Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

stepladder
My tall stepladder now hangs on the side of the house and out of the way

Today I mounted one of the ladder brackets we bought at The Home Depot and hung my tall stepladder from it. I had been storing the ladder by leaning it against the front of the shed and on the patio, but now it hangs on the house wall just behind our bedroom window. It is out of the way but easy to get to. I also hung our short stepladder on the railing of our back porch, making it easy to get to from inside the house. Elaine uses that short one most often to reach the higher cabinets in the kitchen.

Copics
Some of Elaine’s 236 Copic marker pens

Elaine attended a class at The Paper Collage in Sun City West with Jan Ostlund this afternoon. This was to teach techniques using the Copic Marker pens that they both love to use. These pens come in several styles and hundreds of colors. They are refillable and are used by graphics designers, artists, crafters, and probably many other groups. The color spectrum is wide and there are not only many different shades but slight variations in color within any group. Elaine was not happy with her results at the class because one of her pens did not work properly. The teacher tried to help it but was not able to, so she loaned Elaine one. I was hoping to show you some of her work, but Elaine was not happy with today’s results so no pics.

I printed some more tickets for the upcoming St Patrick’s Day Dinner here at Royal Palm, coming on Mar 18th. I did one batch of 60 tickets a couple of weeks ago then another 20 a few days later. Tomorrow the team is having an open ticket sale at the Game Room and they needed more tickets so I printed another 60.

It was easy for me to print sequentially-numbered tickets and ticket sales tracking sheets. I created a simple spreadsheet in Excel with a single column of sequential numbers for the range of numbers I wanted. Then I used Publisher with a business card layout. This layout prints ten tickets in two  columns on an 8½x11 sheet of paper or on a sheet of perforated business card stock, but you only have to create a single ticket form and it gets repeated ten times per sheet. Having only a single form makes it easy to create, to edit, and to save for future use. I created the sequential numbering by using Publisher’s Mail Merge function and adding a single merge field for the ticket number. Using Mail Merge, the numbers are read from the Excel column one at a time and are plugged into the merge field. That way each ticket when printed has a distinct number though only one ticket form was created. Slick!

I also created ticket sales record sheets, each to show the purchaser info for 20 tickets. There are two ticket prices; $5 for residents, $7 for guests. So the seller records on the sheet beside the ticket number who bought the ticket and what they paid. The record sheets are set up for a packet of 20 tickets so it is easy to compare tickets sold and dollars turned in. When the ticket-holder checks in for the dinner their ticket number is checked off as having been used. This helps to avoid someone making a copy of a bought ticket and trying to use it a second time.

Having set this system up the first time, I can easily modify the ticket form content for future events. The numbers in the Excel spreadsheet can be quickly changed to create a different number series (if desired) and then a whole new and different set of tickets can be printed very quickly.

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