Guest Blogging Re-run (and downloads from said post)

I am guest blogging today for my friend, Teri, over at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

This has more to do with our friendship, rather than any need or longing for a delicious cupcake.  Especially one that is caramel salted . . . which I had at that fancy wedding not too long ago, and I can't stop thinking about it.  The unfortunate thing is that I don't know how to make them . . . nor do I really have the energy to do so . . . so I need a kind hearted person to whip me up a batch.  Anyone?

Anyways, I couldn't think about anything to write about for my guest post.  Isn't that the way it always goes?  I just took up a whole paragraph about cupcakes and had no problems with the writing process there . . . but get me in front of someone else's blog and I'm all atwitter.  

Do you twitter?  I don't.  I can barely keep up with guest posting, let alone keep myself alive on a diet that does not include cupcakes.   

I have a re-run post on Teri's blog.  It's actually two posts combined.  One was called "Going Postal" and the other was called "Going Postal Two" or "Going Postal Again" or "Gone Postal".  I don't recall.  At any rate, some of you have already been over to Teri's blog and you said you missed those posts so after I got over feeling offended, I decided to take the high road and pat myself on the back for re-running a post that was valid.  Necessary, if you will.  

While you're over there, I'm going to be here, cutting out laminate.  This is proof that I have been getting stuff crossed off my to-do list.  I have to cut out 89 feet of laminate.  Which cost me $8.90.  Talk about a bargain.

I imagine I'll be here FOREVER.

Have you seen that eCard that says something like "I can't believe that in the year 2012, my clothes dryer does not have a fold button."?? 

I feel that way about the laminating machine.  Where's the button that says "Cut Out"?  With another button that says "Cut Cleanly Along the Edge" (for anal people).  I can't stand "extra" laminate on the sides.  Nope.  Must be close.  Must be perfect.  Must drive myself crazy.  Must tell parent volunteers to cut along the edge.  (Must cry later when one parent volunteer inevitably leaves extra laminate and I have to do the whole thing again)  How do you feel about laminate?  I feel quite strongly, if you can't tell.


Check it out!  :)

Okay, so apparently, the links weren't working correctly for the Post Office documents and/or you had to pay a sum of money for a freebie which defeats the purpose.

So here are some links to google docs -- Fingers crossed.  I had a little bit of trouble, but I hope it works!!!!  Click the pics!  Thank you and I'm so sorry about that.  DRAMA.  Hate it.  (Unless it's on a reality TV show and then I can't get enough of it.)

Tho thorry about that.  It appears as if I need someone to write to me and solve my problems now.   


  1. I'm pretty anal too- I want no extra laminate either & hate it when someone leaves it on and I have to fix it (you'd think I'd let it go since there are always 1,000,000 other things to do that are far more important)! You're making me nervous with all the preparing you're doing- yikes- I better get in gear!

  2. I feel the same way about cutting out things I've laminated. We have parent volunteers, but I prefer to take mine home and do it while I'm watching t.v. just in case they don't cut along the edge like I do. Call me CrAzY!!!

  3. I had a wonderful volunteer that came in weekly and she never did cut cleanly along the edges of lamination. I could not stand leaving it that way so would take it home to touch up. I never figured out a way to tell her how I preferred it so I'd constantly be redoing her work.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  4. Where in the world can I have something laminated for 10 cents per foot?!

  5. Great idea. I can't get the pages to download on Google Docs either...ugh. On two of them it says that I don't have permission to access them. The third one says it is unavailable. Would you be able to send me PDF's of them?

    Thanks so much!



  6. I love things laminated, but I hate to cut it. Thankfully, I have a wonderful Mom who helps me cut. She cuts it the way I like and doesn't complain. She gets it done faster than I do. Not sure if I'd have the heart to ask a parent to help because I'd be afraid they wouldn't do it like I do or they'd do it correctly and then they would be gone next year and I would never find someone to replace them. :)


  7. I love the durability of laminating but I hate cutting it out! One year I had a mom who taught scrap classes at Michaels, which really was more of supervising women after hours and making sure they didn't steal anything. She'd always cut any laminating I had on those nights. Man, I miss that mom. When I taught third grade, I would wrangle up some teacher's kids at our after school program and have them cut it out. ;)
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  8. Hi Kristin,
    I just found our blog. I so LOVE your ideas!!
    I have tried to download several of your fantastic freebies but I can't unless I subscribe for a fee.
    Not sure if this the way it should be.
    Anyway, I am your newest follower. Keep up the great work.
    Classroom Fun

  9. Thank you for the rerun. I loved it then and I still love it today!!

    And thank you for reminding me that I have a bunch of word wall letters to cut out! I am also super anal with laminate. I am not really a perfectionist as a rule but if there is too much laminate I just can't take it!!! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  10. I hate cutting out things and am afraid if I gave a parent some scissors it might become a weapon...very true. I have a story about 2 mommas, Field Day, and a tire iron. And the story takes place in tub top attire.

    Your post always crack me up. You are like a cute hamster on a wheel. I say that with lots of love. I hope you don't try and come to Texas now and get me for saying those fightin' words...but I would like you to come to Texas so I can meet you. =)

    I think this comment is full of squirrels.

    Love ya!

    Heather's Heart

  11. The word is sharp rotary cutter and a ruler. It goes very fast.

    I enjoy your posts they make me smile, please keep up the good work.


  12. Laminate cutting - like shaving - must be clean and close :D
    Salted caramel anything is just the bomb!

  13. So here I go sharing my ignorance ... what is salted caramel? Does it have to do with salt? Ick!
    An Open Door

  14. We are lucky enough to have high school aides in our school and sometimes I even get one in my classroom. I must admit to judging the competency of the aide by her (usually a her) ability to cut laminate. I need it trimmed close.

    Terri Izatt

  15. I do not like to laminate! I think cutting the laminate is so tedious, but stuff lasts longer and looks better so I end up laminating! Where did you go that it costs 10 cents a foot! What deal!

  16. Worse is when parents "accidentally" cut into the object you laminated and take out a chunk! GRRR!
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  17. Glad to hear I am not the only one with laminator OCD! :)

  18. So, I guess I have been a primary teacher too long. I rally love to sit in front of the TV and cut out stuff, especially if it is something I am very particular about (and that is most of it). I too cut it clean which is why I usually cut it myself! Weird, I guess, but love my cute stuff.

  19. Love your post over at Teri's!!!! I actually had never seen this post so you gave me some great ideas!!!! And I even have a mailbox in my room perfect for this! Thanks!!!!! :-)

  20. That is funny because I always ask them to leave a small amount of laminate all the way around because I am afraid it will unseal. Guess it depends on the quality of the laminate? Do you pre-cut and re-cut the shape or put the whole page in?
    Finally in First

  21. Speaking about cutting things perfectly....I spent all this money on colored copies and my grandma took it upon herself to graciously cut it all out for me. While that is so nice and thoughtful, it was not straight. I was so frustrated because she didn't ask, she just started cutting. But who can get mad at their sweet grandma for trying to help, right? Now I hide my laminating.....

    Apples and ABC's

  22. P.S. My mom read your post at Teri's and asked me why I don't do the puppy and the mail box in my room...thanks for setting the bar! :)

    Apples and ABC's

  23. I had to laugh at your laminating dilemma!! I am the same way! Your blog is SUPER cute with so many great ideas that I can even apply to 4th grade. I found your link through 4th Grade Frolics and am your newest follower:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  24. When it comes to cutting laminant I am the same way! I hate to walk by another teachers bulletin board and see all that extra plastic. It takes everything in me not to pull out a pair of scissors and start trimming away. And Lord help the person who cuts out my things for me and damages the product by cutting too much! LOL I just do it myself and it saves everyone :)

  25. LOVE your writing to Wrinkles idea! I'll be stealing that one..... :)

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