Monday, March 7, 2016

Laundry Room Organization

So, my secret is out.  I have retired from designing for stamp companies.  You can read why HERE.  But, as I said in my previous post, my blog will go on and today is an example of that.

I bought the Silhouette Portrait a few years ago and I was basically just too busy to figure it out.   Is it just me or is this not the easiest of things to use?!   It definitely is not self-explanatory!  Now that I have a little more down time on my hands, I put in a bit of time and figured out how to do a few things to create some pretty cool things.   I know I have a lot to learn and learning how to make the most of my Silhouette Portrait is definitely something I plan to accomplish.  I am already thinking that I "need" a Silhouette Cameo because I do even more with that!  Anyway, I am kind of excited that I can at least do some basic things with this thing that has been collecting dust for years on a shelf!  

You may or may not know by now that I am the Memory Care Director for an assisted living community.  The staff does the laundry for the residents and they use sticky notes to indicates which resident's laundry is in the washer or dryer.  Sticky notes.   BORING!   So I decided to create something that is WAY cuter than sticky notes to help us accomplish this.  

First, I found these great metal boards at Michael's Arts & Crafts and they were only $5.99 each. 


For the first laundry board, I purchased the Laundry Room Vinyl Decor by Jennifer Wambach (Design ID# 93931) from the Silhouette Design Store.     I die cut the design using my Silhouette Portrait and some black vinyl.    I used some transfer paper to lift the design and to transfer it onto the metal board.    I chose some patterned paper from my scraps and used a 1.5" circle punch to die cut my circles.  I adhered them onto some 1.5" natural wood circle cut outs.  I used my glue gun to adhere some magnets to the backs of the circles.    Once again, I used my Silhouette portrait, some black vinyl, and some transfer paper to create the apartment numbers on the magnets,  Now the staff can attach the magnet that corresponds to the apartment of the residents whose laundry is in the wash to the washing machine and / or dryer!  



We have 2 laundry rooms on our memory care neighborhood so I made a second laundry board using the Laundry Room Loads of Fun (Design ID# 93949) from the Silhouette Designs Store.

I am HOOKED on my Silhouette Portrait now and I am sure the next thing I post in this blog will be a Silhouete Portrait assisted creation!

Now, I will ask you..........should I upgrade to the Silhouette Cameo?!  You tell me!  

  

3 comments:

  1. I have the portrait, and love it. Since we live in a mobile home, space is at a premium and this works for me. If you do not have the designer edition, I would suggest getting that, but continue to use your portrait. If you find a need for larger paper, then by all means a Cameo is for you.

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  2. Oh my gosh, you are too ceeative! I love that idea and I bet the RAs did too :)

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