Friday, April 8, 2011

You Asked for It . . . Thoughts in Vinyl

So, remember when I did the magnetic menu planning giveway, and then I picked a couple of winners? Well, I decided that since so many people were interested in the vinyl menu planner, I was going to find someone who could cut the vinyl professionally, as in not my make-it-up-as-I go self, and then they could sell it to everyone who is interested.

Well, have I got a deal for you. Janae of  Thoughts in Vinyl  made these beauties for my winners, and you're not going to believe this, but she is selling them for only $9.50 each--and the transfer paper is already on them. What a steal! Trust me on this. Forget buying a $40 Cricut cartridge and wrestling with the transfer paper. This is the way to go.

These are the vinyl menu grids Janae made for my winners, and I have to say, I'm a little jealous because they are way cuter than mine. I love this font and the days of the week are so perfect.

I recently received a desperate e-mail from Mary Ann asking me to please, please, please sell her some Germ-Be-Gone labels, like these, so she could make some ginormous hand sanitizers for Teacher Appreciation Week. In spite of all my whining about my jobsy and my lack of time, people still ask me these things all the time. Instead of replying with a snotty "Did I stutter?" I told Mary Ann that I would work on finding someone whose jobsy it is to cut vinyl professionally.

Enter Janae. She made these super cute labels, which are waaaaaaaay cuter than mine I might add, and she is selling them for  only $4.50 each. How cool is that, Mary Ann? I'm sorry I was so mean. I'll try to be nicer.

These labels are for my classroom, because I never did get around to making them for myself. Before I applied these labels, I cut them into thirds because I find it's just a lot easier to apply a little bit at a time. I don't have the steadiest of hands, and I have that attention deficit thing going on, so this works best for me. I start at the top and work my way down. You might be fine doing it all in one go though. Don't take my word for it.

Before I forget, I want to give you Janae's contact information. She is a pleasure to work with, and she will custom design vinyl to your specifications. I highly recommend her.

Janae Anderson
Phone 208.524.7066

I hope that lots of you will contact Janae and buy so many menu planning grids and hand sanitizer labels, that she will call me and beg me to take the link down. To which I will reply "Nevah! Bwah, ha, ha, ha."

Speaking of hand sanitizer, here's a true funny confession. I was leaning up against the wall at my gym, nonchalantly waiting to get my kids out of the clink, and I leaned right underneath an automatic hand sanitizer dispenser. I got slimed. It was so icky, I can't even tell you. And I did not look cool.

Changing the subject yet again, people e-mail me all the time about this little magnetic pocket that I keep on the side of my fridge (sans ugly sticker, of course). I use this to hold my recipes for the week because it fits my recipe cards perfectly. Well, you'll be happy to know that I was at Staple's the other day, and they had a bazeellion of these babies. I haven't seen them for ages. Anyway, I only bought one so there would be some left for you. Staples is selling them for $7.29. I couldn't find them on the Staple's website, but you can find lots of them by Googling "Oxford DecoPouch."  I even found one on Amazon for $5.99.

And lastly, people have even e-mailed me asking for the 4x6 images that have my menu choices on them. I realize that the vast majority of you have no use for these, but for those that want them, here they are. Personally, if I were you and I wanted to make menu magnets of my own, I would just print my menu choices on some pretty scrapbook paper, cut them into squares mounted on card stock, laminate, and finally, apply magnets. You could even just laminate blank menu squares and write on them with a water-based pen, or with a Sharpie if you want them to be permanent.

If you want to use these, don't forget to click on them first to get the best resolution. Enjoy!


  1. thanks to you- I bought a laminator at Costco the other day. My hubby was thrilled. ha! I told him I *needed* it for a project. :p

  2. Ohhhh I just LOVE YOU!!! You have made my day (BIG smile on my face!!) Thank you thank you thank you!!!! (I do believe I'm GUSHING)I will be contacting Jenae in just a moment, but i had to take the time to thank you first!!! This will help me out so very much!!! I just had to laugh at your idea it would be easier to make your own by...BLah Blah Blah... yes that is where you lost me... You seem to forget some of us are Craft Challenged, or in my case Craft Handicapped! Gotta run...I must contact Jenae!!!! :)

  3. just sent janae an email- so excited to get a menu board for our little house- thank you!!!!!

  4. You should get a cut from Janae. You are going to make her lots of money with your amazing ideas! You are so good to share all of your awesomeness with others. :)

  5. Jill, you are a doll :) Thanks again for the great post. We have been gone all day spending time with the kids during Spring Break and when I got home I already had a few emails of people wanting to order.

  6. @Melanie-Who-I-Almost-Killed-With-Pie, I love that you have embraced the cumbersome name I have bestowed you with. You are so sweet, but I wouldn't want Janae to share a cut with me. She's selling them at such a great price already. :)

  7. You are a wonderful person, even if you do have a cushy schedule jobsy!

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [09 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. Megan, that laminator ROCKS!! I bought it a couple months back and finally used it last weekend. It's going to me my new best friend!!!

    I love the idea of printing and laminating menu options. I might have to do this!

  10. Jill, FYI-you can "erase" sharpie on laminated items with mosquito repellent! (Just another teacher trick) <3, AEG

  11. Nail Polish remover works too - FYI from yet another teacher :)

  12. OH you are brilliant! Once againg you have saved me. Love all your ideas!!

  13. LOVE the menu magnet idea!!! :) and the little holder thingy

  14. where did you find the pump bottles

  15. I bought the ginormous hand sanitizers at Sam's Club. You could probably find them at Costco too. Good luck!

  16. Hi, thanks you for the wonderful idea. I have always struggled with meal planning, so I'm very excited to implement this. A few questions on making the magnets: I am trying to type my options into a word dec then print on scrap book paper. I'm pretty computer savvy and I can't figure out how to make them?! I'm trying to fit 3 across like you did, centered, and the right size (1.75 I believe). Is there a template you could send me where I could plug in my own meals? Or tell me how in the world I do it?! thanks so much!!

    1. Um . . . since you posted as "Anonymous," how am I supposed to send you anything?