Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Awesomeness with a Punch...

A crafty friend of mine made my day when she told me she had a Stampin' Up Round Tab punch that she would sell me!  Sounds crazy, right?  Well...I am quite an organizational nerd and saw a notebook on pinterest (enough said about that) with these cool colored index tabs used in a notebook.  It was like love at first sight and upon digging a little into the "pin" as one must do, I found that these awesome tabs were created with a punch (much like a hole puncher).  So then my mission became finding one.  I checked the Stampin' Up webpage and eBay, but before ordering from either place I put a plea out on facebook.  I knew I had many crafty friends and one responded willing to part with her now that bad boy is MINE and I am so very excited about it.  I know it is weird or crazy or even uncool to be this excited over an index tab, but I just can't help it - it is one more way for me to help my students get organized. 

Here is my teacher interactive notebook for social studies.  And to the right of my notebook is pure awesomeness in a small little punch.  You can see the shape it makes and then it is folded in half, with a page glued/sandwiched between it, and then labeled.  Like magic, we have the coolest index tabs for our notebooks with little cost.  I have 27 students in each of my classes and was able to punch enough tabs from ONE sheet of cardstock for the entire class!  I think that is just pure genius!

This is just a picture of my amazing punch turned upside down.

My notebook with a close-up of the index tabs in place and labeled.  I am not the best photgrapher, but my phone takes much better pictures than my digital camera.

Student notebooks for social studies with their index tabs in place.  Many of them wouldn't admit it, because it is so uncool, but they pretty much thought these tabs were pretty much as EPIC as I did!


  1. I just want to thank you for having a middle school blog. I find too few of them. I can't wait to take some time to peruse all the pages!

  2. I would love to see the indie of this notebook. I am a sixth grade, first year social studies teacher, trying to make history interactive and fun! Any ideas would sure help and I can't wait to finish reading your posts!

    1. Toni,

      I will take a picture of the index and some of the pages this week for you. My social studies notebook is not quite as interactive as I had hoped. It started out that way. I started using some units I found from InspirEd Educators on ancient civilizations. Since we do not have a text book and will not be getting one for our new NC Essential Standards, these units were perfect. They are paper heavy but very interesting and interactive themselves. I hope this will help you some.

      This is my first year teaching social studies, so I was just trying to keep my head above water. I plan to add some interactive stuff/foldables to the units next year to make them more me!


  3. Oh wow! I've been using pieces of masking tape for our Interactive Notebook tabs. This is so much faster, neater, and easier to write on, and probably not much more cost. I'm off to search for my own stamper. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I bought my tab punch just for my AVID class to help with organization. I LOVE it!!!

  5. I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator who is a full-time teacher and I've used my tag punch for my writer's notebook before. I'm so glad others have found it. Thank you for making IN seem user friendly and doable. You have given me lots to think about and I think you have changed my teaching life! I'm so going to try this IN this year!! You ROCK!

  6. We need to collect and store all of our required information and we need to punch the files to keep into a folder. The nursing capstone is essential for the improvement of the stampin and punch experiences.