Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monopoly….Sugar Style

I was honored to participate in the Grand Opening of CI Staffing and their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  My first order of business was to create a custom give-away which would represent Sugar Tirado Designs and also be a great asset for local business owners in the city of Irving. During my search for unique ideas, I came across a great gift idea on Executive Homemaker. I was creating a custom board game not for a particular person, but one that could be utilized by anyone who won my basket. Since we were attending a staffing business, I decided to focus on developing a game which creates a modern approach to team building. Unlike the birthday questionnaire, my questions were based on random trivia anyone could participate in. Games bring out the competitor in anyone and my questions were specifically created to a broad demographic so not one individual could be excluded from all the fun. Of course, this specific game board was generic, but feel free to inquire about any custom game of your interest. 

My initial step in tackling this project was to replicate that of the (website) and recover an old or used existing game board. Just my luck, the winner of my basket would accidently tear a piece of wrapped paper and discover my secret. So I decided to keep everything one of a kind and really become “custom game board.” I used cardboard and wrapped the board in shiny pink gift-wrap. Finding the center of the board was probably the most difficult challenge of this step. Instead of double-sided tape, I choose to rely on my glue gun in hopes the paper was sturdy enough not to tear once folded. Once the board was created, I used my 1 inch square cutter to create the boxes and alternated using square pieces on one side, and the frame of squares on the other. As a mother, I am fortunate to have a plethora of options to use as game pieces. The character’s in my son’s toy box that I was certain would not be missed, was his miniature soldiers.  I decided to spray paint them silver in order to color coordinate them with the game board. The cards included both the questions and answers allowing both teams to participate at all times. This was to eliminate the task of having an individual who’s sole responsibility was to read questions.
The board itself was a breeze to create, unlike the box, which held this game together. Creating a shape to hold the cards was more difficult than I anticipated. I think I covered each piece on this box with 4 layers of paper and endless amounts of glue. A simple project some how ended up taking 12 hours of my day, but the final creation was well worth the hard work. The lucky winner of my gift basket that included the custom game board was Linda with Dallas Workforce. After meeting Linda, I am grateful that I know the game board is in great hands and will definitely get some use from my hard work. Although I could have possibly won the award for most glue sticks used in a project, I couldn’t be more happier than spending the time on creating a one of a kind gift.

My game board doesn’t really have a name, but if you order one, I’m sure I can create a few options for any occasion. 

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