Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ink Storage for Ikea Shelving Using Cricut Paper & Cardboard

I love the the Stamp-n-Storage organizers for the Ikea Kallax shelving, but as a Mom on a budget, it is on my Christmas wish list.  So, I am reorganizing my craft room and want all my ink pads on one place.  So after searching Pinterest and see the SVG and Silhouette files I decided to see what I could use in my Cricut cartridges to organize.  I made this organizer with white cardstock, chipboard left over from Creative Memory purchase and adhesive. 
Below you can find the how to's and link to the Design Space file.
This is for an organizer with three boxes on every shelf and 11 shelves high (holds 33 ink pads).

Find the Cricut Design file here.  You will need the Tags Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge.  I have sliced the file to take of the top of the box and stretched it to accomodate Stampin' Up Ink pads.

17 Sheets of White Cardstock 12 x 12 
6 Sheets of Chipboard 13 x 13 
Glue or adhesive of choice


  1. Cut 17 sheets (two boxes each) in the White card stock using the Cricut file in the link.
  2. Cut each chipboard into two 13 x 4 3/4" strips.  From the left over card board, cut 4 strips to 4 3/4" x 1".  You will need 12 of the 13" x 4 3/4" and 44 of the 4 3/4" x 1" strips.
  3. Assemble three boxes for each layer of ink pad shelves. 
  4. Mark the center of the 13" x 4 3/4" inch piece of chipboard along the long end and measure out two inches.  Center one of the assembled boxes on the chipboard and glue with your adhesive or liquid glue.
  5. Glue 1" x 4 3/4" strips at the sides of the box for ink storage.
  6. Glue on another ink storage on each side of the center box, being sure to face the box opening and boxes in the same direction.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fossil Friday: See Fossils and Meet a Paleontologist

I am so excited about our special family event for this book fair:  Fossil Friday!  Dr. Karen Samonds from NIU will be who works with National Geographic to find fossils in Madagascar is our guest speaker.  She will share her expeditions, show fossils and talk about how finding fossils can teach us when and where animals arrived and how they lived.   Stop by the North School book fair from 7:00-8:00 pm to see her speak, see and touch real fossils.

We also will have Dogman in person! Stop by the book fair tonight
from 7:00-8:00 and bring your entire family!   We are also holding a  North School Family Dance with Dinos 6:30-8:00pm.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Parent Volunteers are the Best

My elementary school is small with only around 300 students, but our library is still a busy place always in need of some extra help.  Thankfully, I have some of the best parent volunteers ever!
They love to get involved with our book fair and volunteer to make and put up decorations.  They work shifts running the fair and help with cashiering, restock orders, helping shoppers and supervising students.  They help with book preview day, making sure the students are able to record their wish list details including titles, prices and locations.  I even have a mom who's a paleontologist coming to give a presentation for the students to match our book fair theme tomorrow, from 7:00-8:00 pm. Thank you Karen Samonds!

Beyond the book fair, I have regular volunteers that help with our library day.  One mom comes in early on library day and helps me check in and shelve 200-300 books so we're ready.  Another mom works the entire library day with me, checking out books so that I can help find books, make recommendations, or read a story.  Trying to get 20-30 kids to find a book and check out would be impossible without them!  I have two moms who come when they can or sub for regular volunteers. Thank you Melissa Smith, Cherie Hiland, Deanna Wray and Karen Weckerly!

And these fabulous volunteers are looking at planning a great future for our library too!  Karen Weckerly has written several grant requests for new shelving for our collection.  Melissa Smith has co-written a grant request for more money for non-fiction books.  And everyone is looking at their summer calendars to take out our old shelves and set up the new.  They'll be helping me pack up the books and unpack them.  

Beyond this core group, I have regular book fair volunteers and parents who show up when they can, parents who bring treats and prizes.  I am so thankful for you all, your help, and your love of children and reading!  Your volunteering not only helps our North Star Library, and students, but shows these students the importance of books and reading to you and for them!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Why Wednesday: 10 Reasons to Visit Our Scholastic Book Fair

Here are 10 reasons to visit the our North School Scholastic Book Fair BOGO Sale:

  1. BOGO Sale:  It's a Buy One Get One Sale.  Purchase one book or item and get another book or item at an equal or lesser price free!
  2. The Scholastic Book Fair App! 
    *Reading levels (SRC!, Lexile, GRL, DRA, AR)
    *Age and grade levels
    *Book summaries and prices
    *Videos, podcasts, awards
    *Recommended titles
    *Filter to refine search results
  3. Show your child you value books and reading!
  4. You miss your local book store!  Because this is a BOGO sale, we'll have books for all ages.
  5. Summer is coming!  Get your child books for the summer!  Set a reading goal like one book per week or month and shop the BOGO Sale.  One book a week sound like too much?  If your goal is to have them read 20 minutes a day, that means they should be able to read a book with 140 pages in one week.  Easy peasy that's one chapter book a week!
  6. Teacher Appreciation day is Tuesday, May 7, 2019.  Just next week, so shop for your teacher's gift at the BOGO Book Fair.
  7. Mother's Day is coming!  Sunday, May 12, 2019 is Mother's day.  The book fair will have more than just books:  tote bags, coffee mugs, cook books and more!
  8. Special Guests:   Join us for a visit from Dr. Karen Samonds from NIU, who works with National Geographic to find fossils in Madagascar. She’ll speak about her expeditions, share fossils and how finding fossils can teach us about when and where animals arrived and how they lived. Stop by the book fair to meet Dogman in person! Bring your entire family! 
  9. Make Reading Fun!  Today's child has many distractions from reading:  video games, smart phones, TV, youtube, etc.  Find ways to keep reading fun, by letting them choose their own books, taking them to book destinations like book fairs, libraries, and more!
  10. Good books!  You buy them good food and a variety of food to keep them eating well.  Think of reading the same way!  Keep them reading with good books, variety of books and once and awhile a desert book!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Try It Tuesday: Graphic Novels

Stop by our BOGO Scholastic Book Fair and try purchasing a graphic novel for your child today!  Let them have one to start reading today and put one away for Summer reading!  Or, get one graphic novel, one fiction chapter book! 

Graphic novels are a great tool for engaging the reluctant reader or a reader who has lost their drive to read!  They're like the comic books we read as children in a longer format.  Once they learn to love reading they will move on to more difficult chapter books!  

Book fair hours today are 7:45-8:25 am, 11:00 am -1:00 pm, 3:05 - 6:00 pm.

Monday, April 29, 2019

More for Your Money Monday: BOGO Sale on Books!

Today is the first day of our Scholastic BOGO Book Fair!  Buy one item, get one at an equal or lesser price.  Our theme this year is Dinomite Books.  Stop by North Elementary today to buy books for your North Star, your preschooler, your SMS and SHS students too!  

Today's special event is Muffin's with Momosaurus, before school 7:45-8:25 am.  Stop in with Mom to shop the book fair and have a muffin.

Want to pick up an eWallet for your child because you don't have cash?  Just visit our book fair home page and pick one up any day of the fair with your credit card here.  

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Set Up Sunday; Dinomite Scholastic Book Fair

It's been a busy weekend setting up for our Spring Scholastic Book Fair.  The theme this year is Dinomite and all things dinosaur.  I got on Pinterest as soon as I had the theme last fall and began pinning all sorts of ideas, but I could not think of an idea to cover my ugly pole. 

At some point I had an idea to make a dinosaur leg coming out of the ceiling, and I got back on Pinterest to find images.  Above is the photo that inspired my leg.  

So, if you want to create your own dinosaur fossil leg, follow the steps below.

Carpet Rolls from Carpetland (donation)
Shoe Boxes
10-12 Toilet paper rolls
6 Paper Toll rolls
4 Paper Christmas tree cones (Michaels)
News paper cut into strips for paper mache
Glue Gun
Glue Stick

  1. Determine the size of your bones.  I took measurements from the photo and the length of my pole.  Using the photos measurements, I determined the portion and applied it to my pole length.
  2. Cut the bones to length.
  3. Cut any tubes you wish to hide a pole in, along the length to slip them over the pole when finished.
  4. Cut toilet paper rolls in half and snip every half inch along the length about a half an inch deep on both sides.
  5. Using a glue gun, adhere these to the end of the toe bones.
  6. Cut the paper towel rolls in half and snip every half inch along the length about a half an inch deep on both sides.
  7. Using a glue gun, adhere these to the end of the smaller leg bones.
  8. Cut shoe boxes on an angle from the top of one side to the bottom of the other side.
  9. Glue the cut shoe boxes to the largest carpet tube with the glue gun.
  10. Apply newspaper strips to the bones, covering the ends with paper so they are not open for the toe bones, and the bone at the top of the toes, and the smallest leg bone.
  11. For the bones that will be wrapped around the pole, try to cover most of the ends of the bones.
  12. Allow paper mache to dry and make two coats of paper mache over the ends of the bones.  
  13. For the claws, cut wedges out of one side of the Christmas tree cones every 1/2".
  14. Glue the cone openings together, to create a curve to the claw.
  15. Cover the ends of the claws with paper mache as well.
  16. Paint.
  17. Cut into the tops of the bones that will go around the pole so that there is a round hole and make snips from the hole to the edges.  
  18. Begin assembling the leg using the glue gun.


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