Monday, February 18, 2013

Printable for New Beginnings - The Right Shoes

Last night I was a night owl :) & busy making printables for our upcoming YW New Beginnings program.  I thought I'd share what I'm working on sooner than later so that others who are planning a similar theme for their New Beginnings can use my printables, if they want. :)

{Go HERE for free shoe invitations.}

OK.  So ... First, right-click on the first image below & save it to your computer.  Print it out on any white 8.5"x11" paper ... I chose to use white cardstock, but photo paper will also be sturdy enough and work nicely.  (I don't recommend using regular printer paper - it will be a bit flimsy.)  I like more of a matte finish ... photo paper will just make it more glossy.

Depending on the punch, I have to trim some paper off of the bottom of my page so that I can center my punch around each graphic....

Center your punch around the each graphic & punch away....

** My graphics were made to work with a scallop punch with a diameter of 1.5" or 38cm.  A circle punch that's a very similar size should work too.  THIS is the punch I bought at Michael's a few days ago with a 50% off coupon, but any brand of punch should work as long as it punches a 1.5" shape.

As you finish each row, the bottom of your paper will look like this ....

Trim off the bottom again so your punch can reach the next row of graphics...

Use each graphic how you choose, but here is one idea....

Get some glue dots (probably NOT mini though), scotch tape, or a glue stick might work just fine too, and attach each of your circles to a skewer or lollipop stick and then stick it in your food.

I'm going to cut each of my wooden skewers (100-12"skewers are $0.97 @ Walmart)... probably into 1/3's so my sticks will be about 4" long.  Then I plan to stick some of these into mini cupcakes.  Probably not into every single mini cupcake, but maybe about 1/3 of my cupcakes.  The white lollipop sticks are nicer looking than skewers, but it will just depend on your budget, how many you need, & what you'll be doing with them.

Have fun!  If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address & I won't publish your comment.

Thank you to my Penguin for being my photographer.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Raise the Bar: Laughter

This week's photography assignment was laughter....

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Monday, February 11, 2013

MCO is Coming to Dallas!

Get your tickets now!!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Give Said the Little Stream

This video touched me this morning.  I loved this song when I was a young girl.  I should teach it to my children because it's one that I don't hear very often these days.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Blank New Beginnings Invitations - The Right Shoes

Here are some "blank" invitations that you can add your own text to.  Go HERE to see my blog post & my finished invitation.  Go HERE for free shoe printables.

**Update: I just uploaded PDF files for invitations and program covers to my blog.  Find them HERE.

Leave me a comment with your email address (I won't publish your comment) if you have any questions. 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Beginnings Invitation - The Right Shoes

Update: I just added "blank" invitations to my blog.  Go HERE to find them.

**Additional Update: PDF files for shoe invitations and program covers just added to my blog.  Go HERE.

New Beginnings is in the works for our Young Women.  New Beginnings is special evening that is held at the beginning of each year for all the girls in our congregation that are 11-18 years old.  Girls who are 11 get to come and be introduced to our Young Women program and learn about what they can expect when they turn 12 this year.  Girls that already participate in Young Women have an opportunity to set goals & to regain their excitement for this special program.

Our theme for New Beginnings this year is "The Right Shoes".  We are getting a lot of our ideas from Jenny Phillips.  Yesterday I made invitations to mail to all the girls ....

P.S. If you have any interest in using my invitation, leave me a comment & I'll see what we can work-out.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Raise the Bar: Rule of Thirds

This week's challenge is rule-of-thirds.  I felt challenged by this even though sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in some kind of rule-of-thirds prison that I can't escape from.  I like to see that rule-of-thirds grid in my camera, on my computer screen, in my head ... you get the idea.  {If you have no idea what I'm talking about go HERE & note the photos in the center of the screen that have the flashing on & off grids ... that's what goes on in my brain when I grab a camera.}  I tried to think of something that I have three of ... like my 3 kids, 3 vases, 3...  

In the end, my favorite way to use rule of thirds is to put my subject to one side of the photo with a very plain & simple background.  I like things that are clean & un-cluttered.  My mom talks about her dream kitchen with a rack of pots hanging from the ceiling ... like Williams-Sonoma she says.  The thought of my dirty pots & pans hanging from my ceiling makes me cringe.  I'll build more closets & cupboards before I consider such a thing.  Sorry Mom. :)

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