Getting Organized With Melonheadz!

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I'm linking up with Tara for Monday Made It :)

Another busy and colorful week:
It seems like this summer my creative mode has been all about organization!  This has been my goal for a long time but I've always had so much going on during the summers (masters program, summer school, committee work) that I didn't have time to get it done.  This year I decided to have a free summer and it's been great having all this time to relax, create, and get organized!

One of the things I needed was a planner.  I've gotten the Erin Condren planner for the past two years.  I loved it, but I realized that all I ended up using was the monthly calenders.  So the weekly spreads went unused.  Something else I really needed was more note pages.  So I went shopping and found one at Target.  It wasn't very cute though and the boxes didn't give me much room to write in.  I figured there was no other option, but then I ran into The Colorful Apple's Instagram and one of her images caught my attention.  It was a picture of the calender set she created.  So I purchased it and I made my planner.

I love my new planner!  The cover is from Schoolgirl Style's I Love School collection.  I have a thing for wide horizontal stripes.
 Everything else is from The Colorful Apple.  Below you can see that she includes a year long calendar for future planning.  I printed it to the back of the cover so and then laminated it so that it couldn't get damaged.
 Then there are the monthly spreads.  I like blank spaces but Sara also includes lined spaces for each day.
 While at meetings, I enjoy having blank paper so that's what I put in it my planner for notes.  Before binding them I trimmed about half an inch off each of each page so that there would be room for the tabs and this way they won't show when it's closed.  Doing this also prevents the tabs from getting bent and destroyed.  The tabs were created using this paper punch.  There are a different number of pages for each section depending on how many would be needed for the year.
 On the back cover, I printed my school's year long calendar.  This always comes in handy.
 The back of the planner looks similar to the front and includs the year for future reference.
I love that I was able to create it to fit my needs!  Now I can keep all my notes in one place instead of looking through different notebooks for specific notes.  You can find this Calendar Notebook here at The Colorful Apple's Store.
Made It 2 is something on my to do list from two years ago.  I've been thinking on how to save my commonly used resources.  This summer I finally purchased a few sets of Melonheadz kidlette clip art and it inspired all sorts of stuff.  A couple weeks ago I made my subject drawers and it hit me that I could finally create my subject binders with these cute kidlettes too.  Here they are:
 I had to have spines too so that I can go right to the one I need.
The middle one is a different size binder, so the label is smaller.  I'm hoping to find an orange or yellow binder for it.  If any of you know where I could find one, please let me know :)

 My copies for units such as worksheets, lessons, and craft examples are located in these.  It makes it so easy to plan!
I also created a bunch more so that I can use them as parent communication logs, individual student portfolios, lesson plans, CCSS paperwork etc.  I'm so excited about these!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Binder-Covers-Melonheadz-Edition-1299356
If you are interested in these, you can pick up a set HERE.
Finally, still on the getting organized theme, I finally created a desktop organizer that everyone is using.   I wish I would have taken a picture of my screen beforehand, it was a disaster. There were folders everywhere and I couldn't find anything when I needed it.  So I whipped up an organizer using my Melonheadz kids once again :) Here is what it looks like:
I posted this on my Instagram and had requests for a tutorial.  If you would like to see it, click on my videos tab to check it out.

 Now head over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up your Made It!


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42 comments

  1. Loving your binders. So fun! I'm off to check them out.

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    1. Thank you! I've missed your Monday Made It's! I'm glad I can see your creative projects once again :)

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  2. Lots of organizing going on, looks great!

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  3. You are getting organized! Your binders are so cute!

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  4. I adore those binders!!! So fun, colorful and cute! All the necessaries:) Lol! Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. Yes, fun, colorful and cute are always necessary :D

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  5. Love your binder idea! I'm always end up using different notebooks and can never find the right one! Great idea and attention to detail. Wonder if you could get backing on Shark Tank??? I'd buy one! Love me some Melonheadz! Super cute!

    Debbi
    3rd Grade Pad

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  6. Getting organized always feels so good! That's what I've been focusing this summer as well. I love your binders!! I hope I can get mine that organized before school starts back.

    Rachel :)

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  7. Oh I love how you did your desktop organizer! I am getting tired of the one I made- yours is so bright!
    Kelli
    Tales of a Teacher

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    1. Isn't it awesome that we can just make them and change them as we please :)

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  8. There is so much organizing goodness here! It makes my OCD heart so incredibly happy!! I bought Teri's planner last week and I love how you put yours together! It's become my new inspiration :)

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    1. So glad to hear that :) Organization has become my newest obsession!

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  9. I just might redesign my desktop look after seeing this. Your organization is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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    1. I can't believe it's taken so long for me to make one! It's saving my sanity :)

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  10. Cute, cute, cute! I love the bright colors! Adding the binders to my wishlist!

    Lindsey
    Thriving in 3rd

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! I love colorful stuff :)

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  11. I love how colorful everything is!

    I'm working on printing my own planner right now (bought from TPT), so these tips were super handy, thanks!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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    1. I love how we can make our own planner to fit our exact needs. Thank goodness for TpT :)

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  12. Your desktop organiser looks amazing - I need to do that!
    Growing Little Learners

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  13. Wow I LOVE your binders & the desktop organizer is pure genius... I always think my files are organized until I try to find something.
    I'm your newest follower, check my blog out if you get a chance :)
    -Ashlee
    TeacherWillRunforBooks

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    1. I felt the same way, I thought everything was where it was easy to find and it definitely was not :)

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  14. Love your binder covers and your desktop organizer!

    Brandi
    Swinging for Success
    Follow me on Facebook!

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  15. I'm love, love, loving your binder covers. I've got them in my cart. Will you be putting your desktop organizer on TpT also?
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. I never thought about selling my desktop organizer since I just created it for my needs. Please leave your email and you can have it :)

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    2. Really??? That's so sweet! I would LOVE to have it!!! THANK YOU!! butterflialisun@gmail.com

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  16. I love your binder covers and all the awesome colors!

    Meagan
    oodlesofteachingfun

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    1. I love colorful resources for sure :)

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  17. These are all too cute and fun!!! Now where do you get all these items printed?

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    1. Thank you!
      I printed everything at home :)

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  18. I love that you made your own. I am exactly that way, if I cannot find it I create it! Thank you for the inspiration. I went to the binder system 2 years ago and all of my colleagues come by my room and ogle. I bet they do with your binders too! My days go so much more smoothly since the change. My question is where did you get it bound? I was thinking about doing my plan book through Staples, but I want it to look as beautiful as yours! Thank you for the over-the-top organization!

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    1. Allyson, thank you so much! I love the binder system. So much neater and easier to organize my materials :)

      Also, I went to Office Max for the binding. It cost about $3.

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  19. Wow! I love all of this post! I love organization so this was fantastic for me to read!
    Jen
    Endeavors in Education

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  20. I love your computer desktop organizer. My sons always give me a bad time about my messy desktop. I will have to watch your video and organize mine.

    Shelly

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  21. This post is sooooo perfect for me. I really need to get organized. I just bought your binder covers and put your Let's Get Organized pack on my TPT wish list.

    I am in LOVE your desktop organizer! I need something like that for mine because I have files and folders clustered together on similar topics. I am going to have to watch your video to get organized. Are you going to sell the desktop organizer on TPT? I'd love to get it so everything is coordinated.

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  22. Love, love, love your planner!

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  23. Please consider selling your desktop organizer. I am having such a difficult time creating one.

    nguyen_sally@icloud.com

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