Sunday, July 17, 2016

How to Insert Borders/Clipart/Plus Enter to Win Some of My Borders!

I love borders! I love not only creating them, but also using them in my products. They are so fun to create because the possibilities are endless! I love combining lines, circles, and dots to create unique and fun borders.  I love using borders because they can be the perfect little touch to make a cover stand out, to separate areas on a worksheet, or to make fun and creative graphic organizers (which is another passion of mine!)

I have been in awe over the response that I have received from teachers on TpT who have purchased my borders! I never dreamed when I posted my first set of borders a couple of years ago, that anyone would like them, or that hundreds of teachers would purchase and love them! In fact, I remember after posting my first set on TpT  that I would just give them a couple of days, and if no one purchased them, I would simply remove them from my store. To my surprise, teachers not only purchased them, but left such sweet feedback, that I was inspired to create more. Well, now I have many sets available, and creating them has been so much fun!

I occasionally receive a question on TpT about how to use the borders or how to put them into a project, so I decided to create a tutorial to help anyone that is a little confused about how to use borders and to put them into a worksheet, PowerPoint, etc. I have also included instructions on how to add a background layer. Now as with any computer program, there are numerous ways to accomplish one task. You may have another way that you add backgrounds, but I like this way because you can use any size or shape background (square or rectangle) and make it fit your creation without altering the design of the background. It will still look like it was intended to look and not be stretched.

Step by step instructions for using borders and clipart in PowerPoint.

To begin, I create everything in PowerPoint. Even if I am just wanting a worksheet or a newsletter, I use PowerPoint because I can manipulate my clipart and text much easier.

To begin, open PowerPoint.

Next, go to "Design."

 Now, click "Page Setup." A box will pop up, and you can set up your page to paper size (see the red arrow). Set the size to 11" by 8.5" if you are creating something to print. If you are wanting to create a PowerPoint to use as a presentation, do not change the size.

 Choose "Portrait" or "Landscape" for you needs and click "OK."

The following steps are instructions for layering a background image. If you do not need a background, skip down to ***. You should still be under "Design."  In the right hand side, you will see "Background Styles." Click it.

A box will pop up. Choose "Format Background."

 Now choose "Picture."

Go to "File."

From there, go to your jump drive, folder, or where ever you have saved your digital papers. I like to store all of my papers and clipart on an external hard drive. I have organized all of my digital papers into one folder. Choose the paper that you want to use and double click or press "Insert."

The paper will appear on your page. It should appear  proportionally correct! :)

 If something about the design does not look exactly right or if you decide that you would like to make the design larger or smaller, you can choose "Tile Picture." You can play with the offset numbers to adjust the look of the design, to help center designs on your background, or change the alignment of the fill.
***Now, you are ready to insert your border. Of course, if you are creating a worksheet, newsletter, etc. you do not need a background. You could simply skip the above steps. Now, click the "Insert" tab.

 Go to your files on your computer, jump drive, etc. to find where you have saved your borders (or clipart). I like to save my clipart by designer. It helps me find the clipart I need quickly and it alswo helps me be able to credit the artists correctly. You will insert any clipart in the same way. Borders, like clipart are png images or pictures. You will need to insert the border. Fist, choose the folder where you saved the border.

Choose your border and double click or click once (the border will shade blue) and choose "open." 
The border will appear on your page! It is that easy!!! If it is not the size that you need, simply click on the circle in one of the corners and hold down. Drag the image the size that you want it.

You can insert text, add more clipart, and create away! When you are finished, save to a folder and print. It is really that easy! I hope this helps you with your creating!!!

The arrows that I used in this demo are from one of my newest Border Hoarders sets:


I will be uploading the last set to this Border Hoarders and More Bundle  very soon, and  I will be giving away this entire bundle plus one border or clipart set from my TpT store of your choice (up to $4.50 in value) to one special person on July 25th. A prize of a value of $18.50.  To enter, simply follow my new Instagram @kelly_benefield, leave a comment below letting me know that you followed, and your email address.  It is that simple! 

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Arrows Clipart and Another Giveaway

Summertime for me is a time for relaxing in the pool, but it is also a busy time on our little farm. This afternoon I picked one of my favorite vegetables, green beans, and I have worked this evening getting them into the canner so that we can have beans from our garden this winter. There is such a huge difference in home-canned beans and store bought. So delicious!

While I wait on the canner to cool down, let me tell you about this week's giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card as well as my newest set of clipart that I just uploaded! Update: Congratulations to Ursula! She is the winner of this Summer Fun Giveaway #2!

You can find it here. I am very excited about this set of arrows clipart. In fact, I have been using them in some creations of my own!

To enter, simply enter the rafflecopter below. Be sure to stop by my TpT store. I am having a summer sale and almost everything in my store is 20% off! If you have borders, graphic organizers, or classroom décor on your wish list, now would be a perfect time to purchase!

Have a blessed day!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, June 24, 2016

Congratulations, Penelope W.! You are the winner of the TpT gift card and Bee Themed Motivational Posters! Thanks to everyone who entered!
Have a blessed day!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bee Themed Motivational Posters and Giveaway!

Today is the first giveaway that I am offering this summer, and I am giving away one $20 TpT gift card as well as my new Bee Themed Motivational Poster Set to one lucky winner! I know if you are like me, you are already reading, thinking, and planning about the upcoming school year. Hopefully, this gift card and poster set can help make your planning a little easier!


I am in love with my new bee themed classroom set! This motivational posters set is a part of a complete bundle that can transform your classroom into a stunning and eye-popping room!  Check it out here at my store!
Now, to win the Motivational Posters(not the classroom décor set) and the $20 gift card, simply enter the Rafflecopter below! Be sure to tell a friend about this giveaway! 
Have a blessed day, and thanks for entering!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hi there!  I hope you are having a wonderful summer...well, it is almost officially summer, and it definitely feels like summer where I live. Also, we have been out of school a couple of weeks now, so summertime is here for my family. To celebrate I have a few things in store for you in the coming weeks. I will be uploading new products to my store. Be sure to follow my store and check daily because I will be offering each item 1/2 price the first day. The items will include classroom décor and borders! I also plan to have a small giveaway for most items that I upload this summer, so be sure to visit my blog often to have a chance to win!

If you haven't visited my store recently, you may have missed out on my latest products.
 Border Hoarders (and More!) Bundle #3

I am super excited about my latest Border Hoarders! This entire set is arrow themed. Not only will this set contain 1 set of borders, but it will also contain a huge variety of arrows in a wide selection of colors. I mean, who doesn't love arrows? This is a perfect for your classroom creations! In fact, I couldn't wait! I have some classroom décor items coming soon using a few of these clipart designs. Check these out in my store now.

Another fun set that I recently uploaded is my Bee Themed Easy to Do Classroom Décor Bundle.  This is a perfect classroom décor set for grades 2-5! So many of the classroom decor sets have items that I don't need as an upper grade level teacher (color sets, numbers, etc.). This set is designed to make decorating easy. I included 2 easy print, cut out,  and put up bulletin boards. The first is my parts of speech bulletin board, this time in a bee theme, and the second is a set of bee themed motivational posters that I know that you and your students will love! An objectives bulletin board is also included with this set. Hang on the bulletin board, or simply tape to your white board for making easy changes daily. Three sizes of editable labels are included so that you can create nametags, book labels, notebook labels, calendar pieces, book bin labels, etc. It is up to you! A Welcome banner as well as All About Me (Bee themed of course) Posters for your students to create their first week of school. Continue the bee theme through the end of the year with a bee themed memory book.

Bee Themed Easy to Do Classroom Decor Bundle
Remember to check out my blog and my store frequently this summer for fun giveaways and fabulous buys!
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Borders

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for all that you do for your students! Teaching can be so rewarding, yet I know we all face challenges and have so many responsibilities that it can be difficult at times too. It is nice to feel appreciated, so I want you to know that you are appreciated. You make a difference everyday. Thank you! If you will visit my TpT store, I have created a few borders for FREE just for you. Just click on the picture below and go pick them up.
If you have not purchased my first sets of borders, you might be interested in my Borders Super Bundle. This bundle not only contains almost 400 of my best selling borders, but it will also save you $$!

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Children's Art Activity: Rainbow Art

This month has been a whirlwind! I know that you are probably feeling the same way, too. This time of year is always so busy and hectic. We have had softball games almost every night during April  (which have been a joy to watch my youngest play!). We have had testing (so glad that's over!), and this next week is not any less busy! We have a school-wide dance/music performance that has been taking place for over 50 years. In fact, I performed in these Spring Festivals when I attended this school in elementary. Each year is a different theme. Some themes I remember over the years include: the circus, holidays, Disney, music genres, fairy tales, and children's books. This year's theme is the Olympics, and each grade will perform a dance. It is a huge, school-wide event with all elementary students participating.

My crazy week ahead looks something like this: Monday we will be practicing all morning, and the program is Monday night. Tuesday is our only normal day this week. Wednesday we have our monthly 1/2 day. Students leave at 12:00 so that the teachers can have professional development, RTI meetings, etc. the rest of the day. (This day is super busy and like double-duty. I'm always exhausted after a 1/2 day.) Thursday is our field day, and Friday we have a field trip. Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it, but I'll just take one day at a time, and one step at a time and find the enjoyment in the small moments!

With all of the busyness at school, I've had little time to blog. I have had some things, however, that I have wanted to share with you. During testing week, I always like to do at least one art activity. It seems that there is little to no time for any type of art during the school year, so I always try to take advantage of the time after testing to do a fun project. This year we created rainbow art collages.


The first step was to create an interesting and unusual rainbow. I gave each student a piece of white paper, and asked them to draw a creatively shaped rainbow as large as the paper. I showed them how to start with one wavy line. Then they skipped a space and drew another wavy line following the same shape as the previous line. They did this until they had 8 wavy lines drawn. (You can see some of the creative shapes above and below.) Next, they colored their rainbows in he appropriate rainbow colors (ROYGBIV). This art project would go great with the study of light. We talked about how a rainbow is formed and how a rainbow is actually a circle, but we only see part of this circle. Our science teacher had already done a fabulous job covering light, so this was a fun review for my kiddos. They enjoyed sharing with me what they had learned in science.
After this, the students cut out cloud shapes from white paper.
Then they cut out raindrops from blue construction paper.

Finally, they glued all of the pieces onto a large piece of black construction paper. I chose the black construction paper because I thought it made all of the bright colors of the rainbows pop.

Sometimes, it is so nice to be able to do art! I think I want to be an art teacher when I grow up! ;)
With the end of the school year quickly approaching, be sure to check out all of the memory books in my store. I have my Owl Themed End of the Year Memory PagesHopping Through Memories of My School Year, or

I hope you have a very blessed weekend!