Friday, August 1, 2014

Dr. Seuss Decor

This year I have decided to do a Dr. Seuss themed classroom!  This is my FIRST time doing a classroom theme and I am BEYOND excited about it!  
Michaels is hosting a back to school crafting challenge from August 1st to August 15th on Instagram and I decided to do a couple of Dr. Seuss decor crafts for the competition.  Each day one person will win a $50 gift card to their store!
Anyone and everyone can participate in the crafting contest.  Here is how you participate:
1.  Post a photo of something that you crafted on Instagram
2.  Tag @MichaelsStores and use the two hashtags- #create2educate and #sweepstakes
3.  In order to have YOUR entry shared on Michaels' website, you must give them permission.  To do this go to Michaels' Instragram, and click on the link on their profile.  That will lead you to the web page to give them permission to share your photo. (the link is not live yet, but this will be the link:

I was going through the books in my class library and I noticed a common theme... several of my Dr. Seuss books were worn, ripped, and colored in! :(  At first I was so upset, but then a GENIUS idea came to mind!  Instead of throwing them away, I decided to craft with them!  I absolutely love March when everything is about Dr. Seuss, so I thought I would make it my classroom theme!  Instead of using primary colors, I decided to use mostly the bright pops of color (that I already have my classroom decorated with) for the backgrounds and use the actual illustrations from the books in my crafting.  

I wanted to make some wall decor for behind my desk.  These are the colors that will tie my whole room together.

Here are the supplies that I used to make the Dr. Seuss wall decor:
1. old, used, scribbled on Dr. Seuss Books
2.  Really small, thin canvas
3.  scrapbook paper
4.  ribbon
5.  Mod Podge (basically crafting glue that dries clear) and a paint brush
6.  scissors

My first step was to wrap the thin canvas with scrapbook paper.  

Here is a side view of the canvas'.  They are REALLY thin, but it creates a sturdy surface for my Dr. Seuss decor!

To Mod Podge the scrapbook paper to the canvas only took a couple of minutes.  First I glued the canvas to the center of the paper.  Then I started wrapping the sides and gluing them down.  It felt like I was wrapping a present!  One tip is to cut the corners so when you fold the paper over, you don't have excess paper hanging off.  

Above you can see all of the sides are glued down to the back of the canvas.  When I flipped it over, I noticed an "ugly" glue print on the front side.  The good news is, when I Mod Podged the black paper down, the wrinkle was completely gone!  I centered a black paper in the middle, to create a bright border of green paper.  This black paper became the backdrop so my Dr. Seuss clippings would POP!

Once I was ready with my covered canvas backdrop, I cut some illustrations out of the book!  It was hard for me to actually CUT apart Dr. Seuss' books, EVEN though they were extremely worn (it felt disrespectful or something!!!)  Once I got over the dramatic cutting issue ;) I started looking for illustrations that would be easy to cut around!  I avoided illustrations with words close by AND images that had a lot of detail around the edges.

I picked this elephant illustration from Oh, the Thinks you can Think because the elephants were adorable AND the purple popped against the green and black background.  I just painted Mod Podge on the back of the elephant clipping, and pressed it down to the black.  Then I added another layer on top of the clipping and all over the black paper.

To add texture, a border, and more color, I added ribbon to each black edge.  Mod Podge will work with ribbon too!  I just placed the glue onto the black paper and pressed the ribbon down.  Once all four sides were in place, I added another layer of glue to the top of the ribbon.

Take a look below of all four of my Dr. Seuss DIY decor canvases.  :)

The picture above is my favorite one, because you can see the page number "23" on the corner of the Green Eggs and Ham illustration!

I haven't decided where to hang these yet in my room, but I will post a photo when I find the perfect place for them!  :)

Head over to Instagram and look up the hashtag #create2educate to see all of the crafts that people are making for the contest!  If you haven't made a craft yet, you have until August 15th to participate!

A Blog Hop Fundraiser and GIVEAWAY!

We teachers know all about journeys.  Many of us are getting ready to journey back to our classrooms to prepare for the new school year.  Each school year becomes a journey of sorts, with its own set of students, challenges, and rewards.

We teachers also know all about support.   Year after year, we give so much of ourselves to help our students learn, build confidence in their abilities, and empower them to become the future our world needs.  We also support our fellow teachers, our families, our communities.  In the midst of it all, it becomes easy to forget that, simply put, teachers touch lives.
 Every. Single. Day.

Graphics credit to Melonheadz;  Font credits to Hello Literacy, Miss Tiina, and DJ Inkers.  Thanks to Joey Udovich for designing!

While many of us are thinking of back-to-school, Jen Bengel and her family have been preparing for a journey of another kind.  They will soon be traveling to Uganda to adopt a child!  Check out Jen’s blog post HERE! (Prepare to be inspired!)

A number of fellow teacher-bloggers have joined forces to offer a measure of support to Jen and her family as they prepare for their special journey.  Each of us has chosen a resource from our store that, between now and August 31, a portion of each sale’s proceeds will be donated to Jen’s adoption fund!

This is the resource I have chosen:

Between now and August 31, I pledge to donate $1 of each sale of this resource to Jen’s adoption fund.

Hop around to the blogs featured below to see what my friends are pledging!
Apple Slices
Apples & ABC's
Beyond the Worksheet
Crafting Connections
Create Teach Share
Flapjack Education
Miss V's Busy Bees
One Stop Teacher Shop
Tales of a Teacher
Teaching Trio
The Teacher Desk 6

We hope you will find this to be a win-win opportunity, where you can purchase some great resources for the upcoming school year, knowing that you are supporting a meaningful cause at the same time!

Note that Jen also has a fundraising bundle available at her store. Don’t miss checking this out, too!

Finally, to make it worth your time to check out all the resources, we are also hosting a raffle giveaway!  The winner of the giveaway will score a great prize package, full of resources from our team – just in time for BTS!

From me, the giveaway winner will receive:
Story Elements for Kindergarten

So, hop around, check out some fantastic resources, support a cause, touch a life!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fitness on the 31st

Every month I am writing a post about fitness!  I shared before that in the past 6 months I have started a new work out called Kaia.  {You can read about my description of it HERE}

My favorite thing about Kaia is it is women only and is centered around positivity and encouragement.  I just got married so for a whole month I didn't go to a Kaia Klass!  Between the week of, wedding day, honeymoon, coming home and nesting, and then being nervous of the first day going back... a whole month passed.  I felt nervous to go back because the workouts PUSH you and I was worried I would be super out of shape!  I went back this week, and I'm not kidding, it felt INCREDIBLE to get my body moving again and to feel healthy and strong.  I picked up right were I left off, and my Koaches were encouraging me the whole time!

A lot of our workouts include using a handbag for additional weight.  I shared this on my Instagram earlier this week but OMG how cute is this watermelon handbag from class?!?!  

I worked REALLY hard before the wedding to eat really healthy and incorporate as many healthy meals as I could.  "Maybe" I fell off the wagon and have been eating quesadillas for the past two weeks.  #notkidding  Now it is time for me to get back on the health train!  Several of my friends have tried the Whole30 challenge, and I am contemplating doing it!!  

My girlfriend has an amazing food blog, One Classy Dish, and she has a TON of Whole30 Recipes!  I am so intimidated by cooking, but with her photos and clear directions I seriously think it might be possible for me!!!

This week my goals are:
1.  Go to a Kaia Klass 4x (it's summer break, I can do it!)
2.  Cook 2 Whole30 Meals
3.  SLEEP!!!

I will let you know if I held to it!  

Monday, July 28, 2014

#create2educate with Michaels... A Crafting Contest!

I have an IMPORTANT announcement!  Michaels is having a back to school crafting contest!  The contest is being held on Instagram and you have a chance to win a $50 Michaels gift card!  

Here are the rules:
1.  The contest is held from August 1- August 15th on Instagram.  A winner will be chosen EACH day, and entries are UNLIMITED!
2. When you post you photo you MUST use the hashtags #create2educate and #sweepstakes
3.  You must tag @MichaelsStores in your caption.

Here are a couple of details about the contest:

1.  Anyone can participate, you don't have to have a teacher.
2.  In order to have YOUR entry shared on Michaels' website, you must give them permission.  To do this go to Michaels' Instragram, and click on the link on their profile.  That will lead you to the webpage to give them permission to share your photo. (the link is not live yet, but this will be the link:

I am getting my crafting on today to be ready for the contest starting August 1st!  Here are some of the supplies that I picked up today!

Come follow me on Instagram to see what I will be crafting!