Thursday, February 14, 2013

I'm in Love!

This Valentine's Day I have been bitten by the love bug. It started as a crush from a glance  and has escalated into LOVE.

I'm just going to say it: 
I am in LOVE with my new tape dispensers. 

This post is not intended to be a product review. I have not been in contact with 3M (makers of Scotch tape) or any school supply outlet. I merely saw these adorable tape dispensers, had to have them for myself, and felt compelled to announce my love to the whole world. 
Love these colorful tape dispensers

How the Love Affair Began...

Like all great love stories, this one developed over time. By now you probably know of my great respect and admiration for my friend and fellow blogger Melanie Ralbusky from Schoolgirl Style. Melanie is also a consultant for Creative Teaching Press and shares her creative uses of CTP products on her second blog, Inspired in Style. I saw this beautiful blue tape dispenser in one of her photos from the Ed Expo last month. You can read the original post here
Dots on Turquoise line from Creative Teaching Press, photo from Inspired in Style

I know. Leave it to me to notice on the smallest detail of a bright colorful photo. 

The Thrill of the Chase...

I haven't be able to forget that blue tape dispenser. I emailed Melanie and discovered that it was purchased at Staples. I hadn't had a chance to shop at Staples, but I saw a pink tape dispenser that another teacher at my school recently purchased. She bought hers at Costco (on sale for $13.99 each) and it came with a LOT of tape. Three bright colors were available and (of course) the school supply fanatic in me had to own one in each color. I am officially over the moon for these lovelies. 
Colorful tape dispensers= perfect for my classroom

And yes, I now own a lifetime supply of tape. Each dispenser came with 12 JUMBO rolls of Scotch tape. They don't even fit in my "office supply" file cabinet drawer. 

Just look how pretty my new tape dispensers are. 
colorful tape dispensers for the classroom

Happily Ever After...

The pink dispenser is my favorite. I just adore how it looks on my chevron bookshelf. 
This truly is a match made in heaven.
LOVE this pink tape dispenser. Blog post includes links to buy one online

I looked on the Costco website and only found black tape dispensers online. If you have a Costco membership, you can find your nearest store here. Hopefully they have the colorful ones in stock at your local Costco. As I mentioned previously, Staples also carries these colorful tape dispensers. Pink and blue dispensers can be purchased online for $3.99. I'm not sure if they carry these items at all Staples stores, but you can look up your local Staples store here.

I've had a few questions about other lovely things in this photo:
I decorated the chevron shelf myself with shelf liner. You can find all of the details here.
The cute striped canisters came from IKEA.

Love at first sight really does exist.

Happy Valentine's Day! 


  1. Ooo I love those staplers. I am going to have to hit up staples and see if I can find them :) So pretty.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

    1. Best of luck Heidi! Everyone deserves a cute classroom tape dispenser!

  2. Replies
    1. Love is in the air! Who would have guessed tape dispensers would be the object of so much affection?

  3. Oh! I wished they sold them those in Spain!
    I laughed so hard when I saw your cello tape new boxes.I have a similar stock of colorful staples. Don't ask. ;)

  4. Oh dear..I had no idea I need a pink tape dispenser until now.
    Those are too cute!

  5. A girl after my own heart......the banner is done so now I have a new quest :)

  6. Those would match my classroom perfectly!!! However I'm not a member of Costco :(
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  7. Yep.. I agree, now I need one too. Guess I will be going to Costco with the hubby this month. (he is going to know that something is up if I go with him!) Maria, What kind of camera do you have? your pictures ome out great.
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

    1. V,
      I have a DSLR camera. The model is a Canon Rebel XT. I love the difference in my photos since I upgraded my camera to a DSLR. I'm so excited for you to get your hands on a pretty tape dispenser!

  8. Oh, Maria! I am coveting those tape dispensers right now. So, I don't guess Scotch sells staplers?? :) Thanks for the great share!
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

    1. That was my reaction too! I am desperate to get my hands on a pretty pink, blue, and green stapler. And not a junky plastic one... a good one.

  9. Looooove these :) Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check and see what's available in Ontario!
    Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten

  10. I want one!!!! :) thanks for sharing... Btw how did you make your chevron bookcase?

  11. I want one!!!! :) thanks for sharing... Btw how did you make your chevron bookcase?

    It's a Jungle Out There!

  12. Okay....I now have a new obsession! I MUST get one of each!!!

  13. OMG I am sooooo in love with those now too. Thanks for always sharing such great ideas.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  14. I love colorful things and will have to replace my old brown dispenser too. My eye went to your crayon and glue containers. What are these and how did you decorate them?

  15. I just loved reading a post dedicated to a tape dispenser! Only another teacher could appreciated this:)
    On my way to Staples to see what I can get....

  16. I just saw that you are my newest follower on my blog so I clicked on you, and now I'm following your blog! I'm on spring break this week so I'll be hunting for colorful tape dispensers! I'll start with Costco! Thanks!

    Projects & Polkadots

  17. My beloved tape dispenser met an unfortunate demise last year. I just ran into this post and *had* to order the two colors Staples had in stock online :) Thanks!
    Learning In Wonderland


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