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My Craft Goals for 2015

My Goals for 2015:

1. Update my goals for 2016 in January of 2016 :)
2. Maximize my crafting time!
3. Keep plugging away at scrapbooking photos!!
4. Learn how to Heat Press!!
5. Have fun!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Graduation Banner (Banner Bonanza Blog Hop)

Welcome to the Banner Bonanza Blog Hop!

I am your final stop in this hop and I hope to make it worth your wait!!!

We're so glad you could join us today! If you've come from Robin's blog, you're in the right place. If you've just come across the hop, please start at the beginning with Ashley at  Made Especially For You

I have a high school senior and I created a banner for his graduation open house.  I wanted to add tennis, bowling and baseball icons to his banner along with his name and 2013.

I started with my Gypsy.  I used the banner found on Birthday Bash and put the shadow on my mat sized to 4 inches.  Because I used solid color cardstock, I flipped half of the banner flags upside down to maximize space.
I need 18 banner flags, so I cut out three sets of banner flags in black cardstock.

The next Layer on my Gypsy has my banner flags also sized to 4 inches.  This layer will fit on the shadow banner flag and is a bit smaller, so I was able to fit three rows of flags.

I cut out two sets of banner flags in white cardstock.  Because the two banners are designed to layer on top of one another, the holes match up as long as both layers are cut out at the same time.

For the sports icons, I used balls from Sports Mania.  I selected a tennis ball, baseball and basketball (I hid the inside cuts and added three holes for a bowling ball) sized them to 2 inches.

I cut the pieces out of cardstock (yellow, red, white and black) and the back side of some Christmas paper.
Here are my pieces all cut out.
I cut out Tyler, 2013 and T (for Titans) from Varsity Letter sized to 2 inches.

I cut them out in blue and white cardstock.

I found these starburst circles from CTMH Art Philosophy and cut them out at 3 inches.

They make a nice background shape.  There was not enough black showing and the white of the letters/numbers blended in with the white banner flag.  The black shape really makes the letters/numbers pop!

I adhered the black starburst circle to the banner flags and pop-dotted the balls and letters/numbers on top.

I debated on which ribbon to use.  The blue looked better even though it was glittery!!!  Hopefully Tyler won't notice the glitter!

Here are some close ups of the completed banner.

I added a star from George at 1.59 inches to separate Tyler and 2013.

In this close up you can see that I pop-dotted the letters and balls on the banner.

It is so hard to get a good photo of this big banner, but I hope the close up shots give you a good look!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I have been working hard to plan Tyler's graduation party.  If you have any suggestions for a party held at my house, please do share!!!

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Happy Hopping!

As you can see, I am the final stop in this hop. If you missed any other stops, please head back to the beginning to catch them all!!


Norma Gomez said...

Great banner Lori!!

Teresa said...

Love your banner Lori! This will be a perfect addition for your graduation party!

Lisa said...

That banner is awesome. Love it.

Iva said...

Wow you put a lot of time into your banner! It tuned out GREAT!

Tonya said...

Great job.

Unknown said...

Love your banner!!! Great hopping with you!!!


Sarah Biswabic said...

What a great banner!

Camille Short said...


Gini said...

Great banner.

Gini said...

Great banner.

morentin1326 said...

awesome creation... thanks for the hop and the chance to win...

Mary Ann said...

Love your banner,super

Unknown said...

Fantastic banner. Great fun hop. All the creations were amazing and inspiring! i didn't find new friends, i am friends with you all. Thanks for sharing

kahaulani said...

that's an awesome banner very cool!!!

Unknown said...

phenomenal banner!

Ashley said...

Love your graduation banner! All the details are so fun and I love that you showed how you made it. :) Thanks so much for being in the hop.


Margaret Peppers said...

This is a great banner. It is gorgeous. You put a lot of details on this. Thanks for sharing.

An'Jenic G. said...

Wow such a fun and creative banner. I bet this kept you busy. I love it. Happy to be on the hop with you. TFS AJ-

Ellen Jarvis said...

Tyler's a lucky guy to have a Mama who starts her party organizing early enough! Gosh, I cringe thinking about how crazed I'd be if I was "into" papercrafting when my daughter got married. As it was (BEFORE my papercrafting days), I made the invitations, programs, favors, and gifts for out of town guests at the hotel. Two years later, when she had her baby, I went NUTS for the shower....

How's this for an idea: Cut vinyl letters/design and put them on dollar-store plastic tumblers with lids. You could even make a label for each of the glasses using adhesive chalkboard vinyl so guests could write their name on and claim (and take home) their glass, to save on disposables??

Have fun!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Unknown said...

Great Banner!!! Looks like it took you a while to create. What an awesome job!! Thanks for sharing

Connie Can Crop said...

Lori I just love this banner! I can tell alot of work went into it and I am sure it was loved by him!
Scrappy hugs, Connie