Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gettin' my craft on.

***I added some how to's for this project below, based on the questions! Hope it helps!

Keep linking to the party here ladies! I may have to take down Mr. Linky in a few days and just put up the links -- the linky is causing major issues with my site. Either way, you'll be able to keep linking up! (Anyone out there happen to be a computer expert by the way? I would lurve you forever.)

Anyhoo, my mind has been absolutely swimming with projects to do around the house lately, so I have had no desire to work on anything crafty. I have about five gifts I need to get done, but nada...nothin'...

I have even driven right past Hobby Lobby about five times in the past few weeks with no urge to walk in. (I know! What is wrong with me?!) My crafting mojo needed a major kick in the pants. For some reason today, Hob Lob was pulling me in...I couldn't resist it:
I have three girlfriends who all had baby girls within a week of each other, so I've been trying to think of personalized gifts to give them all. I had the egg sign above from the dollar store, and today I got paper, ribbon and itty bitty flowers to make an adorable sign for one of the new arrivals.

The paper wasn't big enough to cover the whole plaque, so I just placed the paper diagonally so it would fit over most of it. I spray painted the sides and the corners, then used my spray adhesive to add the paper:
I found a font and color on the computer that worked and printed out baby girl's name:
Getting there...it needed some bling:
I hot glued them on:
Added some chocolate brown ribbon, and voila!:
Caaaauute!! Isn't her name adorable? Colleen, I hope you love it! (Katie and Steph, yours are coming soon!)

I forgot to show you all my latest favorite Goodwill find!! It is FAB. You've probably seen it in some of my recent pics. And it is waaaaaay more than I usually spend there, even on furniture:
It was $24.99 -- I told you it was a lot! I actually saw it, admired it, cackled at the price and said out loud, "There is NO WAY someone is paying that much for this!" and left it there. Then I got home and couldn't get it out of my mind. I got back in the car, sure it would be gone...but it was there. (With a beam of light shining down on it.) I got it. Love it.

Join me later this week -- I'm going to share every. single. little. thing. I know about paint. I know you are waiting with baited breath.

***Here is what I do to get my words to work for each project --
1. In Word, make sure the paper layout is set to Landscape (horizontally) -- go to File, Page Setup, Paper Size to do this.
2. Make sure your margins are as small as possible. Again, go to File, Page Setup, Margins and lower the sides, top and bottom to 0.3 or so.
3. Once you find the font and size, you can change the kerning or leading, or how much you want to stretch the words vertically or horizontally. Go to Format, Font, Character Spacing. To move the letters out or in, go to Spacing, and adjust the pt. size to what you want. To move the lines of words closer or further apart, go to Position, and raise or lower the pts. to where you want them.
4. I only use the fonts I have on Word, but there are a ton of free sites you can search to find more!

I use all of these tools each time I do a project like this! My picture may be misleading, the plaque is only about 16 by 3.5 inches. I hope that helps!

51 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! Just a quick question, where do you get your fonts from? I did my monogram in Word, LOL. But I was looking for something wih more options.Thanks, love all your ideas! :)

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  2. Omg....I just became a follower a few minutes ago and I'm already in looooove with your blog lol...This is too cute and I'll have to steal the idea in the future!!

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  3. Great idea,I have a friend expecting a baby soon so this would be a great gift!Thanks!

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  4. Adorable sign! I love the new piece from Goodwill!

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  5. I love the paper on a diagonal! So adorable!

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  6. Yea, you got your craft back on! So clever and cute. Oh sorry, caaaauuute! :)I can't wait for all of your paint wisdom!

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  7. can't wait to hear all about paint! I was actually wondering what do you do with kids in the house? Do you always spray paint outside? Are you worried about fumes at all? Don't mind me, I am just starting with all this crafty decor stuff and just got into spray painting but now I am all paranoid about the fumes and such..

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  8. That is beautiful! What a lucky friend you have!

    The lemon jar thingy is awesome also. I agree though, I would have left without it, but if it was stuck in your mind it was stuck!

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  9. I'm so glad you showed that sign...I actually bought that same sign at the Dollar Tree around Easter and I thought to myself I can do something with this! Thanks for the idea---thinking of making a name sign for my daughter's room! I love it, I am so pumped about that sign now!;)

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  10. wow, how darling. a really cute boutique item. I'll definitely try this one. Thanks for the post!

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  11. It turned out way cute! I love it!

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  12. How do you print such large letters on such big paper? When I try to make the big letters, I always feel like I cant print on a big piece of paper because I am limited by standard 8x11 paper.
    Do you just have a normal standard home office printer? Or do you have something fancy schmancy?

    Love your blog!
    Halle

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  13. Oh the signs are so cute!
    I want one for my future new nephew...Hint...ETSY :)

    Love the cloche! It was still a good deal.

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  14. I recently picked up an apocathery jar for $20 at the thrift store and felt like it was a lot. I went through the same process in my mind and figured it was the first one to find second hand. I am afraid to go to the craft store and see how much I can get one with my coupon. Oh well...it's all in the heat of the moment. I love it anyways!

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    تعلم تجارة الفوركس واربح بالدولار
    http://www.lessons4x.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow that is really cute, Can you show us all how you print out letters like that? I would love to learn?
    love the glass thing from Goodwill
    deezie

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  17. You blow me away with your ability to visualize something and bring it to fruition via thrift! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  18. I love the cake stand and bell jar. our dinner table is in our living room, and I am not going to be looking for one for it!

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  19. The sign is a great idea. We have four teachers at our school that are having babies this summer. Take care ~Natalie

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  20. Lovely gifts for the new babies!
    I too, would like to know how to print large letters like this. Did you print them one at a time and cut them out? How did you attach them? Please do tell?!

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  21. Did you have them enlarged at a copy shop? Very curious here!

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  22. Actually, I am waiting anxiously--I have several projects I want to get started on, but I only want to do it once, so I need to make sure I do things right--and you are obviously the expert!

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  23. OK. So, I, too, have the same font question as everyone else. Do you think you could do a post about it and save yourself from answering the question over and over and over, like, a hundred and seventy-two billion times by e-mail? The sign is soooo caaauuuute and I'm thinking of tons of applications if I could ever get the font right.

    Thanks,
    Pam

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  24. Whoa- so I am totally addicted to your site.
    Just read up on molding- so perfect for the MASSIVE wall behind my living room couch!!
    LOVE the square idea, painted a darker color with some art inside!!

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  25. Hello! What problems are the linky things giving? I hope I can help (:

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  26. I love the craft idea! I will have to make one for my son and one for our nursery! I have been looking for something cute to do on the boys' doors!

    Check out my blog and sign up for my giveaway!

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  27. thats so flippin' adorable!

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  28. I just found your blog yesterday and I'm LOVING it. I am obsessed(to say the least) with Goodwill. I can't understand the people who say they don't want to "dig through that stuff". I'll happily "dig" to save 75% or more! Anyways, you inspired me because I needed a new desk and I went to my goodwill last night and found one of the old tables with the sewing machine on it. I grabbed that sucker up for $20 and had hubby take off the sewing machine and volia...new desk. Just wanted to share and thanks for inspiring me!

    Katie
    itsonlygirlsforme@yahoo.com
    *mom of 3 girls*

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  29. Just found your blog and LOVE it! Thanks so much for all the great ideas!

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  30. OMG I LOVE the sign!! how cute!!

    ~TidyMom

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  31. I love the cloche. I probably would have gulped at the price as well but then when I think of how much they are in the stores, you got a pretty good deal!

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  32. I'm with everyone else-
    How big is this?
    Where'd you find the font/how'd you get it on the paper????
    I owe about 20 baby gifts so I'm eagerly awaiting...

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  33. Oh I love that sigh!

    I would have paid the $24 bucks too. :)

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  34. Oh! Oh! Oh! Sarah, that sign is adorable. I've seen those signs at The Dollar Tree, but haven't been by in awhile. I see a trip in my future. Love what you did with your big bucks buy. ;) Fabulous, as always!

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  35. Freakin' ADORABLE. Gonna do that for 10 year old! Love it....I wish I could think like that....I am such a newbie!

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  36. I just found your blog and love it!!! Lots of inspiration and love put into these project.

    Thanks, I'll be back!!!

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  37. Cutie pie signs! I just love the name Katelyn. If we have a girl...one day...that name is on my short list of favorites.

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  38. I like your Goodwill find - you would have kicked yourself if you didn't buy it :)

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  39. OMG!! I love the name idea you came up with it is perfect!!

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  40. ACK! That's even better than the little dome I found yesterday! I'm green with envy!! I wuv the wemons underneath.

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  41. luv the goodwill find..now I'll be a regular there:):) Love the sign..it's way cute!

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  42. I wish I was that crafty, this is a great idea and the goodwill find, woot woot

    Sarah

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  43. Love the cute sign! Such a great idea, and it turned out just lovely!!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  44. I've posted a link to your blog here: http://mrsfussypants.com/2009/06/mom-bloggers-rock-week.-day-4-moms-who-make-homes-a-haven/comment-page-1/#comment-11233

    because I really do think you rock!

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  45. I seriously am waiting on baited breath to learn all you know about paint. You are the master!

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  46. Cute, cute, cute! Love the Goodwill find!

    Manuela

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  47. There are so many things I like about this project I don't know where to start! From simple to inexpensive to the fact that your friends are going to love the personal touch you gave to this gift. This is a great idea!

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  48. Too cute, Sarah! I was doing a very similar project on Tues night as well! I'll be posting it soon.

    These turned out great!

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  49. O may have to try this. My niece is having a baby any day-very cute.

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  50. Love the name. That is my daughter's name, but spelled "Caitlin May". Cute sign.

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