April 12, 2012

"Have I Done Any Good in the World Today" Sign

I admired this Ikea frame for a long, long time and finally purchased it several months ago.  It was a bit pricey at $29, but I loved the ornate look of it.


When I started to make the office my craft area I thought it would look pretty right above my computer at the desk.  First, I spray painted it an almond color.  Then I created this art for it.  It comes from a hymn we sing in our church.



The background came from a free download I found HERE.  Then I tiled it over another picture on Picnik.  (Yeah, I went back to it in a moment of weakness.  However, there ARE some great new options in addition to the one I mentioned a while back.  I'll fill you in on them soon.)  I added the text on the preview part of my Mac, which I recently discovered I could do.  That way I can use all the cool fonts I've downloaded and not just the ones on the photo editing sites.

I have a lot of fonts I love, but I tried out two new ones Shelley recommended HERE.  I used Jfferrule and Learning Curve.  I used the dashed version of Learning Curve, which I liked because it felt like embroidery.

While I would love to share the file, I can't really because the background was downloaded free, under the agreement to not distribute it.  Sorry!  You can download the herringbone background yourself HERE.  You're essentially downloading all the scrapbook papers as a jpeg file.  I don't do digital scrapbooking, but I love messing with graphic design.

I ordered a 16x20 print at Costco (which is only $6!)  I used the cardboard from the frame to help me trace the right shape for the photo.  I drew a line around it in pen and then cut it out.


Anyhow, here's the finished and framed art.


It hangs above the computer.  (Sidenote:  I need to hang it a little higher and learn to fix the stinkin' puck lights above.)


I love having this little reminder in front of me when I'm working or planning my day.

That's all for today.  See you tomorrow.  Thanks for being here.

20 comments:

  1. That is great. I love how creative you are!

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  2. Love it! Could you share how you add text in Preview? I just googled around and couldn't find any info on it. Thanks!

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  3. Love it! Would you make me one? I can do the frame stuff just don't have time to make the rest. Would love to buy a copy of the same print you made if you would like to make another for me and I would purchase it. Please let me know! Thanks!
    Jill
    funk50@charter.net

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  4. Thank you for all the links and tips! Very inspiring indeed :) And I love what you did with the frame! I've been eyeing that same one for a while now....I may just have to bite the bullet! Have a wonderful Thursday!

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  5. Oh - love it!! Beautiful job and a great reminder!!

    I've been drooling over that frame for a long time...but don't live by Ikea and they don't ship it. :( In case anyone else is in the same boat, I found this: http://www.amazon.com/Kaisercraft-Beyond-Page-Ornate-Frame/dp/B004W8PFOM/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1334244706&sr=1-1
    It isn't as big - but I painted 2 up and am very happy with them. :)

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  6. A lovely project, and a beautiful sentiment. Thanks for the Costco tip, too! I didn't know their large-scale prints were so inexpensive!

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  7. I've been thinking of hanging up the same words in my house! :) It turned out super cute! :)

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  8. I've wondered how people go about downloading fonts, where they go on your computer once they're downloaded, and how to use them in a word processing program (e.g., Word)or a photo editing program. Just an idea for a future blog post if you felt so inclined someday. :)

    ps. Your picture frame and quote inside are lovely. I often find myself humming that hymn too.

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  9. Ooo I love it! I have the same frame (found it at a yard sale for $3!!) and you just gave me some awesome inspiration for it! :)

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  10. Wow! That looks really cool :-)

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  11. It's cool how you took an object associated with vanity and turned it into one of spiritual reflection. I likey!

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  12. Dude. That is AWESOME. Such an amazing thing to remember daily. And I freaking love that frame. I've wanted one for ages. Thanks for reminding me how I don't have it yet. :)

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  13. Hang on, I just totally assumed this was a mirror for some reason! Looked all Snow White I think. Ok, ignore my above comment except for the part that I like it.

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  14. I love this! What a great thing to ask yourself on a regular basis.

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  15. That's beautiful. I have that saying on my fridge, hoping to remind me daily!

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  16. Oh I love that picture as well as the song! I think I need to make one to put above my desk, too.

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  17. Love it! Your such a good person Cheri!

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  18. love it! I love the daily reminder. :)

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  19. A couple of months ago I have spray painted this frame, but I have sticked it to a simple door to embellish it. Here is the link to my blog. Thanks for share!
    http://enuntita.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/la-puerta-dichosa-tuneando-un-marco-de.html

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