Sunday, June 17, 2012

Stickers Organized!

One of the things I love most about summer vacation is that it finally gives me a chance to tinker around with some of my smaller, less-demanding projects that my busy schedule won't accommodate  during the school year.

I have a HUGE sticker collection that I inherited from another teacher. The collection was already organized when I received it, but all of the stickers were stored in a gigantic binder that was bursting at the seams. It was a mess. After a few years, I ditched the binder and kept all of the sticker-filled page protectors in a box. That worked, but continued to be a mess. I wish I had captured a "before" picture, but I'm also kind of relieved that I don't have to share the sticker-filled clutter with you.

But anyway. . . back to the organization! To get started, I went through the entire collection and cleaned house a bit. I sorted through all of my stickers and I donated the really uncool, outdated stickers to someone that had a use for them. I also trimmed some of the larger sticker sheets to create a more uniform feel to the collection. I have a TON of stickers that I have earned from Highlights Magazine. You guys know what I'm talking about. I used the highlights sticker sheets as my reference-the pages all measure to be 5x8". All sticker sheets larger than the highlights pages were trimmed to a smaller size.

Next, I found a box that was the right size for holding all of my newly-tidied stickers. The best thing I could find was a men's shoebox. It was gray and boring, but that was ok-I had a plan! I wanted my sticker box to match my classroom decor so I decoupaged the box with the scraps from when I Fancied Up my Sterlite Drawers.



As you can see, I cut the scrapbook paper into strips, then glued them to the shoebox with Mod Podge. The next day, I sprayed the newly-decorated box with clear acrylic spray to ensure a good seal.

Once the box was ready to go, I filled it with my organized stickers. I created my own dividers with poster board cut into 8.5x5" sections. The top 1/2 inch of the poster board pieces was designated for creating tabs. My wonderful friend Nicki labeled all of the tabs for me. I placed seasons of the year in front (ordered chronologically from Fall to Summer), followed by an alphabetical arrangement of non-seasonal themes (animals, reading, smiley faces, etc.)


This shoebox had a few inches to spare after I filled it with my sticker collection, so I added a some fun flair to the back of the box. I'm so thrilled with the final product!

Do you have a system for organizing your stickers?

PS- Debbie at Rainbows within Reach is having a Classroom Organization linky with TONS of ideas. You may want to check it out
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23 comments:

  1. Too cute! I love the pattern you created on the outside of the box with your scraps of paper.

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  2. Okay, so this is the cutest idea I've ever seen! I love the decoupaging. I'll have to do this once I start accumulating more and more sticker pages :) Great post, as usual!

    Miss A's Kindergarten

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  3. You have inspired me to use stickers for rewards. I NEVER have because they are too much trouble- but the way you have organized them makes it seem easier to do. Thank you for sharing- it is way too cute!
    www.kindertrips.blogspot.com

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  4. I LOVE THIS!! My stickers are just in a couple storage containers. This is a great idea of organizing them. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  5. Wow! looks supercute! I love the colors and they way you use extra paper to decorate. I will be organizing my stickers during summer too.

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  6. Thank you for all of the fabulous compliments! I am so thrilled with the results and I highly recommend!

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  7. I like it! I also inherited a large amount of stickers from another teacher and I have quite the obsession myself!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  8. Love this!!! I just reorganized my stickers, is it bad that I want to do it again?! lol
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. LOL! There is NOTHING wrong with that! Organizing fills me with such joy.

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  9. I am in LOVE with this post, Maria!! I have stickers laying around all over the place and this is so cute and so perfect!!! A girl after my own heart:)

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    1. Annie-
      Since I LOVE your blog and ideas, that is the ultimate compliment. Thank you!

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  10. I have just found your blog and your crafty ideas are awesome! Love the sticker organisation
    Brooke
    Teachable Moments

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    1. Hi Brooke, I'm so glad you found some inspiration! Thank you for your sweet comment.

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  11. I'm so glad that you linked up this idea to my all things 'organizational' blog hop! Of course I LUV LUV LUV the colors in your idea!!!

    Thanks for adding the encouragement for your readers to 'hop' on over to all of the other link-ups!!

    Debbie
    Rainbows Within Reach

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    1. Hi Debbie - I was glad to link up. You had so many great ideas on your blog as well!

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  12. Love you ideas for organization! Kelly

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    1. Thank you Kelly! Organization makes my heart so happy.

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  13. Fabulous idea! I think this might be added to my list of things to do these holidays.

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    1. If you're anything like me, you'll need a vacation after a VERY productive holiday break!

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  14. Great idea!! I have all my stickers in a box and separated in transparent bags, but it's a pain to find the right one! I think this ways it will be easier to find them :D

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  15. Holy Cow!! I LOVE this! Such a simple thing, but I'd never thought of it! I have mine tucked into a cheap plastic container from the dollar store, but I want one of these. I think I need the summer to last a little longer...! ;)

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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  16. Love your idea while I use a beautiful system called Scrap Rack, I love this idea especially for the grandchildren. You know how they love stickers! I'm seriously going to pull them out and put them in this type of system this weekend. They are already separated this way so all I need to do is gran a box and have them help me decorate. Thanks!

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  17. I made something like this in the past. The only bad thing about using a photo box is having to fold or cut those long sticker sheets. My collection of stickers eventually out grew the boxes, and now I have everything put away by theme. For example: all wedding paper, embellishments, stamps, stickers, etc are all in one [craft cube] drawer.

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