Q: Have you been able to hit the beach this summer?
A: YES! We went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for 7 glorious days. We were married right on the beach 2 years ago and promised each other we'd go back every year. We pack our 3 dogs in the back seat and make a road trip out of it.
Q: What are your dogs' names?
A: Our dogs are Isabelle (Izzy), Gracie, and Lily. My need to have things that match perfectly required they all end in the -y sound. It really is a sickness. ;-)
Q: Do you ever bring them to school?
A: We have a pet day each year during our amazing animal unit, so my husband usually brings one of the dogs out to visit. They take turns each year, haha!
Q: Along with writing your blog, Ms. Fultz's Corner, you also design blogs and create products for TpT. What percentage of your time is spent on each one?
A: During the school year, I only design 3 blogs per week so I can really focus on my classroom and making things that work for my own students. Getting those same resources for TpT takes up a lot of my time, so I usually spend 2-3 hours per night and a good portion of Sundays working. In the summer, I do many more blogs per week and work almost 8 hours per day on designs and products for TpT. Ms. Fultz's Corner is always inspired by the products I'm currently working on, so I stop to blog whenever inspiration hits. It's definitely my easiest project. :)
Q: Polka dots, chevron, and pennant banners have been consistently popular in digital design - what new trends do you see coming?
A: Washi tape is huge and there are cute digital versions popping up all over the place. I'm also watching elephants sneak up on owls and am secretly pulling for them to take over. I point elephants out to my husband each time I see them while we're out shopping. I also watch fabric for inspiration. Chevron was popular in fabric well before it took over the blogging/teacher product world.
Q: What software do you use to create your digital products and designs?
A: I primarily work in PhotoShop CS6 for anything design-related. I've recently started to dabble in Illustrator as well.
Q: What was a turning point for you with your blog - a time when you started to feel like you could be successful ?
A: I started my blog over winter break and felt like I was talking to myself for those first few months. It really took off over the summer when I had more time to devote to networking. By the time back to school hit, I was hooked and knew this was something I could be successful with. The collaboration, support, friendship, and professional development that comes from having a blog is amazing.
Q: Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ - you are one connected gal! What's your favorite social media site?
A: I love Pinterest because I'm constantly filing ideas away. I have a seasonal Pinterest board for each
month, so I can keep track of ideas all year long. When that month comes, I just pull up my board and have a ton of resources at my fingertips. I do the same thing for content areas. When I need a great reading mini lesson, I head to my reading board. BUT, the *social* part of social media is all about Instagram right now. That's where you see the "real" teachers behind the blogs, what they're doing every day, where they shop, more of their families, etc. I sincerely hope that Instagram stays that way and we don't kill it with our products and promotions. I like to keep the *social* part going.
Q: You've mentioned before that you tend to be a night owl. Why do you think you work best at night?
A: I am such a night owl! If I could go to bed at 3 every night and sleep 'til noon, I would be so pumped. I've always been that way. I'm just not a morning person, so it takes me a while to get up and moving. My creativity kicks in when the sun goes down.
Q: Is it tricky to get back to a more traditional schedule once school starts again?
A: I actually require a lot of sleep so going to bed at 10pm during the school year KILLS me. I joke that a school that opened at 10:00am would be perfect for me and I adore 2 hour delays. I am already dreading getting up at 5:45am in a few weeks. I will not handle that well at all. I always try to adjust my schedule back gradually in the weeks leading up to school, but I just can't do it.
Q: What is your most popular product?
A: My newsletter template packs are all pretty popular. I think it's because they come in a variety of themes to match teachers' classrooms (owls, farm, seasonal, animals, etc.). They're pretty universal because most of us write newsletters for our classroom., and we want them to be cute. Having a premade template where you can type and go saves time. They're budget friendly too because they get used over and over. I think as teachers we are all about things that are quick, easy, and budget friendly!
Q: What's one of your favorite activities to do with your new students on the first day of school?
A: The school supply/organization junkie in me loves getting our supplies sorted for the year. I make a big deal about how smart, capable, and independent my third graders will be. Helping them color-code, plan, and organize themselves for the year is so cool. They flip when I give them Sharpies and let them be in charge of their own things. Love that!
Q: If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be?
A: Oh my goodness, none of them! I hate the kitchen if it has anything to do with cooking. I do enjoy baking (when I have time, ha!). Maybe a cute cupcake wrapper? ;)
Q: You've hinted on your blog that you enjoy singing - what's your favorite song to sing along to right now?
A: I love to sing, though my husband forbids it because I'm so terrible. Lol! Right now I'm currently on an old school Bon Jovi kick. He's in my ipod on shuffle and plays constantly whether I'm working, in the shower, or in the car. I think my favorite is probably "Bad Medicine".
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