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MONSTER INSPIRATION:  I’ve had a monster themed classroom in my head for some time now.  To be honest, I could see this being appropriate for every single grade level.  Monsters are silly and just plain FUN!  I can picture “monster building” as a great team project, then displaying them around the room to decorate your space!  The possibilties are endless with this theme! When I came up with the patterns, I looked at my children’s clothing.  One of my favorite brands of clothing for my children specializes in bright stripes, polka dots, and playful patterns.  I used those patterns as inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind classroom collection for those grown up teachers that have “Big Kid” personalities!

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 This is the theme that I am currently using in my classroom!  I tried to hide it as best as I could in my Facebook/blog photo.  However, I did give you a little sneak peek right before I hung up my new Monster calendar!

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What I love about this collection is that it has both primary and bright colors…the perfect combination for those teachers that unfortunately, inherited a funky color scheme when they moved into their classrooms!  This theme can match any of your existing colors and it will look AMAZING, regardless of any less-than-perfect counters, wall colors, classroom furniture, etc.

Monster collage for Schoolgirl Style

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Here are our brand new Jelly Totes!  I love how colorful they are!  I use these in my own classroom for my student’s classroom supplies.  They look adorable with a coordinating tag and ribbon!

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How cute are these little monster tags?!?  Add them to pencils, goodie bags for your students, baskets, or anywhere you would like to add a little FUN!

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This collection also includes this adorable Monster Welcome Banner!  Once you own the Monster file, you can save any of your printables on a thumb drive and take it to your local copy center.  I went to Staples and had the sign printed on an 18 x24 sheet of regular paper.  I think it cost around $5.  The best part…you can make it as BIG as you like!  You could potentially print it out to stretch above your bulletin boards or above your classroom door!  I always use photo paper for my printables and this was just regular white, thin paper.  Look how vibrant the colors are?!?  You can also laminate this for durability and the colors will become even brighter!

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One of my favorite parts of this collection is that it comes with the biggest selection of hands, feet, shoes, eyes, mouths, horns, antennas…everything you need to make an adorable and unique monster!  Just use a pom (I like the 19 inch poms for this) and hot glue the monster parts on for durability.  If you follow me, you know that I only had two days to decorate for my Kindergarten students.  I grabbed a bunch of poms, added some crazy body parts, then hot glued my monsters to the wall (shhhh! Don’t tell!) for a quick and easy way to decorate!  You can also staple them to the corner of your bulletin boards or hang them above your tables!

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I love putting all of these playful patterns together to create the CUTEST pennant banner!  This is such an easy way to decorate too…string them above your whiteboards, your windows, or like me, I had a big empty space above my coat hooks in my classroom and with a few Command Hooks, I draped them along the length of the room for an added touch of color!  The best part about printable decor…you can print out as many pennants as you need.  No need to purchase multiple packages of decor to only have a few of your favorite patterns.  Everything is so easily customizable…choose your favorite colors, patterns, and print out only what you need.

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I added these inexpensive rugs from Ikea to finish off my space!  I adore the pattern on pattern concept.  The crazier you can get, the better.  You can’t mess up with this theme!

Also, you need to check out the bulletin board paper in the background!  Isn’t it cute?  We are now carrying patterned paper in the Schoolgirl Style Shop!  When you head over to the shop, make sure you stop by and take a look at all of the pretty patterns available!

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The WELCOME banner is one of the cutest pieces to this collection!  I love the bright stripes and a BIG monster bite taken out of each corner!

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A stationary set, binder covers, and desk prints also come with the collection!
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Each new collection comes with an alphabet line that can be hung with a coordinating clothespin.  This look is very trendy right now!  You can either create an alphabet line OR make a custom banner for your classroom!

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Coordinating paper is included in each collection.  You can use this paper for any classroom craft project that you may need.  You can also use it to create one of my favorite things…covering cans for supply organization or for an added touch of cuteness to your desk!  Check out the paper application below…2015-04-03_0060
2015-04-03_0065 Here are the new “Jelly Totes” from Schoolgirl Style in an array of bright colors!  You can find these in our shop under “Classroom Organization.”  The more pops of color you can bring into your classroom, the better!  These would look amazing lined up on a shelf or sitting at your student’s tables!

2015-04-03_0056Our medium and large Jelly Totes are big enough for book baskets or to store your classroom supplies.  I love how these are durable and they don’t have any holes for your supplies to fall out!

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2015-04-03_00672015-04-03_0061Each new collection from SGS has a coordinating calendar set!  Each set comes with 12 calendar headers, a blank calendar grid, calendar numbers, birthday and special occasion pieces, a Days of the Week sign, and coordinating cut outs to add some pizzazz to your calendar area!  Again, once you buy the file, you can save the calendar on a thumb drive and take it to your local printing store.  You can blow up the calendar as big as you like!  Make sure you laminate for durability.  I have this same calendar in my classroom.  I like to stick velcro to each grid and attach my calendar pieces that way!
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If you are looking for an awesome planner, I highly recommend this coordinating planner from A Modern Teacher.  You can either take the file to your local print center or we can print it out for you and ship it to your front door!

To find out more about the Monster Mania Planner, click on the video below!

 

 

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Okay, I need to show you ONE last picture.  There’s a little story behind it.

My mom typically comes over and helps me with my photo shoots…it’s just helpful to have an extra pair of hands.  Anyways, we were in the process of making these adorable pom monsters and she came up with a BRILLIANT idea (well, it was brilliant only in her eyes).  This is how the conversation went…

Mom:  I have an idea!  We can make a monster out of a lantern!

Melanie:  No.  I don’t think that would look very good.

Mom:  Yes!  You can do it both ways…you can use a pom AND use a lantern.  You need to show your followers that they can do it TWO ways.

Melanie:  No, mom.  What we have is fine.

Mom:  Yes!  You need to do it!

*Insert some arguing.

 My mom won’t give in.

I’m done with the room and I’m ready to call it a night, however, my mom won’t stop working on this and insists that it needs to be done.  Exhausted, I walk away and leave her to her creation.  Time passes and she’s still not done.  I want to go to bed, so I head back to the photo shoot room to check on her.  As I go back, she is finishing up her monster lantern.  Needless to say, it was very…UNIQUE.  I told her that there was NO way I was taking a picture of it and putting it on my blog.

*Insert some arguing again.

My mother insists that it is “cute” and I should show everyone.

Ummmm…. Okay, Mom.

Here is YOUR monster lantern….

Wait for it….

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Photos courtesty of E.C. Campbell Photography in Clarkston, Michigan

Would you like to win the the entire Monster Mania Collection?  This is a seriously AWESOME giveaway, so make sure to enter!

You could win:

1.  The Monster Mania digital collection from Schoolgirl Style

2.  A roll of coordinating paper from Pacon

3.  2 rolls of Bordette from Pacon

4.  Six poms/lanterns of your choice from Schoolgirl Style

5.  The Monster Mania coordinating planner from A Modern Teacher

6.  A pack of binder clips, clothespins, a pointer, and two packs of coordinating border from Teacher Created Resources

To enter, follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below! Winners will be announced on April 23rd!  Good Luck!

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Comments

  1. Oh my word I love it, and yes I’m talking about your mama’s lantern. Ha ha No seriously it is gorgeous. You did it again.

    I think my favorite part are the pencil tags. Oh and those jelly totes… Adorable!

    You rocked it Melanie. ❤️
    Mels

  2. I teach middle school and think this could totally work for them! I love all of the vibrant colors, your pictures are wonderful. I agree, I think the lantern monster is cute!

  3. I am so so SO in love! My current classroom monster stuff isn’t doing it for me now. Beautiful ideas!

  4. I love it!!!! I am even thinking of ditching my love of all things black, white, and red for this! Well, maybe if I hadn’t already invested so much money into it BUT I love the monsters. I thought about it many times but just couldn’t figure out how to “cute it up.” Thanks Melanie for always being so inspiring!

  5. This year I said I wasn’t going to switch my theme. But, I LOVE this!!!! Your mom’s monster is cute. All monsters are different!! Lol

  6. LOVE this!! I’ve done sea creatures my entire teaching career, but this is totally tempting me to switch it up next year! Where do you get your giant clothespins to hold table signs, center signs, etc.? Are they for sale in your online shop? Thanks!

  7. Love the blue, purple, and black teacher area! Can’t wait to see the other themes and be indecisive over what to do. Your yearly reveal makes me wanna change themes every year- too bad my budget doesn’t. 🙂

  8. I love this…. Just the fun theme I was looking for to use in my classroom next year!!! LOVE

  9. I adore the monster cut outs on pom poms AND lanterns! I dare say I’m going to buy them but I’m waiting on the other new reveals just.in.case.

  10. I had a beach theme for years and last year brought a change and in schools and in grade level so I decided to change my theme to monsters. We are the Marvelous Mon-STARS….well next year the Marvelous MonSTARs will be even more marvelous when I buy your new collection and the awesome teacher planner that matches from A Modern Teacher! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being so creative for those of us who have the talent to only buy and apply!

  11. CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! I love all the colors. And your new classroom looks great. Your daddy did a great job! Your mom’s monster is cute too!

  12. I love everything you do and this doesn’t stay behind. Cuteness!!! Where did you find the composition notebooks?

  13. Hi! I’m loving your new collections so far! What size calendar do you recommend to fit your calendar tags nicely? I saw where you said you can take the file to Staples and blow it up to any size.

    Thanks!

    • I chose the 18×24 size! I should have put that in the post…I will do that for the rest. Thanks!!!

  14. Love it. I am a new teacher and this would go awesome with my current setup. I use GoNoodle and Class Dojo. So excited. Tried to enter the giveaway but it only gave me one point even though I did everything required. Oh well…. It is cure!

  15. I am so in love with your monsters…..if I may borrow some of your ideas…..just gorgeous!

  16. I am in love with this! Can’t wait to use it for my first classroom next school year. Do you happen to know the font that you used for the numbers? Thank you so much!!

    • If you contact my assistant, she can give you that information. Here is our email…schoolgirlstyle@gmail.com

  17. I love your monster theme! I am redecorating my classroom for next year. I looked in your store to see if I could buy your Monster Theme pack and couldn’t find it): Could you point me in the direction of where I could purchase it? I have fallen in love with it.

  18. I already have a monster theme in my classroom! I can’t wait to purchase some of the individual items from your collection! Is is possible to purchase the “Welcome” poster you have? I am referring to the one that you see when the calendar area was photographed. I LOVE that poster…and I don’t really want to do the welcome banner.

    Thanks! Love all your stuff!!

  19. With the monster theme, is it possible to blow the monster cut outs up to a bigger size?

    • It sure is! You can take them to Staples and they can make them as large as you would like!

  20. How do I purchase the monster mania pack and how much is it!?! Super cute!

  21. Oh my goodness your designs are amazing! I’ve told all my friends about you! Will you change your shipping options at all. I am in Australia and I want everything haha!