Friday, August 23, 2013

Back to School with Cut it Up! {Custom Teacher Plan Book}

Hi Crafters,

It's back to school time over at Cut it Up! This challenge is to create an altered notebook.  This is one of my favorite projects so far! I suppose I should adore it since I will be using it almost every day at work.

We have TWO wonderful sponsors for this challenge. Take a look at their websites that are packed full of wonderful products.  Be sure to link up your project at Cut it Up for a chance to win.

Now onto the nitty gritty details...

I covered chipboard on both sides for the cover.  The flourish is from Teresa Collin's Elegant cartridge and the font is Opposites Attract.

I created a 1 page style weekly planner.  I only have 1 prep so I was able to divide the page into sections: Day of the week, Classwork, Homework, and Meetings.  The headers have a space for the dates and the unit.  There is a space at the bottom for notes. One Prep Excel Planning Page click the link for the excel file.  I set it up with 2 tabs adjusting the margins to accommodate the binding for a front page and a back page.

Did you notice that Michael's gift card? That's my snazzy DIY page marker. I used an old Michael's gift card and punched holes with my bind it all.  I then took a pair of sharp scissors and cut small slits into each hole and cut off a small piece of the plastic to allow the rings to slide more easily into the holes. I have it positioned here not using the very top hole so it stick up to create an easy to find tab.

This section has a parent communication log.  It is very easy to keep up with emails through the virtual paper trail.  I am not very good with keeping up with phone calls.  I'm hoping this will keep me accountable for this aspect next year.  The columns are labeled: Date, Student, Parent, Number, Reason, Resolution. Parent Communication Log Excel Page 

I also included some blank white paper at the end. I jazzed it up a bit with a monogram.  This will come in handy at the meetings that I attend throughout the year. Lastly I cut the top off an envelope and added that to the end before the back cover.   I used my bind it all to punch the holes bind everything together.  

This is one of those projects to NOT wait until the day before you head back to the classroom to work on! I spent a couple of work sessions preparing my documents and putting everything together.  I hope this inspires you to get your year off to a great start!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Wow, Jessica! You really have it all in one place! I love it! Lots of great ideas here for me to consider for next year!!


  2. Love this idea and what a wonderful job of decorting your planning book. :) It was so fun to craft with you at Cut It Up! ~Tami

  3. Very cute planner! Love the page marker idea :-) Excited to be on the CIU DT, too!

  4. What a great planner! I love the way you decorated the front! :)