Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It!

This day needs subtitles!
~Made a Sign
~Made a Video
~Guest Blogging!
~Linkies

It's the last Monday of June! Oh my! Let's make some things!


First, let's thank Tara for hosting our weekly Monday meeting!

Okay, first, you know I love some pinterest and I saw this:


That came from Sommer Pride and you can click on the K to visit her blog. Well, I knew I could make that and I knew I wanted mine to spell something! 
So, I bought the letters  S T E M and some scrapbook paper. You also need paint, Mod-podge, and sponge brushes. 


Step-by Step:

1- Trace the letters onto scrapbook paper. Don't forget to flip the letter over backwards!
2- Make sure you have a good helper.
3- Yes, I know that E is not backwards and I totally cut it out before I realized it and had to do it over. Don't forget to flip the letter over backwards!
4- Cut the letters out. I wanted the paint underneath to show on the edges so I cut just inside the lines I had drawn.

5- Paint the letters! I used black and decided to paint the whole letter.
6- Place the scrapbook letters on the wooden ones and make sure they fit the way you want them to. (That's how I discovered I had done my E the wrong way.)
7- That's what they will look like.



Ready to Mod-Podge.
Have you ever used mod-podge? It's like white glue (in fact it probably is white glue and the mod-podge people are laughing at us for paying triple the cost to get it cause it says mod-podge on the bottle.) Anyway, you brush the mod-podge onto your surface, put your paper on top of the MP, and then put more MP on top of that. It all dries clear. You might want to practice first.
8- Mod-Podge in action. **See below
9- More MP action.
10- Letters drying on the floor- I had to lock my helper out of the room at this point.

**Mod-Podge Helpful Hints:
Cover the entire area with MP. When you place your paper on top,smooth the paper out as much as possible. It's pretty move-able at first. Try to get all the air bubbles out.
I have found that letting that layer dry before applying the top coat works better for me.
Coat the entire surface with MP again. If you have any loose places flatten them with your finger or the edge of your sponge brush. Don't rub too hard, because the wet paper will tear!

My sign is ready to hang- the next time I make it to my school!

Are you a "No-Reply" blogger?
What does that even mean?
I recently had a sweet comment from someone that I was a "no-reply" blogger and I might want to fix that. Sometimes when you comment on other blogs you never hear back from the person and it might be because you are coded as "No-Reply". This means the person cannot send you a reply email. It's not a huge big deal, but you can fix it---- if you want to. Some people only reply by email. 
I spent about 17 hours looking for how to fix this and then googled it and found a blog that talked me through it. I'm saving you about 16 hours here by just showing you this video I made! 





I'm not sure if this qualifies as something I made, but I did make it......
y'all I am guest blogging later this week! You can gasp.....
or applaud....



 You can click on the button to visit the guest post, but it will not be LIVE until Friday. To visit Stephanie at The Learning Chambers before Friday (and you should cause she's just amazing!) click {HERE}.

My guest blog post will be about moving your classroom. It's full of photos and great tips! Look for that on Friday!

Have a great first week of July!


9 comments :

  1. First of all, thanks so much for the shout out for my lil' linky... it really makes my heart happy. Second, I LOVE your letters! I've been wanting to do a set myself, but figured I would totally butcher placing the cut out of the letters on top of the letters evenly, but you may have just convinced me. :) I can't wait to see them displayed in your room!
    Kelli
    Tales of a Teacher

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  2. The STEM letters look great! Very cute!

    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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  3. Thank you for your how to!!! I am now no longer a no-reply blogger!!! And I have finally set up my profile correctly! I love your STEM letters, I cannot wait to see them in your room. I already love Kellie's linky and now I am headed to check out Julie's!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

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  4. Another great video tutorial! You have been busy this week! Letter look fantastic!
    Growing Little Learners

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    1. I try to stay busy! I get up early and accomplish something every day. Otherwise the summer zips by and it's wasted!

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  5. Love the stem letters, they are going to look so good in your room! Thanks fro sharing about the linkys, I am going to check them out.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  6. Your letters turned out brilliantly :) Yeah I had a helpful blogger last summer letting me know about the no-reply thing. Also, an annoying thing is blogger not telling you when people reply to your comment. SIGH.

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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  7. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I was able to fix that, and now maybe I will know when people respond to my comments!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

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  8. I am soooo, soooo glad you aren't a No-Reply blogger anymore because now I can chit-chat with you whenever I want! I can't wait to see your STEM letters hanging up on the wall. So far...I'm in love!!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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Hey Friends! I love to read comments and I do try, try, try to reply to everyone! I reply by email- unless you are a "No-Reply" blogger!