Friday, February 17, 2012

On the Move!

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After a few years of uncertainty, our house is finally under contract and we are getting ready for a big cross-country move in a little more than a month. But instead of simply moving from one house to another, we have an extra kink in the plans to account for. We will be moving to a temporary rental home here for a couple months, so that my kids can finish the school year. So I need to figure out what to pack up that we won't need for those 2 months and what to pack up that will come with us to the rental home. To avoid becoming completely overwhelmed at the thought of packing up my entire house by myself, I have decided to make some packing labels to help with this sorting and packing process. In addition to the fact that I want the labels to allow for easy sorting and recognition of which room it belongs in (i.e. kitchen, master bedroom, boys' room, etc.), I also wanted a 2nd level of sorting and recognition to allow for easy sorting between "storage unit for 2 months" or "rental home".

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I love the Design Seeds website and will often peruse it for inspiration for great color combinations. This particular combination appealed to me in its bright and energetic tones. Just the feeling I need to get me motivated!

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For my ingredients, I created a color palette based on my inspiration piece, but with a few extra colors added in that keep to the basic feel of the original colors. (We need several different colors to sort the various rooms!) I also chose a basic black rounded rectangle and a light gray rounded rectangle. These will be the base of the labels and the regular square-corner rectangle will be placed on top. Then, I chose a couple of easy-t0-read fonts, one that will be used in all caps that is very simple and blocky and one that will be used as lower case that is a little more fun. I used News Gothic for my clean blocky font and Delius Swash Caps for the fun font. You can download News Gothic here and Delius Swash Caps here.

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First, draw a rounded rectangle that measures 3x5 inches, using your chosen software. Boxes that are going to the storage unit for 2 months will have a black base and the boxes that are going to the rental unit will have a light gray box with black type. I'm using Adobe Illustrator because it's the easiest for me for this type of project. Then, draw a square-cornered rectangle that measures 4x2.5 inches to place on top. Center this rectangle from top to bottom, but shift it to the right, to allow for a larger space on the left side of the label. This will be where you label it "STORAGE" or "RENTAL" using your clean and block-style font in all caps. Then, draw a smaller rectangle that measures 4x.75 inches and put it at the top of the center section. This rectangle will be different colors, depending on the intended room that the package's contents contain. Then, type the name of the room to place in this rectangle using the fun lower case font.

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Here are all my labels, ready to print out and attach to my boxes! The blank white space will be where I hand-write in any specific content that I want to remember. I hope to have several volunteers helping me move on the big moving day and so I'm hoping they will be able to see at a glance where the various boxes go. With these easy-to-read labels, our moving day experience should go much more smoothly!



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Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Pop-up Card

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I've always been a fan of pop-up books and cards. I got the inspiration for this card from a hanging mobile. I didn't save the picture of it, but I remembered how the hearts were assembled and I thought with a little modification, I could turn it into a pop-up card. I tried it out for my husband's birthday card and was really excited about how easy it was, and how cute it turned out. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I'll show you how to make one for your valentine.

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• 2 coordinating patterned papers (you could also use color copies of photographs, magazine pages, etc.)
• A folding card and envelope (I used a pre-made card and contrasting envelope to match my patterned papers)
• scissors and adhesive (I used rubber cement, but you could use also use glue stick or other scrapbook adhesives)

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First, you need to make a heart template. Make sure it's not too large for your card. All I did is fold a piece of paper in half, then cut half of a heart on the fold. If it's not right, trim it a little til you like the shape. It has to be symmetrical—so make sure you fold and cut both sides together if you modify it.





















Once you've got a template, use it to cut out hearts—3 from each of your patterned papers, 6 total. (They need to be folded in half anyway, so it's easiest to do it the same way as you did the template—fold the paper, and sandwich the template heart over your folded paper. You can trace around and cut, or just hold it tight and cut around the template).





















When you have them all cut out, you need to glue them together—make sure the pattern side of your paper is folded to the inside, and only glue one side at a time. Obviously, the glue goes on the back side of your paper. Alternate the patterns, and keep gluing until they are all together—leave the final right and left side unglued since they need to attach to the card. To adhere the hearts to the card, I found it was best to position the heart (unglued) where I wanted it, then hold it in place while I closed the card around it. Hold one side of the heart in place as you reopen the card. The heart's position now accounts for its thickness. Hold it in position, fold the heart closed, and put glue on that side first. Fold the card over it, securing the glue, then open the card and do the same thing with the other side of the heart. Once it's dry, you've got a dimensional pop-up valentine!

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Voila Valentine! Hope you all have someone to make one for!









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