Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Idea: Book Checkouts from Your Classroom Library Made Easy!

I'm back for another monthly edition of the
where teacher-bloggers are bringing you all kinds of great tips and tricks with zero product promotion! 

Today I'm sharing a quick tip that's going to save you a TON of time and headaches!
Want to send home books with some of your students but check out lists and keeping track of who has what got you down? 

I have a super simple solution for you!

Follow these easy steps for a stress-free, hassle-free book checkout system!
There you have it! My secret to a no paperwork checkout system that takes about 5 seconds to check to see who still has a book out! I hope this is a helpful tip for you and you are able to checkout books to students and trust that you can manage the "who took home what" issue with very minimal time spent! :)

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Trashy Crafter {Giveaway Inside}

Wow y'all!

I am beyond excited to share something and someone new with you today!

I love to shop and my favorite thing to shop for is jewelry! All my fellow jewelry addicts raise your hand! :)

So with that being said, I have to introduce you to Kim aka The Trashy Crafter! She is a fabulous lady who makes jewelry out of recycled books! I know what you're thinking! People can actually do that?!? Oh YES they can and Kim is wonderful at it! She uses books that are damaged and outdated and recycles them into jewelry. I just love, love, love this because it means she is saving books from being tossed and discarded and turning them into something beautiful! 
Kim was actually taught how to make paper beads by her 3rd grade teacher! Kim and her mother work together to hand cut, roll and create beautiful paper book bracelets, earrings, and necklaces! I truly love this because of how unique each piece is!

I just adore the way Kim packages her jewelry! Look how cute and fun!
Ok, I can't wait any longer! Check out the AMAZING bracelet I received from Kim! I'm a HUGE Disney fan so I am in LOVE with the fact that my bracelet set is made from the book Cinderella! 

I love the bright, bold colors and the uniqueness of it! I can't wait to wear it to school and show it off to my co-workers and kiddos! How amazed the students will be to hear about how it's made and how special it is! I've also been skimming her blog and it has some great ideas!

If you're loving this jewelry as much as I am, visit Kim at The Trashy Crafter on Etsy and pick out a set that fits YOU! There's Dr. Seuss sets, Harry Potter sets, sheet music sets, and even sets made out of maps! And guess what? Kim has generously given me a code that you can use this week for 15% off of your order! Simply use code TC2014 at checkout! Woo!

That's not all though! Kim has graciously agreed to giveaway a set of Recycled Book Bead Earrings! I'm so excited! The winner will receive one pair of Recycled Book Bead Earrings {and what book they are made from will be a surprise!}

Enter below for your chance to win! I wish you luck!

You may be wondering after reading through this post if Kim and her mom do CUSTOM orders. The answer is YES and they LOVE doing them! A custom order is truly YOUR story! They can make custom orders from multiple types of things as long as they're paper such as books, maps, sheet music, letters, and children's drawings! You simply send your favorite book or other special paper product to them and they create your set! How AWESOME! If you're interested in a custom order from Kim, email her at

If you know of anyone who might be interested, feel free to share this post or pin any image to Pinterest!

Be sure you check out The Trashy Crafter on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up to date and follow her amazing work!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

TpT Sale {BOGO Deal Inside for FREE Products}

Hey friends!

This will be short and sweet!

If you didn't know, the TpT B2S sale is happening NOW through the end of tomorrow! My entire store is 20% off plus use the promo code BTS14 for a total of 28% savings!
This adorable sales button is by Kimberly over at The Learning Tree!

But wait!

Not only am I having a sale, I'm also offering a very special, limited time offer!

Yes you read that right! You can save 28% AND get FREE products too! I really hope this deal helps ease some of the B2S financial stress us teachers always suffer from! 

So Happy Shopping!

Here's some of my top sellers and follower favorites: 
(Just click to check 'em out on TpT)

Also, I would love to hear of any great TpT finds you have found to buy! I've already gone shopping once but can always go back for round 2! :)
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