Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tips & Tricks to Shrinky Dinks

I LOVE Shrinky Dinks!  

  A few days ago while I was getting lost in social media, I came across a blog post about using everyday art by our kiddos as a necklace and even more as a special gift.  Another one of those gifts I love oh so much that MEANS a little extra special something!  While reading this inspiring blog post - a few ideas were running through my head.  I was even making a physical list of items I would need to buy and searching for this special paper on Amazon - because before reading this post I had never heard of shrink paper.... Really.  Check out the post that inspired me here!  She also has lots of other really fun things.

So I purchased Shrinky Dinks paper on Amazon right away...
I purchased it early enough in the morning that I got the paper the very next day!

I got all ready to print on my Shrinky Dinks paper and read the instructions.


Whoops!  Thankful Hobby Lobby is just down the street and around the corner.  I packed the boys in the car and off we went.  (Got a few other goodies while I was there) And with my 40% off coupon, Shrinky Dinks Inkjet was on sale!  ;)  

**So if you plan to use an inkjet printer to apply your design to the shrink paper - make sure you buy the right one!  

Best part, when we got home everything was ready to print.  

(**by the way I am making inspirational and oh so cute little charms for my work badge, in case you are wondering)  

Supplies needed:
-Design or Idea
-Shrinky Dinks Inkjet or Inkjet Shrink paper
-Parchment Paper
-Hole Punch
-Inkjet Printer
-9mm Round Jump Ring
-16mm Split Ring

I printed my design, cut them out, rounded the edges, (my design measured 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 inch) punched a hole and put them between two pieces of parchment paper on a baking sheet and in  the oven at 300 degrees for a minute or two while keeping a close eye on them.
Each time I tried the paper curled to no repair.

I made several attempts to straighten them out, each time was unsuccessful.  I followed the directions on the package perfectly, I googled several tips and was still unsuccessful.  I decided to just start OVER!  

I took like a 2 second break, got the kids a snack and printed my design on my second piece of Shrinky Dinks Inkjet paper.  This time I used a paper cutter and a corner punch to trim the edges of my charms. Lastly, I punched my holes with a regular hole punch and again they were ready to heat!

I preheated the oven to 275 degrees.  I used the same parchment paper I did the first time.  One piece on bottom and one on top of my design on a baking sheet.  I decided this time I would let the design bake for 3 minutes before I tried to straighten it out.  The directions said that it may curl and to help straighten it out if it does.  To my surprise when I opened the oven at the end of 3 minutes, my design was mostly flat - so I quickly removed the the parchment paper and charm and flattened it under a heavy box.  Left it there for about 15 seconds and it was perfectly flat!  I placed each piece in the oven separately to ensure this was going to work this time.  And it worked great for all 15 pieces!  

I guess the trick is NO PEEKING!  OKAY okay... I did PEEK!  But I did NOT touch!  The  

paper does curl a little and then curls back.  When I took the Items out of the oven, the edges were slightly curled up, and quickly placing them under a heavy book or box they flattened right out.  (I actually used a Project Life Core Kit!)

My Final project measured 1" x 3/4".  I inserted the jump ring and attached 3 charms to a split ring and there ya have it, my new super cute charms!

There may be a few of you that can recognize these little charms!  They are a few of the Project Life cards that are truly meaningful to me!  I felt that these cute little charms would be a great addition to my work badge - a little something to inspire me while working long hours in the ER!

    I really do enjoy my new charms!  They sure do add a little something something!                                                                                    Hooray!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Kicking off the New Year!

Happy New Year!  We joyfully welcome 2015 with a new exciting journal!  

This year I will be keeping journals WITH my boys.  

In the past I have kept scrapbooks and in my daily planner I write down their milestones and often silly things they say and do - and try to incorporate these things into their scrapbooks along the way - However, too often I leave out many of these little big things.  So I have come up with a way to create a special little place for all of these items plus more.  (And of course I will still be continuing scrapbooks and Project Life albums!!)

I now have a 4 year old - one that LOVES to LEARN!  He is fascinated with writing his name and other words - He asks how to spell just about everything.   

So here is what we will be doing -  Each day I hope to write down a little snippet about our day
(something silly or something sweet or even an altercation if that is what the day holds)  Or maybe I will include a photo or a project we have done.  

If nothing else, EVERY DAY my 4 year old will write his name (maybe more).  And together, we will watch the progress over the year!