I just added chevron and polka dot glitter papers in fall colors to TPT.

These took me waaayyyy longer then they should have.  I made quite a few rookie mistakes, like not performing quality control after making each paper, and I wound up having to go back and making a lot of the papers over again.  I’ve done this before, so one might think that I would have learned by now, but of course not.

But they are done now!  There are 102 papers in all.


$3.50 on TPT

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  How fast do they go??


I have been busy.

Extremely busy.

I am very excited about teaching/having a classroom, but there is so much work.  I know I’ll get it all done, but it’s daunting.

The teacher whose classroom I inherited retired and left everything behind. I kept some things, but she was there for a long time and had a lot of stuff, so cleaning everything out of the cabinets and file cabinets took about two full days.  I really wanted a fresh start, and I wanted to start my own organizational system.

It’s funny, my house and car are disaster zones, but when it comes to work, I’m a huge perfectionist.  I want everything just so, and I’m incredibly organized.  And I wanted everything in my classroom to match.  I tried that in my own house, but, well…it didn’t quite work out.

Here are some before and after pictures.  I didn’t realize how bad they look until I got them on the computer, but so it is.  It’s not work, so I’m not worried! 😀



I used clothespins and twine to hang the welcome bunting and washi tape to make the calendar.  That took a while.


I think storage bins are quite expensive for what they are, but I really wanted everything to match.  I saw the striped and gray baskets at Target, and they were perfect, so I spent the money.  Once again, wouldn’t do that for myself unless I got a great deal!

I put the classroom decor set that I used and some extra stuff in a bundle on TPT. It took forever.  Story of my life!

serenity decor preview 2

This is $5 on TPT and has a ton of stuff!


$1.50 on TPT

As the title says, there are 10 papers in this pack.  They are colored newspapers with a wrinkled paper texture and grungy overlay.  I love the grunge look, and although it’ not necessarily popular on TPT, I enjoy making it, and my grungy watercolor papers are doing well.  At least the free ones are.  😉  I get it, I’m a broke teacher (teacher in two weeks, anyway), too!

PowerPoint Presentation

$2 on TPT

I made these journal prompt cards and a little journal jar to go with them.  Looking at the journal jar reminded me that I never finished the quarter page labels to go with my decor set.  There are plenty of other labels, but ugh.  I made 12 out of 22, so keep scrolling, and you’ll find a link to Dropbox.  Blog freebie!  Woo-hoo!


quarter page labels

Free on Drobbox

It’s a PowerPoint document, so you can edit them in PowerPoint (surprise!), Google Slides, or OpenOffice Impress.

Now that that’s out of the way, more TPT stuff.


$1 on TPT

This is part of the decor bundle, but it’s also available as an individual product.  It’s also a clearer image of what’s in the bundle!

snip preview

Finally, we have the bright watercolor/spray paint papers. They’re $2 on TPT.

I have such a long list of things to do tomorrow- lots of stuff to cut out, lesson plan templates to make, individual work folders, and differentiated journal writing papers to go with the journal jar tags.  That is taking a while (there will be over 120 pages), and I have to keep reminding myself that they aren’t going to get through 40 journal prompts in the first week of school!  Or any time soon.  There are about a million other things, but I won’t bore anyone (not that anyone is reading this, so my future self- I still feel weird writing to myself, but I do like looking back) by going on any more.

Have a fantastic weekend!


I am finally making the move from aide to teacher!  I’ve been a classroom aide, long-term sub, and behavior support aide (if a student is having a behavior issue or needs a break, I take them until they are ready to return to class), and now, at last, I have a teaching job.  I’ll be working with 15-17 year old students with quite a varied range of needs.  This will mean lots of work going into differentiating, but I love creating and finding resources, and I’m so inspired again.  When it comes to work, I’m a major perfectionist, and the thought of setting up a classroom, basically from scratch, is daunting.  I have to remember that it will come together, but it might take some time, and I don’t have to have the whole year planned before school even starts!

I’ve added a few resources that I’m quite excited about, although it is all really time-consuming.  Once again, I have to remind myself to take it slow.  Not easy!

This is my calendar set that I’ll be using for my room.  I love the way it turned out!


$2 on TPT.  I added season cards to the preview, and I’m hoping to add a few more things to it when I have some time.

These are the papers I used and the color scheme for my classroom.  I wanted to use my bright colors, but I thought that might be a bit overwhelming.  So I chose these, which I think are really calming and beautiful!


12 digital papers, $1.50 on TPT.


$1 on TPT

And a freebie!

summer gradients preview

Free on TPT

Have a great weekend!

I have a bunch of winter worksheets that I made back in November that are mostly done, and…they’re still sitting untouched.  So I made watercolor papers and tags instead.  Fantastic.



30 papers and 30 tags, $1.50 on TPT

I hate how blurry my thumbnails look on TPT.  The FAQ section on their site says to zoom out, snip the image, and upload it that way.  Nope.  I think I have to stop shoving so much stuff on one image, but I’m really not sure.  Whenever I upload something new, I start experimenting again, get frustrated or bored, and figure I’ll do it later.  I don’t.

Enjoy your Friday, and have a great weekend!

Bright Days Digital Papers

I have a new paper pack, Bright Days, in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  There are 18 papers split into two packs.  The first has 10 patterned papers.  There are the obligatory polka dots and stripes (I skipped chevron this time!), spirals, triangles, and more.  Part two has textured solids and three more patterned papers.  I wasn’t sure if I liked two of the papers, which are modified versions of papers in the first set, but I thought someone might find a use for them.  The other one is more triangles!

Bright Days (18 papers, $2)


The third and fourth papers on top have larger patterns, but I wanted to fit more in the preview.  I think I regret that now, but I hate making previews.

brightbonuspreview  And the extras, included in the download.

They are for personal or commercial use, 300 dpi, PNG files, and 12″x12″.

It’s a bit early, but we’re practically there…happy Monday!