Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Menu Boards on Studio 5


We all know that planning what to make for dinner can be a daunting task.  The thinking is always worse than the actual making, right? A menu planner is a great way to alleviate the daily planning stress. Just simply sit down with your family once a week to plan your meals and you are set. Today on Studio 5, we showed two fun ways to display your weekly menu.
Basics for both Menu Planners-
Your family probably has a dozen or so Go-To-Meals that they like to eat.  Make tags for your favorites and then leave a few spares to fill in with new dishes. Here are a few other suggestions for tags you might want to make: Dine Out, Wild Card, Try Something New, Leftovers
Magnetic Menu Planner:
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If you would prefer to make the planner from scratch...Here are the instructions:
Ingredients you will need:
Magnet board (this size available at Heartland for $6.99)
Patterned Paper
Envelope
Days of Week Template- Download Menu boardsRibbon
Bottle Caps
Bottle Cap Toppers
Magnets
Post-It-Note Pad
Mod Podge
Ink
Other decorative elements as desired.
Instructions:
1. Cut patterned paper as desired and mod podge to magnet board.  To mod podge, paint a layer of glue onto magnet board then place paper down.  Allow to dry then add another layer of glue to top of paper.
2. Add envleope, post it pad, titles (from download sheet), and other decorative elements as desired.
3. Make bottle cap days by cutting printed days from download sheet (a 1" circle punch works perfectly).  Place the printed circle inside the bottle cap and glue down with strong adhesive. Place a bottle cap topper on top of printed piece to create a bubbled dimensional effect. Adhere magnet with epoxy to back of bottle cap.
4. Print menu items on coordinating paper and cut into strips.
5. Each week, magnet your menu items on to the coordinating days.  Store additional items in pocket.
 7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder
We love these new Vintage Receipt Holders from 7 Gypsies.  They are so adorable and really easy to use. They retail for $24.99.  Here is what we did with ours.
Vintage receipt whole
The trick with tackling one of these trays is to take one square at a time.  Don't try to figure out the whole project at once.  Think of a general idea and then work one small space at a time.  This is also a great project for cleaning out your junk drawer. Use this opportunity to utilize the last letters in an alphabet or the remaining 3 jewels in a package.  The more varied elements you have the better.
Here are some detail shots of the project:
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We made the first box a generic title box with the following boxes being days of the week.
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The last box is a great place to keep a shopping list for the week.
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We stored the extra, unused tags for the week in the top right box.
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We used large manilla tags (available at the stores for $0.25 each) to make our menu cards. Make your tags simple or ornate, or make a variety.  Here are some tags we did.

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Adding a picture of the food is a fun way to decorate the tags.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Spooky Window Decor on Studio 5



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Today on Studio 5 we showed how to create original Halloween window decor using black vinyl and clipart. 
To make your own vinyl window art simply follow these easy steps:
What you need:
Black Vinyl (available in 24X36″ sheets at Heartland for $6.99)
Scissors
Tape
Scraper Tool (available at Heartland for $3.99
Clip Art Patterns
-you can download and print the images we used in 2 different sizes (The template guide shows you the entire printout as well as how they will print so that you can match the pieces together correctly.)
Small Templates (sized to 30X30 Windows
Or, make your own templates in Microsoft Publisher or other design program by following the steps below (I know that I mentioned using Microsoft Word in the program, but it turns out it isn’t compatible with the sizing.  I am so sorry for the confusion.  If you have a specific window size that you would like our images made to, email me at kelly@heartlandpaper.com and I will resize it for you).
In Microsoft Publisher:
1. Open a new document.  Go into the page size settings and click on “Custom Page Size”, enter in your window dimensions.  Your page size now reflects the actual size of your window.
2. Find your desired images online (I found lots of images by searching in Google Images) You can search for specific things…Witch Silhouette or just search for Halloween Silhouette Clipart.  Free is always good too.
3. Import the images you find into Microsoft Publisher by using copy/paste or by saving the image to your computer and then inserting it into your document.
4.Once the images are on your page, click on the image (you will see drop and drag circles on each corner). Click on a corner and pull the image until it fits on your page as desired.
5. Right click on the image and then choose Format Image.  Click on the Picture tab. Under Image control options, click on the drop down box and choose washout. This will make your image grey instead of black. You want to make sure to do this so that you don’t use up all your black ink.
6. When you have the images the way you want them, select print. Your printer will automatically tile the image onto 8.5X11 pages that you can then piece together.
Once you have your images printed, tape the patterns together and cut them out.  Place them on your vinyl and tape them in place.  Then cut them out of the vinyl. 
With larger images, you will want to tape the vinyl to your window to get them in place.  Peel the backing off slowly and a little bit at a time. The vinyl clings to the window just like a sticker.
When you want to remove the images, just pull the vinyl up. If it needs a little help, heat it up with a blow dryer and it will come right off.
Happy Haunting! 
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To make a spider web, just cut strips of vinyl at different lengths and copy the image above.  This spider web was pieced using only strips.  Just get creative and have fun.
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