Woo hoo! I'm finally a member of the Teacher's Toolkit club after having made my own last week. Here she is!
Are you thinking about making your own? Let me give you some advice.
IT.ISN'T.AS.EASY.AS.IT.LOOKS! AaaghhH! This project dragged on for DAYS for me!
Complication #1: Lowes in my city only had ONE Stack-On 22 Drawer Storage Cabinet and it was a scratch-n-dent. It was MISSING two drawers. Grr. Home Depot didn't have ANY 22 Drawer but they had one that was really tall. I had my heart set on the 22 Drawer. So I killed an HOUR trying to find it and I had to wander around Home Depot forever looking lost before I finally found someone to ask where it was, and he was so vague I *still* didn't find them for *another* 20 minutes and *then* they didn't have the one I wanted. Can you hear the whining in my voice? SO I called my husband (using the whiny voice) and he got online and ordered one from Lowes for store pick-up in the next city over. He works in that city and promised to pick it up the following day. Fine.
Complication #2: No color printer. So, I'm still limping along with my awesome black and white laser printer, but no color ink. Anytime I need something printed in color, I send it to Office Depot and pick it up there. I wanted to finish it the following day, so I tried to get the labels the right size, but it was virtually IMPOSSIBLE to know because #1 - I didn't have the dang toolkit YET and #2 - I wasn't totally sure if they would print out there the same size as at home in black and white. I even whined enough that Deniece was feeling sorry for me and sent me HER templates only to find out that mine were TOTALLY different from hers that definitely worked. SO I said screw it and sent them to Office Depot to have printed.
The next afternoon when my husband brought home the toolkit, I was so mad I didn't even touch it, leaving him wondering what the urgency was all about. It was last Monday. So Tuesday I picked up the printed labels and they were *almost* a fit. The larger sized labels could have been a tad bit wider but they fit, and I actually had to shave a tiny bit off the top and sides of the smaller labels, but it worked well enough. Oh, I almost forgot:
Complication #3: If you're buying double-sided tape for the first time, it would behoove you to read the directions. Yeah. After about 30 minutes of trying to remove the back off of the tape, someone pointed out to me that there wasn't supposed to be a back (I was up at school for summer book club, and a parent had watched me struggle). Turns out, the part I was trying to remove actually has writing on it that tells you to throw the first piece away. The piece I was trying to make double-sided sticky. Yeah. So I finally put the blang thing together, only to discover:
Complication #4: The back is seriously so totally OMG ugly. See?
I'm planning to put this on my desk which sits in the back of my room, so the back of the toolkit would face my students. I guess I've got to get some poster board or something and cover it and then put it back there. Oh, I just had a revelation. I can put a sign on the back of the toolkit over whatever back I put on there that says "DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ON MY DESK." I'm not usually hostile and I'm a sharing kinda gal, but my pet peeve is when my students walk up to my desk and A) fondle something, or even worse B) grab a pen, stapler, etc. without asking. Well, the thought of the sign did cheer me up a little! :)
If you've made it to the end of my whining, I've got a little gift for you if you're planning on updating your own toolkit or making one. I made those small labels a tad bit smaller and I even made labels for my co-worker, who wanted one in red and black damask and chevron designs. You can grab them both or either one through Google Docs below. I'm not even posting these on TpT because I'm not going to guarantee that they work or be responsible for anyone else's toolkit except for my own! I made blank ones too. Here you go:
My labels - Ice Cream Shoppe colors in chevron, polka dot, and stripe with my ribbons.
And here's Julie's red and black (and white) chevron and damask.
Oh, a snapshot of her toolkit (not the best quality, sorry):
Oh, and if you're thinking of making your own you should also check out my friend Deniece's (This Little Piggy Reads) toolkit labels on TpT. She's got a few different designs, and trust me, you'll want to save yourself the headache. And the whining that will inevitably come.
So, with all that whining, can you believe I actually *made* something else this week? I also joined the modge-podge clipboard club. I still have several clipboards I bought from Wal-Mart so hopefully I'll get around to making the rest. Here's the one I made. Can you tell that I'm obsessed with clip art ribbons!?
So, as you can tell, I'm decorating my classroom with the colors from my Ice Cream Shoppe collection. Even though I teach middle school, my room is going to be so bright and colorful and cheerful! I started making stuff for my classroom this week and made a new set of papers just for that purpose. Here are the papers - and my very favorite one!
Aaand here are some of the labels I made with them for my homework board:
As I start to set up my classroom and get ready for the school year (my first real day is August 12th with kids on the 14th) I'm sure I'll have more Monday Made Its to share! Check out the other links on Monday Made It!