I cannot believe it's already AUGUST! One month of summer vacation gone already! WOW! I've been having a super lazy summer and it's been just what I've needed. The first few weeks of July were spent catching up with people I haven't seen in ages. I went for a pizza lunch date and to Fort Edmonton Park with a teacher colleague and her adorable daughters! That was a great day! For those of you that aren't locals, Fort Ed is a historical park that runs programs about the pioneer and fur trade days in our city.
I had fun lunch and dinner dates with a few other friends and it was so great to catch up with people! I have a couple teacher friends at different schools that I don't see too much throughout the year because I'm always working late that I was able to catch up with too.
My friend Ashley is a consultant for Close to My Heart (purchase from her online store here: http://ashleydenny.ctmh.com/) and they released a new Cricut cartridge this summer. It's called Artbooking and it's very cool! I think it's supposed to be aimed more at scrapbookers but since I don't scrapbook much, I do cards instead. It's definitely a great cartridge for card making too since these CTMH cartridges have 700 images on them. The bundle also has 3 stamp sets and 3 packs of chipboard shapes that come with it. I should be a-ok to not buy any new cartridges for a while! I participated in an online card class called Summer Card Camp 2 from onlinecardclasses.com. I picked up some cool new techniques and have been making a bunch of cards over the past few weeks. The class had colour combination challenges and card sketches to use as a baseline to create some neat stuff. Here are some of the cards I made with the Close to My Heart Cartridges and my Cricut machine.
Ta daaa! That's what I've been creating lately! The vintage-looking cards were the most challenging. The card class 'homework' was to make something outside of your comfort zone. Normally, I like bright, fun cards that really pop, so doing a vintage looking card was something I wasn't used to. They took FOREVER to do since they included a lot of distressing and inking. I'll probably still stick to more quick, simple cards!
Now that August is already here, I'm on to thinking about September. I'll be teaching JUST grade 5 this year and right now, my classroom looks like a tornado went through there. A friend of mine recently decided that teaching isn't something she felt like she could do for the next 30 years and was basically liquidating all her teaching stuff. SO, she let me have first dibs on everything and sold me some stuff. She was then kind enough to help me transport it all to the school! Subsequently, it's everywhere... I've also aggravated the issue by moving furniture around to try to open up the room a bit. Since I'll have a group in the room ALL day, I am trying to find ways to maximize my storage space.
This is what my aspirations for classroom organization are for this year: (**NOT my pictures - Found via PINTEREST**)
|The original site for this on Pinterest apparently doesn't exist anymore. :(|
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I've already picked up some 'shoe box' bins like the ones shown above the pink Sterilite drawers in the picture on the bottom and have to pick up a couple more Sterilite bins to set things up like the picture on the top. The desks the kids have don't have desk drawers so keeping things organized will be a challenge! Once I'm in there next week I'll take some before and after photos of the disaster zone!
I'll make it a goal this year to try to update this thing more often!
Have a great day!