Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Vistaprint Order Came In!!!


Yesterday, one of my favourite visitors came to the door yesterday ... the Fed Ex guy.  Back-to-school mode for me means a steady stream of delivery trucks to my door bringing all the goodies I've ordered for my classroom.

I used Vistaprint last year, and because I was a new customer, there were so many freebies to hook you.  And yes, I was hooked.  I didn't get as many good deals this time, but I love everything so much, I'm OK with that.

The large "listen to your teacher" poster is for the door.  LOVE it!  I had it made from a freebie I found at The Learning Tree and it's absolutely perfect!!!   The smaller "in this room" poster is from Venspired Learning.  I fell head over heels in LOVE with Krissy's posters over a year ago.  She has generously shared all of the beautiful and inspiring posters she has created HERE.  I also used her posters to create a wall calendar for myself.  I made one last year, too, and it was a hit with my students.  At the beginning of each month, we changed the month (page), and I put the poster under the ELMO to project it over the board.  We took a few moments to discuss the quote on the poster, and what it means to our own lives.

I also had these little library slips up from the business cards (sorry for the blurry picture).  After 12 years of teaching, I'm still trying to come up with a good system for tracking the books in my classroom library ... and not ending the year with less books than I started with.  When a student chooses a book, he or she will fill this card out and put it in their pocket on my library chart.  Seems easy enough and seems to work for our school library ... here's hoping it will work in my classroom.  ;)

But ... the best part is that I had posters made from some of my own work ... I've never made my own posters before (and to be completely honest, it may be a little bit pathetic how excited this makes me).  I had some of my posters from my writing units made into posters - one for summarizing and one for text features.  I also had my two self-reflection assessment strategies made into posters.  They will be great to post in the classroom at the beginning of the year when the students are getting used to these strategies.

Well, that's about all the treasures this cardboard box held.  Oh wait ... there was one more treasure ... a coupon for a percentage off my next order ... which just may happen ... very soon!

 
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34 comments:

  1. Your poster look great...I might have to get some of your stuff enlarged.

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  2. Great posters! I'm going to have to look into Vistaprint!

    Heather
    Peacocks & Penguins

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    1. Thanks, Heather - they're going to look great hanging in my room!

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  3. I'm loving your blog! Thanks for sharing the link to Venspired Learning. How are you able to use the posters there on your calendar? Did you order than from Vistaprint as well?

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! I downloaded the posters from Flickr (in original size), then uploaded them to Vistaprint when I was creating my calendar.

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  4. I am obsessed with VistaPrint!!!!!!!! Hmmm too many exclamation points? Nope:) I love finding new ideas so thank you. I really like your big poster and might have to make one for my room.
    Cheers,
    Terri
    Terri's Teaching Treasures

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    1. I know ... as if I needed another thing to become addicted to ;) (now that's fonts, clip art, TT, TPT, Vistaprint ... and oh - the list goes on). Thanks, Terri!

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  5. Oh my! I love all of your items. Your own posters turned out so great!! Yay!
    Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I was so excited when I saw them!

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  6. WOW- the poster looks so great blown up :) I'm happy you like it! Thanks for the shout out!!

    Kimberly
    The Learning Tree

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    1. Kimberly, the poster looks AWESOME!!! You are one talented lady! Thank-you so much for dropping by. :)

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  7. I love using vistaprint but have never thought to use them as a classroom poster creator!! Thank you for the great ideas!

    teachingtrainingandtots.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank-you so much! I've had other posters made before, but this was the first time I used my own pdfs.

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  8. Which size did you download? WHen I am uploading them to Vistaprint it is saying the resolution is too low!?

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    1. Kelly - do you mean the Venspired posters on Flickr? I downloaded the orginal size (the biggest one) - and then the resolution was good with all of them. For the other posters, uploading a PDF worked well.

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    2. Thanks! I'll try again! They look great!

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  9. Love the posters Mary at apopovic@primus.ca

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  10. Love the posters and your blog! I've gotten so many great ideas from you and school hasn't even started for us yet! I gave you a shout out on my (VERY new) blog! www.theteacherwhohatedmath.blogspot.com I can't wait to get more ideas from you!

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  11. Your posters look amazing! Awesome!
    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

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  12. Like you I have also been trying to come up with ways to improve the number of my classroom library books lost or missing each year. I took a page out of Nancie Atwell's book In the Middle and decided to use a round red colour coding label on the spine. The Avery brand can now be typed on as well, so I typed "Mrs. B's library" on the template(#05472) and ran it through my printer multiple times. I attach a labelled dot to the spine of each book and cover it with scotch tape or book binding tape. I don't always get every book back, but I do find that even years later when the kids are cleaning out their rooms for university or college they find one (or more) of my red dotted books and they bring them back to me.
    Thanks again for sharing all of your great ideas!
    Victoria

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  13. I am loving the new look of your site Jen! Nice job!

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  14. I found a great way to keep track of your classroom library. It's an app you can use on your IPhone or IPad, then the students can check out books online. It's Booksource Classroom Organizer.
    I love it!

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  15. Love it! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow.

    Donna
    Math Coach’s Corner
    Math Coach’s Corner on FB

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  16. I love your posters!!! If you catch Vista Print when their posters are free you can get a good deal!

    I also found out that my local office max will print 11x17 posters for about $3 each because they can run them through their normal copier!

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  17. Your posters came out fabulous!!!!!!! We actually have a poster machine at school. We can print any size poster in color. It's pretty great. I love that you turned your own work into large size posters. Nothing is more exciting as getting a package in the mail :)

    Hope you enjoy your last few weeks off!!!

    xoxo

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  18. Thank you for the inspiration! So cool to see the posters in a calendar and it's AWESOME to know that they are being enjoyed.
    Have a GREAT school year!
    Krissy

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  19. I love the "Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then" poster. What a great way to remember story structure. Is that one for sale on your TPT?

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  20. I love your Vistaprint goodies box...it is so great that you created some posters using your own work. I may have to slip over to VP myself.
    Donna
    Working5to9math.blogspot.com

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  21. I love your vistaprint pieces! Looks like I have some ordering to do! LOL... anyway, is there any way you could put your older posts back up on your Math Journal Sundays? I was trying to look at what you had up there earlier than April, but there aren't any older ones available. :-/ Any help would be great! You can email me at smh7132@gmail.com Thank you so much!!!!

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  22. Hey Jennifer!

    How heavy is the paper? Is it like poster board, or just slightly heavier than regular printer paper? THANKS!

    http://staciesstemclassroom.blogspot.com/

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  23. I love your Somebody, Wanted poster! Do you offer the pdf? I would love to have one made myself.

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  24. Have you thought about about applying your stopsign and other comprehension posters to math? Word problems are just as difficult to understand some time as a whole book. Would love to see your posters upclose and purchase them so I can apply them to things in my math room. Love your blog by the way.

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  25. Hi Jennifer - I wanted to let you know what a hit your Friday FREEBIE Rules poster has been on my Pinterest board "Classroom Stuff for FREE". I pinned it a few months ago but it continues to be one of my most popular repins! Thanks for sharing it ... and keep up the great work!

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