Monday, August 11, 2014

Personalized Classroom Sign for the Teacher

     Today is a day of firsts for Dragonfly & Lily Pads. I can not thank you enough for taking your time to read what I have to share. While readers have been increasing, I am gaining confidence. This is the first blog post, I am writing as the owner of my domain name.                          www.dragonflyandlilypads,com\
  This week is the August Silhouette Challenge. I decided to make a personalized sign for a special teacher.  My brother teaches First Grade in a local school. Teaching children is something I have in common with my brother. Did you know that I have an Early Childhood Degree? 
  The theme for this month is" School". After I pondered this project, I settled on giving my brother label stickers. I called him to find out the size, and shape that would fit his needs. By the time we finished brainstorming together, we decided a classroom sign would be even better. He added, before he hung up that the school colors are blue & white, and the mascot is a dolphin. 
  I purchased this dolphin shape from +Silhouette America 
for 99 cents
Dolphin, Silhouette Cameo, silhouette design, August Silhouette Challenge

I new this shape would work after I tweaked it a little bit.

I deleted additional layers from my file. Leaving the large Dolphin.
I enlarged the size to H 8.984" by W 10.567" to make the sign.

I use trial and error to find the right size, type, and font that I liked.
For a First Grade classroom capitals, and small letters, is part of their curriculum. I made sure the font I used had both, to flow with the level of learning. Then reversed the words Mr. Carlson's Classroom. Today I made the project in two layers of cardstock. In the future, I would like to use vinyl for his classroom. But since it is still summer break, I would not be able to show you the sign, or the process. When the school is open I will post a few updated pictures on Facebook Dragonfly & lily Pads. Please fly by, hit like, and notification. You will get to see what I am planning, as well as other blogs I follow and DIY projects too.
I used the blade setting 4 and cardstock. I cut the first layer (blue cardstock) which included the lettering cuts. The second layer (white cardstock) I copied, pasted the base layer of the dolphin to insure the size matched perfectly, and then cut the outline.
* I included the vinyl settings in the picture in case you would like to use the vinyl material instead of cardstock.
* To adhere cardstock to window I would use repositionable adhesive spray. 
   To my brother and his First Grade Classroom, 
May your school year be filled with the joy of friendship, the excitement of learning, and the success of achievement. 
Have a Great School Year!

 Another first  is  my guest post is going live at this moment. I am so excited to be substitute teaching at Silhouette School.
I am honored Melissa invited me, to sub for her, as she unplugs for a bit of rest, relaxing and renewing. Thank you for trusting me, to meet your readers, and teach on your blog. Please go visit Silhouette School Faux Etched Glass to read my guest post. Be nice to the substitute teacher. (No spitballs or tacks on my chair please)  
Silhouette School, is a great resource for all of you who own a +Silhouette America cutting machine. 

 Each month my friends from the Silhouette Challenge work hard. to bring together a wealth of projects for you to be inspired. Please click on the pictures below, to enjoy what they we have created, for you today.

Until next time,

~Let Your Creative Spirit Dance~
Karen Marie
 original post on Dragonfly & Lily Pads.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Back to School: Printable Book Cover Labels Back to School: Personalized Bag Tags DIY Chalkboard Vinyl Calender  Stamped Lunch Notes with the Silhouette - August Challenge Personalized Classroom Sign for the Teacher Apple earrings for that special teacher School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift) Easy Vinyl Embellished Bookmarks Chalkboard Place Cards Fabric Tear Away Notepad LEGO inspired Printable Backpack Tags {FREE PRINTABLE} First Day of School Photo Prop Back to School: Personalized Notebooks Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers Easy Back to School Teacher Gift & Printable Frozen Inspired Pencil Toppers First Day of School Photo Keepsake Giving School A Little Boost
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Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs said...

I bet your brother just loved the sign you made for him. I never though about using repositional spray adhesive to attach cardstock to glass. I wonder if it will come off easily? I can imagine making fun things to put on my children's windows. Thanks for sharing!

Trisha D said...

Such a perfect, and personalized gift for your brother!! I love that you incorporated the mascot and colors! P.S. Congrats on the new domain!!

Angela @Little Blue's Room said...

This is great! I can't wait to see the update when you can.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you for visiting today. I have used it before, and it works well. It can be cleaned off the window when wish. I will use vinyl for a long term effect. You are so nice to hear from and I love your great questions.
have a great Day

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you Trisha for checking out the blog today. You are so sweet to congratulate me on the new domain. My brother has not seen it yet so I am excited to present him with howI included the Mascot.
Have a Happy day,
Karen Marie

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thanks so much for visiting today. The update should be soon since he will be setting up his classroom this week. Your kind words are appreciated.
Have a happy day,
Karen Maire

Michelle Beaton said...

It looks so good! I love that you made this for your brother!

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thanks for visiting today. I am excited to see it in his classroom too. Your comments are encouraging,
Have a great night,
Karen Marie

Jordan@the2seasons said...

It is so great to see all that the silhouette can do! I have one but yet to really dive into all the options and I can't wait to check out your post as a substitute!

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you so much for visiting today. I would love to see what project you start with you silhouette.
Please come back and visit. Your note made me smile.
Have a great night
Karen Marie

Janis PauseDreamEnjoy said...

The kids will love seeing this! Thank you for Linking Up at PDE Linky Party.
Your project is featured on our Facebook Page today and linked to your blog!
Pause Dream Enjoy Page on Facebook

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you for the Feature on Facebook today. Your kindness is deeply appreciated.
Have a Great day,
Karen Marie

Cathy Kedzuch said...

Beautiful job!

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thanks for your sweet words Outlaw!
Karen Marie

Glenna Anderson said...

What a fun project to make for your brother! Using the school colors and mascot makes it perfect and the kids will love it.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

You always make me smile when you leave a personal note of encouragement.
Thank you & Happy Crafting,
Karen Marie
Dragonfly & Lily Pads

mum of two said...

What a wonderful creation! I'm sure all the kids will love the sign. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at PDE For the Kids Linky Party. Hope to see you again soon :)

michelle (PDE DT)
Purple Monkey Moments

Natashalh said...

I love my Silhouette and I don' know why I waited so long to buy it! Great project. Visiting (and Pinning) from Project Pin It.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Thank you for coming by to visit. Your kind comments are appreciated. Come back again soon.
Have a creative day,
Karen Marie