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Back To School Bulletin Boards 2011

August 30, 2011

When I returned to work in August – to be met with still no AC – The building was beyond hot, bordered on “hell-like”.
I was moving pretty slow – like a lizard in cold weather. Do they move slow?  I’ve only seen them zip along, making me eek! like a little girl.
There was a new DEMCO catalog in the mail.  I’ve never looked through the catalogs we receive because we never have any money to spend.  Say it with me now:  We have NO budget!

I had to order some library supplies with my own money this year and while looking through the catalog I found these great, whimsical and old fashion styled posters by Susan Widget.  I had to get them.  The representative at DEMCO was very nice and helpful – he had my order on its way to me after a quick phone call.

FedEx won’t leave packages on the porch in my city – so when the driver called to say he was going to deliver my packages that day, I had to arrange to meet him on the road. I’ve never had a rendezvous with a FedEx driver before – LOL.

Thanks to Michael’s Craft store for the .99 cent flags.  The scrapbook paper was on sale that day and I bought “apple” colors to use in the Cricut machine.

These cute apple cutouts are courtesy of my Creative Memories consultant.  CM has a Cruicut cartridges that are exclusive to Creative Memories.

Here’s the bulletin board lettering that I have looked high and low for….I am short on “a’s” and “y’s”  – hence the “z” –
Don’t think the kids will even notice!

Here’s to a very happy school year.

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Patriot Day 2010

September 2, 2010

This year’s 9/11 bulletin board is more subdued than in past years.  You can see that previous board at the top of my blog.  The 9th grade class of 2014 were kindergarteners when the twin towers fell. 

Welcome Back Bulletin Boards 2010

August 25, 2010

I have one bulletin board that I consistently leave the same all school year.  It has our posters that I call…”These are your school boundaries” on it.
 Since our school has a southwestern theme….I was lucky to find a Cricut cartridge that is called Olde West.  It is perfect for us. 
You don’t have a Cricut machine you say? 
Surely if there is only 6 degrees of separation between you and Kevin Bacon there would be even less between you and someone you know who owns the Cricut Expressions. 
Some scrapbook stores even rent “time” on the machine and they are happy to show you how the machine operates.  Make a new friend and add some cute die cuts to a welcome back bulletin board! 

A big “Howdy” was perfect.  I love the racing horses. 

I love the stage-coach –

I went a bit crazy cutting
out all the western boots – I love the fine details
that the machine cuts in the boots.

Yes, I really do want them to turn off their cell phones!

Welcome back to school!

What did YOU read this summer?

August 25, 2010

I was able to read quite a few books this summer so I thought it would be the perfect welcome back bulletin board for the 2010/2011 school. 
I found the book covers on Google.com –


Using my Shelfari account I was able to find out what books my librarian had also read since June –
Costco has great prices on professional glossy ink jet photo paper – plus  I found an unopened package at a garage sale. 

This time I covered the board with brown paper….why?  Well, we are almost out of black construction paper and we have NO budget!  Also, brown paper offsets how cute the little kitten in the center of the board is.  She’s our newest family member. 

I put the photos around that ugly metal frame – added our rare plastic push-pin lettering and viola! 

Hope you have a wonderful school year and that you are able to share the love of reading with your students!

Fantastic Fall Displays

October 11, 2009

wayne-houser-clarinet-in-the-parkPhoto by Wayne Houser – “Clarinet in the Park”

For a fast, fabulous, fall bulletin board…start with a black background….fabric, construction paper or cardstock.

Do you have a favorite photo with fall colors…a scenery poster? 
I found the poster above at www.allposters.com
I love fall, I miss living where  leaves change colors, where the air has the crisp scent of fall. 
Here behind the Orange Curtain, if there is a crisp smell in the air, it is more than likely a fire burning somewhere in So Cal. 

Once I have the board covered with the black background, I will pick the main focal point.  Then, I add those leaves that I miss so badly. 
I purchase or make colorful leaves. 
If your school has the Ellison Die cut machine, you are sure to have two dies of leaves, one oak and one maple.  I have taken a field trip to the junior high where it is stored and have happily cut out leaves in fall colors to my heart’s content. 
Check out the Ellison web site.  I found that they had die cuts on clearance.  Maybe it’s more than the ‘budget theme’ that I shoot for, but $20.00 for a die cut that you and other teachers will get a lot of use out of, is a good thing.   You can visit them at www.ellison.com/

 

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Lately I have been a bit more creative with the leaves.  At Michael’s crafts you can find a bag of silk fall leaves for around $1.99. 
These seem to add more interest and dimension to the display and can be seen here with Mary Englebreit posters. 

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Last December when I was shopping for Christmas treats for my student helpers, I came across three bunches of preserved fall leaves at my local grocery store.  Three bunches for $.99 cents.  Now that’s a bargain to a scrapbooker and a library tech. 
If you are fortunate enough to live where the leaves change, you can check out this web site for instructions on drying leaves yourself. http://www.twokitties.typepad.com/my_weblog

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By separating the leaf bunch into
sections, I was able to cover the metal edge of
the board and draw attention to the colorful book book jackets that I featured for this month.  image 2
By loosely attaching the leaves,
it looks like they are falling in an October breeze. 

 

 

Can I talk anymore about how much I LOVE the Cricut Expressions machine?  If you are lucky enough to have this machine, or know someone who you can enlist to be your new best friend…so you can borrow it from time to time…you can quickly cut out the saying for the bulletin board in no time at all. 

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In about an hour, I had this bright, eye catching display ready for my students. 
Hope that you too are able to fall into one of the many new YA novels that are being released this fall.  Happy Reading!

97 Things to Do Before…..

September 2, 2009

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This post is going to be one of my Bulletin Boards on a Budget.  Library budgets are tight these days, if you even have one. When I get really creative, it’s my own money I use to buy the supplies for the display.  I designed this bulletin board with items I already had on hand. 

The book was part of our library collection. 
The card stock were colors we purchased a few years ago. 
(500 sheet packs – on clearance – gotta love ’em))
Clip art printed on my computer from Microsoft office. 

I found this book in May of this year and as soon as I saw it, I knew that it was going be a great bulletin board for back to school.  We have a new class of seniors that are already getting sentimental about graduation.  They have time to accomplish some if not all of the goals in this book and still do their homework. 

If you work at the elementary school level you could easily tweak some of the suggestions around to apply to grade school children.  Many of the 97 things should apply to everyone, even adults.  E.g. Spend quality time with your grandparents, Go green, Make peace with a sibling.

I picked out card stock from what we had on hand, in complimentary colors to the book cover; green, yellow and orange shades.  (The book cover is a green color rather than the blue tone that it came out to be in the photo.)  Using my computer, I chose a font that closely matched that of the book and printed out the things I’d chosen to suggest on card stock.  I used clip art in Microsoft Office to illustrate the numbered things.  When I typed in “argument” to the search window, I got happy faces…being not so happy.  I really liked the piggy bank for #78 “Open a Savings Account.”

If you want to spend the extra money you can print out the illustrations in color or even use actual photos.  If you have library helpers, this could be their first assignment in your class.  Design a bulletin board using this book.  I would actually be afraid to suggest this as an assignment.  One of the “97 things” was to “Practice Safe Sex.”  I would like to start the year off right and NOT spend any time in the Principal’s office explaining my “great bulletin board idea.” Best to leave the Safe Sex discussion for the Health teacher’s class.

From the scraps that were left over, I punched squares, circles and triangles to make accents of color around each “numbered thing.” (I don’t know what else to call them.)  : )

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The student comments have been positive. 
“Mrs. Hot, can you show me how to start  a scrapbook?”  
“I’ve signed up for Mr. Twinkle-toe’s dance class after school.” 
“Oooh, that’s really cool, Mrs. Hot!”  (I have to agree.) 
I left the book on the counter so that students can browse through the suggestions, and they have. 
Chalk up another point for Mrs. Hot.