Let the MAGIC begin!!

My Magical DJ Friends!

I finally did it!  I’ve had ‘draw SUPER HEROES’ on my list for far too long now.  Ohhh my gosh…it’s TOO CUTE!  I love love LOVE it.  Seems like when I’m creating designs that I can find bazillions of ‘uses’ for and are fun to connect with, the creation process is even more magical.  I certainly appreciated the inspiration friends, family and YOU provide me with.  I have many SUPER HEROES in my life and with each little character I drew, I would smile and thing “that’s perfect!”.  Hope you enjoy and create super smiles with the new super hero set!  (Wham POW Zing!).  I know it will be a hit at your home and classroom.  (You can even use the bonus papers & blank comic strip to really let loose!)

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And what I know for sure….creating anything is a magical process!  And to help you out we have all kinds of MAGICAL designs on sale this week.  The Fairytale Collection is available now for your DJ Magic sampleimmediate  downloading pleasure as well as our BORDERS CD (a customer favorite!!).  You’ll find hours of fun creating projects for spring with these great collections.

 

We have a longtime, darling friend of DJ Inkers named Weezie that created a family storybook for her grandchildren with the Fairytale collection designs which absolutely melted my heart.  She was generous enough to send us a copy.  I can only imagine how much her children love it.  What a fun thing to make for your family.  I’ve got to get busy making one for MY grandbabies now!

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I absolutely love seeing what you’re creating with DJ Inker’s art. It’s what sharing a smile is all about.  Sprinkle some fairy dust on your imagination and enjoy!!

 

Hope your weekend is filled with springtime MAGIC!

Dianne

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Smile today!

Hooray!!  The weekend is finally here!

 

And to kick it off ‘right’…I wanted to send you a happy little thought we’d like to call:  ‘Smile Today.’  I’ve posted a few of these DJ Daily Smiles to our gallery, Facebook and Pinterest.  (I know the word ‘daily’ is deceiving…but DJ whenever-I-can-get-to-it just didn’t sound right!)  It makes me SO happy when I can pass on a smile and see them pop-up DJ Smile Today 5on all the social media places. I created this one with DJ Early Years Art (which is, happily, on SALE this week! Yeahoo!) and our NEW DJ Simple font.

 

Will you help me out?  Please leave me a comment on the DJ Blog with your favorite saying or quote. I’d love to use some of YOUR inspiring words to create future DJ Daily Smiles.  There’s a CONTEST below with a great prize involved if you DO!  ;)

 

If you want to create your own DJ Daily smile with your favorite DJ clip art and DJ fonts (ohhh please do!!), simply save it as a jpg and email it to smiles@djinkers.com.  We will share it with the whole fabulous DJ world!

 

May your weekend be restful and full of whatever helps your recover from a long week!

 

Big heart and smiles to YOU!

 

Dianne

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Decorate your kids bedrooms, nursery or playroom with a DJ smile!

Hello DJ friends…

I’m Alix (office manager, director, Dianne’s daughter etc. at DJ Inkers)… and I’ll be your guest blogger for this evening.  :)  As some of you may know, I recently had my first baby… 9 days after my sister, Abby had her first baby.  Yep, these 2 adorable boys have made DJ a grandma.  (And let me just say, she is GOOD at it!)

 

Well, naturally, as we were preparing for the boys to arrive, I began to do a little nesting.  (OK, a lot of nesting.)  My hubby and I went crazy coming-up with new ideas & decorations for our fun pirate themed nursery.  Suddenly, I began to see DJ Inker’s clip art in a whole new light.  It is PERFECT for making customized & ridiculously cute things for my baby boy.  I could go on about all of these ideas for pages, but I won’t.  Today, I just want to focus on using our cute clip art and fonts for decorating your kid’s rooms!

 

We decided to use ‘Pirate’s Plunder’ to make some cool pictures & a custom name sign to frame-up for Jackson’s wall.  It was truly the easiest thing… and we get compliments on these all the time.  Pick a theme, find some art & a font that you LOVE, then play!  Once we were happy with the layout, we got some inexpensive frames at the craft store & voila!  Customized, unique decorations in my theme.  Have a look:

 

Pirate Room

We had so much fun, we couldn’t stop there!  My mom also continued the theme & the fun piratey ideas for our baby shower invitations, thank you notes & more!

Pirate baby shower

It was such an amazing experience to go through pregnancy with my sister.  We went through all of the ups and downs together, shared ideas & advice & whined on each other’s shoulders about ‘WHEN will these boys finally come OUT?!?!’  So, of course, I had to make a little something for my nephew using DJ clip art too!  Abby had a jungle theme going for her nursery, so I busted out ‘Critter Craze.’  This project, again, was really FUN to make, perfectly customized and looked quite professional finished-out in a basic black frame.  (Note, for this project I also used a few images from my personal favorite collection: ‘Kidoodlez: Wonder-Full World.’)  I’m pretty proud of how this turned out:

 

Critter Craze name sign

The possibilities for decorating are truly endless.  We’ve got sweet, cute or playful clip art for just about any theme you can come-up with.  If you’re ever looking for something specific, don’t hesitate to email us & ask (smiles@djinkers.com).  We love helping you with your projects and, even MORE, we love to see the things that you create.  It’s truly inspiring.  Seeing your creations makes our art come to life and reminds us why we do what we do here at DJ Inkers.  I hope this post gives YOU some fun ideas for projects to make… and a fun new way to look at clip art.

 

Smiles to YOU!

Alix :)

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

Having DJ Inker’s clip art & fonts at your SCHOOL is EASY!

Dear DJ Friends…

Attention all of our fabulous teachers out there!  Did you know that DJ Inker’s has a great way to have the most darling clip art in the world on your school computers too?  My darling Dee takes care of all the details in this area and she’s written this note for you.  (Currently trying to figure out how to have ‘guest bloggers’ on our site and don’t know quite how to do that yet?! LOL!)  Until we figure it out… here’s a note from Dee for schools and teachers.  We can’t wait to hear from YOU!

 

Dear Friends!

 

We hope you’re doing great and staying warm wherever you are! I love the month of February!! When I look out my window and see the snow on the ground it warms my heart to know that February is here and it really helps my frosty toes to know the air is filled with Love and Smiles! I love answering the phone and knowing there are always wonderful customers on the other end with hearts that are as big as the earth can measure.

 

Something that makes my heart Smile is the LOVE I have for our schools!! I LOVE it when I get the chance to talk to teachers.  With that being said…I would love to do something for our schools at this time of year to bring Smiles and heart for your classroom with DJ Inkers clip art and fonts.

 

My name is Dee and I am in charge of processing the school purchase orders and I would LOVE this chance to help your school out.  We are doing something special at this time that will surely warm any heart!! How about 20% off of any school purchase order you send me!  I know that will help any school budget!!

 

The code that needs to be on the purchase order is “School Smiles” and will discount the subtotal for 20% off. The sale will be for the month of February so you plenty of time to get those sent to me and it will be my pleasure to send the smiles your way!!

 

You can email it, call me, fax it or mail it to me.  I’m looking forward to working with YOU and your school soon! 

 

PO Box 467 / Coalville, UT  84017

Fax: 1-801-880-7509

Phone: 1-435-714-7007

dee@djinkers.com

 

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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A New Year of SMILES my Friends!

Happy New Year darling DJ Friends!!

 

A big part of me can hardly believe it’s New Year’s Eve.  Where oh whhhheeeere did this year go?  It was such a jam-packed year in every way for me.  My head is still spinning from all of the events and changes.  I am REALLY looking forward to 2014.  Not for any big particular reason, but for the sense of adventure and hopes that a New Year brings.   It always feels like it’s all possible at the start of a new year.

 

What are you looking forward to in this new year?   How can I help you share a smile in your creations and projects?  I would love to hear from you on what you need that I can add to my drawing docket.  More calendarsSeasonal Clip Art? Fun Fonts?  Completed teacher projects that are ready to go?  I’m right here on the other side of the screen excited to  hear what will help YOU!

 

My darling crew (DeDJI_NewYear_bearballoonse and Alix) and I are working constantly to bring you fresh, new creative ideas to DJ Inkers.  I know you’re going to love the changes we have in store for you this year!   We are so grateful for our wonderful customers.  Your input and creativity absolutely inspire me!

 

Happy brand new 2014!

Smiles, heart and huge hugs…

 

Dianne

Happy HOLLY DAZE Friends!

Yeahooo my darling DJ Friends!!
It’s DJ HOLLY DAZE time….and that means twelve fabulous days of sales and smiles we have for YOU!  Just wanted to send you a reminder to check them out each day and pick up the FREEBIE I’ve created for this holiday for you as well.
Just a quick reminder…the sales only last 24 hours (same goes with the FREEBIE…which by the way if you collect them all during the HOLLY DAZE will be a coordinated darling set!) and each day is a new surprise on what we’ll have in store for you.  I promise you don’t want to miss a single day :)
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As for the many other things I’m sure going on in your life during this holiday season…know for sure we’re sending you much heart and a billion smiles that it’s ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ for you and your family.  Check out our Holiday and Christmas cards that you can easily download and put in your cute photo and send to loved ones.  I just have to brag a tiny bit here for a bit and show you my ooooohhhhhh-so-darling grandbabies and their first visit to see Santa.  Melts my heart every time I look at these two.  I love them so much!
Smiles Heart and Holly Daze!!
Dianne

Good Tidings! DJ Inker’s storewide SALE!

Dear Friends…

Taaaa Daaa!!!  Feels SO good that my holiday shopping is DONE!  All online and in my jammies no less.  There was a time (so long ago) that all the gifts I gave were homemade and took me months and sleepless nights to complete.  I was such a die-hard ‘accomplisher’ …and young and not 50 (lol!).   Those were the good ol’ days for sure.   My honey and I had more time to relax and laugh with family and eat leftovers all weekend because we did it all online.  I’ve definitely decided it’s the way to go!   More time for smiles, heart and enjoying the season’s blessings.

 

It’s why we love the DJ Inker’s once a year 25% off the entire store sale….because we know you look forward to getting all the grins and creative downloads your heart desires on SALE!

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It ends at midnight tonight…so click on over now and give the gift of a grin (for yourself too!) this year!

 

Holiday Happiness to YOU!!

 

Dianne