Wednesday, June 9, 2010

summer to-do's


we've all been making lists of things to do this summer before any of the kids were even out of school. we wanted to make sure we never ran out of ideas and that we made good use of these school free days.

we can't take credit for this cute project, we stole the idea for it from another las vegas mother, jen j. (we stalk her blog because... well... she's awesome.) and then there's meg, from the very entertaining blog, whatever, who started the whole thought process for all of us. thanks meg. and thanks to jen too.

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what you need:
* 11 3/4 x 36 inch frame
* patterned paper (regular scrapbook paper or digital)
* black permanent marker

 i used digital papers from the nostalgia kit at oscraps.com.  i LOVE this kit.


in photoshop, i opened up a 12x18 document. then i made 1"x12" strips from all the papers and placed them on the 12x18 sheet. after that was saved, i rearranged the papers and saved a second sheet. they were printed off at costco. ($2.99 a sheet)
next, i made an 8x12 topper. which you can download HERE. it matches the papers perfectly, so go get the digi kit at oscraps.

we had to trim a bit off the sides of the sheets. after we did that, we taped the two pieces together on the backside. then adhered the topper to the very top of the first sheet with scrapbook adhesive. 

place the strips under your glass and then replace the back of the frame.  
and now comes the fun part... have your sister write all of your to-do's for you. haha. me and jodie did our own, but jen made me write hers. she is a perfectionist and doesn't think her handwriting is good enough. (i think it's better than mine.) 

we were using permanent markers, so that could have been the reason she was sweating. ;) we experimented with the markers on another piece of glass first. it will wipe off with windex. but, we're not sure if it will wipe off with windex after sitting on there for three months. (we'll let you know) 
here's jen j's to-do list. super cute, huh? she took the glass out and wrote directly on her strips of scrapbook papers.


(image from jen j's blog)



55 comments:

  1. This is so cute!! I am going to have to read your list and take a few ideas!

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  2. I'm 26 but should be a Grandma when it comes to the amount of knowledge I have that has anything related with a computer or a cell phone! I have a Mac. Do you know of a way to create those strips without using photoshop on Mac? Also, where did you get your frames? Really love the project! Absolutely adorable!

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  3. I love this idea!!! My kids are still too little for this but this is going into the idea file for later.

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  4. Both versions are SO cute! What a fun idea. Thanks so much for the tutorial, I'll be linking. Off to check out Jen's blog!

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  5. I love this idea! And I am officially stalking your blog and shamelessly coping all of your crafty ideas! :D

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  6. So very cute!! I love this idea! We are getting to move to a new state! This would be a fun way to Get to Know the new area!


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  7. Hey guys....LOOOOVE your blog, as I believe I have told you before...but I have been jotting down all of my favorite summer lists, and waiting for a free moment to make my own (we are in WA and school hasn't ended here yet...but of course, it is a SUPER busy time of year!)
    ANYWAY....my point...wondering where the frame is from...or it's size etc. LOVE this version! Totally going to copy you!
    Will be giving you, and Jen J full credit on my blog over at chaoswithsprinkles.blogspot.com when I get her done!
    Thanks in advance!
    Raelyn

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  8. K...well, totally just found the frame size....you know, up at the top where you have ITEMS NEEDED. Yeah, ANYWAY....sorry for the unnecessary question! :)

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  9. hi! i LOVE your blog!
    wondered if you'd be interested in sponsoring a giveaway of one of my prints?
    look forward to hearing from you!
    jenna
    qadesigns.blogspot.com
    qadesign.jenna@gmail.com

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  10. now this makes me excited for summer.
    i think i will make one with my kids this week and begin looking forward to lazy/play-full summer days.

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  11. Too cute!!!! Love the idea.... Love ALL of your ideas!
    p.s. The permanent marker will come off with rubbing alcohol and a little elbow grease!!! ;)

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  12. Wow, this looks fantastic! What a great project... Outstanding work, ladies!

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  13. Great idea. I have a frame memo board like this AND I made a summer list. Sounds like it's time to combine them!

    Also, if windex doesn't work to take off permanent marker, try rubbing alcohol. I used to work in a manufacturing job and this always worked (and it was on surfaces more porous than glass)

    ~JILL @ envirocraftiness.blogspot.com

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  14. Just came across this blog. You have wonderful ideas! Lovin' it!

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  15. I absolutely love this - everything about this!

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  16. I loved this project so much that I made my own. I also put it on my craft blogged and linked it back to you. Thank you so much for your inspiration!
    http://flutegalcrafts.blogspot.com/

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  17. Love this fun idea! And here's a hint for you...a little bit of hairspray will take the sharpie right off the glass for future use :) I just discovered your blog via a friend and I think I'll be sitting here for an hour or so now!

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  18. What a great idea! I need one of those to keep up with just my own projects/things to do!

    Saw you at Tatertots and Jello.

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  19. Love the idea! Try fingernail polish remover for the permanent marker on the glass.

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  20. Wow - this project rocks!! I have been meaning to make a list like Meg @ Whatever, but yours kicks it up a notch further. Awesome!

    Thanks so much for linking it up. I love your projects!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  21. I like this list! Life can get so busy that sometimes we have to remember to balance work and play more. Thank-you for sharing.

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  22. What a great idea! I did this and it is SO cute! I am thinking I need to update it for each season, especially helpful for the holidays.

    Love your blog!

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  23. This is so cute and a great idea to make sure summer fun happens. Thanks for sharing the digital way to do it.
    I know others have given ideas, but if the marker doesn't come off, try Mr. Clean's Magic eraser.

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  24. Stinkin' Adorable! I'm going to have to put it on my craft to do list! LOL
    Straight Isopropal Alcohol should take the permanent marker off. You might have to let it site for a moment...
    Allie
    Alliemakes.blogspot.com

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  25. *Sigh* My to-do lists consist of scribbled notes on scrap paper. This is pretty amazing!

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  26. What a fun thing for summer! You have a wonderful blog! Thanks for linking up so that I can find you! : )

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  27. I have a general question...
    What kind of printer do you all use at home?
    To print photos?
    To print projects?

    Thanks so much for all the fun ideas and downloads!
    I love visiting your site!!!

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  28. Can't wait to do this with my kids!!
    have a great week
    lisa

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  29. This is an awesome idea! I can think of so many ways to customize it...my mind is racing. And thanks for sharing where you printed. I have tons of digi stuff, but I haven't gotten anything printed yet...

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  30. Golly miss molly....you girls are so fun and creative. If it wasn't waaaay past my bedtime, I'd start this project. I love checking in! Passing this blog award along to you... http://mbellishedyou.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-award.html

    xo
    Meg

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  31. I just found your blog and I adding it to my RSS Feeder. Thanks for all the great ideas! -Mary

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  32. HELP created ours but when I try to print at costco it says resolution warning??? What do I need to set my resolution at?

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  33. My kids are still in school but we already made our list. We used photoshop and then just printed it out on a piece of paper. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. :)

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  34. Wow, so creative! nice work, and thanks for sharing! :)

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  35. Wow, loving your blog! Your summer to do list inspired my boredom jar: http://supermombyday.com/?p=232

    Now, back to stalking your blog :)

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  36. So cute! I posted a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-to-do-list.html

    Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Such a cute idea! And what a cute blog! I'm lovin it! Just put your button up!

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  38. I just made a version of this for me and my kiddos come over and take a look....I will link back to you!! Thanks so much for the fun idea I love it!!

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  39. LOVE this idea! I made a smaller version. You can see mine at http://fclarkfamily.blogspot.com

    Keep the fabulous ideas coming!

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  40. This is super cute!!!

    And this part may have been mentioned (but I didn't get a chance to read through all of the other comments). If you use rubbing alcohol, it will take the sharpie off the glass in 3 months. (or longer) (the same works on white boards, fyi!)

    I might have to do something like this with my kids!! Thanks for the great idea!

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  41. Adorable Project!

    I bet you could use glass markers or dry erase pens if you're worried about the permanent marker -- just another option for your readers!

    xoxo MaryLea

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  42. I love this idea!!! I am so going to make it. The thing I love most about it is you can change it every year!

    (to add my 2 cents: If you color over your permanent marker with a dry erase one it will wipe right off no matter how long it has been there.)

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  43. Fantastic! In NZ we are about to have a short mid-winter school holiday, just two weeks, but I think we need one of these! I love the idea of writing on the glass - I am sure it will come off afterwards. As mine is only for two weeks I might write on it with a white-board (dry-erase) pen as that will come off super easy.

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  44. Loved the idea so much I made my own list! http://alaynascreations.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer.html

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  45. So flippin' cute! We made out list the other day. I wish I'd seen yours and worked on the cuteness level a bit.

    http://perfectsentiment.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-summer-fun-list.html

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  46. omg I love it!!!! this is awsome... I soooo have to try it!!! thanks a lot =D

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  47. Love this idea lots. Stole mine from Meg's blog. It's not fancy, but printable and has been stuck on our fridge door since school ended. Visit my site to see it.

    Love your blog, too! Been looking through lots of older posts this evening. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  48. Hi
    I've just found your blog and I'm going back thru some old posts. Just love this Idea and will be using it in the summer school holdays . Which is only about 3 months away here in Australia. You have the cutest, coolest ideas on your blog. I'm lovin' it. I love that you are sisters. I have 2 sisters and we are all friends. One lives just around the corner Yipee!!! The other is a a phone call away. We can be on the phone for hours and when my husband says "What's your sister's news?' I say "Nothing" I love how we can talk for three hours about nothing... That's the great thing about women....
    Cheers
    Erica

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  49. Love this idea...so glad I found it (even if it is a year later). I don't know if you figured out that Windex will take the Sharpie off after sitting there for three months. Here's a tip...if you write over Sharpie with dry erase marker and then wipe it off, the Sharpie will come off! :o) A little tip from an elementary school teacher.

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  50. Okay........where can I just buy this??? :)

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  51. FABULOUS idea! I can't wait to make a mini one to send home with my kiddos for ideas for the summer break-

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