Blowing Up Clipart in 10 Easy Steps

Now that I have shown you how to blow up your fonts, it's now time to blow up your favorite clipart. I know what you're thinking... 
"What? Why would I do that? What a waste of time!"

Let me give you a little background. About 5 years ago I decided I wanted a Hollywood themed classroom. (You can see that classroom here.) When I started that theme there were NO bulletin board sets that I loved that would match exactly what I wanted. So, I took clipart, blew it up on the poster maker, HAND COLORED IT, then laminated it for the wall. It was actually a lot of work. 

I would say 2 years ago I discovered blowing up clipart. DUH! How did I never think of this??? Yes, it still takes a little work but it's so fun! Especially when I don't want to drive 30 minutes to the closest teaching store,  and then I won't find what I want. Or searching online to find what I want and never finding it! 

So here you go, easy steps to blow up your clipart! 

1. Make sure you have purchased clipart from your favorite clipart artists. For this tutorial I went with Krista Wallden- Creative Clips. (Find her clipart here.)

2. Open up a blank Powerpoint document. Go to File > Page Setup. Change the width to 8.5 and the height to 11. This should make your page so that it is vertical and ready to print on normal paper.

3. You will then go to the Clipart file that you have downloaded. Choose 1 image and drag the image to a blank power point slide.

4. Continue adding 1 image per page until your have all your images in your powerpoint document. 

  5. Go back and resize all the images to the size you want. As you can see I made sure that the eraser was the smallest. The paper was the largest. *HINT: If you hold the SHIFT key when trying to resize images, it will make sure that you don't unevenly stretch the image.*

6. Now you need to save the document as a PDF. To do this go to File > Save As. Go down to File format on the bottom of the window. Click the drop down menu and choose PDF. This will then save your file correctly. 

7. Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader. ( I have the DC version that I downloaded for free). You will then go to File > Print. Click on the Paper Sizing & Handling where is says Poster. You will then change the Tile Scale percentage. I used 250. Then change the Overlap to 0.05. *You can adjust this however you wish. If you want your images bigger, or more/less overlap. Then just hit print! 

8. It will print, you will panic, and then it will be OK. It will look like a nightmare but I promise it will be easier than you think! First, sort each piece of clipart into its own pile. Then cut the pieces out 1 image at a time. I ALWAYS have the print screen open so I can see exactly where the pieces go after they are cut. *TIP- If you print only 1 image at a time, you can use the pages that didn't print anything on them, on the next printed image to save paper*


9. Piece the images together to make sure you have all the pieces! 


10. This is when you laminate, if you wish. If not then you can staple it together UP ON THE WALL, exactly where you want it. I promise it makes it so much easier!!!!! 

I hope that you find this helpful! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me! I will be more than willing to help!!! Good Luck! 


10 Easy Steps to Blow up Fonts

One of my favorite things to do on an empty wall is blow up quotes! I'm here to show you a quick tutorial on how to blow up fonts and making a boring wall have a pop of excitement. 

1. I find it the easiest to do this in Microsoft Word. Make sure to open up a new blank document and have your quote ready! 

 2. Your first step is to go into your Margin settings. From my computer I go to 
Layout> Margins> Narrow. This just gives you a little extra room to work with when blowing up your font. After you have your margins set to narrow, then type in your quote. 

3. Highlight your entire quote, and center it on the page. Once it is centered, change it into any font that you would like to use. For this tutorial I chose LD What did I say?. To download my Endless Growing Font Bundle click here

4. Then depending on the font that you pick you will now change the size of the font so that it fits 1 letter on each page. In this tutorial I used the size 650. In other fonts it might be smaller or larger. It also depends on how big you want your quote. 

5.  I then make sure that that there is one letter to each page. (If you are printing on white paper or all the same color paper, it doesn't matter if all the letters are all on one page. If you are making a rainbow quote you will want one letter on each page.) * You can change the size of 1 letter if it doesn't fit on the page completely. Sometimes I have to make my m and w's smaller than the other letters. 

6. You will then change the color of each letter to the color that you want the letter to be.  I use the font color button when changing the letter coloring. (The A with the purple color underneath)

If you are printing all on 1 paper color you can skip Step 7 and 8 and head directly to 9. If you are printing on rainbow paper this is going to be the most important part! 

7. Move all of the same color letters side by side. If you have some that will fit on the same page, put them together now. 

8. If you are printing on Rainbow paper you now need to count out how many pages you need for each color. This is very important! You also need to know your printer, I would have to personally start with purple on top but you might have to start with red on top. 

9. Select all of your text and go back up to the text buttons. Click on Text Effects, the white A with the blue outline. I think go Outline> and change the color to black. 

10. Now go back and change your font color to white using the font color button. 
(A with purple underneath)

10. We will change the outline of the font so that it is easier for you to cut out. This again will depend on the font that you have chosen and the thickness that you desire. Go up to the font buttons and click on the Text effects button. Go to Outline> Dashes> More Dashes. Then change the width of the dash to 10 pts. or the size of your choice. 

Just like that you are ready to print. Again know your printer and which color you need on top. If you are printing on white or all one color, you have it easy! I printed at least twice before I got all the letters right!

If you need help please email me and let me know how I can help! I hope this has been easy for you to follow and that it helps you give your classroom a wall popping quote! 


Apple Certified Teacher

It was a total fluke that I stumbled upon Apple Teacher. I was actually looking up classes for my Tiny Human to take at the Apple Store after seeing a few people post stories in Instagram. So I took a second and clicked around, and I found a whole world of Apple! So I quickly signed up to become Apple Teacher Certified

A quick backstory is that I've been using Mac's since I was in High School. (I'm not telling you how many years that's been). I started on Desktops, then had to get a laptop for collage. Since then I've invested in iPhones, iPods, iPads, Apple TV, and another laptop. **I've been talking myself out of an Apple Watch for a while now.** My second school that I worked at was a Mac school, so we had a whole gamut of good stuff. We even had a Digital Learning Coach to help bring technology projects to life. We had an AMAZING Humanities teacher that really helped the kids learn how to use all our technology. Then, I moved to a school closer to home and we all got 1 iPad. This year we each got 4 more iPads, which I will be using ALL THE TIME in my classroom. 

What do you need to become Apple Teacher Certified? An Apple ID an a computer to work on. That's it! The cost... FREE! For teachers that's the best news ever! Once you log-in and enter your information you will get to decide if you want to get your "badges" for iPads or Mac.
*You can do both!* 

Apple Teacher Home Screen

Now the fun begins, you will go through courses and learn new skills for popular apps. After you go through the course work, you then take a quiz to earn your badge! Once you get all of your badges you become the ULTIMATE APPLE TEACHER. Sounds easy enough, right?

All those badges need to be filled! 

No matter if you choose iPad or Mac you will have 8 courses to complete. If you decided to do both you will have to complete 16. A lot of the courses are crossovers so it doesn't make it too bad. I started with the iPad courses and my first badge of... iPad. Seems simple enough.  Then I had to download the iPad Teacher Started Guide... 65 pages long. Thankfully it's in iBook, so it wasn't anything I had to print off! This is where I'm going to be really honest... I didn't read a word. I've had iPads for years. I'm just going to take the quiz and see what happens.

I got 3 out of 5... I guess I better go look up a few things. When taking the quizzes it gives you situations where you could use your iPad and what would be your best choice. Harder than I thought! 

I'm going to go read up now and see how long it takes me to complete each badge and how difficult it is. If you have an questions please comment or email me! I would be happy to help you on your journey! We can also learn together! 


Summer Prep

If you are a true teacher at heart you know that the #teacherbrain never shuts off! It's truly a problem and the closer to we get to the start of a new school year the crazier our #teacerbrain gets! It's the time when we need a notebook next to the bed, for the middle of the night and something to write with in the shower, because that's of course where we think up our best ideas!  

Every summer I give myself a few weeks to recoup from the previous school year. I usually say I will do absolutely nothing during the month of June.  I spend a lot of time with my Tiny Human in the pool and doing fun things! I try my hardest to not think about school and the things that have to get done before the next year starts. 

Starting the July I'm off running. You can find me waking up early to be the first in line at the Target Dollar Spot. I'm making never-ending to do lists that will never get finished when I want them done. I'm printing, cutting, laminating, the list goes on and on... I'm searching Amazing for amazing steals for the next year. Hoping and crossing my fingers that the laminating pouches will drop in price before I run out again. Teachers Pay Teachers is my first search in the morning. I make my coffee and sit down with my computer making sure I'm not missing a sale or anything I can convince myself to buy. 

I thought that I would share just a few things that I keep at home during the summer. This makes my life so much easier! By keeping things at home I'm not completely rushing in August to get everything ready last minute. I know that there are so people that think I'm CRAZY for working at home during the summer but it's just how I operate. This summer is a little different because I'm going from General Education to Special Education. I'm busy making hands on activities and creating a BRAND NEW CLASSROOM THEME. **Oh jeez, what was I thinking?!?!**

Anyway, I'll start by saying I use my HP Instant Ink a lot during the summer! I go over my page limit every month! So, my favorite thing to use year round is my HP Instant Ink printer. I love it because it sends me ink before I run out! That's probably  why I always go over my page limit, I don't have to run to the store to get ink! 

That leads to cardstock. I try to stick with the Astrobrghts Cardstock. I spent a couple of hours earlier in the year picking out the PERFECT combination for my room this year. I made sure to purchase all the colors and 5 reams of plain white. 

Once everything is printed a cut it all out with my AMAZING new paper cutter! I don't know why I never bought one before. This thing saves my life! I use my scotch scissors to help me cut the smaller things and the corner rounder to get those perfect edges. ** I'm a little OCD** 

Once everything is cut it's time to laminate. I have the Scotch Thermal Laminator and watch for the Scotch pouches to go on sale. Now, with that being said I do NOT laminate everything on my laminator. I take a lot to school and do it on the school machine. It really just depends on what I'm using it for. *Here's a hint. I use glue sticks to glue the paper to the laminate pouch before running it through the laminator. It just helps keep it in place. 

Last but not least I'm making a TON of file folder activities for my kids. I had to by the PERFECT combination for my classroom. I also make sure to have velcro dots on hand to help make sure that all my activities are completed. 

Now here's the real deal... usually when I'm prepping I'm sitting on my couch watching reality TV after the Tiny Human is fast asleep. Let me tell you that an hour or 2 a night really adds up. When he is a awake and busy I'm working on my computer on my Welcome Packet, supply list, easy simple things. I try to knock out one a day every other day. 

Does everything get done before the first day or school? NOOOOO! I try my hardest though. Summer is about reenergizing and spending quality time with my Tiny Human, friends, and family. It's a time where I can think about nothing of importance. It's when I give my brain a well needed break. If I don't feel like working on school stuff, well I don't. It's not going to hurt. What's going to hurt is being burnt out before the school year even starts. 

I hope that you are enjoying your summer and making the most of it, but if you are working on next school year, I hope that I have left you with some easy things to help your summer. Below I have left some links that will help make your summer prep easy. 




Hello Fresh

Cooking has never really been my thing. I have tried so hard to turn into the person that cooks most nights a couple nights a week. I have tried freezer meals, meal planning, having weekly shopping lists sent to me... I HATED THEM ALL! 
Being a teacher and a mom I'm busy. By the time I've wrapped up the school day, drove home, unpacked my child and the things that I TOLD myself I was going to work on at home knowing that I really wasn't got to take anything out of the bag, finished homework, started laundry, and given the tiny human a bath, well I don't want to do anything but sit on my couch and watch reality tv. 

Then I found Hello Fresh. 

I tried my first box from a friend that was giving out freebies. I picked the Classic Plan for 2, 3 meals a week. I figured one serving for dinner and one for lunch the next day. The tiny human only eats the chicken meals (insert eye roll). The also have Family Plans, and Veggie Plans to choose from. You can do 3, 4, or 5 meals a week. You can definitely choose the right plan for you and edit your plan when ever you wish! *Prices do depend on your plan and how many deliveries you get a week. 

It was the fun part, picking a recipe! 
Variety- New ingredients and techniques for something a little different but still doable
Fit- Quick and nutritious meals for under or around 650 calories per serving
Quick- Quickest and easiest recipes to help cook a well-balanced meal
Seafood Free
Pork Free
Beef Free
No Preference

I'm still using the variety recipes because I still a newbie. When school starts I might go to the quick recipes for a while. Here is the good part, after you sign up you can edit the meals that are sent to you! If I have a repeat meal I just make sure to change it! So simple! 

The easiest part! No driving anywhere or going into the grocery. No waiting in lines!
You can pick a delivery for Wednesday-Saturday. ***The day that you decide to have the food delivered changes the day that you need to make sure you have the recipes you want. So I change my recipes a few weeks before to make sure I don't forget.  You can also pause your deliveries so that if you aren't home one week, or you have plans you don't have to pay to get meals you won't use. You can pick to get meals once a month or every other week. It's totally up to you.

When the box is delivered it is packed with ice so that the food doesn't go bad. 

Cookin' Time
Each meal is packed in a different bag, labeled so you know which meal it is. There are also easy visual recipes that are easy to follow. I would say that each meal takes about 30 minutes to prepare (Remember I have the classic plan, variety meals, for 2) 

This is by far the easiest cooking experience I have ever had! Every meal is delicious and healthy! No more fast food. *Except for a McDonalds coke every once in a while* I have talked so many people into this new way of cooking. I feel so much better when I am eating Hello Fresh and I enjoy finding out what is going to come in my box every week! It's like a healthy at my door every week! 

*This post is not associated with Hello Fresh, this is my personal review and feelings.*


*I wrote this post over a year ago. I never published it, until now... 

There are so many times in this life when people ask, “Why Vegas?” People always want to know why I‘m here and why have I stayed so long? Most importantly they ask, “When are you moving home?”

I am here to tell you that I have lived in Vegas for 9 years, and in those 9 years I have finally learned exactly WHY. I was sent here on a journey, on a path that I didn’t even know where it ended. What I thought I was coming to Vegas for became something unexpected, and can never be replaced. I came here with my heart on my sleeve, doing what I thought was the right thing at the genius age of 20. Now, turning 30, I really, honestly believe that I made the right choice to pack up everything I own in a van and move across the county.

Moving meant that I left everything I know: my house, my family, my friends, the only place that I had every lived. It meant that I would only see my family when I was able to fly home and visit or they would come to see me. It meant that I would miss family birthday parties, the kids’ soccer games, and family dinners. Do I sit here and say that I don’t miss that? NO, I miss it all the time. I wish that I was there for every little thing that my family did together, but I can’t be and thank goodness for technology.

I have learned that I was sent here to make me the person that I have become. The most important thing that I have become in Vegas was a Mother. It’s the hardest thing that I have ever become, and at times I’m sure I’m screwing it all up. Then I have a conversation with the best kid that I could have ever had and I think. If I hadn’t come here, I wouldn’t have him.  He has made me complete. He has made me stronger than I ever thought possible, braver that I have ever been, and he has made me reach higher than I ever believed I could reach.

I have learned that I was sent here to work in the trenches. To be the best teacher that I can be, to have to dig deep and work hard to do what’s best for kids, not what’s easiest for me. I am their role model, I am their teacher, I am their future. Without me they don’t succeed, without me who know where they would be. I honestly feel like each class has been sent to me for a different reason. My first group was amazing, yet taught me the trials and tribulations of being baptized by fire. The groups in between had their ups and downs but through it all I did what’s best for them and they became amazing kids who worked their tails off. This groups today, I’ve had for almost 40 days and I want to die thinking about 140 more with them, but they are mind for a reason. They were brought to me for a reason. I am their teacher and I have learned to do what’s best for them and that’s what Vegas has taught me.

I have learned that I was sent here for the people that Vegas has brought in my life. Will they every replace my family, absolutely not; but I couldn’t ask for a better group of individuals in my life. These individuals each bring out a side of me that I never knew I had. They have been there for me in my darkest of dark. They have wiped my sad tears and laughed until we had happy ones. They have been my rock to lean on and my pillow to melt in. Without them I wouldn’t have made it in Vegas. Every single person in my life has been sent here for a reason. I’m so grateful for every single one of them.

So when people as Why? This answer is simple, this is my home right now. This place has made me into the adult I have become. I have built a life here that I love with people who are near and dear to my heart. Would I love to come home? Yes. Is it time? No. I’m still growing and I’m ok with that because I love the person that I have become. I’ve learned to be me, the best me I can be, and right now that me, is in Vegas.

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