Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vinyl Crazy

I've been going a little crazy with the vinyl lately. Lately being the last two years or so.

Before school started, I ordered some custom vinyl from Janae, and I still don't have all of it up. It's been on my monster To Do list, so today I went into my classroom and I got a couple more things put up.

This Work Hard sign is my favorite. Well, my favorite next to the Grandpa punctuation piece I showed you a couple posts ago. Janae is selling this one for $22.00 here, and let me tell you, it's ginormous. It really sends the message I'm looking to send.

None of my students will get this one because they weren't even born when Sir Mix-A-Lot was kickin' it. I don't think I'll tell them about him either.  He's not really PG-13.  I'll just quietly enjoy this myself and hope that during parent teacher conferences their parents will at least get it. If you love this as much as I do, it's $8.50, and you can get it here.

This is the other quote I ordered, but I haven't put it up yet. My goal is to get it up this week, even if I have to do it in stages. Janae is selling this one for $24.00 and you can find it here. It doesn't have the web address on it though, that's just because this isn't the actual vinyl, but a web example instead.

Janae also made this Christopher Robin quote for me, and I have it at home and at school. It's one of my favorite quotes. Janae sells this one here for $24.50.

The prices are based on the size of the sheet of vinyl used. In my opinion, it is not cheaper to cut it yourself. Especially if you consider the cost of the vinyl and the transfer paper. Not to mention factoring in the time it takes to cut it, pull away the excess, adhere it to the transfer paper, etc. It takes me for-EVER, so I only do the small stuff myself and let Janae do everything else. It's totally worth it to me.

If you order any of the quotes I've linked to, please click the "Thoughts in Vinyl Only" shipping option when you check out. That way your shipping will be a flat $6.00.

This is an example of something I did myself with my Cricut. Small jobs like this are doable for me. I found this idea on Pinterest, and it's where I keep materials for each day's lessons at school. So far it's working very well.

I also did this. I really like how the white vinyl stands out on the black trays.

This is where I post missing assignments for the current week. It's very helpful for keeping the kids on top of their assignments. I put "No Name" papers in a Homeless File, so if a student sees his number up here and he knows he turned the assignment in, then he knows he needs to check the Homeless File.

At the end of the week, any assignments still on the board get transferred to a spiral notebook and the board gets erased for a new week.

Janae pretty much did all of my white board vinyl. I had some that I had done myself, but last year I had a projector installed in my classroom midyear, and I had to move all my vinyl. Time is very precious during the school year, so I called on Janae to help me out. She is really good about working up different plans and giving proofs with prices before cutting. I really appreciate that because sometimes my ideas are bigger than my wallet.

Of all the vinyl on my white boards, this is the section I love the most. It saves me a lot of time every day, and it looks clean and tidy. I tend to be really OCD about my white boards. They have to be super clean at the end of every day, or I get twitchy. I buy a lot of Expo cleaner.

This is where I post homework and reminders for the kids to put in their planners.

Janae did this for me too. I used to have magnets for the jobs, but I love having the vinyl because I can clean the white board without moving the jobs off.

Yes, Anne, I know the Neat Police job is not aligned with the rest of the jobs. It's sort of ironic, isn't it? I was so focused on making sure it was level, no lie, that I forgot to check the horizontal alignment as well. Doy. I am not having Janae cut this one again.

Well, at least I'm not having her cut it today. The next time I need something from her, I'm totally putting this one on my order again. It mocks me.

I might not have to wait too long because I've been coveting some vinyl she cut for another teacher in my hall. It's the teacher's name outside her door, with the cutest red apple with a little green stem. I die every time I walk by it, I'm so in love with it.


  1. Cute - but Theodore Geisel's alter ego spells his name Seuss (not Suess).

  2. Inquiring minds want to know..what are your favorite pieces, Janae did for you, in your home?

  3. @Anonymous, Eeek! Thanks for the heads up. I'll get that fixed. @Cindy, My favorite piece that Janae cut is definitely the Christopher Robin quote.

  4. I noticed about the Neat Police being not so neat. :)

    Love vinyl too!

  5. Those are so cute!
    You did go vinyl crazy!
    LOVE IT.

  6. Almost makes me wish I was teaching again! Except that kid #7 seems like they might be a handful. The organization is loverly!

  7. I am so jealous! I teach too and wish I had those LOVELY whiteboards...and all that vinyl! Your room is great!

  8. @Summer, #7 was actually absent a lot last week, so there's a good reason for the missing assignments. It WILL get taken care of this week. :)

  9. I love the "I Like Big Books" poster, that is awesome.

  10. I love all of it! My mom was over here helping me do the vinyl before baby #6 arived and she didn't get the "I like big books and I can not lie" either...and I didn't feel inclined to clue her in. Growing up we got in trouble if we said

  11. If the kids have seen Shrek 2, they've heard Donkey sing 'I like big butts'... So if YOU sing 'I like big books...' they'll get it.

    Again... drooling over your organizing skills!

  12. Hahahahahahaha!!!! Am I that transparent??? And yes, it was bugging me as I was reading the description. But on another note, I'm glad you like big books because as soon as I figure out how to send these, I have two huge books for you. I dont even know WHY I have them, but YOU are gonna get them. That's all I'm sayin until I hit the PO. Go back to making fun of me... s'ok... I can take it.

  13. Okay, Janae fixed Dr. Seuss' name and so did I. Thank you again, Anonymous.

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    Hope you have a great week!!!