Did you ever just have one of those days? Why is it my ‘days’ are always when I’m trying to get one of these kits done? I swear, I can never have a ‘smooth sailing’ this&that kit process. Why is that???
Today’s adventure began when I needed a couple of inks so I could print out my printables. Needed light magenta and wanted yellow. Only had light magenta. After coming home with half a purchase, only then did I realize that I only had one full sheet of photo paper left.
So I had to break up the one printable sheet to print on 4×6 photo paper.
And that’s just how the day started. . . . Let’s just say I thought I’d be done at noon. ;)
Oh well. All is well now. The kit is done and here for your viewing pleasure. And I want to retake these in a better light too . . .
So, I have to start off by saying something about the banana seat bike. For the past week or two (and it may have something to do with the trend of bikes I’ve been doing in these warm-weather kits), I’ve been thinking about that red and white bike I used to own.
I’m actually admitting to doing something very dorky as a child. That’s just how I roll.
I remember being 7 years old riding that bike (ohhhh, how I loved that bike!) and singing in my carefree way the commercial “Yum, yum, Bumblebee, Bumblebee Tuna….”
(Does that date me or what???)
I mean, seriously, how can you not like this commercial? How can you notfeel so carefree and want to eat tuna? (Sorry, wish I could find a better quality version)
Ohhhhh, the good ol’ days. When life was just a matter of what simple toy to play with, ‘should I wear the mustard paisley pants today’, and making sure you stayed ‘in the lines’.
Enough reminiscing. I guess we should get back to the task at hand, eh?
Here’s a few tips about the kit:
Uncle Sam Hat.
Adhere hat under paper clip and add a couple of rhinestones as shown.
FOR CREATING DIGITALLY. If you you are putting this together as a digital version, add a red rectangle (1.6875 x .51) to the top of the tan section piece. The complete rectangle will be 1.6875 x 2.5.
Rooster / Banner.
Star / Sunburst.
Fold the two long sides so that the outermost section has been folded over the next section and then it stands upright to make the edge of the box. Repeat for the other side.
Now, if you’ll look at one of the ends, you’ll see four little square sections as well as the top end rectangle sections. With those two long sides already folded, more or less match up the four little squares and fold the top rectangle section over the four little squares. While this can hold, it might be best to eventually add a little adhesive to make sure it’s stays secure.
Repeat for other end.
Once you are sure you have it all down right, secure the two rectangle ends inside the box.
For the Outer Box, fold along all score lines. I liked to ensure it’s proper shape by wrapping it around the inside box before adhering the two flaps together. Make sure it slides in and out too.
Okay, so depending on whether or not you have little wanna-be pyros in the house you can choose–or not choose–to put matches in it. Since I believe my kids to be “adults” (although it’s still up for debate way too often), I went ahead and put some in there. If anyone pilfers them during this month to light the barbecue or fireworks, they are dead.
I also cut off about 1/4″ of the matches to fit in the box.
Bike With Banners.
Ticket and Highway Sign.
Stars & Stripes.
And the Philadelphia would make a cute bag topper. Maybe fill the bag with licorice and top it off with a fold-over piece of cardstock with that label on it. Maybe a bag of sparklers. Possibilities are endless.
I think those two items are my faves of the kit.
Preorders will go out later on tonight.