Monday, January 27, 2014

Create Inspiration Party | Menu Planning Board

If your like me you don't want to scramble around figuring out what to fix for dinner. You don't want to keep hearing "What's for dinner" from your family. So I have became much more organized with this event that seems to go on each day. I mean really? They think they need to eat several times a day and then I have to make a lavish meal? Ok, so it is not LAVISH but in my little head I am Julia Childs rocking those pots and pans in the kitchen. I mean seriously magic happens in that room!

I browsed pinterest as I always do for inspiration whilst drinking many diet mountain dews and seen several variations of menu boards. My daughter had originally found one and I re-created it almost exactly because she loved the colors, pattern of the fabric etc. so it was pretty much a copy. I usually like to mix it up but in that case I needed to follow it to the tee. Now I do have to tell you the instructions on that one said to laminate your pieces (which I did) and then use hot glue to attach them onto the fabric. Did you know that hot glue does not like laminated pieces? Yep, you heard it here first folks. They DO NOT STICK! I won't tell you what I had to go through to make that whole thing work!

This time I wanted to make one using the digital papers from I like to mix collections too. I think that is fun to see what works with others. This project is a really inexpensive one again. I like to show things you can make for yourself or others on a budget. So lets get started!

With my menu board I was going for the more retro/vintage feel. I love retro things and this is somewhat retro feeling. The font I used for all the text was Lobster.

First I started out with a "Unframed Cork Board" from Hobby Lobby. This cost $4.99. I then used Modge Podge to go over the top 5" to seal the cork a bit and something to adhere the paper to it. For this paper I used the "Homemade with Love" from Carta Bella" and this particular pattern is in the paper pack #2. Then after that dried a bit I went over the top of the paper with several coats of Modge Podge and letting it dry in between coats.

I tried several other papers to go on the larger part but I didn't end up using them because they were too distracting or bold for what needed to be a more subdued area to not overpower the clips that were going to have the menu items. So after searching I thought a notebook paper would be great since I was going to cut a notebook border to put in between this piece and the top portion.

So I found a paper on the site that was perfect. The collection is "June 2009 Neutrals Paper Pack by Creativity by Crystal" it was perfect!  I thought it went with the theme of retro because of the notebook paper color. I adhered it just like the previous paper.

I then cut some black cardstock with the edge of a notebook. I did this with an edge I purchased in the silhouette store. I had to weld several together to get a long enough one to use as it needed to be 11" wide. I adhered this in between those pieces to just give it a pop in between the more muted colors. I put two lines of Timeless Twine in tuxedo black to just give it some more texture and dimension.

I created in my silhouette the title portion. I decided to go along with the retro feel to not just call it menu I decided "What's Cookin'" would be better. I also created the rectangle pieces that would get adhered to the clothes pins. Here is a screen shot of my silhouette mat. I did add some other elements from the "Homemade with Love" kit but I also used the elements from "The Good Life" by Fancy Pants. I can tell you I love love love this collection and cannot wait to do more with it. I used the wordart from it. For my text I just used the dropper tool in silhouette to match the red that was in this kit.

I then put some modge podge all over the tops of the pieces that would be adhered to the clothes pins. After that dried and several coats I adhered them to the clothes pins. 

I printed and cut them out. Here are the sizes of the pieces I ended up cutting for various areas:
The title piece 3.75" x 9.25"
clothes pin pieces .75" x 3.5" 
Shopping List  4" x 5.75" (this actually could have been shorter
Box to hold menu items 3.25" wide, 2.75" high and it is 1.5" deep (I created this in Silhouette)
Menu item pieces .75" x 3.75"

The shopping list section I printed the "shoppin list" and then cut it and did some doodling around it with my Picma Micron marker. 

I put the box together which will hold all the extra menu items and then also added an element from the Homemade with love collection and then a strip of Timeless twine again in the Tuxedo Black to accent it. (I hadn't adhere it yet in this photo)

I added down the left side of the board some black and white ribbon. Adhered all the elements onto the board (I used hot glue to adhere the clothes pins). I glued a post it notes pad on the shopping list piece.  I added some of the wordart from "The Good Life" collection with foam dots to give it some dimension. 

Then I did a print and cut in the silhouette again making all the entrees that I would place in the box. I would make extras that were blank also so that you can always add new items to the menu. 

 Here is some of the details close up.

I think it turned out pretty cute and it would make an awesome gift to someone too if you choose to just make it for someone special. This could be easily under $15 total and definitely less if you have items like Modge Podge, clothes pins etc. already like I did. The only thing I actually purchased this time was the board. I had previously made another menu board and bought a large package of the clothes pins. You can get several boards out of that package. My total came in at probably under $7 if you figure in paper and printing.

Supplies used:
Unframed Cork Board (Hobby Lobby $4.99)
Modge Podge
Clothes Pins
Post it notes
Foam Dots (optional you can just glue on)

**Please visit my fellow Creative Team members blogs to continue with the party and see the wonderful projects they made for the event!
We hope you enjoyed our January party-- see you next month for some fun St. Patrick's Day projects!


Fleurette Bloom said...

Fabulous project!!!

Candice Meyer said...

Such a cute and fun way to stay organized! Love this project!

jessica said...

WOW WOW WOW Deb! This is FABULOUS!!!!!
Totally AWESOME job my friend!

Creative M said...

WOW!! This is AMAZING!! It took a lot of work but it is FABULOUS!!! I love tis idea!!!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting With Creative M

Kim H said...

OOOMMMGGG ~ you send that right over to my house along with yourself! I am in AWE! I mean really in AWE over this project!! I LOVE it to pieces!! Seriously you come right over with that project and YOU!!!

Cindy said...

I love this! Need to get myself more organized and make one of these, we're always wondering what's for dinner in my house! Thanks for the idea!

Julie Walker said...

Really fun! Wish I could join you for dinner!