July 20, 2013

Saturday Snapshots, Image Chef, and Class Writing Journals

It's time for Saturday Snapshots with Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera.

I didn't really do much snapping this past week, other than pics of what I've been making for my classroom... those snaps are for Monday Made It and will make their debut in a few days. Although I am sharing one near the bottom of this post. What I did do this week was sort through my albums on my hard drive and reminisce. I pulled out a few of my VERY favorite photos to share today.

First up is a snap of a ceiling hanging as you are standing below it, looking up through. I used to be the liturgist/music director at my parish. Working two jobs got to be too much so two years ago I became ONLY a teacher. While I worked for the church, part of my responsibility was to see that the church was decorated for the seasons. This hanging was part of the Easter celebration. The streamers are 25 feet long and are attached to a thin wrought iron circle that is suspended from the ceiling by means of a mechanical winch. It's really quite stunning!

This snap is of the roses that grow in the front of my house. This particular rose bush once was at my Grandpa's. When he died in 1972 my mom asked if she could move the bush to our house. All those years later it still blooms.

I snapped this shot a while back when the moon was supposed to be at its biggest and brightest. This was taken around midnight with just my flash turned off, no other special settings.

No Saturday Snapshots would be complete without a picture of Ms. DaisyMae. This one is the result of a conversation that I had with my sweet bloggy friend Serena (Nala's mom) over at Magic Mistakes and Mayhem. Serena and I chat about our furry children, comparing stories. Being from New Zealand, Serena uses native vocabulary in her speech. Last week she referred to my little girl as a "Stroppy Madam." I wasn't sure what it meant but I loved the sound of it so I googled it.... OMGoodness, it fit Ms. Daisy to a tee. Just ask my family. Serena, this one's for you...

BTW, the above photo was edited with an online editor called ImageChef. The website is user friendly, FREE, and allows you to add fun, quirky, and stunning effects to your photos. Just upload your own photo and use the handy menus to spice up your snapshot.

The last snap I'm sharing this week is of something I finally made... Class Journal Covers. I had read about them on Pinterest and other blogs for a few years and had just never gotten to them. This week I did. I've actually been working on loads of decorations (all with teal, aqua, purple, and green polka dots) for my classroom and just included these while I was at it. Here's one as a FREEBIE for you. Just click HERE or on the pic for your copy.

When I assembled the journals, I noticed that the spiral notebooks I had purchased for 11 cents each had ugly writing at the bottom of the cover. I used the journal covers I had made to cover the ugly writing. However, the cover's appearance was off balance, so... I added the label 5/6 at the top to indicate these journals were for my fifth and sixth graders (I also teach eighth grade and will have journals for them also). I really like how they turned out so I made them available in my TpT Store. If you like them as well, you can download the set HERE or by clicking on the photograph.

I had so much fun making these journal covers that I created three more sets:

... and if anyone is interested in a particular style, color, theme, I'd be happy to make them for you.

Happy Snapping,
Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. Great pictures. What a sweet picture of the rose. Love how it still blooms.
    Thanks for linking up.

    1. I look forward to this linky each week. I've been having so much fun experimenting with photos once again. I hadn't touched my camera for some time. It's all because of you, bloggy friend!

  2. Oh...the moon looks awesome!!! Can you believe that roses aren't my favorite flower, even though it's my last name?
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. To be honest, Alison, I don't care for roses myself. My mom, however, LOVED them and she loved her dad so much. I've made sure that I trim this rose bush each year and see that it remains healthy even though mom is gone now, too. I had all the other rose bushes pulled out. LOL!

  3. What a great idea! I always do journals, but I have never considered doing class journals. I am heading over to your store to get these now. Thanks so much for the awesome idea! Heather

    1. Thanks, Heather! I'm glad you like the idea. I'm excited about using the journals this year also. The group of students that I have LOVE to write so I'm always looking for fresh ways to provide experiences for them.

  4. I think this will be awesome to try this year. Thank you for sharing. I found you on Manic Monday.


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