Thursday, February 7, 2013

it's elementary, dear valentine!

we're big into craft projects at our house. and since i was feeling particularly festive*, i decided to use my elementary know how and cut out what, to my poor hand, felt like one million paper hearts in varying sizes.
i used pieces of pink, red and craft brown cardstock (2 pieces each color), some white sewing thread, and (probably too many) pieces of transparent tape and voila. an easy peasy valentine mobile.
it probably took me about 30-45 minutes total and i'm really happy with how it turned out!
i tried this same look for christmas with paper snowflakes, but i think the hearts are my favorite addition to our apartment right now.

i'm really tempted to leave them up year round...
love is always in season, right?

happy valentine's day!


*guilty about my lack of valentine's day decorations.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

hey lovers.

life has been pretty busy round these parts, but here's a pattern i made for everyone's favorite excuse to eat lots of chocolate and wear red and pink together - valentine's day!

how are you guys celebrating with that special someone?


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

work signs

At the beginning of the semester I had to update all of the signs around the tutoring labs with the current information. I really wanted to do something simple, but I wanted all of the labs to look like part of a bigger whole. In the end I think I accomplished both of those goals, but it might have been a bad idea to leave them black and white. I don't know. What do you think?

The Solution Space is where we help students with Math 1050 (College Algebra) and other higher math classes. 

The 3 different hubs are where we help students with all the classes in the Developmental Math program (Math 950, 990, and 1010). I really wrestled with this one because of all the information that had to be included!

If some of the logos look familiar it is because I also used them when making the buttons in my last post. I might have overcompensated on the boring colors issue though. ;)

All in all there are 24 different color combinations. Everyone has their favorites, but I personally like the blue/yellow buttons (at the bottom-middle and also the center of the pile).

Next post I hope to have Natalie's wonderful photography again instead of pictures from my phone. Maybe I'll work on something not math related too! ;)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hub Buttons

Wow, it's been a long time! Natalie and I just got so busy with work and the holidays. Hopefully we'll be able to post much more frequently.

I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm the math tutoring coordinator at Weber State University. It can be hard trying to change people's perspective on doing math homework. I want people to be excited to come in, so I am always looking for new ways to make the center more comfortable/inviting. That's why I recently made a bunch of buttons to give away to tutors or students who stop by to say hello!

Since our last post in October, Natalie and I have purchased a Tecre button making machine. We got it off eBay, so it wasn't nearly as expensive as the ones on their website. It has been really fun coming up with button designs for parties or events. Our particular model makes 1.25" buttons (or magnets or keychains). It was the perfect size for this project because they're big enough to be seen but small enough to not be obnoxious advertising. Hopefully people will like them and it will help a little with changing math's boring reputation.

I really do enjoy making buttons. Please let me know if you'd like some for an event you have coming up. Or head on over to Pinterest to see my button board full of ideas.