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We Love the Eighties!!

Hello fellow crafters!  Let me ask a question: what is the first thing that springs to mind when you see flourescent colours?  I suppose it really depends on your age (tee hee), but for me that thing is the 1980s!  I guess it does betray how old I am, as most of my childhood was spent in the bright and awesome 80s.  According to my kids, I am ancient, but you know, only 10 again inside when I hear “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!

So this month, I was challenged by my friends at Tape Technologies to create something using their stunning flourescent vinyl sheets. Check out the range here:

Tape Technologies Flourescent

Six extremely bright colors are available; Pink-01, Yellow-03, Orange-04, Red-05, Green-06 and Blue-07.

What I came up with is a little nostalgia which is perfect for an 80s party: a Photo Booth.

Hunting around the internet with the help of Pinterest (what would we do without it?), I found a lot of cutting files and other images with the 80s theme.

80s Photo Booth

Here is the one I used for the Tetris Blocks, Rubik’s Cube and Simon Says, at  The cool pink shades were in a collection from this talented Etsy designer.  (Note that both of these file collections were paid items – it’s so important to support designers!)

The “We Love The 80s!” phrase was using a retro-style font from my computer, while the cassette and Pac Man graphics were from free public-domain images, that I used the Trace function on the Silhouette Studio software.

Using a simple piece of 20″x30″ foam core board from the dollar store, I cut an opening in the middle, in the style of a Polaroid photo frame.  To do this, I measured in 3″ from the top and two sides, then measured in 8″ from the base of the foam board.  The funky vinyl pieces were then applied around the edges.  I’m so glad I added the googly eyes to the PacMan ghosts.. they look totally surprised at where they find themselves!

So to test the booth out, I recruited 3 willing participants (my kids, with the ‘ancient’ nonsense..), cut a few fun glasses and mustache props and tested it out..

80s Photo Booth

So if you are looking for the perfect flourescent vinyl colours for your 80s party, look no further than Tape Technologies!

Stay crafty, my friends!


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