Experience the 5 Senses with FALL!

Darling DJ Friends!

 

Happy Autumn!  It’s finally HERE and so spectacular (from the mountains of Utah)!

 

I just got home from a morning drive and hike through one of the most awesome displays of bright fall colors, savory sage smells and crunchy scurrying leaves sounds I have ever encountered.  It was completely inspiring.  Looked like mother nature got out the fluorescent crayon box and just went to town!

 

It couldn’t be a better time of year to teach and experience the five senses and share in the fabulousness of FALL!  Drum-roll please….SO happy to present our newest (and most requested) DJ-FiveSenses_web    clip art download the Five Senses.  I’ve had this on my ‘drawing bucket list’ for too long now.  And I’m thrilled and thankful for the comments and requests on what you need in the way of clip art and printables for your home and school.  Hope you enjoy this set and I can’t wait to see it ‘in use’ for your classroom and home.

 

custom bulletin boardsSpeaking of seeing what YOU are up to…thank you to the many over-the-top-FANTASTIC entries in the DJ Back to School contest.

I was a mess of smiles seeing what your rooms, decorations and creative efforts brought in.  I wish you could have heard my oooo’s and ahhhh’s and squeals of delight with every entry.  We have posted all of the contest entries in the DJ Gallery and the winners have been announced.  I loved them ALL!  Amazing work my DJ Friends… simply amazing.  I really think it was some of the best entries we’ve ever had in a contest before. Be sure you take a look…

 

Like this time of year inspires and delights me…so do YOU.  Thank you for your support of DJ Inkers.  What you share and do, triggers a great big smile and camaraderie for what I do as well.   Simply put… share those smiles.  They always come back to you.back to school worksheets

 

Well, I’m going to go make some gingersnap cookies and put the branch of brilliant red leaves in a vase.  Could this beautiful autumn day be any better!?!!

 

Huge heart and smiles

 

 

Dianne

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Getting the kids & classroom back to school!

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Hope this note finds you all fantastic and getting the kids and the classroom back to school!  Yeahooo!

 

Don’t you just love this time of year?!  It’s absolutely full of my favorite things.  Sweaters, fall leaves, harvesting, cooler days and nights, snuggling into the season.  I have a cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove right now to add the warm spicy scent to the air.  Ahhhh.  I just love it!

 

b2s_teachercontestI just wanted to write and remind you about the Back to School contest we have going on right now.  You can’t imagine how much inspiration we get from the entries of your projects, homes and classrooms when you enter our contests.  I know you probably don’t know this, but I subscribe to many of your classroom blogs and just peruse through the work you’re doing to teach children quite often.  I grin from ear to ear seeing the centers you set-up and the worksheets you create and think how fortunate the children that are in your classes and homes are.  What you’re doing ‘out there’ simply amazes me.  I’m so grateful to be part of what you’re creating.

 

Spread the smiles and ideas around.  Wouldn’t it be great to WIN a $100 DJ Inker’s gift certificate just for entering a snapshot of your room!?  There’s great prizes for 2nd & 3rd place too!  Entering is easy.  :)  Click here for more information on how to enter our 2014 Back to School Teacher Contest!

 

Looking forward to seeing what you’re doing!

 

bigsmiles

 

Dianne

Slip slidin’ Summer….

Hello My Darling DJ Friends!
It’s been a while since I’ve written on my DJ blog.  I really hope you’re having an incredible summer.  It’s seems to be slipping away one hot, sticky, fabulous day at a time.  I just returned from my summer vacation, completely renewed and ready to dive into Back to School smiles for the classroom.   Yeahooo!  Ready or not….here it comes!
I’d love to hear from you if you have a second to drop me a line and let me know what your ‘themes’ and ideas for decorating your classrooms are this year.  Are ‘owls’ still the popular thing?  (Seemed like owls were everywhere I looked for a couple of years?!).  I know many of you have written and asked if I could draw certain ‘school mascots’.  I smile every time I receive a request like that…my elementary school mascot was the ‘Lincoln Elementary Bobcats’, and I drew one in 5th grade that ‘won’ the tee-shirt contest that year.  I was SO proud to be seeing my design on the school shirt.  If I have enough ‘requests’ for a certain mascot or theme, I would love to get busy drawing a download for you.
Again… I’m back in the saddle and rarin’ to go.  I have some fun projects and downloads I’m working right now that I know you’re going to love.  Stay tuned…and do drop me a line here on the DJ blog to let me know how YOU are and what SMILES you need to get your Back to School groove started.
Big heart and more SMILES to you!!
Dianne

A happy miracle…

Darling DJ Friends…

 

I want to share with you a ‘miracle’ that happened to me this week.

 

It’s been a long (weird?) month.  Busy, crazy schedules, everyone I know seems to have some problems and issues that are difficult and the weather outside in Florida is getting hotter and more humid every day.  Not my favorite for sure.  You know…not really awful stuff…just some ‘life crud’ stuff.

 

And then I received one of those little pink slips saying ‘come pick this up at the post office’ in my mailbox.  Thinking it was probably a free magazine subscription or something, I let it sit on my bill pile for a bit.  Then finally, after a week or so, could avoid it no longer and went to the post office and picked up a box from a name I didn’t know, from a city I’ve never heard of.

 

I hesitantly opened it up.  And what I found inside was nothing short of a miracle for me.  A big box full of projects a fabulous teacher had created with DJ Inker’s art and made throughout her 22 year career in teaching.  I’ve asked her if it was ok to blog about it, and she assured me that it was fine.  Penny…an angel for sure…sent me a letter and project after darling project she had made for her kids, church and school over the years.  And included a letter that had me in tears from the first sentence, and smiles the rest of the time.  I don’t know Penny personally, but I love her.  She is on a mission of kindness and love in her life that just made me stop in awe.  What a blessing to know people like she and her husband are doing.

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I’ve said this many times…no one has a better ‘job’ than I do.  I crazy love my work, the people  I meet and am able to draw for.  I am wildly blessed in this area.  But!  There are some challenges for sure, and one of them is loneliness on this side of the screen.  I spend a lot of hours alone with my work, wondering if I’m doing something that matters, and if I’ll be able to pay the bills.  So that is why… this incredible box from Penny was a miracle.   I could go on and on about the projects she created with DJ Inker’s art, but the heart, time and effort she took to send it to me and share what she made was the miracle for me!

 

I know it takes a lot of time to add heart and smiles to the things we do.  And there are days (many) that we all wonder if it’s worth it.  And I can promise you, for sure…that it is.  What we do matters.  How we care, create and pass along the love and smiles in our lives to those around us truly does matter.  Penny knows this.  I know this for sure about Penny and many of you that care about your efforts to make this world a better place.  One smile at a time.

 

Much love and thank you for letting me be part of your creations and know for sure that you’re in my heart and thoughts as well.

 

Here’s to a fabulous June!!

 

Dianne

 

P.S. Speaking of SMILES… did you know we’ve got a CONTEST going right now?  Yup… Just by taking a few minutes for your creative soul to make someone smile… you could WIN $25 to spend at DJ Inkers!!!

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It’s easy.  All you have to do is create a ‘Smile Today’ card (a little note to make someone smile).  Click here to see the daily smiles that we have created for some inspiration!  Your ‘Smile Today’ card must include:  a happy thought or quote, 1+ DJ image, and 1+ DJ font.  Please size approximately: 3.5″ x 5″ (or 500 pixels x 700 pixels), wide or tall… in jpg or PDF format.  Email your entries to smiles@djinkers.com by: June 10, 2014.  Limit 3 entries per person.

 

TWO LUCKY WINNERS will get a $25 DJ gift certificate!  And your friends will be the official judges!!!  We will post all of our entries on facebook and pintrest… and let the voting begin.  The 2 entries with the most likes/shares/comments in a week will be our winners.  :)  Winning entries will also be featured on next month’s Digital Crafting & Home Creations Email.  :)

I’m not sure when I got hooked on DJ Inkers…

We are so happy to introduce our guest blogger, Patty Rutenbar! Take it away Patty…

 

I’m not sure when I got hooked (Ha! No pun intended!) on DJ Inkers, but I do know it was a long time ago.   (The DJ behind DJ Inkers is Dianne Hook!)

 

When I first started blogging and creating things the only clip art I had was DJ Inkers.  I knew that they would allow me to make anything I wanted with their clip art and use it with my class. But in the beginning, I really want to start sharing what I made to see if others might like my work. I spoke with the staff from DJ Inkers several times to be sure that I was doing the right thing. At the time, their rule was that if you made something with their clip art you could only give it away for free. That was fine at first, but then I realized that if I could sell it, I might make a bit of money too.

 

Not long after that, DJ Inkers introduced their commercial licenses for people who wanted to sell things with their clip art or fonts. I picked up their license right away. Again, I asked lots of questions and they were always, ALWAYS very easy to talk to and had answers for me. I never felt criticized or shamed because I asked a silly question or if I needed to make some changes to something I was doing.

 

I always encourage others to pick up their license if they want to use DJ Inkers clip art or fonts. You can read more about it here.

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If you go to my store, you’ll see that I do have a lot of their clip art and fonts in my work. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have them buy some of my work.

 

(There’s a boost to my morale! Thinking that THEY like MY stuff was so exciting!)   The first thing they bought from me was Fraction Frenzy.  They even bought a few others too!

 

I want to show you how I recently incorporated some of their clip art with that of some other artists.

This is actually something I made last year, but it needed to be updated. It’s funny how I just loved it when I first made it, but now, I love it even more.

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(Click the picture to go directly to my store.)

 

Because DJ fonts are so popular & great for making projects for school, we’ve decided to give away one ‘DJ Fonts for Teachers’ download!!! Hopefully this will help you with your creations.  Enter below…

 

Smiles to YOU…

Patty Rutenbar

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

Dear DJ Friends…

 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  It just makes me smile to type that out.  I know we sound like a broken record here at DJ Inker’s for our love of teachers (the many various sorts).  But…truly… we’re so grateful for the many teachers we’ve worked with over the years.  Your support and creativity with how you’ve used DJ clipart and fonts over the years inspires us and keeps me going.  Really…I can’t thank you enough!

 

Going to drop into the ol’ memory bank here for a bit and tell you about my first grade teacher Mrs. Merrill.  In my seven year old mind, she was the prettiest teacher in our elementary school, smelled like jasmine and spoke in a quiet singsong voice.  She was the teacher that when it was her turn to be the teacher on the playground, all we wanted to do for recess was hold her hand and listen to her stories about when she was young.  She also used a lot of Carson-Dellosa art work in her room and that’s when I fell deeply in love with big bold colors and cute smiles on the bulletin boards she decorated our room with.  I can’t thank Mrs. Merrill enough for ‘planting the seed of creativity’ in me at an early age.  And I wish I could buy the perfume she wore every day!  I know we all have that one special teacher that made a huge difference in our lives and sent us on a path we would have never gone on if they hadn’t presented a new way of learning and taught us the skills to achieve it.

To teach is to touch lives forever

As I’m sure every teacher has heard a million times, “to teach is to touch lives forever”.  It’s an old quote, but a true one.  One week during a year doesn’t seem like enough time to thank the teachers that have changed our lives forever.  So it’s my sincere hope that this week is a fabulous one for every teacher, parent and educator!

 

Our way of thanking you is putting the entire DJ Inker’s store on SALE.  Every single smile your heart desires at the DJ store is 25% off (excluding commercial licenses).  And we have a bunch of ‘freebies’ and thank you gifts as well.  It’s our way of saying how much we appreciate working with each of you.  Stop by our website before the end of the day May 7, 2014 to enjoy the sales & smiles of Teacher Appreciation Week!

 

Huge heart and THANK YOU for being a teacher!  You are so appreciated.

 

Dianne

30-40-50 and almost 60

Dear Friends…
I just got home from an incredible journey (it took me 10 minutes to think of the right ‘word’ to describe this journey).  Incredible sort of describes it.  Exhausting and overwhelming and magnificent also somewhat come close!

 

A couple of years ago…my daughter suggested that when she, her husband, and I all turn 30,40, and 50 (in the same year) that we go on a trip to celebrate the decades we’ve all been alive and very blessed to be on planet earth together.  Being as my sweetheart is ‘almost’ 60 he was coming too.  Fortunately (most of the trip) my ‘almost 1 year old’ grandson came along as well.

 

We went to the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.  Having never been to any of those countries before I gotta say that I was only ‘very‘ excited to see where the Sound of Music (favorite film of ALL time!) took place and NOT eat sauerkraut.  Ohhhh how wrong I was.  Two weeks, roaming around from train to train with my loved ones and seeing some of the most beautiful places on planet earth (that I’ve ever seen in my entire life!) was just about too much happiness.  I was on beauty-stimuli overload!  The people, history, art, cobble-stone streets, the fantastic food (don’t get me started on how amazing french fries are in this part of the world!) and the sheer stunning-ness of the locations we went to was….well, I’ve already use all the words I know how to use to describe it.  I’m just now, after being home for a couple of days, catching my breath.  Let me just add a little p.s. to this….if you’re in Salzburg Austria, go on the Sound of Music tour.  I cried like a baby over every song and gazebo I saw while on it.  And…go to Hallstatt Austria for a look at what I imagine heaven to be like.  Send me a postcard when you do.  I’ll completely understand how it’s difficult to come up with the right ‘words’ to describe it.

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It’s good to be home, and not smell like a street urchin and have Wi-Fi available anytime I want.  And to be with my loved ones here whom I can describe with the same words as I did the trip. I guess always the important lesson to remember is… love exactly where you are and who you’re with.  Life and trips of a lifetime go by so quickly.  I can’t remember who said “be here now”.  But what a good statement to live by.

 

I love traveling.  Always have.  Near or far…I’m a gypsy at heart it seems.  Traveling has been the best education of my life.  It changes and inspires me to draw and write more and to just be a better person towards all people.  I believe with all of my heart that around the world, we pretty much want the same thing.  To be happy and have our loved ones happy as well.

 

I’m back to the drawing board for DJ Inkers to share with you what inspired me on this journey…and throwing in another load of wash right as soon as I send this off.

Here’s ‘to 50′ being the BEST year ever!

Big ALPS smiles and heart….
Dianne

Yay for our Guest Blogger! Bringing smiles to teaching the 3 Branches of Government

We are excited to introduce Aris, our first GUEST BLOGGER at DJ Inkers.  :) We just love her ideas… & it’s so fun to see what she’s done with our clip art and fonts!  Plus, President’s Day is right around the corner… so the theme is perfect!  So, without further ado…

 

Hello DJ friends!  I’m Aris Rossi from Sailing into Second and I’m beyond excited to be guest posting for Dianne today! {Holy moly these are some HUGE shoes to fill!} Today I’ll be sharing some mini lessons on the 3 Branches of Government using DJ Inkers Kidoodlez U.S.A Clip Art!

 

In social studies, we’ve been learning about our U.S. Government, specifically the 3 branches of government. I started out with a pictorial input chart (a strategy adapted from Project GLAD)
where I created colorful visuals of information (picture notes) to describe each of the three branches. I drew the picture as I described each of the vocabulary words and concepts. I also used colors to organize/chunk important information. It’s super important to revisit the chart on multiple occasions to add additional information or images.  We always keep our pictorial input charts available as resources all around the classroom. At the end of the unit, I “auction” the charts or KWL’s off to students…they go b-a-n-a-n-a-s over them! It’s absolutely hilarious! Here’s an example of the one we’ve been using during this unit.

One activity I used to help my students remember what each branch does and is responsible for was this fun sorting activity! 

When introducing a new unit (for social studies, math, science, or even language arts) I also like to use an inquiry chart (very similar to KWL) to assess and activate background knowledge, address misconceptions, teach revision and learning as a continuous process, and to model reading/writing skills. I know…sounds like it couldn’t possibly hit up all of that stuff, but it really does! This strategy comes from the inquiry method approach to science to think, predict, and hypothesize. The students also keep a copy for themselves in their social studies interactive notebooks to refer back to after we finish our unit (see below for example). 
 During small reading group centers, I pulled out these informational text reading passages and comprehension activities I created about each of the 3 branches. We spent a few days doing close reads with these bad boys to really soak in all the great information found in each passage!
In addition to all the informational text reading, we dove into all academic vocabulary using my vocabulary matching game and cards! They loved all the vocabulary flip books too!


We even got to create some awesome patriotic stories using picture cards! Isn’t the clip art simply ADORABLE?!?

Overall, I’d say they enjoyed learning about a topic that might not always be a hit with the kids. It really helps to branch out (no pun intended!) and teach this topic across the curriculum. We spent many days focusing on the important aspects of our U.S. Government, but really made it accessible to my students in a variety of ways and activities. DJ Inkers Kiddodlez U.S.A. Clip Art made these activities and worksheets MUCH cuter!  What are some ways you use DJ Inkers in your classroom?  I’d love to hear all about it!

 

And as a special gift, DJ Inkers has a coupon just for YOU to SAVE 25%!  All you have to do is enter coupon code:  DJUSA in the box at the bottom of the ‘view cart’ page, click apply & enjoy!  Just be sure to use your coupon before it expires on President’s Day (February 17, 2014).

 

Sailing into 2ndIf you liked these ideas you can find the full 3 Branches of Government Unit here! I’d also love it if you would stop by my blog at Sailing into Second! 

 

 

-Aris Rossi

 

 

Thank YOU, Aris!   You are adorable.  Teachers like you make us look good.  ;) 

 

If you are interested in being a guest blogger at DJ Inkers, please contact us (smiles@djinkers.com) & send us an idea for what you might like to blog about.  :)

NEW DJ Fonts for Teachers!

Ohhh I LOVE a new DJ font!   There’s something SO amazing that happens inside my heart when I see the letters, doodles, critters and designs I draw come to life!  It’s, as my dear friend Julie says, “life changing”.

 

I designed our NEW DJ Fonts for Teachers months ago.  It’s been something we’ve been asked to put together for ages now… and for good reason.  Teachers love DJ Inkers FONTS and CLIP ART.   And my darling Alix (my daughter and the mother of my very cute grandson Jackson!) has been working her fingers to the bone in putting this whole NEW Fonts for Teachers package together.  She’s utterly amazing and works hard to keep things moving around DJ Inkers.   I couldn’t do it without her.

 

Fonts for TeachersWe’ve selected 5 font-astic fonts especially for teachers and smiles at school. There’s DJ Basic Block, DJ Chunky, DJ Handwriting, DJ Simple, and DJ Starstruck.  Here’s a sample of the fonts in this NEW collection.  I know for certain teachers will LOVE this set.  And…it’s just dang cute.  We took particular care to follow the ‘correct writing’ guidelines, but added that fun element that you love to design with.

 

Many of you may already have the DJ Chunky (modified) font and DJ Handwriting.  (Very popular DJ fonts!).  So we’ve also made all of the fonts in this collection available as single font downloads for your convenience.   Click here to shop all of our font-astic fonts!

 

Please share what you’re creating with our wonderful fonts & clip art.  I love to see what you’re doing!  Keep the ideas and comments coming.  We love hearing from you!

 

Hope February is fabulous!    Many smiles & heart!

 

Dianne

Sharing Smiles & a BIG DJ Inker’s Giveaway!

DJ Friends….

 

Hope your first weeks of 2014 are going absolutely fabulous!   I loved an ad I saw a few days ago that said ‘HAPPY YOU YEAR‘!   In my head I thought “if only”…seems like everyone and everything gets attention before I give any to myself.  I’m sure you can relate.   But it IS a new year and new resolve that each day, one smile at a time, I can change the world.  It’s the one thing I know I can do each day for sure.

 

So I’m asking you to help me by joining the DJ Inker’s affiliate program!  Share the smiles with me.  It’s free & easy to do (call and talk to my darling Dee if you need help)!  I know many of you (especially teachers) have blogs and websites where you create amazing things and share with your friends… & that’s all you need to get started.  PLUS… you can earn a little extra money too!  It’s win-win!  Sharing the smiles is what it’s all about.  :)

 

And my next new TAAA-DA is…(drumroll please)!  A fantastic giveaway!  We (well, Alix my webmaster) finally figured out the little widget so entering is easy for YOU and we have a better selection process for our winner.  Yeahoo!  Because our Kidoodlez Language Arts collection is newly available as a DOWNLOAD, we thought we’d go all-out and give one away to one lucky winner.  Enter right away & tell your friends!Language Arts samples

It’s going to be a GREAT year.  We are so grateful for supportive and incredible customers like YOU!  A big grin and thanks for the comments and heart that you share with us!

 

 

Smiles & Heart!

 

Dianne

 

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