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 Jessicasprague.com. 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 JessicaSprague.com 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 board....so 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.
Unframed Cork Board (Hobby Lobby $4.99)
Post it notes
Foam Dots (optional you can just glue on)
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Deborah Crowder *You Are Here*
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