’ve had the worst luck in my two classrooms with this. So, I need to use heavy duty magnets to get anything to stick. I decided to see if this will work. I used buttons from Erin and added numbers for each of my students. Lord, please may I NEVER have 36 kids in my class. I had extra room on the page so I made myself a button-ha. Okay, I created my .jpg and uploaded it to the site using the SMALL car door magnet. It measures about 8×11 inches. When it comes in the mail, I’ll cut out the numbers and have strong magnets for attendance or for class activities.
My last Vista Print project is my FAVORITE. It’s been a few years, but I used to give the parents a gift at Parent Teacher Conferences. They would get a magnetic business card saying, “Look what I did in Team Furlan” to hang good papers with on the fridge. My old ones were okay, but this year’s make me happy! I know kids and parents are going to love them. You get 25 in one order. Totes adorable!
Lastly, this isn’t school related, but they are Made-It’s. I discovered a few years ago I really enjoy making Diaper Cycles and Diaper Cakes for baby showers. Once I started posting pictures of my finished gifts online, family and friends have asked me to make gifts for showers they are attending. Here is a White Sox themed cycle and an elephant themed cake. I will wrap the cake in shrink wrap, but I like to show the “owner” the finished product before I wrap in case there’s anything they want me to change.
So, there are my Monday Made It projects. If you are looking for any more Vista Print inspiration, check out one of my past post’s here.
I’d love to hear what you think of these projects!
Until further notice, I’ll be
living at setting up my new classroom.
Clearly, I have a LOT of work to do! Til Next time!