Bubbly Blues and Seaside Splash Giveaway

Blogging, here at Primary Graffiti, has opened a lot of exciting doors over the past three years. Some amazing opportunities include becoming a monthly columnist for Really Good Stuff in 2011-2012, Edu Blog Reviewer for Learning Resources and Lakeshore Learning from 2012 to Current, and a Creative Design Partner with Carson Dellosa in 2014. 

I was honored to be among five teacher bloggers selected to participate in a Creative Design Summit this past January. 


Within weeks of being contacted, we were diving into our assigned collections and flying up to North Carolina to stage our collection for a photo shoot.  My go to places for shopping on a budget were Target and Hobby Lobby! You can find most of the nautical themed items from Hobby Lobby.  The curtains and pillows are from Target.


Living on Fleming Island, I knew immediately that I wanted Seaside Splash.  The bright ocean colors were a perfect fit.  As I dove deeper into planning, I found out the coordinates to Seaside Splash were Bubbly Blues.  Drawing on local inspiration, I was confident I could create a whimsical design.


http://createdecoratemotivate.com/seasideBlues.html

The above image is taken from the lookbook with white circles that are interactive online.  You can click the image to link over to the lookbook.  Once there, click the white circles to receive detailed information on various products.

One of the most frustrating and rewarding transformations was the bulletin board.  Aren't they always?  I'm a perfectionist with a slightly OCD personality which is a disaster in the making. :) I can't explain how many times I changed my background colors to meet the needs of my vignette. 


As you can see, the board turned out great! Or maybe I'm biased.  To ensure my bulletin board had extra pizazz, I combined two dimensional and three dimensional objects.  The turtle and whale cutouts are glued to some styrofoam craft boards which gives the illusion of a shadow.  I used cutouts from the Whale to Success bulletin board set and glued different animals on a colored clothespin.  In additional to the set, I purchased netting and starfish from Hobby Lobby to make the board feel a bit more authentic.  Combining the Bubbly Blues Boarder gave my board the needed contrast.


Pom-Poms are all the rage in a primary classroom.  Our kids are such visual learners.  It's easy to identify locations in the room based off of color or element.  If you walk into my classroom, each pom-pom identifies a team by color.  To add a little more excitement, I used the assorted colorful cutouts from the Seaside Splash collection to accent the poms.  In addition, I replaced the generic string with decorative ribbon from Hobby Lobby! 


Here's a little secret about me, I went to design school and worked for a designer for three years.  With a little background knowledge, I know a few key pointers to help you get started!  Planning a new design can be overwhelming.  When purchasing your materials online, keep in mind the colors are not always true to the picture.  Find a local educational store that sells the materials and take a peek at the collection in person.  I had samples and laid them out.  Once I had in mind the colors in the packet, I turned my attention to the main focal point of my design.  In the case of this vignette, I decided to make my focal point the carpet and reading area.






Keeping my theme in mind, I went on a hunt for a nautical rug.  When I stumbled across this rug from IKEA, I was instantly inspired.  It reminded me of a clown fish. The colors were spot on with the Seaside Splash collection. The orange became my primary color in the design.  My next step would be to find coordinating colors that would be found throughout.  With Bubbly Blues as the coordinating collection, I knew blue with be an accent color.  I would primarily use blue in the design elements. I played around with a few additional colors and knew instantly green would have to be in my design.  The two colors reminded me of the water and seaweed. Having a color scheme helps guide all other decorating decisions.  Note: Don't be scared of patterns!  I'm no expert but I'm aware of what is pleasing to me.  I work to have a mixture of sizes so it's not overwhelming to the eye.  


 Mini Chalkboards found at Hobby Lobby.

When designing the storage shelves, I used the assorted colorful cutouts from the Seaside Splash collection to add a little decorative detail to an otherwise plain fabric drawer.  These tags can be labeled with supplies to identify the objects within.  Using buckets to hold manipulatives gave the design the added spice!

 
Included in the Bubbly are various supplies to keep you organized.  The plan book, grade book, awards, notepad, file folders, lettering, calendar, etc. will add a fun little pop to any desktop. 




Below are several resources that didn't make the lookbook but are included in the giveaway.  I created a communication board with their jumbo library pouches.  Jumbo craft sticks with Seaside Splash Two Sided Decoration worked wonders for keeping students accountable during arrival.
 The behavior chart was 'Oh So Cute'.  Placing the large bulletin board set on styrofoam cutouts for added deminison will allow you to place student names, recorded on bubbles, on clips to attached to the fish display.

I couldn't be more excited about this collection and the design.  You ready for the cherry on top?  One lucky follower will receive the entire collection of Seaside Splash and Bubbly Blues with a value of nearly $200.  Wowzers!  I'm providing various options to ensure all followers have a way to enter! All are welcome to enter.

 As recently pointed out by my sweet friend Tanja at Journey of a Substitute Teacher.
I hope I make it rain money in Vegas the same way I managed to make it rain in the lookbook.

US residents {sorry, not my terms} can jump over to Carson Dellosa's website and enter to win the classroom of their dreams.  Good Luck!

144 comments:

Kim said...

Amazing products and beautiful layouts. Would love to use as my room theme.

Thanks,
Kim
khenry22@aol.com

Kristin Barr said...

I am in love with all of your designs!!! My favorite is your decoding station with the beach buckets. So cute!

irishprincess37 said...

I love these designs!!!

Debora Weaver said...

I absolutely adore your OCD! This is so cute and refreshing and organized and coordinated! I am in love with it. Thanks for the chance to win it. I would love it and would do a vignette also! lol

Hopeful in Missouri said...

I love the behavior chart!!! I have to have this for this next year. Ideas are already going. This year I took a big bucket diecut and made them 3D sticking off my wall and the kids each have a shovel. I have numbers on the buckets that I move daily for my organized centers. It is beyond cute and with sandpaper for the sand. I see colored poms being added above it next year.

dnystrom said...

This would be perfect for our classroom!!! :D

wyo99 said...

Love it, would go perfect in the new classroom!

Kaci Hoffer said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this set!!!

Betsy Brown said...

I would love to sit at your feet and just be a sponge for all the great ideas you share. I do have a question or two. Here in Orange County, we have very strict fire restrictions. We cannot have anything hanging over 18 inches from the ceiling. We cannot have curtains or drapes. We are only allowed pillows, cushions, carpets, etc. that have fire-resistant tags attached. How does your school/county monitor your classrooms? Everything looks adorable, but I know our inspectors would put No-No tape across my door. That being said, I'd still love to win.

Julie Davis said...

This looks gorgeous!!!! Amazing giveaway!!!

Sarah Newsome said...

Love this!

Lisa said...

So beautiful! It would especially be awesome during our winter months when we get a lot of rain. It would be a little splash of sunshine.

Marsha McGuire said...

Love the Green hanging files.
Marsha

Jess said...

Just looked at the look book the other day and fell in LOVE with this whole look! It keeps colors I have already and adds in a beautiful ocean theme. This would be perfect for my class next year!
Rambling About Reading

Mrs. Saoud said...

@Betsy Brown, We are allowed to hang curtains, pom-pom, use lamp lights, pillows, etc. Most of my foot traffic happens to be for viewing the design and decor. Creating the small spaces for learning has been 100% embraced. Fingers crossed this doesn't change anytime soon!

Amanda Burke said...

Love this theme! :)

Jessica Powell said...

Great Ideas! Changing my classroom theme to ocean next year

aesslinger said...

I'd love this!

Kim said...

Love the colors! Really cute theme!

pcblauren said...

Would love to use this in my classroom next year!

Melissa Polteno said...

I am changing grades next year and would love an upgrade to my decor!!

Melissa Polteno said...

I am changing grades next year and would love an upgrade to my decor!!

1stgradefireworks said...

This is FANTASTIC! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

Amy said...

What a wonderful opportunity! Thank you!

MrsS said...

My classroom is under construction this summer so I will be starting from scratch for next year! This would be amazing to start fresh!
-Andrea
alwayskindergarten@gmail.com

KCarabal said...

I love this layout.

Mrs. Jordan said...

Super Cute! I am always looking for something new and cute!!
Denise
Kindertcher20@yahoo.com

Ms. Perry's Peaches said...

Super cute theme! Love it

Cherie said...

Whoa! This is beautiful! Would make a lovely theme for my boys!

jill said...

this would be awesome classroom design for my kinders!! LOVE IT!!

Jennifer said...

I love this theme! Bright and beautiful. I also love the chalkboard from Hobby Lobby. Wish we had one around here.

Mrs. Garcia said...

The colors are so vibrant! I love the combination.

Breanne Simons said...

You did such an amazing job coordinating all of the items you picked out!! :)

Breanne

mshdb2002 said...

Adorable theme! Love the jumbo library pockets and how you used them to keep track of students absent/present!

Michelle Sanchez said...

So cute! You did an awesome job putting everything together!

Lindsay Davis said...

Love your ideas!
The colors are so fun and inviting!

Lindsay Davis said...

Love you ideas!
The colors are fun and inviting!

Deb said...

We are the Doby Navigators and wouldn't this be absolutely, positively perfect for my classroom?

Logan said...

This theme is adorable!

susan said...

Just gorgeous! Very inviting and love the theme.

Nicole from Teaching With Style said...

I LOVE that rug! And the sea creature cutouts are so cute! You did an amazing job on your room! Hope I win - this set would be adorable in my new 1st grade classroom! :)

Susan Cahalane said...

You did a beautiful job, thank you for inspiring us!!
✿Sue✿
Science for Kids Blog

OhioMom2 said...

Absolutely adorable theme!

erin said...

Soooo cute!

Elisabeth said...

This has got to be the cutest them ever! Love it!

Elisa said...

This is amazing! Hope I can implement a few of these ideas in my own classroom!

Snazzy in Sixth! said...

What a fun classroom!

cathy Barge said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this collection and your tips. I will be changing grade level next year and was thinking of an "Oceans of Fun" them in second grade. Thank you!

Jennifer Brown said...

I love that we have similar backgrounds. I spent 11 years in design before I went back to school for my teaching degree. I LOVE IT! And I love the room you have created! What child would not learn in that environment!!Beautiful!

Sivory said...

I love the colors and designs! All my little firsties would feel like they are learning at the beach! This would be a great way to start of 2014-2015 school year!

Culleli said...

Love Love Love this! It is amazing!

Monica Horn said...

This would be perfect for my new classroom, I gave used the same theme for many years and it's time for something new. This would be perfect!

Jessica Cree said...

Awesome giveaway! Just graduated with my BSE and looking forward to having my first classroom :) This would be an awesome way to start my career :)

Lisa said...

So cute!!

Jennifer Reynolds said...

After the brutal winter we had here in Ohio, these bright, beachy colors are a welcome delight, and the sea creatures are just so darn cute! This whole set would make quite a SPLASH in my classroom! Beautiful work!

Jennifer White said...

I love that room design!
Jennifer

Nicole said...

So cute and bright! :)

Michael Homan said...

I love all the bright colors! Would love to have a new theme.

Nicole said...

So cute and bright! :)

Susan McGhie said...

Beautiful design

Jennifer said...

Love the color. This will make my portable shine!

Christina C. said...

Wow this would match my theme I have in my room.. Our school mascot is a manta Ray... and I love going with the ocean theme to match it.

Miss Hope said...

I absolutely love this design!

jenbrett said...

I "thought" I had already decided on what I was doing in my room for next year~ but now... Such great stuff! mrs.steinachers.class@gmail.com

Tori Frezza said...

I wish I wish I could win this!

Huskergirl said...

I wish I had your talent! Can you come sprinkle a little magic in my room?

Tonia said...

Wow! this is just beautiful. I would love to have a classroom like the one you brilliantly decorated.
Tonia
Tvento1313@msn.com

Erica Rugama said...

Super Cute! I thought I knew what I wanted to do next year, now I am going to have to change it up! Thanks for the inspiration!

Maryann said...

This is a great classroom! I love how everything matches and goes together. I hope to have my room decorated like this!
Thanks,
Maryann

Mrs. Brown said...

Oh you are so lucky! Great job on doing a great post and spot in your room! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay Daski said...

This set up is adorable! I'd love to have it in my K classroom.

Crystal said...

This looks amazing! Any kiddo would be lucky to be in that classroom!

Lisa Io said...

I love the brightness and actually calming colts. They give a pop without being over the top.

Carie Rewis said...

I am changing schools next year and my new theme is Surf's Up. This would be awesome to win! Thanks for the chance!

Linda said...

My fingers are crossed that I win! I LOVE all things blue and the Bubbly Blues set is perfect for my classroom.
Linda
AroundtheKampfire

Kim said...

Am wanting to redo my classroom with a new theme this fall. Seaside Splash is really cute...it is definitely in the running!

Linda said...

And congratulations on the fabulous feature in the Look Book! Your design looks amazing!

Jenn Fiscus said...

I love the little sea animal pom poms! There are so many cute ideas I want to incorporate in my ocean theme! Thanks for the ideas and chance to win.

Melissa Baumgartel said...

This would be perfect for my classroom next year. Our theme is paradise! baumgartelblessings@gmail.com

Deborah Irizarry said...

Perfect for my new classroom

Pauline Pretz said...

As a fellow OCDer I feel your pain! and joy! I obsess if things aren't straight even to an 1/8 ". Yikes. Yours look great!! You can come to my room anytime :0)
Pauline at First Grade by the Sea

Amy M said...

Congratulations! What an awesome honor! Thanks for the giveaway :)

LisaGlos said...

I love this design! It would brighten up my classroom, which only gets morning sun, and tie all of the areas together.

Terre said...

So excited about this giveaway! I love the bright whimsy colors :)

Jennifer K. said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors! Crossing my fingers!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

M. Smith said...

These designs looks amazing! I have been planning on doing an ocean theme in my new kindergarten classroom!

Marcia said...

This set was perfect for you. Thanks for sharing your designer tips as well.

Ronda Walton said...

I would love to have "free resources" for my classroom. My budget just doesn't go as far anymore

Katie Nussbaum said...

I love all of these bright and colorful design!!!!

Katie Nussbaum said...

I love all of these bright and colorful design!!!!

Mrs. ABC said...

I love it! You did an awesome job.

Amber said...

I love the design. I'm doing a seaside theme this year!

Mrs. C said...

This is so cool! You ladies rocked it :)

:-) said...

beauiful! pick me

graciegirl said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks!

Shawna Z said...

beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!

Kourtney Payton said...

Simply adorable! I love it! :)


~Kourtney

kourtneypayton83@gmail.com

Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners

Ellen said...

Cute products!

Kristy said...

Looks very fun!

Karen H said...

Love this theme!

Laura said...

Cheryl, this is so fun!! What adorable things you did with your theme :) Thank you so much for the chance!!

Hardlyable Farm said...

I love this...especially the mat and pillows. I could cuddle up with a good book there myself. Adorable:)

Megan Delahunt said...

Want to come decorate my room for me? This looks amazing!

Brittney Ellis said...

Congrats! Thanks for the opportunity.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

These are entirely too adorable.

Ashley Culliver said...

This is amazing. As a beginning teacher in a low income school environment, this would be a treat for the kids at the school.

Cindy Nehrbass said...

I love this theme. I live at the beach in Florida and I would feel very at home with this theme in my class next year. Very creative.

Nessa said...

Would love to win this for my classroom!

jane voss said...

very cool and the theme in my room is THE BEACH BUDDIES

nyteachnc said...

Love This! Just Got The Carson D Catalog With Your Designs In It! So Cool To HavE That Opportunity And That You Were A Designer.

Miss F said...

Beautiful layout, absolutely love it and would love yo have it for my classroom!

Mrs. McHaffie said...

Oh man, I would LOVE to win this classroom design AND would really love it if you could set up my room like that, too! ha! :)

Amanda Holley said...

This is so cute! Perfect for my classroom next year!

Christine said...

This is so adorable! I would love to win!!

Teaching Diva said...

Where did you get the pillows and great curtains? I love all of this.

Karen Choe said...

Wow! This is awesome! Great work!

Coley said...

This would be amazing to win!

Karyn said...

This design is gorgeous! I love all of the colors! It must have been so much fun to design this "virtual classroom!"

khorniacek said...

How adorable! What a great opportunity for you! I would love to use this in my classroom. :o)

Mrs. de Vries said...

I really hope I win! I think I am finally ready to do a classroom theme next year and this one would be awesome! I love that it is so bright and fun!

Thanks!
Mrs. de Vries

Jenny Kime said...

I just got this catalog in the mail & loved your displays. Good job :0) I'm going to Hawaii in 2 weeks and have big plans to use a Hawaiian theme when school starts again in the fall. These items would be perfect, so I hope I win!! rjkime@juno.com

Abby said...

So excited for this giveaway!

JennyB said...

How fun!!! Looks great!

JennyB
One Berry Blog

Rachel Wille said...

Love the colors and design!

Cecile said...

This is a wonderful Giveaway. Thanks.

Jessica Bollman said...

This giveaway just makes me happy!!

Kim Rogers said...

I have been thinking about a nautical/ocean theme for next year, so this would be perfect! I love those whales! Thanks, Kim

Nicole Foley said...

Saw this in mailbox and it's so cute I'm so excited for next year.

Marylin L'Hommedieu said...

Love this product. Thank you for the giveaway. marylin77@msn.com

maeberry said...

I love this design theme! Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley S said...

Love it!

Adam Smallwood said...

This product is adorable!

Kelli Kenney said...

I could use a change in my room! I love what you have done and thought of. The colors are cheerful!!

Kelli Kenney said...

I could use a change in my room! I love what you have done and thought of. The colors are cheerful!!

Erika said...

Love those mini chalkboards!

sarah cole said...

Great Collection!

Stephanie said...

It turned out great! What an awesome opportunity!

Julie said...

Love this! So bright and colorful!

Julie said...

Love this! So bright and colorful!

Jamie Casteel said...

What an amazing giveaway. Sure do hope I win! :D

Kris Jenkins said...

Oh, my gosh!! I was planning an island theme for next year!

JJS said...

I love the ocean theme and think you did a wonderful job enhancing all of it!

Robin said...

This is the perfect combo of sets! I wanted to go to a more blue-centered room with possible ocean accents- absolutely LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Oh my gosh! I would so LOVE to win this whole class decor set!!! Even the planbook would cheer my room up and go wonderfully with sea turtles I love! Thank you!
ThePaperPumpkin@aol.com