A Quick Note

I enjoy giving handmade gifts, especially if they are practical and personal. One project that I have made many times for others, as well as myself, is personalized sticky notepads. They are easy to make, super cute, and the personalization options are virtually limitless. If you are a stamper, this project is for you!

Materials
  • Plain sticky notes
  • Small stamps
  • ink pad
This time I used 3x3 note pads because these are for me and they are the size I use most at work.


Directions

All you do is stamp an image or words on the bottom corner of each sticky note in the pad. You could easily stamp someone's initials, instead. I used black ink, but it also works well if you use the same color but a darker shade than the notepad you are stamping on.

My favorite stamps to use for this project are acrylic ones I bought years ago from Close to my Heart. One set is called Geometric Thoughts and it has great words like create, inspire, happiness, and imagine. I combine it with another set called Made By Me which has some cute little flowers and butterflies.

 Who wouldn't love to get a note written on these?

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Screened

I love learning how to create new things! This week, I learned about screen printing.

My daughter got a screen press for her birthday, recently. It came with some great instructional videos that we watched together. Since then, she has been making shirts for herself and her friends. She even made a cool one for me to wear when we went to see The Hunger Games a couple weeks ago.

This week I was excited when I finally had an excuse to make a few shirts of my own. Our staff at school is creating shirts to wear to get our students energized for AIMS testing. What a great opportunity to practice the process that I have been watching! With a few pointers from my daughter and shirts from my team I was ready to go.

Here's a quick description of how to screen print a t-shirt:

First you need an image. I was able to create mine using Microsoft Word. Then, print it on a special film.

Next, prepare the screen. Clean it, dry it, apply a coat of bright pink emulsion to both sides, and dry it again.

Then, place the film onto the screen, cover it with a piece of glass, and expose it with a halogen light.

After that, wash out the screen. The part that is exposed to the light stays stuck on the screen. The part where the printing kept the light from getting through washes away.

Now it's time to print.  Clamp the screen on to the press. Position the shirt. Pull the screen down over the shirt. Add ink. Pull a squeegee across the screen.

Finally, pop the shirt in the oven for about a minute to cure the ink and you're done. Oh... Don't forget to clean up your mess.

Seems easy enough, right :)

I made the screen on Sunday afternoon and was able to start printing on Monday. The screen turned out great and I only really messed up on one shirt out of the first nine. Not too bad for my first attempt at this.

It goes without saying that I like shiny things, so I added a little sparkle to a few shirts, too.

This is one of those things that will take a little more practice to do well, but learning was a lot of fun. I'm happy this is one way my team will be able to inspire our kids to show off what they have been learning at school all year!

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