Hurray! I am finally getting around to posting my FIRST Project of my 24 PROJECTS in 12 for 2013. In this post about my Goals & Intentions for 2013 I announced I was planning to complete 24 homemade projects this year - approximately 2 per month.
I look forward to filling in each of the squares on the grid above as I complete and share each project. This graphic will serve as my 24 PROJECT logo and my way of keeping track and documenting my progress.
PROJECT ONE - Lego Ninjago-inspired Birthday Invitations
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you've most likely noticed pictures of this stamp before. It's shown up in my Project Life album and one or two other posts.
It is the first craft foam stamp I made. (For a tutorial on DIY craft foam stamps, go here.) And I created it specifically to make these birthday invitations for my son per his request. We designed them together. Right down to what the Ninjago face would look like.
First I practiced with my stamps to get the spacing for the front of the invitation right. And decide what wording we would use. My son vetoed the idea of including the word "party." He wanted it to read:
BRADEN'S 8th BDAY
He was insistent that I don't spell out the word 'birthday'. I am guessing he thinks the abbreviation "bday" is cool for whatever reason.
I started with the letter furthest over on the right of the invitation of the longest word, "BRADEN'S". Then I worked backwards to that my words would always fit.
I set up my assembly line. I have a habit of doing each item one by one - start to finish - which isn't very efficient. I forced myself to do much of these part by part, assembly line style and it went well.
[BACK STORY: As soon as I filled them all out and into the envelopes, just before sealing them to put in the mail, we realized we scheduled the party for a 3-day weekend! Thinking many people would be out of town, we re-scheduled for the same time one week later. I updated all of the invitations, sealed them, addressed them and then realized we scheduled the party for SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Ending time was the same as kick-off!
And here I had to take a picture of the BEFORE & AFTER of my letter stamping. See how well I got to know my stamps - wonky letter placement & all!? Practice may not make perfect, but it sure makes for a huge improvement.
Thanks for stopping by! Project #2 to be posted sooner than later since it has been complete for some time and just needs to be shared!