May 7, 2012

What's for dinner?! Menu Board

The boy and I have been discussing moving out this summer since I will be going back to school. With that comes budgeting and buying kitchen supplies. One of things we have decided on is making a weekly menu on Sundays in order to make grocery shopping and cooking streamlined. Since we will be in school we don't want to waste time and money in the grocery store. So while exploring on Pinterest I saw some great Menu Board ideas but I really loved this idea by Fab Fam Five.

So here are some instructions on making my version of this Menu Board:

1. You will need an 10" x 13" frame, alphabet stickers (x2) and 2 - 12"x12" pieces of pattern paper.

2. Cut the paper lengthwise so that it is now 10" x 12". You will need to add on an extra inch of paper from the second sheet. I stuck this in place by using Sookwang double sided tape.

3. Measure out the paper into 8 sections. Mine had 8 sections of 1.625 inches. This gave me room for the title and 7 days of the week.

4. Start sticking on your lettering. The style of alphabet that you use will really give the mood of your menu board. I love modern, clean lines but in bright colours. I thought this lettering spoke to this well. 

5. Pop the paper into the frame. Use an expo pen (non-permanent marker!) to write out that week's menu.

  • Look for weekly deals and coupons at craft stores like Michael's. I was able to buy this frame for $7.20!
  • Use a ruler to lay down the letters. I learned this the hard way and had to peel off the letters and re-do it.
  • Leave some space on left hand side so your letters don't get cut off by the frame like mine did here. 

What do you think would you hang one in your home? Any suggestions for improvement? Oh and what's for dinner?

Ready, set, retire!

I finished my first half marathon yesterday, which means its time to get back to crafting! The boy asked me a couple days ago to make a retirement card for someone close to him. He also gave me the challenge of trying to incorporate a bicycle. However, he didn't like my cow and chickens on a bicycle stamp (For A Spin by Penny Black). I decide to go the rest and relaxation route instead. This charming Riley and Company stamp definitely made me think of a Canadian retiring! I really like the double matting on this stamp.

Ready, set, recline!
Stamp: Hammock Riley by Riley and Company