Happy Business Woman’s Day (yesterday)!

Apparently I’m still operating in 2013.

When I was looking ahead for next week, I thought that today was Tuesday the 22nd. Well, clearly, it’s not.

So, I’m going to act like to day is Tuesday, September 22nd, when it is really September 23rd. Please don’t get confused! I already confused myself!

Today (Yesterday) is Business Woman’s Day, or what I would like to have renamed to “Woman in the Workforce Day!”
I’m sending all my love to those woman out there who work their tails off making a living for themselves or their family or simply because they want to work! If you are a woman, and you have a job, Happy Business Woman’s Day!

But wait! I don’t want ANYONE to feel left out! For those of you who aren’t woman, or don’t identify yourself as a woman, it also happens to be Elephant Appreciation Day (yesterday)!

I saw this post on A Beautiful Mess a few weeks ago about using printable Shrinky Dink paper to make 3-Step refrigerator magnets. It turned out to be just that easy!

I picked two different images to use, one for each holiday and edited them on my computer.

I found Ink Jet printable Shrinky Dink paper at my local Micheal’s Craft store for $12.99 USD for a pack of 6 pages. I don’t think this was a bad price considering I got 24 magnets out of it.

I chose Rosie the Riveter as the decal for my magnet, mainly because of the symbol she is for woman in the workforce. After reading the instructions, I made sure to BRIGHTEN MY IMAGE BY 50%! Did I say that loud enough? BRIGHTEN MY IMAGE BY 50 PER-CENT! It might look goofy, but I’m telling you, the instructions are there for a reason.

Brightened by 50

After I had all my images printed on my Shrinky Dink paper (in addition to my ones for Elephant Appreciation), I began to cut each image out and prepare for shrinkage! (Side note: I can’t believe there is no red squiggly under the word “shrinkage”)

Shrink

Read the instructions and make your best judgement according to your oven on what to bake. I tried a few different temps and times before I found that 300 degrees for five minutes works best for MY oven. Everyone’s oven is different. Keep an eye on the first batch to see what works well and what doesn’t. By the last batch you’ll be an old pro!

When your pull your creations out of the oven, immediately use something to press them flat (I used a legal pad). JUST PLEASE BE CAREFUL TO NOT BURN YOURSELF!

Both Days

Once they are cooled, remove them from the baking sheet and allow for further cooling. Adhere a magnet to the back with a hot glue gun and you’re ready to celebrate!

Everyone in my office LOVED their magnets. They are small enough to not be obnoxious and fit right on their cabinets!

How are you celebrating today (yesterday) ?

Note: Today September 23rd’s actual holidays are:
Checkers Day
Restless Leg Awareness Day (or as my mom likes to call it “Happy Feet Day”)

What are some other holidays you are celebrating this week!? How are you celebrating them?

Talk soon,
Jennifer