Sunday, August 28, 2011

Busy Mom's Ideal Chore Chart

Before we get into today's fun-tute on making a chore chart,
I wanted to give you a heads up as to what's on the horizon the next few weeks :)

THIS Saturday J&M Eye Candy will be hosting at their place
a FREE give-away contest for a cool AVON bundle of goodies!

Be sure to head on over to J&M Eye Candy this Saturday for your chance to win!

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Also, for 2 weeks in September J&M Eye Candy will be having this amazing "Party Extravaganza".
And I get to guest post for one of those days!!  Yipee!
I'll be doing a guest post on September 10th. 
It will be all about the Star Wars party that my ole hubby and I did for our son.
Be sure to head over on the 10th and check it out!

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And now, on with the show!

I don't know about you, but chore charts have been a big pain in my patootie.

I absolutely LOVE the idea of online chore charts ...
but then I have to stop what I am doing to log my son on.  Hate that!

Then my husband found these cool free printables online and he printed me a ton ...
but then I had to write the chores each time on the chart, and that's if I even
remembered to pull the old one down and put the new one up.  Too much for my busy life :)

Then I saw this tutorial by Kristine at J&M Eye Candy.
BAM!  Light bulbs went on and I was like
THAT'S IT!!

The idea was born, and our task of creating a
perpetual, reusable chore chart took of!


First thing I did was to use my Silhouette SD software
to lay out my chore chart similar to the way I wanted it to end up.

Once I had it looking like I wanted, I then approached ...
what for me is the hardest part of crafting/scrapbooking ...
choosing the paper!  I have the hardest time picking out papers & colors.

But, I perservered and found my selection. 
Then, using my pesonal trimmer I cut all the paper that needed
to be cut into rectangles and squares.  I based my measurements 
on what the Silhouette SD images showed.


Once I had all the rectangles cut and laid out,
I then used the Silhouette SD to cut out my letters ...


... and then I laid the letters in the general area they needed to be.


Next up, letting the Silhouette SD cut out the stars ...



... and a hole punch to cut out the dots.



Once I had all the pieces-parts cut & punched out,
I inked all the edges to give it more "pop".
Then I glued everything down onto an 8.5"x11" piece of cardstock


Almost done!  I thought the stars looked a little dead
so I decided to gently trace the stars with a blue ink pen
... let's just say I'm not very good at inking stars :)

One last thing ... the actual chart.  I used Microsoft Excel to create the chart,
printed it out, trimmed it up, and glued that sucker down!

I then put the whole thing in a Dollar Store frame,
gathered a dry erase pen that I had laying around
and bing-bang-boom it's ready to go for my son's chores :)

Now I won't have to worry about it except for once a week
when I have to count up his "x's" and dole out the mulah.

Easy Peasy ... and a nice cheatin' way out for mama :)

Be sure to check out the "Linky Parties" page to see where I'm hooking up this week!

7 comments:

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

It is great!! I love it when two ideas come together to create something that fits perfectly!! Great job :)

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Thanks for linking it up! We always love partying with you!

Diane said...

Absolutely adorable chart Ÿ You did a great job on that.

Athena Nagel said...

So cute - what child would not want to track chores on that chat? Thanks for sharing at www.thestuffofsuccess.com

Kathryn Griffin said...

Great job! So flippin' cute. I need a chore chart for myself. lol. Thanks for sharing. Found you via Creative Kristi. Pop on over for a visit if you get time. Tootles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/goodwill-artwork.html

Amy@One Artsy Mama said...

That is really cute! I may have to make one for my son...maybe a potty chart too!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

What great idea and how cute! Thank you for linking to It's a Party!