Cute teacher projects (& freebies) to inspire your classroom!

Dear DJ teacher friends,

 

We find ourselves shocked, once again, at how fast the time has flown by.  Hopefully you’re all settled into the new school year by now… and the back to school season was a breeze.  It certainly kept us busy this year …which is GREAT!  (That’s probably why the time has gone so fast too.)  But, before we FALL completely into autumn… and Halloween, then Thanksgiving & Christmas (yikes!)… we simply HAD to pause and share some incredible classroom smiles with you.

 

We can’t say enough how much we LOVE seeing the things that YOU create using our clip art and fonts.  :)  This back to school season, we were fortunate enough to see SEVEN wonderfully creative teacher projects as we promoted our classic teacher clip art collection, Kidillywinks.  These projects definitely inspired us… and we hope they’ll inspire YOU too.  Just click on any of the images below to visit the blog post about that project.  MOST of them are FREEBIES for you to download & enjoy!!!

 

First… we can’t wait for you to see these adorable Puzzle Counting Strips for young learners!  (Counting by ones: 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, & counting by tens: 10-100.)  Created by Patty Rutenbar at 2ndinline.blogspot.com

Puzzle Strips for Counting

Next up, you’ll love these fun Brag Tags by Wendy at 1stgradefireworks.blogspot.com.  Use these after assessments, goal setting, report cards, etc.  What a great way to encourage hard work and smiles among your students.  😀

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Kindergarten Nana made several really clever creations for her classroom this year.  Shown here, she used Kidillywinks to add some character to her Kindergarten schedule, and created some great activities and printable board games for her students.  Read all about these projects (& more) at dbsenk.wordpress.com

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Kara Rickman at rickmankara.blogspot.com used our Kidillywinks graphics to create a fabulous Back to School writing and graphic organizer packet.  “Your students will LOVE these writing and graphic organizers because it’s all about them! (And, who doesn’t like to write about themselves????)”

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You’ll always find something innovative and cute at Fun-A-Day.com.  Mary Catherine created some printable homework calendars for her classroom… and made them editable for YOU to enjoy too!  When she lists daily homework for young kids, she likes to include a variety of tasks that kids can do – sometimes with their families, and sometimes on their own. “My goal is for my students, and their parents, to see how learning can take place in a wide variety of ways.”  Be sure to check-out her post for more thoughtful words about homework & directions for using her free printable.

Homework Calendar

The last 2 projects were so AWESOME, that we featured them on a previous blog post during Back to School.

 

Want to learn more about Palma Lindsay’s cute ‘craftivity’ that builds mental math while your students are having FUN?  {Click Here}

 

Or {Click Here} to see Ashley Reed’s delightfully simple (& editable) Teacher Notes.

 

Thank you AGAIN, you amazing teacher bloggers.  We’re so glad you shared your talents with us!  <3 We wish you all the best, success and HUGE smiles in your classroom.

 

Smiles to YOU!

 

-Dianne & Crew

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Hooray! More freebies & fun for back to school organization…

Ohhh I think the ol’ summertime heat is winding down.  Thank goodness!  It’s been a very hot and humid summer here in Florida… as well as all over the USA!  Hope you’re staying cool, whether you’re inside OR out.

 

I don’t know about you….but I’m not a beach/stay out in the sun all day kinda gal.  I’d much rather be inside in the air-conditioned house working, drawing, reading my summer pile of books and dreaming up new creations for DJ Inkers.

 

Months of the YearI was thrilled to see that SO many of you downloaded the ‘Days of the Week’ FREEBIE from our last blog entry.  I just couldn’t stop there.  Since I have been thinking so much about organization and the setting-up of your classrooms and home calendars… I decided that you had to have a ‘Months of the Year’ FREEBIE too.  So…. here you go  :)  (Pssst.  These 2 freebies are exclusive.  You can only access them from the links on our blog.  It’s an extra SMILE and thanks to you for supporting DJ Inkers.)  Hooray for FREEBIES, right!!?

 

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If you want MORE fun ideas & cute clip art for your classroom, you simply must stop by & see our latest smiles.  Not only have WE been busy, but so have YOU!  We just wanted to give a special shout out to the fabulous bloggers that have been working with us this back to school season.  We’re truly excited to be working with such talented people!  We will definitely be showing you ALL of the incredible projects they have created soon… but you’ll have to settle for a sneak peek for now.  You can see MORE of these clever creations & project ideas by looking at the samples with our ‘Kidillywinks’ collection. (BTW, it’s on a HUGE SALE, right now through Aug 3.)

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It thrills and delights me to see what you are doing with DJ clip art… so please feel free to brag or share your projects with us any time.  Enjoy those FREEBIES and any precious free time you have left before the end of summer.

 

Smiles to YOU!

~Dianne

Getting ready for back to school …with a special FREEBIE just for our blog readers!

Darling DJ Friends….

 

It’s almost hard for me to believe that it’s THAT time of year again… Back to School is in full swing everywhere I look and every store I go shopping in.  It seems just like a blink ago I was drawing for graduation and vacation!  My oh my… how summertime time flies!!

 

Are YOU ready for school to begin a new year?!  DJ Inkers here to help you decorate, create and come-up with fun, fabulous ideas for your classroom or home.

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The first step in preparing for a great school year should be ‘pre-planning’ and organization.   That’s why I whipped up this DJ Days of the Week FREEBIE just for you.  daysweek_folders(You can only access this freebie with the links from this blog post!)  Whether you’re making a calendar for a bulletin board, labeling file folders for students to put their daily work in, or teaching the days of the week… this cute FREE label set will help you in your ‘back to school’ creating and organizing.  We have so many great calendars and charts available at DJ Inkers!  Click here to check them out and be inspired!

 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring all the wonderful school-themed clip art collections and printables on our website and in our weekly email.  (Hint: they’ll be on SALE too!)  Here at DJI, we want to create what YOU need to make your work a little easier (at home or school).  We love adding a smile to your creations & truly do our best to pay attention to your requests and suggestions!  Please let me know if there’s a chart, specific drawing, or fun new class theme that I can help create for you.  All ideas are welcome!  :)

 

Here’s to summer time slowing down and school time coming right up!

 

Big smiles and thanks!!

 

Dianne

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YOU teachers make the cutest things!

Hello friends,

 

We have some really fabulous teacher-created projects that we have been meaning to share with you!  In the spring, we collaborated with a few teacher bloggers to make something fun with our ‘Kids All Year’ collection.  They did some really great work.  We hope you will be inspired to create something of your own… or maybe you’ll find some fun freebies or great new blogs to follow!  How about all of the above?!

 

(Yes, I said spring!  Isn’t it shocking how quickly the time flies?  Forgive us for the delay on sharing these with you!)

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This adorable measuring activity is colorful, cute and engaging.  (We loved that she utilized ALL seasons with our ‘Kids All Year’ collection too.)  It looks like a really fun activity for the kiddos!  Created by Patty Rutenbar at 2ndinline.blogspot.com

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This activity comes with 5 cute flowers that create “onset rimes”(not rhymes).  These help students decode and read CVC words.  Vibrantly colorful, clever and fun!  Created by Palma Lindsay at kfundamentals.blogspot.com

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We were SO excited to see this digital DJ character (& font) show-up in the REAL world.  The very talented Marian created this pattern and sewed a stunning quilt!  Visit seamstobesew.com for more fun ideas & advanced stitchery. :)

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Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day.com put together a darling little printable book for some springtime counting.  She says “My preschoolers love making books, and I love helping them do so. In addition to being a fun process for my students, book-making is an amazing way to teach so many early literacy concepts.”  We love that our clip art can help make those books CUTE too!  😉

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This HUGE activity includes 60 Pages of EDITABLE Classroom Newsletter templates!  (Great for Parent Communication.)  What a cool idea!  Created by Wendy at 1stgradefirewoks.blogspot.com …with a little DJ clip art for extra cute.
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Last, but certainly not least… Brandy at teachingtexasinpink.wordpress.com came up with a fun printable for the end of the school year.  This booklet could be used like a journal or yearbook to let kids reflect on all the great fun and learning of the past year.
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So… is ‘Kids All Year’ on your DJ wish list?  It’s really a very versatile collection for teachers, moms or anyone who works with kids!  Here’s a little coupon to SAVE you $10 on that collection!  Pick up a copy for an awesome little back to school gift… for YOU or for a friend.  Enter coupon code: kidsyearfun in the box provided & click submit before you check-out.  (Be sure you’re logged in for this coupon to work.  Expires 8/6/16.)

 

Smiles to YOU!

-the DJ crew

 

P.S. Do YOU have a blog?  If you’d be interested in working with DJ Inkers and doing a fun promotion together, please contact us!  In exchange for ‘sharing the smiles,’ we’ll give YOU some fun NEW clip art and fonts to play with for FREE, plus provide you with a great giveaway prize for your readers!  We are currently looking for bloggers to participate in a ‘Kidillywinks’ promotion for back to school. 😉  Hint hint…

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You’ll love these fun Teacher Projects!

Dear DJ friends,

First, just a friendly reminder… our Teacher Appreciation SALE begins tomorrow (Friday, April 29)!!!  We’ll be having some amazing SALES and fabulous FREEBIES that you won’t want to miss!  Of course, you can join the fun & enjoy the savings, even if you’re not a teacher.  Sale ends Monday, May 2, 2016.

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Now, we simply MUST share some of the entries to our recent Teacher Contest with you!  We hope you’ll find some cute ideas for YOUR classroom… and enjoy seeing what your fellow teachers have been up to.  Click here to check-out ALL of our 2016 Teacher Contest entries…

 

In FIRST place… we have L. Darden’s darling ‘Digraph Posters.’  Her Kindergarten students have fun using them to distinguish between ch, sh, th and wh digraphs. We love her cute & clever clip art choices.  Congrats!!!

contest16-2In SECOND place… we wish you could see this entire packet of P. Rutenbar’s ‘1 & 2 Step Spring Story Problems.’  There’s lots of fun clip art, and the design work on this set is really nicely done.

 

…and last, but certainly not least, we REALLY enjoyed watching the entry that won THIRD place… we almost want to go back to school & learn diphthongs again… just so we can play too!   This ‘Spring Sounds Interactive Power Point’ presentation by C. Malinich is colorful, engaging and even gives the kids a break to wiggle in between the learning slides.

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Thank you for sharing your excellent work with us, teachers!!!  We can’t tell you how much we enjoy seeing what YOU do with our art.  Please feel free to share your creations and ideas with us any time. :)

 

Smiles to YOU!

-Dianne & crew

Good to know info for DJ commercial license holders

Dear DJ friends,

Hooray!  It’s almost time for our Teacher Appreciation SALE!!! 

The fun begins Fri, April 29 through Mon, May 2, 2016.

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Set yourself a reminder to ‘Shop for Smiles’ this weekend!  We’ll be having some awesome store-wide SALES and fabulous FREEBIES!!!  (There will even be sales on our NEWEST products and for our CL club members!)  We want you to join the fun and enjoy huge savingswhether you’re a teacher, crafter, creative soul or lover of cute things!  Click here to sign-up for our weekly e-newsletter list.  We’ll remind you about the sale AND give you all the info on fantastic free stuff too.  Woohoo!

 

As some of you may already know we wanted to offer some clarification on our commercial license terms.  Please know you can ALWAYS use our art & fonts for your personal & educational creations without a commercial license.  That’s why we create all of this cute stuff!  Recently, we’ve had some questions about the business use of our DJ Commercial Licenses… and as it turns out… our terms did need a little clarification.

 

We are happy to allow TPT users (& other enterprising new designers) who have created a company for themselves to have a DJ commercial license.  As long as you have a small company of 1-3 members (like a sole proprietorship or LLC.), you are perfectly eligible to use a DJ Inker’s commercial license.  (The idea behind limiting business use in our terms is simply to protect us from large companies & corporations.)  We ask that you please purchase a license for each user of our art &/or fonts, and NOT use our art &/or fonts to create business identifying products (such as logos, business websites, business cards, letterheads etc.).

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If you’re feeling unsure about using our art and fonts for your TPT or blogging creations…don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.  And make sure you know about the awesome changes we’ve made to our commercial licenses in the last year!!  We now offer a 30% discount to ALL current commercial license holders!  Plus, there are no earning limits on your creations because we’ve tried to make a few other things simpler for you too.   Read all about it here.

 

We appreciate your questions and understanding as we sort this out.  We are a small family company… and we are always learning new things.  As time’s gone by, we’ve continued to keep our clip art prices low and continue offering both black & white AND color in hopes of taking care of our customers the best way possible.  We honestly do our best to adapt with the times, changing technology and customer expectations, but it’s not always easy.  We invite you to be our friend on Facebook and Pinterest and help us share the smiles in the best way we can!  If you see something we could be doing better… let us know!  If you have a great idea for a new product or marketing idea… let us know!  If you want to share your latest clip art creations with someone who KNOWS how much work it is… let us know!

 

We really do want to hear from you.

 

Our eternal thanks and smiles to YOU!

-Dianne & crew

 

 

 

Enter to WIN your own Custom Mascot or Logo by DJ Inkers :)

Darling DJ Friends…

 

I want to start this note in a ‘HIP HIP HOOOORAY!!” kind of way to let you know how excited we are about our newest product at DJ Inkers.  It’s taken months of sorting through how to make it available… and I couldn’t be happier that it’s ‘real’ now!  So, drum roll please….announcing our NEW DJ Custom Mascot or Logo service.  I’ve heard requests from so many of you over the years on needing something like this for your school, church group, family reunion, small business, etc., so I thank you for being part of this too.

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And of course, like any great grand opening… we have a fabulous give-away for YOU!  Enter below for your chance to WIN your very own Custom Mascot or Logo by DJ Inkers!  The set includes 5 customized images in black & white and color… and YOU own the rights to create signs, business cards, letterheads, t-shirts & all sorts of fun goodies!  Won’t it be fabulous to have your own custom SMILE?!?

 

I can’t wait to create YOUR logo… this is going to be so much fun!

 

Big smiles and heart to YOU!

 

Dianne

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Sales like this come but twice a year :)

Hello my darling DJ Friends!

 

Hooray! Hooooooraaay!!  It’s our BIG SALE WEEK at DJ Inkers this week.  The whole cute and fabulous store is on SALE and ready for you to shop!   We only have a sale like this twice a year, so please help us get the word out and come shop for smiles and the cutest clip art in the world!   If you spend $25 (easy to do with a great sale like this!) we have a darling clip art set especially for teachers and parents wanting to make a cute card in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week we’ll give to you FREE!  In the past, we’ve had this sale during the week of Teacher Appreciation (May 4-8) and have heard from many of you that you need something darling to create with and give TO the teachers in your life for this week.  That’s why we’ve decided to have this sale NOW…..so you can buy now and create something fun to celebrate the Teachers you love.

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Speaking of teachers and appreciation for them… we want to add our huge thanks as well!  The input and support we have from our customers (so many of you are teachers of all sorts) is amazing.  I listen to your suggestions and appreciate the input you give to help DJ Inkers putting out printables, clip art, and projects that make a difference with the work you do.

 

Happy shopping for smiles on SALE this week!

 

Much love and a trillion thanks again for all the teachers in our lives!

 

Dianne

You could win a 1 year DJ Inker’s commercial license! We’ve made some changes…

Hello again friends,

 

We hope that spring is warming up & blossoming with smiles for you!  It’s so nice to see the world around us change and get a fresh start.  😀

 

Speaking of changes… many of you may have heard… but we’ve recently made some big changes to our commercial license terms at DJ Inkers.  There are a number of reasons why we’ve made these changes… and we hope that it creates a better win-win situation for you and for us.  Here’s the short version of the updates we’ve made… you can read further details here on the DJ Learning Center.

 

1. We no longer require our copyright information to be posted on every page of your projects. NOW, it is only required that you post it somewhere on your project (once) & also in your product description. 

 

2. We no longer limit the earning potential of a specific product. But remember, commercial use is for small home-based business, home-based crafters & teachers. We hope you make millions! :)

 

3. Get a 30% discount on ALL of your orders when you have a current commercial license with DJ Inkers!  Wahooooo!  You will be added to our ‘commercial license club,’ which gives you an automatic 30% off. 

 

4. There is now ONE DJ Inker’s commercial license available (instead of 3 options). This license is good for 1 website, blog or selling venue. (You still need a separate license for each site or venue you sell from.)

 

5. After one year, you only need to renew your DJ commercial license if you wish to post NEW projects.  (Projects that were posted before the expiration of your license are covered.)  Note, the membership discount only continues with renewal.

 

Click here to read the complete terms of our commercial licenses…

 

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So… to celebrate these changes & help spread the word… we are giving away a 1 year DJ Inker’s commercial license!!!  Even if you already have a license with us… you could win a 1 year renewal!  So be sure to enter!  :)

 

Good luck & thank you for your support and smiles.  We really appreciate it.  Small companies survive because of the support of customers like YOU!

 

Happy spring!

 

-Dianne
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Get ready for the Holly Daze!

Happy Holly Daze my DJ Friends!

 

HollyDaze2014-baseIt’s here… it’s TIME!! Our fabulous yearly 12 Holly Daze SALE!

 

We’re working like crazy insane little elves to bring you twelve fun days of holiday projects, ideas and FREEBIES!  It’s our biggest hope you’ll find a smile with each DJ email and get in the holiday spirit of creating projects (newsletters, cards for friends and loved ones, tags to brighten the packages, and the list just goes on and on!).  Remember the daily sales and freebies are 24 hours only!  Be sure to check our website often!

 

holiday babyI have a little ‘holiday miracle’ I want to share with YOU…my darling DJ friends… one of the reasons I’m so stoked to get ‘ahead’ of the holiday crazies… is I have another new GRANDBABY on the way!  And it’s a GIRL this time!!!  I am over the moon crazy in love with my two little grandboys (as I’ve written and told you in the blog before!)  they’ve changed my life and heart for sure.  We just had a baby shower for my daughter (who is manager here at DJ Inker’s and keeps running efficient and smooth) and all the pink frills, lace, sparkles and girly-girly stuff just made my heart sing.   She should be here very close to Christmas time… so the pressure to ‘get things done’ before she arrives is ON!  I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it all goes.  Miracles happen…that I know for sure.  And this little angel is one of those for our family!   It warms my heart to know the love that a baby can bring to a family.  And the world.

 

Holly FontHuge holiday love, heart and smiles (always) to YOU.

 

Gotta get back to the workshop and keep the SMILES coming  :)

 

Dianne

 

P.S.  Ohhhhh!!!  Our DJ Holly font will ‘holly up’ all your projects this season…it’s our FREE gift to you when you place an order of $25 or more during the 12 Holly Daze!  Yeahooooo!