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I may not have mentioned it here before, but I am not crafty.  Like not even a little bit.  All of my teacher friends have so many DIY projects around their classrooms and they look ah-mazing.  I, on the other hand, could write a “Pinterest Fails” blog all my own.  But I digress…

So when the lovely ladies at Silhouette contacted me this past winter to see if I wanted to give their Curio and their recently released Mint a try, I was hesitant.  Could these products make, even the non-craftiest girl, a DIY-er???  We were about to see…

I jumped in head first by just putting the software on my computer and playing around with it.  The first thing I noticed was that it is so easy to use!  Being that I design in Adobe Illustrator, a lot of the keys and the commands were similar.  This made me feel comfortable and instantly “crafty”!

But my heart fell in love with the Mint, their stamp-making machine, right away.  As you know, I created the Teacher Anchor, an all in one lesson planning system to keep you organized in your classroom.  Part of the Teacher Anchor system is the sticker sheets that I offer.  While I love me a good sticker, I know that these aren’t always one-size fits all.  Sure, we all have field day and faculty meetings, but I know that there was never a way I could meet the needs of all the teachers with a sticker.  BUT, creating a stamp… now that is a way to do it!  Teachers can purchase the general sticker sheets for their Teacher Anchor, and then create a stamp with the Mint that would help to fill in the gaps, which is just what I did!

Here’s How Easy It Was

First, I had to think of what I wanted to design.  Although there is a parent contact log within the Teacher Anchor, I love the idea of having a place to write exactly who you contacted when.  And honestly, sometimes we need to remember when we touched-base with our principal, colleague, or even the repairman!  So I wanted to create a stamp that would fit all these forms of communication.  I played around with the idea of creating a sticker to say this, but the amount of stickers I would have to print to meet all the times we contact a parent or a member of administration would be, like, 372,283.

So, I designed my stamp within the software, chose my font (Fratello Nick), and sized it out.  Total time:  <5 minutes

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Next, I inserted the stamp pad into the back of the machine and it immediately began to print!  Total printing time: 37 seconds.  Want to see a video of the Mint in action/how easy it is? Click here! 

Once my stamp was finished printing, I peeled it off of the insert and stuck it onto the wooden stamper (I’m sure there’s a more technical name for this).

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Then it was time to choose an ink color.  The Mint comes with black, red, yellow, and blue.  I chose blue for this stamper and covered the whole pad with it.  I let it soak in for about 5 minutes and then wiped off the excess with my finger.  (Excuse the non-manicured nails.  Goodness!  Maybe I should use this stamp to contact my manicurist.)

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Then I got to stampin’!  You can see that the stamp says: Contacted _______ via:

This is so you can write the person’s name and the method of communication via email, phone, snail mail, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, you get the point.

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By stamping it right on your calendar, you have a quick reminder and documentation log of the event!  And we know how important thorough documentation is in the schools.  It’s everything!  Which is one of the reasons there are so many notes and documentation logs within the Teacher Anchor… because it is SO important.  And this handy little stamp now makes referring back to those forms of communication super easy!

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And the total time I spent creating this stamp, was less than 10 minutes!  A teacher’s time is so valuable, so knowing how easy/simple/fast this is to use is just an added bonus.  And I can see this stamp being so practical even in the college courses I teach.  I am always communicating with colleagues and students throughout their course, so I know it will come in handy!

Now I don’t know if I’d officially call myself a “crafter” but I am LOVING the creativity that has come from using this machine.  I have a lot of other stamp ideas swirling around in my brain – both personal and professional.  Next up, stamps to say “A gift from Lincoln” so I can stamp all of the birthday presents that are from my son to his friends!

I would love to hear how you also use your Mint or what type of stamps you would create!  Hop on over to my Instagram or my Facebook Page to join the conversation!  And if you’d like to purchase your very own Teacher Anchor OR your very own Mint, visit the links below!

Teacher Anchor by C. Jayne Teach

Silhouette Mint

Happy crafting stamping!

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*I was gifted a Curio and Mint by Silhouette, but the opinions and crafting are all my own!