Thursday, February 2, 2012

DIY Valentine Projects - Custom Printable Eye Chart for Framing

I really like this. I can easily see how this can be personalized for everyone on your list except the youngest. Although even the youngest can enjoy it as they grow up. Basically, you take some facts about your recipient and just keep rolling the words. This tutorial is over at TheCheeseThief, at this link.

Be sure to read the one she first made for herself and her husband. It begins with "The story of us..." and it tells how they met and it's very romantic. I can see someone doing this with a quote from their custom wedding vows. Or a quote from one of their fave movies or book or poem. As long as both of you know what it means to you, it's in.

For others, a Mom, Dad, siblings, kids, friends...there is no limit to what you can use, as long as it is something that is recognizable by both of you. Bible quotes, book quotes, a brief funny incident you both remember with a smile or laughter...

Rena did her first one by putting the first initial of their last name on the first line, then their last name, and went from there. I can see doing this with F on the first line and Friends on the second line as one choice. Or M for Mom or Mother and V on the first line and Valentine on the next line. You could use B and Bingo, and so on. There are all sorts of things we could do with this idea, not just for Valentine's Day but for all year long.

There are images of 3 different charts which will show you how different you can make these.

Rena includes two Word doc. templates that you can alter to suit yourself, color, word, and font-wise. However, you might be familiar enough with your own programs to use other software.

She gives some excellent tips on how to get the spacing to work and ways to "hide" spacing characters when fitting various lines.

This is part of my series (1/15-2/14) of Valentine projects.

For other projects in this series, just look along the right sidebar for the label "Valentine Projects." I will post only tips that do not require knitting, crocheting, machine sewing, tatting, embroidery, or any other skilled technique.

If you are feeling lazy, check my Etsy shop for items for your gift list.

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