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App Project: Wireframe and Paper Prototype


Plan and design an app paper prototype with this App Project eBook!*

Imagine. Brainstorm. Sketch a plan. Cut and paste a model:

This booklet takes your student through each of these steps with questions and spaces to sketch.

At the end, your student will have a fully-developed wireframe (drawn diagram of app screens) and paper prototype (with several pages of cut-and-paste buttons and more) to share!

Teach your students the process through these challenging and fun activities.
This book leads the student through a hands-on creation, including pencil and paper sketches, and cut and paste models. This teaches the process in a friendly, familiar format.
If your student wishes to go further, digital resources for app creation have been suggested on the last page.

Part of our STEM Supplies series

Purchase eBook: Link to product listing


Self Publishing – The Basics


I had a professor at Pratt Institute who taught us to make books.

It was the final month of senior year. The sleepy, spring air pressed through the Industrial Revolution era windows as we trimmed pieces of watercolor paper. We folded them into signatures, and saddle stitched. Then, we carefully built bindings with cardboard wrapped with handmade paper.

I cherished the lovely little books which smelled of rubber cement. It was one of my favorite projects.

Many years later, I found myself working in pre-press and production. The words of professional bookmaking became my daily lexicon.

Saddle stitch. Perfect bind. Total creep. Signatures. Blow ins.

I tossed about the terms like the tough-gal insider I fancied myself. The crisp, matte pages fresh off the Heidelberg made me happy. Rather than smelling of rubber cement, this time they smelled of litho ink. Anyone out there who loves that new book smell, I urge you to visit a print shop. The look on the pressman’s/preswoman’s face will probably be priceless as you ask to smell the just-printed pages. But it will be worth it.

Flash forward? I am making books again.

Now, I eagerly await UPS packages from the printer. I slice open a box to reveal a glossy stack. Yum.

But how is this done?

I use a service called Createspace. It is an Amazon company, so the books you produce can be offered for sale on Amazon. I love the simplicity of the process:

  1. You pay nothing up front
  2. You can even use a Createspace-assigned ISBN, so that you do not have to go through the process of purchasing your own. However, that places some limits on distribution, so you should do your research if you want to sell in other venues.
  3. Setup is easy. They have a step-by-step walk-through on the site. They describe the basic information you need, such as trim, safe area, etc. and they generate a full-color preview from their end so you can see how the book will print. You can create your own press-ready PDFs or use their online setup. I create PDFs because my product is very specific.
  4. You can order a printed proof on which to sign off so that you do not miss anything
  5. The finished product is clean and professional. I have gotten great feedback from the clarity and richness of color. And I am extremely hard to please when it comes to books. I know good from not-so-good.
  6. The payment works on a royalty structure. I am not taking home much with each sale, but that is not the point at this stage in the game. I am trying to establish myself, and Createspace has given me the platform from which to do exactly that.

The big benefit is that you can order Author Copies. And the price per is very competitive, in fact, it is lower than most print quotes I received (e.g., A 40 page / full-color workbook author copy price is about $3.40. That’s cheaper than your friendly office-supply store.)

There are other self-publishing platforms about which I have heard good things:


Infinity Publishing

Some additional sources:

This is a phenomenal resource that rates the self publishers

A list of self publishers from Wikipedia

If you are ready to go large scale, you can print with the greats.

I have worked with both of these companies in the past when working with the bigger publishers. Their product is top-notch, and the pricing is fair. I could not recommend them highly enough. Tell ’em I sent you. They will have no idea who you are talking about, but it will make me feel good.


Edwards Brothers Malloy

More large-scale sources

Have a day that works for you, and get your brilliant stuff out there already.

Photo credit: © Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-USW3- 009048-E, photographer: Collins, Marjory / Farm Security Administration


Science Notebook

This notebook features graph/quadrille paper on the left for diagrams and sketches and lined paper on the right for notes.

Similar to science notebooks used on the University level but redesigned for the Elementary or Middle-grade learner.

Wide-ruled paper. 40 pages




Graphic Novel – Behind the Scenes

Currently I am working on an ELA book of graphic novel backgrounds. From Illustrator vector art to Photoshop backgrounds, the process involves many steps. I will be adding to this post as the book gets completed.

Step 1: Layout shapes in Illustrator:

Layout the boxes in Illustrator

Layout the boxes in Illustrator

Step 2: Color/texture:

Illustrator Texture

Illustrator Texture

Step 3: Background in Photoshop:


Background in Photoshop

Step 4: Piece together in Photoshop and add effects:


Photoshop layered

Step 5: Place in InDesign:

Final in InDesign

Final in InDesign


Guided Paper – 40-Page Notebook

These pages have been designed to give that extra bit of structure for the student who is mastering the fundamentals of spacing and letter placement.

guided paper sample of letter placement

guided paper sample of letter placement


As you can see in the diagram above, the papers feature height guides to help with letter height and descenders.

They also offer colored backgrounds to set off the writing area and margins so a student knows where to begin and where to end. The 40-page notebook includes 30 pages of lined paper and 10 pages of story paper in a 5/8 inch ruling often suggested for Kindergarten through Grade 1.

click to order on Amazon.

guided paper sample notebook page

guided paper sample notebook page

We also have a PDF version, which includes several paper types. It can be viewed here.

Guided Paper: Wide-Ruled Paper with Midlines

Guided Paper: Wide-Ruled Paper with Midlines

Guided Paper: Wide-Ruled Paper with Midlines

Composition Wide-Ruled Paper with Midlines

Is your student ready for wide-ruled paper? Does he or she still need a little guidance for letter formation, but does not want to use “babyish” paper? This notebook is the answer. It features standard wide-ruled paper commonly used in the Elementary grades, and it features a faint, dotted midline.


Check out these samples of the same student using standard wide-ruled vs. wide-ruled with midlines:

standard midline paper - scaling and placement can use some guidance

standard midline paper – scaling and placement could use some guidance

midline paper - helps with scale and placement of letters

midline paper – helps with scale and placement of letters

Features a fun, composition-like cover.
guided intervention paper, composition, midlines, wide-ruled paper

Article focus: Guided Paper: Wide-Ruled Paper with Midlines available on and totally worth it.

Invention Journal

Invention Journal: Elementary + Middle Grades

Invention Journal Cover

Invention Journal: Elementary + Middle Grades

Encourage your student to design the future with our Invention Journal.



Ask – Imagine – Plan – Create – Experiment – Improve: these are the steps to the engineering design process. This journal takes your student through each of these steps with questions and spaces to sketch. At the end of each chapter, student will have a fully-developed idea.

View details:

Invention Journal - Engineering Design Process

Guide your student step-by-step, using the steps illustrated above. Thought-provoking questions lead your student through the thinking process. What do I want to make and why? And how can I do it?

Journal includes: space for 6 complete projects and a fill-in-the blank table of contents. 40 pages.

Invention Journal: Elementary + Middle Grades

Engineering design process steps (ask – imagine – plan – create – experiment – improve) based upon a flowchart © Find the original image at:

New eBook – Poster Tools

New eBook - Poster Tools Making a poster for school? Science project? Book report? Make your ideas pop with these cutout arrows and labels.
Book contains 36 pages, full color. Buy now at Teachers Pay Teachers!

New eBook – Poster Tools

New eBook in the Works

Here is a sample page from our newest eBook. The book is still in the works, and does not even have a title yet! I am playing around with title ideas, and have temporarily settled on Poster Goodies. But something better will come up.

It will be a book of printable arrows, labels, and more to use to label and organize your student’s posters.

Below you will find a sample page of the write-on arrows. Trim out arrows using the dark red line near the edge. This way a bit of red extends beyond the cut line (bleed area) so you won’t end up with messy white edges against a colored background.

Stay tuned, and have a great day, everyone!

New eBook in the Works: poster tools sample

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