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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Teachers use Adobe PDF to print almost everything.  As a teacher, I know you probably think that you spend WAY too much money on ink and paper.  I know I do!  But, what are you gonna do?  Not have quality teaching materials?  NO!

No matter what you teach, there is something here for you!

Because I don’t like spending a big chunk of my salary on paper and ink, I have come up with 8 money saving tips and tricks using the Adobe MULTIPLE Setting!  Disclaimer!!!  I probably wouldn't do these on graded work because I wouldn't want an excuse for a student's lack of success to be associated with the size of the activity.

Tip # 1 – I have, Who Has? Activities

Usually, teachers create I Have, Who Has Products about 4 per page.  They don’t actually have to be that big.  I have found that making them smaller, not only saves me ink, paper and basically MONEY, but the kids LOVE the smaller cards.  Check out the pics below of how you can turn an I Have, Who Has? activity in to a Station Activity.

After doing the I have, Who Has activity with the entire class, it can be moved into a center/station.  The cards are small so they won’t take up much space.  Kids can just line them up until they come to the last card.  They love this!  It can be done independently or with a partner/group.

Here are the Adobe printer settings that I used to make these cute little cards.

Tip # 2 – Booklets

This year, around Christmastime, our school was being a little stingy with paper. (eye roll, LOL)

I wanted to make a fun booklet for my students but I didn’t want to get busted for using a ton

of paper.  So here’s what I did.  I made the booklets, but I made them mini booklets so it only took a fraction of the paper.  Here how I did it!

Here are the printer settings that I used to make these adorable little Busy Books.  They just loved them because they were so cute and little. This booklet has cut and paste activities, so I had to make them one sided.  If your booklet doesn't have cut and paste, you would use even less than this.  You could also make the booklets half sheets instead of quarter sheets.

Tip #3  - Task Cards 
Much like I Have, Who Has? Cards, Task Cards don't need to be as big as they usually are.  You can save a ton of card stock and ink if you print them smaller.  Here is a set that I scaled down to half the size.  They are still plenty big enough for your students to write on with their dry erase marker.  


Here are the print settings I used to make these HALF as Big.

Tip #4  - Word Searches

Word Searches are SUPER FUN for Kids anyway, so why not make them even MORE Fun!?!  Check this out!

Look carefully at the printing directions for this one.  

If you only want one page on the sheet 4 times, make sure to look at the "PAGES" section on the print directions!

Tip #5  - Posters

Have you ever wanted to give every single one of your students a helpful colorful poster to put in their Reading or Math Notebook?  To do this, it would be crazy expensive and full sized pages wouldn't fit anyway. 
But... If you shrink them down to about 1/4 the size, it is pretty doable, even if they are in color.  

Posters are so useful for teaching skills. 

Here is how you print these mini posters, 4 per page.

Tip #6  - Clip Cards
Clip cards are pretty fun for kids.  They really like them and they can do them OVER and OVER and they don't seem to mind.
Most Clip Cards are about 4 to 6 per page.
If you make them smaller, they are super cute and the clothes pin still fits in the space.  Check out these Rhyming Clip Cards.

Here are the print settings I used to make them 16 per page.
Cha Ching!  That's a huge savings!

Tip #7  - Interactive notebook inserts

Interactive notebooks are soooo popular and they really work great for making work interactive.  It may be a stretch for some interactive notebooks, but see what you think about this... 

Depending on the Math Notebook you are printing, you might be able to pull it off having 4 per page.  Or maybe 2 per page...

Tip #8  - bingo dabber games

My students LOVE playing BINGO DABBER ANYTHING!! 

So, if I could print half as many of the games and still keep them happy, that would be great!  This worked out perfectly! I used a small paper clip on the small game and a larger one on the full sheet.  The dabber sponges were not a problem for the small sheet. 

Here's how to print 2 per page.

I hope you now have some new information that will help save paper, ink and especially money!

Leave a comment if you have other ideas for using the ADOBE multiple setting to save money.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 18, 2018
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Every year I struggle with multicultural skin tones.  It was a real dilemma!   I just wanted my students to feel good about the crafts they created in their own light. But most of them didn't look much like them because their skin tones were completely off. 

I work in one of the most diverse populations in the United States.  Houston, Texas!
In one of my classes, there were TEN different language spoken, so you know that there were probably as many skin tones too!  But all we had was MANILLA and DARK BROWN paper. And.. we only had peach and brown markers and crayons.

I was working on my Kindness is the New Cool resource with my students.  I got the idea to make one of the girl's cheeks rosy, so I was asking all of my colleagues if they had any blush.  Finally, I found some and it worked great.  The paper creation had nice rosy cheeks, but the skin color still didn't look right.  
That's when it hit me... Why couldn't I use MAKEUP for the skin tones.  Make up comes in SO MANY COLORS... All SKIN TONES!
I got so excited because I knew that brown eyeshadow would work great for the darker skin tones and.... it would also look smoother instead of all streaky like markers and crayons. There are 
SO MANY different shades of BROWN, too!
I started experimenting with the makeup and made some makeup "swatches" so the kids could see what the makeup would look like on paper.

The projects are now turning out so much better and kids are so much prouder of their projects that really match their skin tones!
Now look at the difference!

I used Crayola Markers on this one.
I used a dark brown eyeshadow on this one.
You could even use a DARKER eyeshadow for a darker skin tone.

I am so excited to share this with you just in time for all of the cute Back to School Activities you  will make in the 2018 - 2019 School Year.


  • Where do I get the makeup?  It's expensive to buy it.  Yes!  You are right!  I raided my makeup drawer for old makeup that I no longer used and asked my friends for makeup that they didn't use any more.  You can ask for donations from parents as well.  
  • How do the kids apply the makeup? Set up a makeup station that you will run.  Let them use their fingers or a cotton square to apply the makeup.  I used both here.  First apply with the cotton square, then rub in the makeup with my finger until it looks even. Choose up to 5 kids to come work at your makeup station.  Try to get a variety of skin tones each time so they don't have to share.  This will make it go faster.
  • How will the kids know what color to use?  I made makeup swatches by rubbing each color on a small piece of paper and labeling the paper with the color and brand of the makeup.  From the swatches, they will choose the color closest to their skin tone. (Some may not have an exact match.) 
  • How do I make the cheeks rosy? Use a pink blush on the girls and boys too if they would like to add little color to their cheeks. Apply with the index finger in a circular motion. Boys may also want rosy cheeks, since girls aren't the only ones with naturally rosy cheeks. :) 
  • What kind of paper will the make up work on? I used card stock, white construction paper and regular copy paper and it worked great every time.  The coarser the paper, the more you will need to rub in and the longer you will need to rub.

Other Suggestions:

  • If you can't get any makeup from your friends, you can ask stores for donations for makeup that has been opened that they can't sell. Sephora and Ulta might help you out.

  • Know someone that gets IPSY Bags or Birch Boxes every month?.... They probably have some makeup that they aren't using.

  • Garage Sales might be a place that would have cheap makeup.  Tell them you are a teacher and see if they will donate the makeup.  

  • Ask for makeup donations on a local Facebook Group.  People usually are eager to help teachers out.
  • The LAST RESORT is to buy the makeup.  See what they have at a Dollar Tree or other stores that sell stuff for a dollar.  If you have to, there are some brands out there that are pretty cheap.  Elf is one that I have found.