I had 2 projects lined up for the first 2 days of February — decorate the office’s bulletin board and prepare prizes for a friend’s bridal shower. I had ample time to prepare, and I even put together inspiration boards on Pinterest. But the last two weeks of January were surprisingly busy, and I was only able to prepare for these projects 2 days before they were due.
Enter Adobe Illustrator, aka my dirty little “crafting” secret. I use this program to brainstorm layouts and draw templates that can be printed out and cut.
PROJECT #1: BULLETIN BOARD
I work at a reading clinic, and we take turns in decorating the bulletin board in the waiting area. My colleague and I wanted to combine the ideas of LOVE because it’s February and READING because we’re reading clinicians. Also: research shows that children who read with parents get better grades.
The words “someone you” and “LOVE” are reflected in their mirror image to hide the outlines from the front.
My co-teacher Nat helped me in cutting the words and hearts. Thanks, Nat!
The finished product:
PROJECT #2: BRIDAL SHOWER
The panties spelled out “HERE COMES THE BRIDE” and were printed on sea foam green, lilac, and powder blue papers.
I was also able to design and print labels for the prizes and favors.
Thanks to my best friend AI, these projects each took just under 2 hours to complete.
What do you do to make arts and crafts projects easier?