Have you ever wanted to design your own party printables, but didn't know where to start? Well, Beth Picard of My Friend Beth and Great Graphics, put together this video to show how simple it is to design a banner. And the best part is you get to create it exactly as you like!
Hi, I'm Beth, and in this video I will show you a quick and easy way to make a banner. To do this, all you need is Photoshop Elements (version 10 or 11). If you don't have Elements, you can download a free trial from Adobe.There are two ways you can change your pennant letters. You can save each page you make with 2 flags on it by going to "File: Save As" and choosing where to save it, and name it something like "Banner 1."
Or you can print out your banner pages as you go. If you print as you go, you can simply change the letters right on the two pennants you have, by highlighting the text (it still works when it is sideways), and just changing the letters. I suggest saving each page, however, because if something doesn't print out correctly, you may want to redo it later.
What's so fun about creating your own printables is the possibilities for creativity are endless!
Here are some sample banners people have made using this same technique.Bella Grey Designs Church Hill Charm
Under the Sea Banner by Pink Wasabi Ink
Thanks, Beth, for this easy-to-understand tutorial. I definitely get intimidated by graphic design (although I'm getting braver) so thanks for breaking it down and making it look so easy!
Beth Picard teaches people how to use digital paper and clip art through her Photoshop Elements tutorials on her membership site, My Friend Beth. She also sells digital paper backgrounds and digital clip art for invitations, party decorations and other crafts on Great Graphics.
Molly Allen from CakeFYI has developed another awesome treat for us!! It you're into salted caramel, you will love this...
There’s absolutely no denying that the salted caramel trend is here to stay. Today, I wanted to give you a simple blondie recipe, but with a kick. I drizzled them in sweet and salty caramel sauce and topped them with coarse salt for that authentic salted caramel look. Talk about the perfect treat!
Salted Caramel Blondies
Makes 9 Blondies with Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 C Butter, melted
- 1 C Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/8 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 C Flour
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Beat melted butter and brown sugar together.
Add the egg.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the brown sugar mixture and mix until well combined to form a thick batter.
Spread batter into a greased, square pan.
Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow blondies to cool in the pan on a wire rack. While blondies are cooling, prepare Salted Caramel Sauce.
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 4 Tbsp Butter
- 3/4 C Brown Sugar
- 1/3 C Milk
- 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tsp Salt
Melt butter on low in a saucepan. Once melted, add brown sugar, milk, and vanilla and whisk well. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Do not stir the sauce until it has boiled for 5 minutes.
Remove the sauce from the heat, add the salt, and whisk well. Transfer the sauce to a mason jar to let cool.
Once blondies have cooled, whisk 1 Tbsp of Powdered Sugar into the Salted Caramel Sauce. Drizzle Salted Caramel Sauce over blondies. Sprinkle with course salt. Enjoy!
Thank you, Molly, these are making my mouth water!
To learn more about Molly check her out at CakeFYI.
Clockwise from top left:
Sharnel D's Mad Scientist Party
Festinhas D's Alice in Wonderland Party
Melissa N's Country Western/Cowgirl Happy 6th Birthday
Can't wait for next week!
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Here are my newest posts on Spoonful this week. Get ready to see some terrific photos!
First, browse through this gallery of creative cupcakes and you're sure to be inspired.
Planning an outer space party? Here are some great ideas.
There's nothing more beautiful for spring than strawberry sweets and desserts!Spoonful.
To start, I wanted to have something round on the table to signify the Earth and the recycling cycle so I used my grape vine wreath for that. I added a little ceramic bird to represent the animals. Using a plastic green table cloth left over from our St. Patrick’s Day party was a no-brainer.DIY on Catch My Party) and my Silhouette machine, we were able to put together this fun Earthy banner. Woodland Party last year and I thought how perfect to recreate them for this party. I used a brown lunch bag, a stamp and some jute twine. It was so easy and pairing it up with a twig pencil was perfect!
Here are some great resources for you to help celebrate Earth Day in your home:
Free Earth Day printables on Catch My Party - an earth-friendly party sign, party circles, and an "Earth Day Rocks" banner.Ideas for How To Throw A Mini Planting Party:
Plant Protectors Club – FREE From the EPA They have downloadable products and fun products you can order on line for FREE!
We LOVE this resource and pull it out often in our home school!
Arbor Foundation – you can order 10 trees FREE when you join for $ 10 (6 month membership). They will arrive to your home in the season in which they can be planted. This is a GREAT way to teach the children about our Earth and planting! Invite 10 friends over and these would make excellent take aways at $ 1 a piece!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found some great ideas and resources for celebrating our Earth! Until next time – Party On Friends!
Thank you, Melissa, what a way to have fun and teach our children to be mindful of the earth! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.
Happy Spring! The flowers are blooming, the trees are alive, and the snow is still in melting mode (hehe). Regardless of the weather, April is HERE and there is no going back! I am excited that Earth Day is fast approaching. We always have a great time learning about our planet and what we can do to help preserve it.
TODAY, I am bringing you a tutorial on how I made our Earth Day banner for this year’s celebration - using recycled maps.
Our public library holds a “used book sale” twice a year. Books, to our home, are like GOLD! A few sales ago, I found this HUGE hardcover Atlas with pretty maps in it for $ 1.00! SCORE! I knew that I would use them for our schooling in years to come.
When I was thinking on what colors and “theme” to go with for Earth Day this year, I decided blues, greens and whites (typical Earth colors) and what better way to incorporate those colors then to use MAPS!
Using my Circle Cutter (Martha Stewart brand), I picked a few maps that would show off vibrant colors in hues of blues and greens (even snuck in some browns).
Cutting – 6.5 inch circles from this paper.
For the next layer, I enlisted the help of my Silhouette SD Machine (one of my party planning staples)! I cut the word EARTH and some leaves for embellishment.
Be watching for our Earth Day Mini Party on a budget coming tomorrow! Until next time - Party On and Protect the Earth!
To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.
Picnic season is nearly upon us. One of my favorite easy "date nights" with my husband is to walk with the family to a nearby park, set up a picnic blanket, and enjoy dinner and conversation and a glass of wine as the girls play on the playground. It's nice to get a little bit of romance and quiet adult time, even when we don't have a babysitter.
- Heavy Duty Pliers (I use lineman's pliers)
- Thick bamboo skewer
- Floral grapevine wire
- hot glue gun
- silk flowers (optional)
First, cut a 30" length of the grapevine wire (available in the craft department of major craft stores). Bend 8 to 9 inches back over itself, and twist to create a double-strong length of wire at one end. Leave about an inch of the wire sticking out like a tail. Wrap the single-thickness portion of the wire tightly around the bamboo skewer, starting at the non-pointy end (you want to leave the pointy end free to push into the grass).
Coil the double-thickness portion of wire into an open C shape that gets wider as it spirals upwards so the wine glass can sit nicely in it.
The wire should be pretty secure already, but I give it a little extra permanence with my hot glue gun. Embellish with a few silk flowers, if desired.
These wine glass holders take only a few minutes to make, and are such a wonderful tool to use on a picnic. What's your favorite way to bring a little romance to an average evening?
My way, Nicole, is for my husband and I to ask each other what made our day special and really listen.
Looking for a festive treat for your Cinco de Mayo celebration? Or maybe you’re just looking for a festive cupcake for your spring barbecue. Either way, these Coconut Lime Cupcakes are sure to please. These flavorful cupcakes start with a simple coconut cupcake batter. Bake them, and add a generous swirl of tart lime icing for the perfect pairing of flavors. Top them with sparkly gold sprinkles and a little bit of lime zest, and you’re all set!
Makes 24 cupcakes
- 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
- 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Teaspoons Coconut Extract
- 1 1/4 Cups Flour
- 1 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 3/4 Cup Coconut, Shredded
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then add the coconut extract and mix well.
Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated.
Add half of the milk and mix well.
Add another third of the flour, mix, and then add the remaining milk.Add the remaining flour and continue beating until well mixed.
Using a measuring cup, pour batter into a lined or greased cupcake pan.
Bake for 16-18 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool before icing.
LIME ICING RECIPE
- 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
- 3-3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- 1/2 Tablespoon Milk
- 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Zest
Beat the butter and a 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.
Add the vanilla, lime juice, and milk and continue beating.
Continue to add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Beat in lime zest.
Once cooled, top cupcakes with Lime Icing. Top with gold sprinkles and additional lime zest, if desired.CakeFYI.
I promise you will be blown away by each of these four parties added to our site this week! The originality... wow! There's a superhero birthday for a girl, a Radiator Springs birthday, a cute teddy bear picnic, and a gender reveal in the coolest of colors.
Clockwise from top left:
- Top The Cake's Teddy Bears' Picnic
- Magnolia Creative Co's Calling all Super Heros!
- Laura's Little Party's Ties or Tutus?
- Nikka M's Vintage Cars Radiator Springs Birthday Party