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Experimenting with some back to school designs today and some teachers gifts, coffee mugs for teachers and educators, some posters about back to school.

After making several, I tried the design above which I like but, it might be nice without the internal checkerboard elements – although I want something there. It has another version already made earlier today with none of the color elements and it was just too stark. And, there are some coffee mugs already made with this quote and another or two, including a couple that match this design (but without the color elements. In fact, they might look pretty good on the coffee mugs.)

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This back to school poster is obviously the same design elements, but with the corners symmetrical, the small design elements removed and then experimentally, three different fonts for the words. It is really interesting that each font almost carries a completely different voice for each quote. Interesting.

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The two mugs above have such a different voice in the design but only because of the font used. I did make one other quote coffee mug for back to school in this set, so far, that has another quote on it, “A teacher is a precious gift.” But on the other side, it continues the pattern with no words so it can sit on the desk where a teacher can see what it says but not the class or coworkers. Just a reminder that teaching is important to all of us and our teachers are special. (That would make another good quote mug design, I think I’ll go do one or two with that sentiment.)

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I wanted the design to have the feel, the essence of an old fashioned chalkboard or as they used to be called, blackboard. And there was a really great ad this morning for a play where the entire ad was in black and white photography but with black, grey and light turquoise bands with lettering through the middle of the photographs in each frame. It was interesting and certainly inspired the design on these products, even though they are vastly different in their own way from that beautifully done advertisement.

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Made this one from the quote in the paragraph above it that I accidentally made when writing – then on the other side, it says, “The Teacher’s Cup”.

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Maybe a dry-erase board would be good but without all the words everywhere, and with the corner design or a laptop case, ipad folio case maybe. Hmmm.

I’m going back to working on it.

– cricketdiane

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Made that one very simple but it would be nifty with some of the other elements that added a little color –

 

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Made one more Teacher’s Coffee Mug with a different saying on it that I like – in fact, I think it is the best of all. It is very encouraging and speaks out against those words sometimes said, about those who can’t – teach, which is just not true. It is an insidious form of bullying amongst adults that is hurtful, obnoxious and unnecessary. AND, it isn’t the truth either. Those who can do and many of those also choose to teach. That is the truth of it.

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