I feel like I need a disclaimer before I write this post.
You will either love me or hate me for what I am about to enlighten you with.
You'll love me for the free/cheap goodies you will obtain.
You'll hate me for the time suckage it will bring to your summer vacation.
You will spend sunny days hunched over your computer, frantically processing orders before the deals end.
Oh, and if you think "I'll just order a rubber stamp and some labels," you won't. Because much like a chain smokers first cigarette, you won't stop there. It ALWAYS starts with one rubber stamp and some labels.
You've been warned.
Vista Print is an online paradise for teachers who love free stuff. You can ooh and ahh coworkers and parents and look like you've spent tons of money. If you are creative and have some photoshop skills you can make cool custom things. If you can barely check your email without cursing technology, they have tons of templates to make it look like you are a graphic designer.
I could go on and on. Vista Print is an addiction and a science. There is ALWAYS free stuff to be had. The catch is the shipping. Some deals are better than others. Some deals are amazing. Last weekend they had an amazing deal that offered $5.00 shipping. I literally stayed up until 1:00 a.m. putting orders through.
I spent under $50.00 for 7 orders which included 70+ items. There are colored postcards, banners, birthday party invitations, magnets, lawn signs and oh-so-much more. I'm going to set up a page on the blog to share my creations and will keep you posted on any great deals when they arise.
I was going to wait until there was another great sale to post about it, but decided it would be best to give you a "head's up." Because what happens is that when the sales hit, you get "idea block." So I suggest playing around with the site. Design your items. Look at other's work for inspiration. Create your items and leave them in your portfolio so that when the next big sale comes...and it will...you can just click and order.
For now, here is a sample of some of the things I designed and ordered last weekend.