Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer Fund Jar - Day #2 of the School's Out for the Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to DAY #2 of the "School's Out for the Summer" blog hop, hosted by Tina!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's post with the 3-D paper school bus. It's the last time that bus was running this semester ... now the kids are out and summer's begun!

Here's my project for Day #2:

Have you saved your coins for a Summer Fun Fund?  Here's a little project you can start in the beginning of the school year, saving your pocket change in a separate fund just for summer vacation. At the end of the school year, count it up and that's what you'll spend on a special outing for your family. Encourage family participation in the saving, too!

Now if you're lucky, you would have started your summer fun fund in September for the next year -- not like me, who just got this idea in May. So my fund's not that large, but I think it's good enough for a trip with Granddaughter Charlotte to the local beach (at the Jersey shore).

(Pictured here, Charlotte enjoyed beach breezes on the shores of Lake Erie, with her Daddy, Josh, last Tuesday. But like her Dad, she doesn't much like the feeling of sand between her toes!)

So in contemplation of saving enough for a beach day (and to make a project for this Hop), I made a cute savings jar by adding beach-ready cuts to a clean, 16 oz. jar.

I used regular cardstock for this, cutting the images from Cricut's "A Child's Year" cartridge. It didn't take as much work as I thought to get the images to curl and adhere around the jar -- I just used Aleene's Turbo Tack glue for a quick, clear adhesion. But you could use vinyl on your jar instead, if you prefer.

For those who know that "A Child's Year" images are silhouettes, to make these colorful, I simply cut them out four times -- black (for the base), then in red, yellow and blue (primary colors) and pieced as I wished. I Copic-colored a strip of paper in the three primary colors for the band around the lid.

My beach babies: Daughter Emily and her
daughter (my granddaughter), Charlotte
I hope you enjoy these summer-ready projects! Thank you, Tina, for hosting this hop!

Now it's time to move on to the other Hop Stops.  Your next stop is JAMIE.  And in case you get lost along the way, here are links to all of the stops:

Katina ~http://
Lissa Marie ~
Ellen ~ (You're here!) ~
Jamie ~
Robin ~
Jearise ~
Cicily ~
Jessi ~
Anna ~

Thanks for stopping by ~ Enjoy your Summer!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,


Maria said...

Great idea!! TFS

Babe O'Mara said...

What a cute and clever idea. September really is just around the corner. Hope I can remember this darling project.


Anonymous said...

Well look at you coming up with the cool projects for the "School's out for the Summer" theme! In our house it would get raided but I love love love your idea! We need one for the beach vacation we are taking this year!

Liz said...

great project, this would be perfect for my grandkids too so they could actually save up money for their video games LOL!! TFS

Anonymous said...

It is a great idea. It is a good way for kids to learn the responsibly of saving money.


D- said...

What a wonderful idea. We have a coin collection jar for extras but decorating it with a goal/theme is great. Maybe it would help encourage donations and prevent some raiding. LOL
dmcardmaker (email follower)

Unknown said...

That is a wonderful idea! Very creative.

Robin said...

I love this idea. We (my daughter and I) have a jar that we throw change into that we use to send to our sponsor child. Thinking we need to decorate it somehow, this gave me inspiration. TFS


Pink Dalmatians said...

How cute Ellen! We have a change jar, but never thought to decorate it. & now with the kids we'll need to definitely start saving for summer vaca's! TFS

melllisssa said...

What a fun idea! Your project is so cute. I love the idea of re-purposing things :)

Thanks so much for sharing!
misshoanggg (at)

Unknown said...

I love doing up cycling projects. Great idea for a kids saving jar.