Monday, August 17, 2015

My Collection: Roller Coaster Patches

I LOVE roller coasters and theme parks, and since I've worked for 3 theme parks I decided that I wanted to collect awesome patches of roller coasters! At first I just wanted patches that have roller coasters on them but then eventually spread out to patches with theme parks, water parks, and even fairs.

Want to see my full collection? CLICK HERE to go to Flickr to see it. (Don't forget to follow me while you are there!)

I currently have 43 different patches and a few on the way.
Some of my favorites include:

Do you have a favorite type of patch that you collect?


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tagul: A Word Art Tutorial is a super neat website to help you make your own creative word art.  You can use whatever words you want and whatever shape you want.  This tutorial is for helping create a Girl Scout themed one, but this will still help you if you are trying to do something similar.


Once we have logged in, select "Create New Cloud", this is the screen we start with:

First, we name our Cloud! This helps us distinguish which cloud we are selecting once we save them.


Then, we can start selecting what words we want to show in our cloud. Click on 'Word' and change it to what we want (red circle). If we want more than just three words, click on "+Add" (orange circle). We can add as many words/phrases that we would like. Remember, the more we add, the less they will be repeated.

Once we have added all the words we like, we then select "Shapes". (Don't worry, we will come back later to change the words to our liking.)

Here we get to pick the shape we want to use.  Since we want to use a Girl Scout trefoil, we will need to upload our own because there isn't one to select. Right click on the trefoil on the right and 'save image' to use in this step.

Once we have it uploaded, you will be prompted to change some settings. They should look about like this, and there is no need to change them:
(Pro tip: If you happen to use an image that has a white background instead of a clear one, pull the threshold to the left until the background disappears but the shape is still showing.)

Click 'Ok' and our image will now be shown and selected.

Now go ahead and click on 'Visualize' and we will get a rough draft of what we are working on.

Next up we get to select what font we want to use. We can also upload our own if we would like.
(Pro tip: Hold down 'Ctrl' while clicking on fonts to select more than one.)
Click on 'Visualize' anytime you want to see how the changes look.

Next up is the 'Layout'. Here we pick what angle the words will be. I've selected 'Dancing Words' and have updated it with 'visualize'.

I also change the Words size to 'Use size column from words table' (second arrow). This will come in handy later when we want to put a certain word in the middle or to emphasize certain words around it.

Colors and Animations is where we go to change the colors of the words. The color is automatically set to the color of the shape we uploaded (which is why it's been green), but unselecting the box 'Use Shape Colors' will unlock it to allow the colors in the box to the right to be used.
We can remove the colors that are already there and click the color box to pick what colors we want.
If you need to save the image with a clear background (to put on top of another background) select 'Transparent'. (You can go back and do this later because it is hard to see if you still want to make changes.)

I've selected green, blue, and black. (This is the actual green that GS uses. #009e49)

Now we need to go back up to 'Words' to change how each specific the word will look.

First we want the word 'Girl Scouts' to be large, in the middle, and straight across.
I've changed the size to 20, the color to green, and the angle to 0.
Don't want that word to repeat? Then uncheck the 'repeat' box on the right.


I personally love how this specific one came out, so I am going to now save it and share it. Click on 'Save changes' on the bottom right to save your work on their server so you can access it at anytime.
Click on 'Grab and Share' (red circle). If you just click on 'Print' (orange circle), it will be very difficult and usually ends up printing over two separate pages!

To save it to your computer:
Where is says 'Export raster image', click on '1 MP' (purple circle) and it will save it to your computer.  It will be a .png file but that's ok, it's better than a .jpg!  (Other sizes and types are for premium only so if you want them, you need to pay!)

Open your saved file in another program (such as Word) to be able to print on a single page.

I hope you came out with some awesome word art that you can enjoy!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Freebie: Bully Free

The NEA's Bully Free It Starts With Me program has some neat freebies. These are a great few things to have when you are talking about bullying with your girls.

  • Two letters to you about the program
  • A poster to put up that you can sign (I signed it too, see?).
  • A button.
  • A decal.
Want the link? Here it is!

It only took a couple weeks for mine to arrive. Enjoy them!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

My Song Book

Awhile back I posted about my Girl Scout binders and how I have them organized.  I've been working on my song book a LOT lately and it's finally finished!

I have typed up all the songs I know and separated them into categories. These are different the the original five and so now they are: 'Graces', 'Fun', 'Repeats', 'Serious', 'Camp', and 'Event'.

Here's the breakdown of the categories:

Graces are just that, graces sung before meals.
Fun songs are really fun and crazy.
Repeats are separated from 'fun' so that it's easier to find a quick repeat song when I need it.
Serious songs are more of those songs sung at campfires or other serious events.
Camp songs are songs that are about specific camps such as the 'Camp Texlake Smile' song.
Event songs are for specific events such as meals, birthdays, and announcements.

Each section has it's songs listed alphabetically. With the list of songs first, followed by the lyrics:

Every song in my book are songs that I personally know, with lyrics and styles that I have learned at different camps. I do understand that it's not the same everywhere! As I learn more, more will be added.

Although my song book is specific to me, I'm including links to each section in case you are wondering how I have mine set up or if you want a quick print of a bunch of songs!

Graces, Fun, Repeats, Serious, Camp, Event

Have you made yourself a personalized song book?


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Camp Stationary

Not long ago I was looking around my local Dollar Tree and I came across these adorable stationary sets that are perfect for camp! (I found them in the party section.) I found three different styles but they all came with letter sheets to fill out with things such as 'Camp is ___' and 'The food is ___'. They also included a fill in the blank sheet for addresses which can be used for addresses of friends and relatives back home, or addresses of new friends made at camp.  Also included are matching envelopes and postcards.  The postcards were a bit flimsy though and would probably be best sent inside of an envelope.

These are also great for camps and counselors to have on hand for those homesick campers to fill out and send home.