Thursday, August 11, 2011
I'm in the process of searching, applying, and interviewing for school district SLP jobs. My first interview was last week, and I was super sad to find out that I didn't get the job. I know that it's (hopefully) one of many opportunities so I shouldn't have gotten upset, but I tend to get my heart set on things and it's hard to hear "sorry, we chose someone else".
I did, however, have another interview today, and I feel really good about it. I'm also now experienced enough to know that even if the interview went well, and even if I'm qualified, I might still not get the job. And that's ok. In the mean time, I decided to work on a fun project to go on my future desk or office wall, wherever that might be. I was inspired by this pin and knew I wanted to make one myself!
If you're interested in making one too, now is a great time, since 24 packs of Crayola crayons are on sale for only 40 cents! I bought four packs, plus an 11x11 shadowbox frame and got to work.
You can follow the link from the pin for more detailed instructions, but it really is easy. I started by typing a capital "R" for my last name in Microsoft word, and then choosing a font and size that would work for the frame and the style I had in mind. I chose the font "Rockwell" in font size 230, and added an outline. The outline beefed up the font a bit, and made it so I didn't have to waste so much black ink.
Once I had printed the "R", I laid out the crayons in rainbow order (thank goodness for ROYGBIV!), and cut each crayon with a knife to fit within the printed letter. The straight cuts were easy (the tip of rolling the knife along the crayon worked great!), but the angled cuts were a bit of a pain. I could have done the entire letter in just one pack, but I was super happy to have the extra packs when my angled cuts resulted in a crumbly edge. If you have a name that starts with a T you're in luck! Luckily I didn't have TOO many angles.
After cutting, I used a glue gun to glue each crayon to the crayon above and below it. Tip: glue paper to paper, not wax to wax! I was reminded very quickly that wax melts when you put hot glue on it :-) It's also easy to loose track of how the crayons should match up if you don't pay attention, so I found it easiest to glue them together with the "R" printout underneath. Luckily hot glue is very forgiving!
I used scrapbook paper to create the background, and to embellish the words that I typed and printed to go around the crayon "R"
I am SO SO happy with the results! This is an inexpensive, fun project. My crayon use totaled 80 cents, and the frame was $8. Everything else (scrapbook paper and glue) I already had. Just make sure you bring a little patience to it.
I can't wait to see where this ends up in the next few months!