Friday, July 6, 2012

Classroom Design with Vistaprint

My hubby says I am obsessed.  My teaching buddy, Casey, calls me an addict.  Me?  I accept myself for who I am... and I love, love, love me some Vistaprint.  Maybe it's because classroom supplies are a fun perk of the job.  Maybe it's because I'm so broke cheap frugal.  Possibly, it's just that I like things that are personalized.  And cheap.  And make my classroom look nice.  Let's face it - I spend a lot more than 40 hours a week in that room, and it helps if I have pretty things to use while I'm working.  Here are some items I bought to use in my classroom:
I created the blank business cards to use for flash cards, labels for our classroom library, name tags, you name it.  Best of all - 250 in the box.  To make blank business cards, select the design you like, and simply remove the sample text.  You know, name/address/phone number/etc.  Too cute!!

Blank Business Cards - Owls
Set of 10 note cards for parent communication.  Subway art source.
The subway art on the note cards is from eighteen25.  Isn't it fabulous?  {I uploaded the image earlier this year on another product, so I didn't have to pay the $4.95 upload fee this time.  I did pay it last time, though!}
Flyers - front side (in color!)
Flyers - back side (in black and white)
The flyers (set of 25) are standard paper size.  We are experiencing extreme limitations this year on our copies and color printing, so I figured this was the way to go.  I copied and posted the text from some letters I usually run off for parents for Open House.  I think I'm going to add this to their homework folder - we'll see.  :) 


Rack cards - front side (in color!)
Rack Cards - back side
I saw this idea while blog stalking, but I can't remember where!  If you can remember where you saw it, please let me know!!  I'd like to give credit for this fabulous idea.  The idea is from Katie at Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans!!!  She has lots of cute ideas for Vistaprint here.  I ordered Rack Cards (set of 50) for kiddos to use for reading homework on the weeks when we don't really have much in the way of homework.  It's just a little extra way to keep them reading during the week!!
Self-inking Stamp - Love it!
Blank Small Business Card Magnets - set of 25

I like to write each kiddo's name on one of these magnets.  We use them throughout the year for Venn Diagrams and Bar Graphs on the magnetic board as students come in as a part of their morning work.  Last year, I gathered an assortment of colorful Sharpies and let them decorate their magnet - supercute!! 

I know.  I know.  I know.  It's a lot.  My hubby tells me it's too much.  Actually, I got all of these items shipped for $11.91.  You're asking yourself, "How can this be?  Does she get a special discount?  Maybe a relative works at the company."  Nah.  Vistaprint barely knows I exist, most likely.  They do send me tons of emails with good promos.  Just look through the emails, till you find one with lots of the products you want for free (just pay shipping), and click on only that email.  If you try to order deals from 2 different emails, it knocks all of your items back to full price, and who wants to pay full price?!  Interested in getting the deals?  Visit their website here, or you can click my referral link here for free business cards.  Another tip: make sure you sign up with an email address that you don't mind getting mail from 3-4 times per week.

How do you use VistaPrint?

11 comments:

  1. I LOVEEE Vista Print too!!! I need to remember to get my back to school order done soon :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  2. Great Vistaprint creations!! I was working on some of mine today & had to take a break, because my little one decided to draw on the wall lol. I use them every year & you can't beat their deals! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. I saw rack cards kind of like this on Katie's blog, Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans! I have some in my cart now to use for AR scores! I love the magnet idea for graphing...glad I haven't placed my order yet!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  5. Thanks for all of the great ideas using Vista Print. I'm going to plan some for my class. I especially like the subway art. Very cool!
    Pamela
    http://firstclassteacher.blogspot.com/2012/07/and-award-goes-to.html

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  6. Thanks for sharing your goodies from VistaPrint! I've visited their site but I always get overwhelmed! :) I love your Rack Cards! I might use these to send home over Christmas and Spring Breaks!

    A Pirates Life for Us

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  8. Thank you for providing such information. This is very generous of you providing such vital information which is very informative. I love blank business cards to use for flash cards, labels for our classroom library, name tags, you name it. To make blank business cards, select the design you like, and simply remove the sample text.


    Max Light Stamp

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  10. Thanks for all of the pictures of your Vista Print items! I got the groupon awhile ago, but have been putting off ordering. Thanks for sharing what you did!
    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  11. These are great. I need to print plastic business cards for my new business. How can i get the free designs?

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