Monday Made It!: Target Crafts and Bullet Journal Update

Hi everyone!

Although I have serious FOMO about the TpT Conference, it just wasn't in the cards this year. I'm actually just coming back from a week long vacation with my favorite guy, and that's all the vacation/diverting from routine I can handle! We visited his parents in central Florida and then spent some time checking out St. Augustine...be sure to check back Friday to see my pics of that great city!

I spent some time being crafty this weekend, and I'm excited to show you what I came up with for Monday Made It! Thanks, Tara, for hosting this linky that helps keep me on track during the summer!


Most of the 3456934893984 Target bags sitting in our guest room are full of things that I'm not quite sure how I will use until I get into my new classroom, but there were a few things I had ideas for immediately (also, I SOMEHOW managed to find my way into 2 different Targets during my vacay...#cantstopwontstop).


I team teach with one of my BFFs, and she is literally (yes, #literally) the only reason I made it to the end of this past school year, so I whipped up a little gift for her:

a $5 Target Dollar Spot chalkboard and a chalk marker make a perfect gift!

I used the Dollar Spot ruler-frame chalkboard and a chalk marker, found a font online that I liked for inspiration, and voila! Nothing says love like a hand-made gift (and I made have made myself a matching one).

If you are into hand lettering, what sites do you go to to find awesome script fonts? I found the font I used for this on Creative Market.


This year, my BFF and I are teaching 3rd/4th Gifted/High Achieving (say that 3 times fast)! She will handle math/science, and I cover ELA/social studies. We want to emphasize to the students that being in this class is a special opportunity, so we made up a name: the (Insert School Name Here) Scholars! The idea came from this pin:


These are the characteristics we want to emphasize throughout the year. With that in mind, I used some Dollar Spot finds to create banners for both classes:



For the top banner, I used the chalkboard banner, ABC stickers, and a chalk marker to add some detail. For the bottom banner I used the graph paper banner and a Sharpie.

Here's a closer look at the chalkboard banner:


I am pleased with how they came out! I love having some personalized touches in the room.


I took a week off from bullet journaling while we were out of town, so I was itching to do something creative for this week. I belong to a group called Bullet Journal Junkies on Facebook, and am in awe of what some of these people come up with! When I find a layout I like, I save it and come back to it when I want to try something new. This layout was inspired by one of those saved posts:

July Weekly Bullet Journal Set Up

The top is for me to keep track of any day-specific activities, then I have a little section to keep track of the blogs I need to write over the week. The ROYGBIV is my reminder to eat my colorful fruits and veggies throughout the week. The lighthouse drawing is a little nod to our trip.

My favorite part of using a bullet journal, as I've mentioned before, is that you can be as creative as you want to/have time for. When it's teacher planning week, I doubt I will have time to draw lighthouses and color in borders, but the function behind the weekly page remains the same. 


What type of learner are you? For me, I have to write things down or  I don't retain them. This is one of the reasons I fell in love with bullet journaling! For example, last summer I read Learn Like a Pirate for free on my Kindle and I LOVED it. I had all these grand plans to incorporate things from the book into my classroom...and I promptly forgot all of them once I headed back to school. The reason? I never wrote any of my grand ideas down, and I didn't go back to my Kindle to look at what I highlighted. This summer, I treated myself to a hardcover copy of the book, and I set aside some pages in my school BuJo to take notes as I re-read:

LLAP Notes!


This way, when I go back to school, I can pull these notes out and recall exactly what it is I want to use from the book as I set up my class!

Side note: If you've never read this book before, add it to your list! 

That's it for me! Don't forget to stop by 4th Grade Frolics to see what everyone else is making!








17 comments

  1. I love your little pirate drawing!! Soon cute!!

    Yukari
    A Pinch of Kinder

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    1. Thank you! I love your blog...it makes me want to teach K!

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  2. I LOVE your Bullet Journal and adorable "Learn Like a Pirate!" I need to be better about Bullet Journaling! Have a HAPPY week!

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    1. Thank you! Taking a week off made me excited to get back at it!

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  3. I love your ideas and Creative Market is great for fonts! I usually go to DaFont, type up a phrase, then I can see how I want it to look. Does Creative Market do that? I will have to go look because their fonts are beautiful. I love your bullet journaling! Have a great week! Pam from PJ Jots!

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    1. Yes, Creative Market lets you type a phrase in! I agree, they have beautiful fonts!

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  4. Super cute! I bought the same ruler frame from Target :) I couldn't help myself! I haven't yet decided what to do with it but this gave me a great idea!

    https://ladyliteracy-sixthgrade.blogspot.com

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  5. I tried bullet journaling and was great for the month of June... I've fallen off the wagon for July :/. Oops! But your sign is adorable! Your friend is lucky to have you. My 3456934893984 Target bags are filling up my house too- usually my husband is very understanding but the eye rolls have begun now when I try to sneak another one in haha!

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    1. I'm about to be banned from Target, I think! It's hard...they've majorly stepped up their game this year!

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  6. That chalkboard sign looks great. I'm so impressed by those who can do the hand lettering.

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    1. Thank you! I'm just starting out and I'm in awe of what some people can do. Have a great week!

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  7. I really lvoe your "Scholar" sign. I may be copying it for my classroom--I call my kinders scholars and rarely come across this term. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you...I loved the idea when I saw it on Pinterest! Our school name starts with S so it's a perfect fit!

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  8. I like all of your Target Made Its-especially the Scholars Banner!
    -Stephanie
    Stephanie Tolentino Teaching Resources and Ideas

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  9. I am swooning over your bullet journal!!!! <3 Your gift for your teammate is adorable as is your banner! Central Florida?! That's where I live!!! Thank you for linking up:)

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