Cat Fans!

Before last year’s Kitty Cafe I had an idea. You see, it tends to get pretty hot in our small meeting room during this event, even if we pump up the A/C beforehand. So it’d be nice to have fans to give to people. And, in the way my mind works, I came up with “cat fan” fans.

The biggest regret that I have about my original design was putting the year on the back side. We had a handful of these fans left afterwards, and we wouldn’t be able to re-use them.

They’re very easy to put together, with the cutting-time being the longest aspect. I used larger craft sticks, and printed the images on cardstock. I’d cut out the back side and glue it to the stick. Then I’d cut out the cat face, cover its back side with glue, and staple it onto the stick. After pressing the front and back side together, then I’d make any cutting adjustments to the back side. Et voilà! It’s a cat fan.

Now you can make your very own! Click on the image below to download a pdf featuring my original designs. I’m pretty sure that there’s artifacts and random splotches around the outside of the cat faces – don’t worry about any of those since they’ll be cut out in the end.

And while putting this post together, I realized that many people post-Tiger King are now bigger big cat fans, and I made a new set of fans just for fun. Again, click on the image below to get three big cats and a backside template.

If you’d like to learn more about our Kitty Cafes, then check out both this post and this other one.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or issues with these. I’ll get back with you ASAP.

Until then, happy cat fanning!

Masked Social Media Images

Crystal, a librarian in Montana, reached out to see if I would make a Facebook Cover of the My Masks Protect My Community design. Of course I could totally do that, and I did, and now I’m sharing several versions of it for y’all to use. Yay!

Signs of the Times

This is the second part of my series of signage in the library. I only feel slightly sorry if you just punched your monitor because I used the word “signage.” The English language, despite decades of trying to pin it down, remains awesomely fluid.

Anywho.

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In the first part of this series I discussed auditing your library’s signs. That post was very much geared towards directional/indicator signs. This one is focusing on early literacy signs that compliment the other signs. They also hide how messy my crayon-covered signs look on their backsides.

The most important thing I need to mention is that the vast majority of these signs were completely borrowed and modified from Julie Crabb‘s Tales For the Tinythis post, specifically. So if you don’t like my versions, then you have the original ones as a fantastic option.

Some reasons that I chose to modify Julie’s signs were so that they’d fit our sign holders (portrait 8.5″ x 11″), be crisper/more modern, and use our branded font on the vast majority of them. Impact!

I would also have loved to get more diverse children represented in our signs, but I was limited by our stock photo site. Harumph. Hey – if you happen to have an isolated image of a child or children that you think would be perfect for any of these signs, then send it my way and I can add it to this collection in order to give it more variety.

I shall now stop typing and switch to giving! Fell free to click on and download any or all of the following images for your own use. For reals. Enjoy!

 

 

The only sign that I opted to use a different font on was this last one. I struggled to figure out what image I wanted to go with it. I finally narrowed it down to wanting it to be a child holding a crayon (continuing that theme), but the closest that I could get was this girl with the colored pencils. So I went with it. I matched the font’s colors to the colored pencils in the photo to give it more cohesion. At least it ties in overall with the “crayon scribble” theme that I have going on. This font is called Pastel Crayon.

At this point I am unsure whether or not there will be a part 3. I’m thinking that there will be, it just depends on whether or not my idea works in reality. Well, even if it sort of works, I’ll be sure to share. And I’ll update this post with a link to it.

Until then, happy signing!

ETA: Okay, so I didn’t proof this post or my signs close enough. Thank you to the two awesome readers who caught both errors: one in the first image, and the other in the next-to-last. They have both been corrected.

Mi Máscara

Claudia Depkin from Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library contacted me with a request: might I create a Spanish version of my My Mask Protects My Community designs? Why yes, yes I might. And did.

In case you were wondering, I chose the mask colors based on South American countries’ flags.

And I’m grateful for my friends who debated the best translation for this – you know who you are. Hopefully in the end, I made a good call to balance what sounds right and what works right for a bold statement.

Also, I want to thank RAYGUN again, for allowing me to base these images on their original work.

Finally, my offer that I shared at the end of my original English post, is also good here. Reach out to me with your color requests, and I’ll do my best to perfectly customize the mask’s colors for your needs.

New Rainbow #LAFE for Sale

Announcing a new variation of my Rainbow #LAFE design which now includes my #BLM heart!

You can get the digital file for $5 on my Etsy shop. My Etsy sales go to help me keep this blog ad-free as well as other expenses involved in running a small business. Click on the sample image below to be taken to its listing.