So there it sat. A cardboard that is but 3/4 the size of my 12"x24" mat. Do I really have to decorate it for Friday's Science Fair? I have 2 days. Argh. Frankly I'd rather be making a card but what's a mom to do?
I looked around the Craft Room and spotted my stack of cartridges that recently came in the mail. I see Songbird and really liked the flower image. I just needed to find a good solid font to replace that which came with the flower.
I searched through my cartridge drawers and decided that my go-to font, Don Juan, just wasn't going to work for this assignment. I never notice that most Cricut fonts are actually pretty skinny. We all know about that crazy anorexic font Jubilee, but even Simply Sweet was too thin and I almost settled on Alphalicious when I remembered that Robotz came with a font.
There! Exactly what I was looking for! Everyone sees the robots in that cart but I think that the font was totally overlooked. It's a good bold font and I know that it'll be one that I will be using often especially for the kids' craft work.
After some manipulation in Design Studio, I managed to cut out a whole bunch of flowers for the kids. I have to admit that it was hard for the perfectionist in me to watch them leave glue marks all over the "finished" flowers but I guess that made it believable that a First Grader did actually work on the project.
With some hot-gluing, the display board started coming together but yet I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing.
The display board may be small but surely there was something else we can do with the Cricut?
Science Fair = Display board = matching t-shirts? Oh, what the heck! Why not?!
And so we've done it - 2 days, 2 t-shirts, and 1 decorated display board. I think I've helped the twins enough to showcase their experiment and yet not so much that they can't own the project. After all, they came up with the idea for the experiment and the tests. They did the gluing, the writing ("No computer-printouts for you, kiddos!"), and the painting.
Not bad for a first Science Fair effort, if I do say so myself. For the kids....
and I guess, for me. ;-)