Monday Made It #3

Thank you everyone for entering my Blog B-day Giveaway and all the super sweet comments!!!

Thank you all so much  for linking up with my Monday Made Its!!!  I think people are getting all kinds of great ideas and inspirations:)  I know I am:)

So here we go with my Classroom Made It:
I have 2 things to share.  The first was inspired just last week by Misty at Think, Wonder, & Teach and her adorable birthday balloons.  I loved her crazy straw idea! I put a little of my own spin on my "birthday bouquet" and here's what I came up with. (I know they aren't balloons or cakes or cupcakes or anything birthday related.....owls?  Yep!  Owls!  I had to use these adorable owls from The 3AM Teacher again!!!  I just love them:) )  
I recycled a flower pot from my garden, painted it black with chalkboard paint and added some ribbon.

If you like my little owl birthday buddies, they are in my store for FREE:) (teehee, having another Oprah get some owls and you get some owls...., sorry, no coffee focus)
 Just click HERE for the freebie:))  I made them in 3 different color sets:)

My other Classroom Made It is my teacher binder.  I have seen several and knew I just had to make one.  I had a binder last know, the one with the super cute, colorful cover.........but let me tell you, that was where the cute ended!!!!  Inside was a mess!!!  My mess and most of the time I knew where stuff was.....papers sticking out the top, data in the back, more data in the front, lesson plans in the middle, other important info. here and there........

Enough already.....I'm embarrassed to admit that mess.  Well, no more:)  I made this with sections specific to my needs (I'm sure I may be adding more later, so this is a total work in progress) and can't wait to be binder organized this year.

I have also seen lots of fun names for them......Mrs. Eiken's Lesson Plans bored me and it is going to be so much more than lesson plans.  When I taught 3rd grade my kiddos had T.E.A.M. binders (together everyone achieves more) so I thought.......why not come up with a cute acronym like that???
That is when Mrs. Eiken's T.O.T. was born:)  (Teacher Organizational Tool)  Now, if you have heard of that before, don't burst my bubble.........I swear I came up with it all on my own:)

Update!!!!!  I have had several of you ask about the dividers/sections in my T.O.T.  I"m a spaz.....I made them with yummy digital papers and frames I purchased from 2 shops on Etsy:

Here are the dividers/sections I have so far....
These sections are self explanatory:
Calendar: Monthly - calendar at a glance 
Lesson Plans - I do mine on the computer but print a hard copy and will keep it here
Student Info. - how the kids go home, accommodations...
Student Data - all of our lovely assessment info will go here
Parent Contacts - chats/conf. with parents
Meeting Notes - notes from staff and team meetings

I smooshed all the pics together so my post wouldn't be forever long:)

I didn't get a Home Made It done because I was dying with strep throat (drama queen!!!)......I'm all better now and will hopefully have one to share next week:)

So, now it's your turn!!!  I'm like a kid the night before Christmas with this anymore.....I can't wait to see what everyone has made!!!!!!  Don't forget your coffee:)))))

(P.S.  I am wrestling with Rafflecopter to give me a says I have one, I just can't find it....too early, no coffee.  I will update this blog post as soon as I figure it out with the winner)


  1. I don't have a blog yet, my I am a blog stalker. Love the signs you made. I just have handwritten tabs, but you have inspired me! thanks!

  2. Those are birthday signs are super cute!! wonder what I can make for a beach theme....hmmmmm...any ideas???

  3. I love the birthday signs! Too cute! I really need to organized my teacher binder as well. It's always a mess. I think you've inspired me for another project! :)

  4. I love the birthday pot! I really want to make one.... I think it'll be my plan for this week :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  5. Those birthday signs are great! Just added that to my long list..........

    I'm so glad that you are feeling better! Been worried about you :(

    Fun in Room 4B

  6. LOVE, this post and the whole linky party! I am a crafter but have been scared to make anything.... I am so noncommittal about a theme!!! Anyway, you have inspired me and I will link up next Monday. Hear me, I will (sorry, that was for me!) I have stalked your blog for almost a year now but I started following you today! I am new to blogging. If you get a second, hop on over and see me!!!
    Kickin' it in Kinder

  7. Super cute! I love the birthday pot idea and think I am going to be needing one soon.

    My Different Worlds

  8. I'm much more awake now so I'm making rounds back to comment. :) I love the black pot. It just pops with the colors you used! I must get on pre-making birthday ideas because things are just too hectic during the year.

    I love your binder pages. I'm pretty organized, but I haven't made mine all cute yet. Adore yours!
    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

  9. I'm loving the birthday straws!!! {I'm totally stealing the idea!} Love your binders too - I made something similar but for my intern/student teacher & sub binder...I may need to borrow your idea and make one to keep me organized!! Thank you again for being part of my giveaway and making a difference with positive footprint!!!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

  10. Love your ideas this Monday! I especially love your binder dividers. I really need a lesson in how to make my own. Any suggestions as where to go to for help.

  11. Of course, I am pinning your creativity!

    Are you using different binders, or are the pictures for individual sections? My binder got too heavy last year!

  12. Is all of that printed or pieced together in layers?

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

  13. I'm planning on jumping on the owl bandwagon for a theme next year... I have those owls from the 3am teacher, too! I made some name tags last week for Maniac Monday...check them out if you can! Thanks for having these linkies...have given me some quick and fun projects this summer!!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  14. Glad you are feeling better. Boo! Strep is no fun. I love your teacher binder and T.O.T. - It's the first time I've heard it. I need to get my binder together too. I think I went too small last year (1 inch) so I just starting shoving things in any pocket and I could. Time for my own T.O.T. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  15. LOVE the balloons! They were a HUGE hit last year on Proteacher:) I created some balloon toppers last year but didn't do much with them! I need to go back to that file and see what I did! Loving the Monday Made it's...this is a great idea! So sorry to hear you had strep! I had it 5 times this past school year...had a carrier in my classroom..yuck! So glad that person is out of my classroom! HAHA!
    I hope you feel better soon!

    Tonya Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  16. Oh Tara, you have inspired me to make an organized binder!!!! (Maybe I will make one before next "Make it Monday" so I can link up. I love the background and the frames you chose. Do you mind sharing where you purchased them? I made the straw thing and attached a kool-aid pack and of course a frog tag for an end of the year gift. You can see it here ! I love all your creations!
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  17. I need to get on the birthday bandwagon! Those are too cute!
    Tattling to the Teacher

    p.s. I had the same problem with Rafflecopter. You have to click add a winner then it shows you the winner!

  18. Yay, glad everything got situated with Rafflecopter. And I finally linked up to your Monday Made It :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilities!

  19. LOVE your binder and I'm putting those birthday straws on my list, too!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  20. I've never used digital paper before. After you bought the paper, do you just print it out or is there a special method?

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  21. Oh my goodness!! I love everything you shared in your blog today!!!


  22. Newest follower! I love your blog!

  23. You are SO productive!! Love everything you made!!! Make it for me too!! ;) Loved meeting you in Cocoa Beach!! Hope you're enjoying the rest of your summer!!!

    Kindergarten Smiles

  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this linky!!! I don't have anything to add YET but I am working on several things for my new kindergarten classroom and I am hoping to link up next week with some of my goodies! Thanks for doing this because I am in a crafty mood and love making things for my classroom! Can't wait for next Monday so I can join the fun!

    Krazy Kindergarten Teacher

  25. I'm so glad to have found your blog and this linky party - I'm your newest follower! I haven't made anything yet this summer, but now I'm inspired to get crafty so I can share something with y'all next week!

    Also, I know this is going to sound like a weird question, but what brand plastic sleeves did you use in your binder to hold your section/divider pages? I have some plastic sleeves that just don't seem to want to hold a regular sized sheet of computer paper, so I always end up having to trim the edges of the paper to make it fit into the sleeve without bending or folding! Maybe it's just me not inserting the paper right, but I've had this issue several times with the sleeves I use, so I was just wondering what kind you went with so I can stop having such headaches when trying to use them!

    Have a great week,
    Third Grade Teacher Files

  26. Tara
    I can't begin to thank you enough for your support and donation! I'm happy to report the boys have moved from 33rd to 19th place. Thank you again!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade – We’re having a SWEET giveaway

  27. I'm losing my mind! HA! I was in Dallas all weekend and am exhausted from driving in all that crazy traffic! LOL I added your button!! Sorry!

  28. Tara, your linky has became a huge hit! I am thrilled to be a part of it and loving(and hating)all the great projects people are doing. My to-do list grows each week! Thank you so much for this great opportunity to share!
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

  29. Tara, think you so much for coming up with this idea. I have to tell you that I have probably come back to my laptop every few hours and hit refresh on your blog to see all of the new projects. I haven't linked up yet, but I have a feeling I will be busy busy busy next Monday!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  30. Just linked up for the first time and definitely your newest follower! Look forward to checking out all the great ideas.
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  31. This is so fun! I'm so glad I found your blog. I love making things for my classroom! I will be linking up in the future for sure!
    I'm your newest follower:)

  32. Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing. I am now following you too!
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  33. 9 days!!! 9 days and I will be done school and can join in on the fun! Please tell me you will be continuing?
    Thinking of Teaching

  34. I realize I linked up but never let you know that I loved your projects!! I have a binder to keep all of my items in too, but it could definitly use a makeover!! Thanks for being such a great hostess:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  35. I missed Make-it-Monday :( I have also been making my birthday jar. I was inspired by your owl cards. I used the same frames courtesy of From the Pond, but I went with a blue/green/purple color scheme instead of the owls. I used Happy Birthday wrapping paper on the jar, but now that I have seen yours mine looks so busy. Stop by to see the projects I have been working on.
    Stories by Storie

  36. Yay I linked up!! Now to look through all the other links ;)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  37. Hi! I have to tell you how excited I am to find your blog! I have been teaching 1st grade for 7 years and have loved all the cute ideas from lower grade teachers. However, I just found out I will be teaching 5th grade this year... there go a lot of my cute ideas. Do you have any other blog suggestions for teachers who teach an older grade? Your blog is ADORABLE! And you've helped restore my hope that my classroom can be cute and fun!

  38. Ok I totally will link up now that I have your approval...I felt like I couldn't because it's not monday, and I am selling something rather than just showing a project...I didn't want to be weird and do it wrong!!!! But I am going to link it up now babycakes!

  39. Thanks for inspiring me!!! Stop in to see the baby quilt for my Made it Monday -- I know it isn't a school related item but I'd love to show it off!

  40. Must do BOTH of these! I am in such need of a binder makeover.

    Thanks for the freebie. Too cute!


  41. I did the straws last year but I had a really hard time getting them to stay on the straws. How did you attach them? I have to think of something else to do because I have my same kids again this year and they'll want something different. I'm determined to link up next week for Made it Monday. I need to make something.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  42. Love your organization binder. I just downloaded some digital paper, but am unsure of how to make it fit the entire screen. I can stretch it, but then the print is off. Do you have any tricks you can share? Or a link with a tutorial? Thanks for your help.

  43. Love the binder pages. Are you able to post them?

  44. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.
    Birthday Lawn Signs


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