Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made-It!

This week's Monday Made-It is coming to you from the great state of Hawaii!  Although, I kind of wish this great state wasn't under a Tropical Storm watch right now.  Hopefully we won't get hit too hard!  I am here on vacation...kinda/sorta.  My husband is here for work so I tagged along for the ride!  He is working all day so I get to work on blogging and TpT without any interruptions (dog, laundry, mailman, etc)!  Of course I am linking up with Tara for Monday Made-It!

My Monday Made-It came from the wonderful Katie Knight over at Teacher to the Core.  Love that girl!


She came up with the idea to create a binder to keep track of all the awesome clipart and fonts that has been collected.  I simply cannot remember everything that I purchase and, as much as I love using the computer, sometimes I just need something in 3D.

This binder sits next to me whenever and wherever I am creating.  Seriously.  I debated bringing it to Hawaii with me, but my husband told me I was crazy.  I use this thing All. The. Time.   

I have a section for just fonts.  Each font creator has their own page.  Some creators include a sample with their downloads.  If they don't, I just create a page for myself.  I write the name of the font in that font type.  Here are some awesome fonts from the KG font collection!

The back section is for clipart.  Again, each clipart designer gets their own page (or 5).  I use their preview pictures on their page.  Similar to the fonts, some designers include a preview .jpg of their collection.  If they don't, I just screenshot the TpT thumbnail.  I put the pages in alphabetical order by clipart artist.  Here is some amazing clipart from Ashley Hughes!

I don't print out a new page every time I purchase clipart - that would be a lot of ink!  I do it every couple of weeks or so.  This is a system that works wonderfully for me.  I know it won't work for everyone though!  Some TpT creators might say that it is a waste of time, but I find that it saves me time when it comes to creating a product.

While I'm on vacation, I plan to do some professional reading.  First up is The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark.  I am halfway through and am feeling inspired already!  As soon as I finish, I will be sharing my thoughts on it.

Hopefully I will get to read my book on the beach or by the pool once this tropical storm has passed us by!


  1. I hope we don't get hit hard either. Can't wait to meet you on Friday!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  2. Thanks for sharing Sara! I've been wanting to put a binder together like yours all summer. I like the way yours is so organized! Hope all is well for you in Hawaii! Stay safe!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


    Primary Paradise

  4. I'm not familiar with this Ron Clark title. I am eagerly awaiting your review!
    Sorry that Hawaii isn't being nice to you right now. That just means you have to go back some day!

  5. Stay safe and don't worry tropical storms really aren't too bad. I live in Florida and we have them all the time. It's just an bad storm. Enjoy your kinda vaca!
    Rambling About Reading

  6. Wow, wow, wow! What an organizational system. {Love} it. I hope the storm passes quickly and you can enjoy the rest of the break!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  7. WOW! Love this! Another binder I need to make... :-)

    Teaching Little Miracles

  8. OMG - I just saw something about the Tropical Storm Flossie on my local news. I hope you are okay.

    I love your system for Fonts and Clipart. I need to do that!

    Stay safe -
    Learning in the Little Apple

  9. LOVE your clip art binder! What a wonderful idea!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  10.! Why didn't I think of that!?! Now I have a new project to do! Thank you for sharing something that will make my life a little bit easier. I'm proud to be your newest follower!

    Seconds at the Beach

  11. Could you just send me a copy of your binder ;) That looks amazing, but I am so lazy I know I would never make one!! The storm seems to be pretty mellow here. Let's hope it blows over :) Hope to see you this weekend!
    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  12. Hi! I'm stopping by from Monday Made It! I love binders! I also love teacher books! Right now I'm reading Small-Group Reading Instruction. It's one of the few books I've found for guided reading in middle school. I'm loving it so far! I look forward to reading your review!

  13. Hey Sara
    Hope you are enjoying your Hawaii trip! I am putting together a giveaway and I was wondering if you'd like to be a part of it. If so please email me at
    A Burst of First

  14. I LOVE your idea for organizing clip art and fonts. It's on my to do list before school starts. My clip art is so disorganized that I have even purchased two of something because I forgot I already had it. :(



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