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Note to Self Dry Erase Board

Dry Erase Board NotesLaura here again, from KOLA Designs!  Today I want to share a project that will hopefully help to organize your life, or at least your to-do list!  Today I put together an interchangeable dry erase board using a 12×12″ glass frame, some CTMH paper, stamps, and ink, and a little Brookie Craft Vinyl!
Note to Self Board_Supplies
Step one is to create a design to frame – this will be the background for your dry erase board, so you’ll want to keep it fairly simple, especially for a section to write on.  I used some Colonial White cardstock and accented it with some patterned paper from the Avonlea set.  I added an inspirational quote as well, and after inking the edges, I was ready to put it all together!  This particular frame is perfect for this project because it’s pretty much just glass – only 4 little clips to attach the glass to the back, so they don’t get in the way of anything!
Dry Erase Board Previnyl
Once I had the board put together, I used my Gypsy to design a quick title (“Note to Self…”) using both CTMH cartridges: Art Philosophy and Artiste.  Use some transfer tape to attach the new vinyl title, and you’re all set!!
Dry Erase Vinyl Cut
You can use this dry erase board on a stand right on your desk, or even hang it on a wall!  Think of the great ways you can use this throughout the year!  Just switch out the background paper to match a holiday or even a different room!

Note to Self Board Complete

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Oversized Payment Out of Vinyl

I was recently a part of a planning committee that organized a very successful Medieval Feast as a fundraiser for a local camp.  I’ll be sharing more details about the event on my own blog later on, but today I want to share how I used Brookie Craft Vinyl to create the key piece to our donation presentation to the camp – the cheque!!

The list of supplies I needed wasn’t very long:
Large piece of foam board
Utility Knife (to cut the foam board to size)
Black Vinyl
Vinyl for the logo (in this case red, yellow, and blue)
Roll of Dry Erase material (Brookie Craft also sells dry erase vinyl that you could use to create sections of writeable spaces on the cheque, instead of covering the whole thing!)

Up first, I needed to cut my foam board.  It was just a little too tall for the looks of a cheque in my opinion so I trimmed about 3 inches off to make it more rectangular.  I then used the full roll of dry erase material to cover the foam board entirely, and trimmed the edges for a clean finish. As I mentioned above, Brookie Craft also has dry erase vinyl available that could be used to create smaller areas of writeable space.

I used my computer to create the cut files I needed to cut out the logo for the Knights of Columbus (the organization that spearheaded the event, and in turn was making the donation to the camp from the funds raised).  In addition to cutting out the logo, I cut out all of the cheque details in black vinyl, using a real cheque as reference so I didn’t miss anything important.

Once everything was cut it was just a matter of layering the colours to create the logo, and then spacing out all of the cheque information appropriately.  Using Brookie Craft’s transfer tape makes this super simple as it is transparent enough to see right through and ensure your design is going right where you need it!  If I have cut out a number of different things that don’t necessary go in the same spot, as shown in the picture of the black vinyl all cut out, I like to place my transfer tape over all of it first, and then use either a knife or scissors to cut the sections apart.  This way I’m sure to have the right size of tape for each piece and I can keep everything organized – just cut off the section you need as you need it so pieces don’t get lost.

While I couldn’t actually attend the presentation as I was at a wedding, through the magic of technology I was able to be there via FaceTime and was thrilled to see the looks and hear the applause when our committee was able to present the camp with a cheque for $12,000!  We are a very small town, and this event was a collaborative effort by many – we not only made a considerable donation to a great cause, we brought our entire community together in the process, and shone a light on a much needed gem.  I hope you can visit my blog in the next week or so to learn more about the event, and some other projects I created for the feast!

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Personalized Wedding Party Gifts

by Laura Charko

Here’s a simple way to personalize gifts or add some flair to a party!   These glasses (actually shatter-proof plastic that looks just like glass!) were made as part of the thank you gifts for a wedding party.

I used the cricut cartridges Love Struck for the lips and CTMH Artiste for the moustaches!   Since these glasses have grooves built in for the thumb to sit in, the vinyl was applied so that when they were held up to the mouth, the lips or moustaches were in just the right spot on the drinker’s face – totally made me giggle after applying each one LOL

My tip for designing vinyl for curved areas, like glasses, is to take the measurement of the area you can see from one angle.  For the flutes for example, about 2 inches were visible at any given time, any more than that was cut off as it curved around the glass.  Knowing this, I could try to keep my designs within 2 inches wide so that the name could be read and the image could be legible when it was looked at straight on.

Don’t forget to test out your vinyl on your objects before you finish a project like this so that you’ll know how they interact.  Some glass doesn’t hold certain vinyl as well as other glass.  I would also recommend hand-washing any items that will be used again, not putting them in the dishwasher.






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