For the invitations, she helped me design these “books” to give to her friends. I lifted the design from the covers of the old Nancy Drew books. Kira got to help me decide what price to put on the back, etc. and she couldn’t get over how cool it was that I put that it was book 7 since she is turning 7. I had a fun idea for the inside, but it caused a bit of stress since I had to wait until the magnifying glasses got here from Oriental Trading Co (and I’m too cheap to upgrade shipping). I had seen these fun Shrinky Sheets at the ReadyMade Website. So we shrunk the invitation details, so the girls would have to use their magnifying glasses to read it.
I don’t think I have done anything like this since we made smurfette shrinky dinks when I was about 8, so for me, there was a bit of a learning curve and I wish the package had more sheets in it for mistakes. Here they are…ready to bake.
Oops! Some are curling.
The instructions say to put vellum or parchment paper over the top to keep them from curling onto themselves. We did this, but when after the time was up they weren’t shrinking much, I took off the extra sheets of vellum, so they were only covered lightly. Probably a mistake.
So there was one casualty. I broke it as I tried to bend it back in place, but fortunately it was an extra. I was able to salvage the others, by reheating them, and really flattening them with a spatula. Another time around, I think I will try heating with an embossing tool, so I can have more control over the curling as it happens.
No, Kira isn’t holding 5 books, just 5 invitations.
It’s no mystery that we want Kira to have a happy birthday,
but she needs your help!
Are you on the case?
Fri. & Sat., April 25th & 26th,
we will be having a stake-out
(A.K.A Slumber Party).
Report Friday night at 6:00pm
or come in the morning at 8:30
for breakfast before a busy
day of sleuthing.
Case will be closed
Saturday at 11:30am.