Today is the 2nd day of my spring break……Had a lovely morning run with friends at boot camp down to the shores of Lake Sammamish, the water was so still and peaceful. Then a quick stop at Ben Franklin to get some cardstock for Gavin’s birthday party invites that I am working on finishing up. I am really enjoying having some time off from the busy work days, many meetings and too much email.
I am excited to share a banner that I made to welcome my girlfriends new baby girl. The banner is two pieces and reads “Welcome Baby Hope.” It was one of the decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower and the expectant momma was thrilled to receive the sweet banner.
I used the silhouette to cut out the banner flags and letters. It’s really easy when you have such a great tool to do all the hard work.
To create the rectangle flags, I used the “build a banner set” file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store. I was excited to make a banner with this traditional banner flag shape. My favorite part about making banners is that the shapes are endless and you can try a new style each time. In the past I’ve made circle, triangle, rectangle, and heart shaped banners.
Here’s a view of the banner flags in the Silhouette Studio software, this size flag is just right to get two per 12×12 sheet. The banners flags are 5×7 and the white pieces of cardstock are 5 x 2.75.
I printed the letters with black ink via my printer, cut the letters out with the Silhouette and then popped them up with foam to create dimension. Lori Whitlock really thought about the purpose when creating the silhouette banner file, she made holes at the top so that it’s ready to be strung. I love finding added shortcuts. The font is 260pt and I kept enlarging it until it filled up the white strip as much as it could. This might be my first time cutting out letters via the Silhouette and I am pleased with the result. I love being able to use all the fonts on my computer, I have Over 1000 of them (I can hear Nicole saying “of course you do Laurel.” Fonts are free & fun so it’s great to have options! :)
The beautiful teal ribbon is my favorite part of the banner. I got it at the local Ben Franklin (in Redmond) where they have a lovely supply of ribbons that can be cut to order. I like the thickness (it’s larger than what I typically use), the two white stiches through the organza and the beautiful teal blue color.
The pink & red elephants look really great with these three chevron striped patterns. I love the three hearts that are coming out of the mommas trunk.
The banner will be used to decorate the baby shower but then can also be hung in the baby’s room. Banners are great gifts that can be used for room decorations for years to come. I received two owl banners from at my baby shower and have have them hanging in Gwenyth’s room. Now that she’s 1 1/2 she’s even noticing them and talking about them. The first one says “Baby Gwen” and was ordered from Etsy for the shower, hung it above her crib but had to take it down when she turned one because she was trying to pull it off the wall. The second one is a triangle shaped “Gwenyth” banner that’s up high above the closet doors so it’s safe from little hands.
I am in love with the pink, red, blue color combo. The digital paper pack comes with two-toned chevron combos like I used on the invite and then these version with the color/white combo.
It was raining the day I finished the “welcome” portion of the banner so I was only able to get a full view of it all together here on the table. Thank god that that Saturday was dry so that I could get the photos of the “baby hope” portion (seen above). I like to get photos outside whenever possible to get the best light and it’s tough to do that in spring in Seattle.
Welcome to sweet Baby Hope! We “hope” your arrival into the world is a memorable one. I can’t wait to meet you!!
Links to the other shower decorations: invite, circle garland.
Stay tuned there’s still more elephant baby shower decorations to share in upcoming posts!
- White Cardstock (80lb) – print chevron pattern on 12×12
- Silhouette Banner Flag – Design ID #25735 (Lori Whitlock)
- Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
- Ribbon – Teal Blue with a double white stich
- Font – Doctor Soos Bold (260pt)
- Pop Dots – all night media