As I’ve said in previous posts, I like to make the gifts I give to others. Wedding gifts. Christmas gifts. Birthday gifts. Just because gifts (okay, I don’t do that one very often). I like the challenge of coming up with something unique and interesting and I honestly enjoy crafting. This summer I’ve had the opportunity to craft quite a few gifts. We’ve had some new babies added to the family and we’ve also had our fair share of weddings to attend. In this post I will be writing about the wedding gifts I’ve made. I was too busy at the beginning of the summer to make gifts for the first two weddings I attended but I did manage to make them for the final three. I’ve lumped pictures of all three gifts into this one blog post rather than writing about them all separately, that way you can see how I progressed into making each project better than the previous.
The first gift I made was for our friends Billy and Bobbi. A couple of years ago I fell in love with a print that I found about marriage. I gave that print away as a gift and vowed to make myself a copy. I have never made myself a copy but I have re-produced it a few times for gifts.
Here’s a picture of the original.
When I first thought to re-produce this print my plans were to type it up in a pretty font, create a jpeg and then print and frame it. Before I could do that though I purchased a Cricut and decided that I would use my awesome skills to cut some vinyl and apply it the inside of a piece of framed glass. It literally took me months to learn how to design something using Cricut design space but I finally managed. There are lots and lots of videos on YouTube that helped me, as did my friend Patti. While I am far from having awesome skills I didn’t do too bad for my first attempt.
Here’s a picture of the gift I made for Bobbi and Billy.
My initial idea when I made this was to just have the glass in the frame which would allow the recipient to hang it on the wall with the color of the wall showing thru. The type of frame I ended up using did not allow me to do that so I started digging around the house to find a pretty paper that I thought I had. The pretty paper wasn’t as pretty as I recalled, however I found some crinkled up brown packing paper which worked perfectly. Having zero photography skills it’s hard to see in this picture just how nicely this turned out but it has a pretty antiqued look. I wanted to keep it for myself.
Having asked my daughter Jerika what she thought of the picture she told me that she thought it would look better with a different font, thus began my search for the perfect font. There is a website that my friend Patti told me about called Dafont and it has lots of different fonts that you can download for free. You can even preview what you will be writing which saves a lot of time. The font I settled on is called Luna. I love it!
Here is a picture of the one I made for Luke and Jordan.
Below is a picture of the one that I made for my nephew Josh and his bride Tawni.
In between making the first picture and the second I discovered books of pretty paper at JoAnn Fabrics. I bought a couple of the books and I now have 360 pieces of pretty paper from which to choose to place behind the glass. Not knowing the colors that the couples would like I included two other prints that the initial print could be swapped out with. Anybody that knows me knows that I can be rather indecisive…I hate making decisions, therefore I asked for some help from others in choosing the papers to use for the pictures. Jerika picked out the three prints for Jordan and Luke and my sister Cynthia picked out the ones for Josh and Tawni. I think they did a nice job.
This is a project I will keep making. First I will make one for myself and then I intend to make some to sell. If you love this saying as much as I do, and would like me to craft a framed copy for you, just get in touch with me and we can discuss price and colors.
Until next time,
Sandi, aka The Queen
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