Thursday, June 21, 2012

Indispensable Craft Tools

Indispensable Craft Tools

With Josh’s party fast approaching, I have noticed that a couple of my scrapbooking tools were complete life savers.
The Silent Setter, by Provocraft. I used these tools to make holes on the flags that make up the 2 banners I designed. I know this sounds a little vague, but once I post the pictures from the party you will get it. I also used it for the thank you notes we will be passing around at the end of the party.

Now the true life saver is the Fiskars Scrapbooking Rotary Paper Trimmer (12"). I had so many things to trim (banners, food signs, pictures…) I have no idea if my wrist would handle if that needed to be cut with scissors!

So there you have it. Quick tip for the day!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Double L Field – “Cutting” the field.

If this was a recipe, the ingredients would be few:
Ø  Spray can of white marking paint

Ø  100ft. measuring tape

Ø  Roll of string

Ø  Zero Turn Mower (which we already had or it would bust our $20 budget)

We found the exact measurements of a Little League baseball field. (Pic on Pinterest)
We started by where our home base would be and measure across to second base, from there to pitchers mound and also to first and third bases. It seems simple but for our measurements to come out perfect it took us a couple of hours.
My husband then use the lowest cut on the mower to mow the skinned area of the field, and we stretched the string from home to first and third base and painted the lines.
We didn’t name the field right away, but now it is called Double L Field. Our last name starts with LL and also stands for Little League!
Our first game, which had 4 players: me, husband, daughter and son, where the family would work on getting the batter out… Was a complete blast! Even the dogs where playing

I am now closer to Joshua’s Party and looking forward to updating this blog with all the details! Stay tuned for field care tips!
Play Ball!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Josh's First "real" Birthday Party

I am in love with Pinterest. Truth is, I am addicted to Pinterest. (I was a guest blogger at my work, talking about Pinterest) I really want to make a contribution, so here I am starting to blog. Really? Like I don't have enough on my plate...

I am planning Joshua (my soon to be 8 year old) a baseball themed birthday party. I have searched online for ideas, and of course pinned everything I found interesting.

I will blog through planning and if this will help one mother out there to have a cool baseball party for her son, I will consider it a mission accomplished.

The first thing I did, was to create a board on Pinterest for Joshua's Party and create a QR Code that links to that board. I will add the QR code to the invitation that I will show you here how to do.

Ok. So lets create this invitation.

I use Microsoft Publisher. I am not a graphic designer by any means, and yes I would love to know how to use Photoshop and other tools... I just don't. So hang with me, I care about the final product and that is what matters!

I have envelopes at home, so to take advantage of that, I started with a new custom size publication. 9in height x 4in width.
I chose blue for the background to match the party colors.
I scanned Joshua’s baseball picture and made it black and white.
I added his picture with a round frame and then another two of the same shapes as text box for the writing area. The board area in black and fill area in light gray. The fonts used for this invitation are on the Pinterest board.  I added basic information to the invitation and used the barcode font to create a barcode and make it look even more like a ticket. I used an invitation I found on Pinterest as inspiration. OF COURSE! What good does Pinterest if you only PIN stuff, but do nothing with it? :)

Here is the final invitation. I will find out if I can upload the Publisher file so that you can use it as a template if you would like.
Let me know what you think. I deleted the personal information from the invitation.

Thank you for reading, and see you soon.
Twitter: @sllacera