Hey everybody! How is your week going? I hope you're doing great! I am in disbelief that another week is half over. I have so much to do! Yeeks! Still catching up from a super fun weekend at PlannerCon (more on that later in my post) and trying to get my life organized! It's been a good week and I finally had some time to get crafty this afternoon. I wanted to share this fun and easy project with you! My local Tuesdays Together Group is putting on an event this weekend and my contribution was to make pretty, cheerful pinwheels for the photo booth. People can take photos of them, or hold them up in their cute selfies! Our event is called Gram & Give Sac. We are staging an Instagram party! We'll have all kinds of activities. Super fun. If you are local to Sacramento/Roseville area it would be so great to see you there! It's this Saturday the 10th from 1-4pm at Bloom Collection Studios. CLICK HERE for details.
Well, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I have ALLLLLL the We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards. Love em. I got out the Pinwheel Punch Board for my project today, and some pretty patterned paper, and the teal and grey pinwheel sticks. Boom. Project done. So easy peasy. For me, the best tip for making a bunch of pinwheels is to buy a paper collection and use the papers from that one collection. All the colors will match and it will be so pretty! Also, be sure to use double sided paper. I bought the new Photoplay Summer collection at my LSS on Friday just for this project. It's Called For The Love of Summer! (And it even has a Llamaaa!)
Here are my finished pinwheels out on the front steps! These pinwheels make excellent party decorations, and you can even tie on a tag with a note. I've made them for baby showers, 4th of July, birthdays.... Any color theme or palette!
I adore this paper collection - so happy!! And my favorite color of aqua is prominently featured!
Here's what the punch board looks like! It comes with super simple directions. You can make a pinwheel up to 15 inches big!!! (with 12x12 paper) I want to make a big giant one some day. I usually make this size - which is from a 6x6 paper. This way you can get four pinwheels from one 12x12 paper. Nice!
I'm so sorry that I cannot find where these embellishments are from! I searched the internet for quite a while! They were in my stash! Yeeks! I used Glossy Accents to attach the gems to the front of the pinwheels - so they would be nice and secure. Be sure to buy the sticks from We R Memory Keepers too - they are so nice. And, when you put them together you get a good spin!! They come in pretty colors!! I used grey and aqua but my other two favs are yellow and lime green.
In this pic you can see the clear plastic piece that attaches to the stick. Again, super easy. It's actually three pieces. One piece fits on top of the stick with an arm extending. You put the pinwheel onto the arm and fold the four corners in. Then place a sleeve over that arm. Lastly the small round piece for the front. I glued on gems on mine, but I've also die cut circles and added names, numbers inside to further customize them.
Don't you feel like a trip to the beach now!?
Here are just a few of the hundreds of daffodils in our front yard! My husband went a little cray cray with the bulbs this year...and I love it! There are tulips and crocus too! These might be Narcissus??? Not sure exactly. Or mini daffodils. I love yellow in the Spring.
I wanted to also share a bit about my fun weekend at PlannerCon! I checked in Friday night at around 5:00 and it was over on Sunday night. Three days of fun, laughs, amazing speakers, shopping, planning, and inspiration. Did you follow along on my Instagram stories? I tried to post often, but the internet inside the hotel was really spotty. I had a great time! PlannerCon is a huge convention for Planner Girls. There were 1000 attendees, plus speakers, vendors and volunteers. I think I saw 3-4 men there! Hahaha. I wasn't really sure what to expect and I had an excellent time. I was able to take two brush lettering workshops, and a stamping workshop too. All weekend long there were outstanding speakers: Amy Tangerine, Kristy Dickerson, Nicole Rixon, Erin Condren, Kevin Crowell, and Julia Langhein. There were so many women there, that they put signs on the mens restrooms making them into womens restrooms! Ha! Saturday night was a giant Plan-a-thon until midnight. (think crop!) The shopping area had so many awesome things to buy! Stamps, pens, stickers, planners...It was like being a kid again. Even when I was a little girl I always loved pens and stickers.
I took away a lot of good information and also left feeling inspired. Definitely it was more than just cute stickers and pens... The speakers made me think about why I plan??? I've been a Franklin Covey gal since 1993!!! Before that I always kept some time of paper planner for school. For the past three years I've used an Erin Condren Planner. Planning is a way to keep us on track for meeting our goals. A way to hold ourselves accountable and focused. Planning for some is a way to keep a record of the activities of a family's life. (how cool for those grandkids to look through grandma's planner 40 years from now!). Planning keeps us organized, disciplined and intentional. Wow, the word intentional.... That really struck a chord with me all weekend. Everything we do should be with intention... I'm really still thinking about that. Living an intentional life. Planning can help us start a new chapter, a blank page, a new book.... Planning is fun! And for me, calming. If you plan for the things you have to do, then you free up time for the things you want to do! Julia from Filofax gave us a really interesting history of the 100 year old Filofax company. It started by engineers....and their "File of Facts!" She was so thoughtful about what planning meant to her company. She describes a person's planner as a 'personal space within your control. Private and unique to you.' She described the beauty and ritual of journaling and planning in beautiful leather goods. I loved that part. A planner contains a part of your soul. Finally, Amy Tangerine left us with a good quote: "I want to live vicariously through myself!" Spend time on the things you're good at and the things that fuel your passion. The PlannerCon will be in San Francisco again in March of 2019.
Here's a photo I took Saturday night at the Plan-A-Thon. In my planner I tend to use a lot of Illustrated Faith washi and stickers. It is a daily reminder of my faith and what and WHO matters most as I go about my day.
Whew, this turned into a long post! If you're still reading - yay! I wish you a happy day and a lovely weekend to come. Never too early to plan for the weekend! And don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts back on Sunday. XOXO
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