Thursday, May 21, 2015

Birthday Calendar Magnet

We have 4 children  and 6 grandchildren and my "gray cells" are rapidly decreasing so I need memory joggers.  Today I made a graphic with all of their birthdays by month.  I printed it and then laminted it to put on my bulletin board/my fridge.

You need 5 layers to keep from pulling your hair out with things moving around.  Lock all you are not working on.

You will need to convert elements to path/objects depending on what application you choose. DO NOT convert the text yet as the design grows you might want a different font. (guess how I learned this ;))  I did this in Inkscape and then in ecal2 and both work nicely.  In ecal I used duplicate rows/columns for the squares. 

 1. Bottom Layer: a rectangle the size you want your final to be add the title.  I used 4x6 as that fits my laminator

 2. Layer above: a grid of squares three across and four down.

3. Layer above:  type in the months in the squares

4. Add the names in the proper month and the actual day.

5. layer above and add the decorations.

I hope this provides enough info for you to create this very usefule little reminder.  I would love it if you share what you've done by posting a comment.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting.

My system:

  • Mac with Yosemite
  • ecal2
  • eclips
  • Inkscape

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Save the Water cartoon and some tips

California has been in a 4 year drought; our grass is brown or non-exitent, our plants are surviving on the cool night moisture. What more can you do?  SAVE the shower/bath water of course.

I assembled this image in ecal2 from Surecutsalot. All are free downloads.  I printed and laminated it to make a frig magnet.

 A 3 minute shower can do the job and all you have to do is catch the water  and haul it out to the plants. It is a lot easier if your shower/bath is on the first floor, ours is upstairs so Hubby does that.

Here are some other resources you can use to save even more household water.

A google search for saving water comes up with even more ideas for bathrooms and kitchen water (grey water). I'm not a fan of this YET but "if it's yellow, let it mellow has some nice designs for the bathroom too.'s+yellow+let+it+mellow&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

In the kitchen I keep a pitcher where we dump old coffee, tea, catching rinse water etc. and use it to pour in the drain when running the garbage disposal.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can help our planet, our state, and yourself by being a bit more environmentally aware.

Thanks for stopping by and remember SAVE the WATER.

My system:

  • Mac w/ Yosemite
  • ecal2 from surecutsalot
  • a sizzix eclips1
  • Inkscape