my cameo crush

So my new Silhouette Cameo is just about the coolest thing ever. EVER.

Even my husband thinks it's cool. You guys! That is BIG. He doesn't really care for crafty stuff. 

What do I love most about it? Well... it cuts stuff out so I don't have to. 

Confession: I hate cutting things out. I'm just lazy like that.

A few days ago, when I posted about my Cameo on my Facebook page {here} I was surprised to find out that a lot of people didn't know what the Cameo did {or what it was}. Basically, it is an electronic cutting tool that can cut on vinyl, paper, card stock, and fabric. The Cameo comes with a design program and everything I design on that program can be cut with the Cameo. For example: If I want to make a cut out of the words DAILY FIVE for a large bulletin board at school, then all I have to do is open the Cameo design program, type the words DAILY FIVE in a {large} cute font, insert card stock into my Cameo, and click CUT! Within minutes, the Cameo will cut out the words DAILY FIVE and the edges of the letters will look crisp, clean, and professional for my classroom bulletin board. I love this machine and I don't know how I ever lived without it!

And GUESS WHAT? Teachers get a special discount on the Cameo. Click {here} to learn more!

So far, I have mostly just cut out vinyl with my machine.
This week I plan to venture out to other materials and I will be sure to blog about it!

For my classroom I added vinyl to a mirror I purchased at Target for 5 bucks {sorry - no link - I couldn't find it online}. I will be putting this above the sink in my classroom. First graders can get *really* messy faces during lunchtime and now I can just send them to my classroom sink to wash up {instead of all the way down the hall to the bathroom}.

I use this special book shelf for author studies and books I want my students to take EXTRA special care of. 

I also wanted to have my own "name tag" on my desk!  This will also prevent me from writing down my name 100 times for my cuties. Little kids love to write notes to their teacher and I love getting them! {Although I will miss the cute and inventive ways that they'll try to spell my name!}

This next idea I copied from the primary leaders in my church {primary leaders work with the children}. I will use this bucket every time I need to choose a student to be my helper or answer a question. I know this idea isn't new to anyone, but I love the idea of keeping the sticks in the red bucket, until they get a turn, and then the stick will go on the outside of the red bucket {in the purple bucket}. When I go through all my students, I will return all the sticks to the red bucket and start over. This will keep me from picking the same students over and over! I got both buckets from the Target dollar section and I added ribbon to the handle bar just for fun.

This great tutorial helped me with all my projects!
{BTW: There are TONS of tutorials for the Silhouette Cameo on YouTube!}

Would you like your own Cameo?  Head over to Blog Hoppin' to enter a great giveaway!
If you already own a Cameo, then you can enter the linky with your fun Cameo projects!

How do you use your Cameo in your classroom?


  1. I get mine tomorrow. I am so excited.


  2. I absolutely love the mirror. Dang! Now I need to do that!!! :)

  3. OK Lindsey-we just broke down and bought one today because everyone is posting such cute things. This is just AFTER we spent oodles of hours cutting out our new scalloped edged labels-ugh!

    Love what you've done and looking forward to all the fun, new things we can do.

    Any hot tips-or must haves for it? Thanks!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  4. Your mirror is just too cute. What a unique idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Learning With Susie Q


  5. I need, well want one so bad!! Unfortunately is not in my budget!!! Maybe one day!!!

  6. Oh man... you might have sold me. Shhh... don't tell my husband! Hopefully he'll be as impressed as yours, he sort of likes crafty-design type things.... fingers crossed. I already clicked the link, look what a good advertiser you are!

    Tangled with Teaching

  7. You always have wonderful ideas! I like the way you put the Cameo to such great use!! I agree with you on the cutting part-ugh! Yay for great technology! I especially like the small reading bookcase--might need to do some thrift store shopping today to find something like that! I just have my special books in a basket and they tend to get smushed!

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  8. I am TOTALLY putting this on my birthday wish list. It sounds AMAZING.

    2nd Grade Teacher
    The Sweetest Thing

  9. I would LOVE one but the hubs is not on board with it:( Everything looks great!

    I'm having a giveaway! I'd love for you to enter:)
    The Busy Busy Hive

  10. If I were rolling in the dough I would get one in a heartbeat. Crossing my fingers that I'll win it! The stuff you created is so cool!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  11. I love the mirror. That is the cutest idea. What a great way to show your students how much you care!

    The Hive

  12. ahhhh I am crossing every finger and toe for this one!! I've been drooling over everyone's posts!! If not - it will be a MUST for Christmas!!

  13. Love the popsicle sticks...I just finished mine, but love the two size bucket ides.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  14. I LOVE the nested buckets to keep track of who's turn it is/who needs a turn. Brilliant!

  15. I want one so bad but they are kinda expensive and I just spent money on a rug and lots of other classroom things! I think every school should have one instead of the die cute machine! Thanks for sharing what you do!
    Rambling About Reading

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  17. I'm curious to know the difference between this and the Circuit. I've been wanting to buy a Circuit, but I didn't know other models were available. What makes this better? :)Thanks! Also, love the nested buckets and the mirror. I have a sign hanging above my drinking fountain. A friend of mine has a mirror with the same quote, "What ever you are, be a good one." Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  18. The vinyl cutting is what is drawing me to purchase one too--and no cartridges!! My stick bucket looks so boring now... gotta get those containers--SUPER CUTE!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  19. I finally broke down and bought one after seeing everyone's great projects. It came in the mail yesterday so I will be cutting away this weekend! I have a ton of cardstock already but was wondering where to buy the vinyl. Does it have to be purchased online or can it be found in stores?

  20. Yay Lindsey! We start non-standard measurement next week. I can't wait to use these! Thank you!
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