Monday, July 9, 2012

My First Monday Made It: Teacher Toolbox

Apparently I cannot get my act together, because I have been attempting to get in the swing of this Monday Made It business over at 4th Grade Frolics and just haven't been able to make it happen. 

Why I chose this week to jump in is beyond me! Not only do I have two of my own kiddos and two brand new puppies I'm trying to potty train, I also have one Mother-in-Law (Who, by the way, I adore! Big {hugs} to all you awesome MIL's!), a 9 year old niece, and a very busy 2 year old nephew visiting. Welcome to the crazy house!

And if all that wasn't enough my stinkin' printer was going bezerk all afternoon. This is why it's nearly 11pm and I have just finished my Monday Made It. 

Teacher toolboxes have been floating around on Pinterest forever now so I am probably the last teacher on earth who hadn't made one, but nonetheless I was still very excited about my project.

I started with some scrapbooking paper, vellum, some paper ribbons from Creative Memories, and adhesives. 

I printed my titles on vellum instead of on the printed scrapbook paper. (Mrs. Rojas over at Create-Teach-Share has some great how-to tips for printing right on to the scrapbook paper.) I loved the polka-dots but didn't want the words to get completely lost by printing right on that paper. I thought the vellum might help break it up a bit.  

Next it was time to trim my paper. I cut 14 pieces that were 1 and 1/4" x 2" and 8 pieces that were 2 and 1/8" x 4 and 1/4". 

After I had my pieces cut, I stuck on my titles, added a little flair with the paper ribbons and clip art, and....TA-DA...

Now the pressure is really on for next week. Yikes!

If you want to join in head over to 4th Grade Frolics, grab the Monday Made It button and get busy!



  1. I love how it turned out! I bought 2 of these - 1 for home and 1 for school but I haven't done anything with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  2. I'm linking up for the first time this week too. I love your tool box. I keep thinking about making one but I'm just not sure. I'm headed to school today so maybe I'll be inspired. I would love for you to come by and visit my blog.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  3. I just found your blog and love the title! Very cute toolbox too!


  4. Well, you aren't the only teacher who hadn't done one yet...I love it! What does the whole thing look like? Great organization tip! Thanks!

  5. Wow you do have a lot going on! Thanks so much for linking up on top of the craziness. I'm feeling that too as I am getting ready to go out of town so need to get my stuff done and ready and posted before I how your teacher toolbox turned out:) Hope things slow down a little for ya;)

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. I love the adorable toolbox!! The colorful polkadots are a nice touch!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. Whew, glad to know there are more out there who have yet to make one ;0)

    Thanks for the sweet comments ladies!

    Teach on a Limb

  8. It turned out great! I love the idea of using the vellum... I wish I would have thought of that! I'm your newest follower :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  9. Very Creative! I have one of these toolboxes, but haven't made it yet! I like the idea about printing on vellum!

    I'm a new teacher and a new blogger! I'd love for you to become a new follower and hopefully we can bounce ideas off of each other!

  10. It looks great! I can't wait to get mine in my classroom and fill it up. So much organizational happiness! I'm a new follower. Glad I found you!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?
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  11. Jessica,

    Thank you for the kind words on my blog! I'm your newest follower! Also, thank you for the great idea for the teacher toolbox! I have the toolbox, and I've cut out the paper. I just haven't printed the words yet because I haven't gotten the supplies for it yet. So when its time for me to print the words, I am DEFINITELY using vellum! Such a great idea! Thanks!


  12. I love the finished polka dot toolbox, it turned out great. Thanks for sharing.


  13. Thanks everyone! You are too sweet!