You might remember recently I did a tutorial on creating a perpetual “Honey Do” list.
No? Well maybe this picture will help 🙂
You could see in my photo above not only the “Honey Do” list but the chore chart below it as well. I had promised you the tutorial on that little gem of a chart. Well, friends … your wait is over [as if you really were waiting with anxious breath! Ha!]
I don’t know about you, but chore charts had been a big pain in my patootie for some time. I absolutely LOVED the idea of online chore charts … but then I had to stop what I was doing to log my son on. Hated that! Then my husband found some 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 one of my fav sites … Foley Family Unedited. BAM! Light bulbs went on and I was like THAT’S IT!! The idea was born … and my task of creating a perpetual, reusable chore chart took off!
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. Anyone out there want to come live with me just so you can do this part for me?
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 all the measurements on how big to cut by what the Silhouette SD images showed me when I clicked on them.
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 🙂 We’ve actually been using this for almost 2 years and it works like a charm. Be sure to check out the “Linky Parties” page to see where I’m hooking up this week!
What about you? What types of chore charts do you prefer??