Friday Favorites: Staff Picks to Beat the Winter Blues

IMG_0914Tarah: I chose a new card on our shelves from Thimblepress, the gold foil, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE set on whimsical strokes of color. This card is A. Cheery and B. Who doesn’t want to be told that they are the best, or prized by someone they love? This could be left as is to convey “you are simply my favorite”, or written more specifically to a favorite server at your local standby, nurse friend, teacher or a boss. But probably don’t give it to your child if you have more than one.

IMG_0909Kerianne: Without using any words, this card seems to send the reassurance that spring is on the way. Simple, beautiful, and versatile, this card from Rifle Paper Co. could be used for Easter, Mother’s Day, or just to say “hello” to a friend.

IMG_0904Susan: This is my fav card for Spring — a bunch of brightly colored hearts that just lifts my spirits after our dreary weather these past few days. I love this new line of cards by Good Paper. They are so beautifully designed and assembled by young adults in Rwanda to provide jobs and support their families. We have many designs in all the card categories so you must come in to pick your favorite.

IMG_0907Abbey: My personal way to beat the winter blues is always to share some laughs with a friend. Remind your girlfriend of good times and friendship with this card from Offensive & Delightful — sure to cheer her up!

DIY – Greeting Card Mini Notebook

As a little throwback to our January DIY post, we’re doing another journal, but instead of using felt, we’re using a material that you all already have on hand – a lovely greeting card. Think, a pretty blank card, a birthday card for a little birthday gift, a wedding or congratulations card for a bridal shower, Mother’s day gift, etc… Jaimé chose some lovelies from Rifle Paper Co. here.
Small Card Notebook
Materials: Card, paper, waxed thread, awl, needle
Step 1: Cut and fold paper to size of card (The card we used measured 4.25×5.5in, so we cut in half four – 8.5×11 sheets of paper for the inside)
Step 2: Add paper to the inside of card. (optional: use binder clips to hold in place)
Step 3Step 3: Use the awl to make a hole in the center of the fold, and another about 1in from the top and from the bottom
step4Step 4: Follow steps for needle and thread
Step 4eStep 5: Tie off!
FinalOptional: Start sewing from the inside to have the knot inside. Place under some heavy books to flatten. Trim sides with a paper cutter. Use staples to bind instead of thread.

Friday Finds: Rifle Paper Agenda


There is something about being organized that makes me breathe a sigh of relief. I cannot manage 27 second graders, let alone my own life, if I am not on top of things. If the tool I’m using to organize myself is beautiful? Even better. This year I finally broke down and bought a Rifle planner. I’ll be honest, every year when the school supplies roll in at 6.25,  I have had a mental dialogue about whether or not to splurge on a planner. This year, though, I saw the blue flowered Rifle planners come in and I just knew something so pretty would make organizing my schedule actually enjoyable. It may be old-school, but writing my schedule down on paper makes me feel much more put together than simply plugging it into my iPhone. I like being able to see everything laid out in front of me. And feel the paper. And use pens. Multiple colored pens that represent different categories of events (this is the teacher part of me coming out).

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Another habit of mine is making multiple lists on post-its and then sticking them in my calendar. Or on my lesson plan book. Or really, anywhere. By the end of a full day of teaching, my well intentioned organization feels overwhelming and scattered. This Rifle planner has enough room for me to make my own built-in lists for each day. Then, most importantly, there are little boxes next to each line where I can make a satisfying check mark when I accomplish something. It’s the little things that count.

The school year started this week and I can honestly say I feel more prepared than ever. Maybe it is the extra week we had of summer…but I like to think it is because of my pretty little Rifle planner.