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.


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