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THE CREATIVE TEACHER GIVEAWAY--ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR ME!


Greetings Friends!


I am just tickled to be participating in another blog hop!  It is going to be a busy week!
This one is hosted by my friend Melissa over at 


and doesn't have anything to do with teaching practices, assessments, behavior management,
or parent/teacher conference tips!

Instead, it salutes the creative side of some of my best teacher buddies and
has allowed us to relax a bit and have some fun getting crafty!
 

It features items for your home and/or classroom found on Pinterest and made
with lots of TLC and ingenuity! Here is the story behind mine....

Long ago and far away, there used to be a long table next to the basement laundry room of my childhood home.  My father used it in the evening for small projects, paying bills, working at his typewriter, and completing accounting tasks.   During the day, my sisters and I painted by numbers, decoupaged, glued, cut, drew, and did all things creative.  Dad used to call it our table for "making messes."

That table was where my love for all things patterned, colorful, and pleasing was cultivated and encouraged.  When I got older, my mother made sure that I took sewing lessons from our neighbor who was a top-notch Home Economics major, and inspired a love of fabrics of all hues, textures, and styles that I still have today.  That table became a place for me to cut out patterns, pin, stitch, re-pin, and construct clothes, costumes, and quilts.

Sadly, the busy school year does not afford me much time to craft, but the good old summertime is a different story!  Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and JoAnn Fabrics sing their siren song and call to me during the months of June and July.  My spare room's bulging shelves attest to the fact that I am sort of a supply hoarder!  I can often be found filling my cart in the ribbon and scrapbook paper aisles while shopping at the above-mentioned stores!


I have quite a "stash" of both types of materials, and chose to feature them with this great project I found on Pinterest!  If you just don't have time to make your own, and aren't the lucky winner in my giveaway, then you can purchase one you like best on Etsy!





I am known as "the clipboard queen" at my school, and use them to keep my many lists close-at-hand and in good order.  My retired teaching friend, Pam, trained me to use them to help keep track of my bus list, parent contact sheet, lunch order slips, attendance cards, etc., and they are a lifesaver because they keep things from being lost in the piles and files that sometimes clutter my desk!

I am a big fan of using clipboards at home too!  A small one sits on my side table for those late night or early morning thoughts that inspire me but might get forgotten completely by my aging brain unless I write them down immediately!

The clipboards I made for this event feature my favorite colors--pink, green--and match some of my home decor.  Can you tell that I love coordinating colors, as well as gingham and polka dots?  I plan to make some in primary colors to match my classroom decor later this summer!  Just call me a Modge Podge maniac!




Steps to make your own colorful clipboards follow and I included a photo tutorial! 
I completed the one pictured above in less than an hour!  These would make a great gift for colleagues, parent volunteers, classroom paraprofessionals, student teachers, and principals!







I've pinned some other cute and easy craft ideas to my  Pinterest boards,
so feel free to follow me if you'd like!

If you would like to WIN a clipboard designed and made just for you, just complete the Rafflecopter below! Then be sure to  head over to my dear friend Alexis' blog to see what she made!  I seriously want a set for my own coffee table!





As always, thanks for stopping by to share my story!  I hope that you will find time this summer to "make some messes" and feed your need to be creative!  Until next time, keep calm, teach on, and hold a song in your heart!

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Jennifer Reynolds
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  1. I'd love to have one with bright, neon colors! :)
    ~Wendy
    sdwd727@gmail.com

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    1. Ooooh! I just bought some fun digital papers that would work perfectly if you win! Thanks for entering!
      ~Jennifer

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  2. I love the combination of blue and brown. But I also love shades of purple.

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    1. I love the blue and brown too, Andrea. Lilac, violet, and lavender would be a fun combo also! Thanks for entering the contest!
      ~Jennifer

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  3. These are so cute! I love chevron and polka dots! Pink and black would be cute! :)

    ~Kourtney

    kourtneypayton83@gmail.com

    Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners

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    1. Great minds think alike, Kourtney! I have black herringbone papers and pink ribbon just waiting to be made into a clipboard! Keep your fingers crossed!
      Thanks for entering!
      ~Jennifer

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  4. I love zebra prints in black and hot pink! Your clipboards are adorable!! :)

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    1. I've got some digital jungle print papers in my files that would look snazzy with pink accents if you win, Veronica! Thanks for entering!
      ~Jennifer

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  5. This is really cute! Honesty, I am such a fan of the color combo that you picked, I would choose that! Would not change a thing. Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I am definitely going to try my hand at this. I, too, am a fan of the clip board! I just have never had such a fun one :)
    Laura

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    1. So glad you like the project, Laura! My Mom used to dress me in lots of pink and/or green gingham when I was little, so this color combo had lots of sentimental value for me! made the one in the picture in less than an hour. The clear acrylic is still drying, but I am so pleased with how it turned out! It was easy-peasy too!
      ~Jennifer

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    2. Thanks for the compliment, Laura! I can't wait to make some more! My daughter is going to help me! The piece that takes the longest time is using the spray acrylic and then waiting for it to set!
      ~Jennifer

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  6. My favorite colors are neon, especially neon or lime green

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    1. I have lots of neon papers that might work if you win! Thanks for entering, Lisa!

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  7. POLKA DOTS! :) Wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

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    1. I absolutely love polka dots in all colors too, Wendy! Thanks for entering!

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    1. Pink is the accent color I am going to use in my room this year! Thanks for entering, Lisa!

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  9. I would love mint chevron with pink.

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  10. I have ea thing for yellow and gray in chevron and polka dots. :)

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  11. I would love one with gray, yellow, and aqua colors. Those are my new classroom colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I would love one with neon pink and green colors. Those are the ones I have in my classroom. I tried to make those last year and it was a total flop. I am so impressed.

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  13. I would love a pink one! I love pink clipboards!

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  14. I like pink (breast cancer survivor)!

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    1. I love the bright green in your picture...that would be awesome!

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  16. Turquoise and bright pink: polka dots or chevron. Love yours.

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    1. I have turquoise and pink in my paper file, Cindy L--in both polka dots and chevron! If you win, I can make your dream clipboard happen! Thanks for entering!
      ~Jennifer

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  17. Oh Jennifer...this giveaway is right up your comfort zone I'd say! Well, I think you know what my answer is going to be but anything with primary colors is where my heart is! My fingers are crossed that I win!
    Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

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    1. Hi Angie! Your brightly colored bookmark clips are adorable! I could have used some to mark the pages of my new Reading manuals at my meeting this morning! Know that when I make myself some primary colored clipboards, I will keep you in mind my friend! Do you have a particular "theme" for your classroom next year? I know you love chevron?!
      ~Jennifer

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  18. I love this idea! I would love lime green chevron and polka dots with ribbon.

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  19. I love black and white chevron and polka dots.

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  20. These are sooo cute!! I love clipboards, too!! :) My favorite color is purple, so varying shades is great, any pattern!! :)

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  21. I love aqua, maybe a chevron or polka dot. They are so adorable. I'd love winning any of them!

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  22. I would love pink and lime green chevron and polka dots =) Great job on these! Thank you for the opportunity to win =)

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  23. I like chevron with pink, lime and aqua.

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  24. I would love black with bright colored polka dots!

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  25. If I win, I would love black with bright colored stripes or a chevron pattern!

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  26. I love the look of your clipboards. The combination of colors and patterns are awesome! I'm going with an animal print/safari theme this year, so any animal print with an accent color of pink, blue or green would be great. I appreciate your tutorial, but it would be great to win one too!

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  27. I just bought my Erin Condren Life Planner in Purple and Turquoise! It would be fantastic to have a matching clipboard! :)

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    1. Ooooh! I have worshiped the Erin Condren Planners from afar, Tara! Purple and turquoise is such a lovely combo! I will look through my paper stash in case you are the lucky winner! Thanks for entering!
      ~Jennifer

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  28. I love the color combo of Red and Yellow.

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  29. I just moved into a new room and it has a lot of browns and teals... the top picture with the teal and brown..GORGEOUS!! I'd have one just like that!! Great job on a fun project!! JoAn

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    1. I love the brown and teal color combo too, JoAnn! I used it to decorate my master bedroom and bath! Thanks for your kind compliments, and for entering the giveaway!
      ~Jennifer

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  30. I would love to have one with rainbow colors. If possible. ;)
    Thank you!!!

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  31. Our classroom theme is Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. I would love a clipboard in pastel colors. Thank you!

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  32. I LOVE these! I need to use clipboards and they would stand out and they are PRETTY!

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  33. I would love maybe chocolate and pink or blue. I love stripes and polka dots. I also like a little bling or flowers :)

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    1. YOU ARE THE LUCKY WINNER! I just e-mailed you for your color and pattern preferences! Once I hear back from you, I will get busy creating and get it shipped out to you early next week! Please message me your address at storiesandsongs2@gmail.com!

      Congratulations!
      ~Jennifer

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  34. This is so cute!! I have wanted to make one of these for a while and your pictures make it seem like something that I could do. :) I was never quite sure about how to work around the clip. I would love one that is black with bright colored polka dots.
    ~Melissa
    Teacher Treasure Hunter

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  35. Your clip board is so cute!I love turquoise and lime green. I also love chevron and polka dots.

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  36. Love your blog about sprucing up those "ugly" clipboards. I have a ton of them that I use for me and for the kiddos to do Write the Room. I know what I'm doing these next few days! Thanks for sharing. p.s. New follower - also in Ohio! Yeah us!

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  37. I've seen decorated clipboards but not as cute as these. With the instructions given I even think me, the challenged crafter, good make one. You make it difficult to select a theme, they are all so cute.

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  38. I love this craft!! If I won I would love to have a multi-colored clipboard, purple, yellow, red, blue, red, green and orange (all the colors I use in my room)

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  39. I love any shade of purple along with hearts, peace signs or butterflies.

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  40. my classroom is safari theme so anything animal print would be fabulous!

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  41. I love turquoise and chevron patterns!

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  42. I love turquoise and purple with peace signs, frogs or monkeys.
    Kinders on the Block

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  43. These are too cute for words! I would be happy with whatever color combo you came up with! Thanks for sharing and creating!

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  44. These are so cute!!! My room colors next year are going to be hot pink, hot green, and bright yellow so that would be perfect!
    Julie

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  45. How creative and adorable!! I wish I were as crafty as you. I love all things chevron and polka dots with bright (fushia) pink, black, or red and black...too many possibilities to name!

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  46. Greens are my favorite colors. This was very creative and took more patience than I have. Looks fabulous!

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  47. I would love to see a safari themed one :) Thanks for this marvelous opportunity!

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    1. Oooh! I have some fun zebra and cheetah papers that might work if you win! Thanks for entering!

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  48. I love your clipboard. I love all shades of light blue.

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    1. Different shades of blue would be beautiful! Thanks for entering!

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  50. Beautiful clipboards! I would like a blue/green combo clipboard or a school-themed clipboard. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Kim

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    1. I thought about making a school-themed one, and your blue/green color combo sounds like a great idea as well! Thanks for entering!

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  51. The clipboard is gorgeous. I'm thinking about making a green themed one with a line green tone and green polka dots.

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    1. Lime green polka dots sounds delightful! Thanks for entering!

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  52. I would LOVE to have a colorful chevron clipboard with cute ribbons on top!!!

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  53. Orange and blue of course!!! I'm a Gator girl!!! :) :)
    -Elyse @ A is for Apples

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