Monday, July 20, 2015

The One Where I Make Things

I am so excited to finally be linking up with Tara for a Monday Made It.  I have a love/hate relationship with this link up.  I LOVE all the wonderful ideas that are shared, but I hate all the time I spend looking at all the ideas and then feeling the need to add to my to do list.  

I'm sure you can relate.

This summer and school year I'm keeping things pretty low key.  My husband and I are in the process of adopting and the children will be moving in soon.  My focus and time has been on the children and preparing to bring them home.

But I still like to relax and do some creating for my classroom.

One of the first things I made this summer was a binder cover for my teacher binder.  You can read about what inside my binder here.

I normally keep my PD records in this binder, but this summer I have enough good information from workshops that I needed a separated binder.  

So I made another binder cover. :)

I decided this year to buy a new toolbox and start over instead of spray painting mine again.  I also decided to laminate the labels and put them on the outside.  I'm not sure how I feel about this yet.  I'll use it awhile and see how it goes before changing it.

I used Disney paint chips from Wal-Mart to make a calendar.  This was not as easy as I had planned.  I had a hard time getting the squares lined up perfectly.  I finally called it good and moved on.

I used 5 different patterns for the month cards.


  1. Love your paint chip calendar. Very cute!

    My Bright Blue House

  2. Love your color scheme! it is bright and HAPPY!

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  5. I love your organizational strategies. The colors are bright and colorful and perfect for middle school students! Your tool box is a great idea and easily accessible for the students.I will for sure make a binder because that is genius! I am an organized person, so this will allow me to be organized and cute!

  6. You are so creative! I also decorate my teaching binders and class. However, I find that I can spend a little too much time doing the decorating instead of the actual grading and planning (during the beginning of the school year especially!), so sometimes I have to remind myself that it's okay for things not to look awesome all of the time. But it does make me happy when I walk into a classroom and there are special touches from the teacher. It makes it seem like a special place.


  7. Those projects look amazing! I've always wanted to be that organized teacher with all the pretty things, but after years of teaching I realized that I will simply have to settle for admiring those teachers. LOL... It is very inspiring to see. Keep up the great work.

    Renee (AKA Madame Kenny)