Over the years I've written on my walls, soffets, fireplaces in a variety of ways. I've been thinking for a while now that I should share some techniques here. Deciding to share wasn't so much the hard part...finding the time to take pics and make the post IS! Of course, there is no time to be found, so starting today I'm just going to make the time. It'll be a good way to get me to post weekly if nothing else.
I'll start with the writing that is currently on the kitchen soffet. This is all done with scrapbooking papers.
It's probably too *cutesy* for some, but for now it works for me, and I'm sure you could think of plenty of ways to tone it down. :-) I do most of the work in Microsoft Publisher .
First I measured the running length of the soffet and created a banner in MSPub that size (I believe this was 12 feet). For this project I'm not actually going to print out 12 feet (in the past, I have), I'm just setting it up as a visual. I type in my quote, highlight it, so I can start playing with fonts and sizes. Here's how it looks when I finally find a winning combination. (click to enlarge)
Based on what I came up with in the banner sample, I now know that my letters in the font Missed Your Exit need to be sized at 250. So now I will close this banner document and create a new page.
On the newly opened blank page I created a text box, and within that I typed my first letter, set to Missed Your Exit, at size 250. I also set the Fill Color to Empty, so that when I squish them so close on the page they don't block each other out. (If you use MSPub that should make sense. Otherwise, I don't think I can explain it any better). Now I can right-click and copy that one letter, then keep hitting 'paste' over and over to drop the correctly formatted letter box on the page as many times as necessary and just keep changing the letter. See how much I was able to cram onto one 8.5x11 page by doing it this way? Big paper saving approach. You can print the page now and then start fresh on your next batch of letters in the quote, or just keep adding pages to this document until you have printed all required letters and then print all at once.
Everyone knows that 99% of the cool scrapbook papers available come in a 12x12 sheet. I never understood why, tho. All my scrapbooks were done in the 8.5x11, but oh well! Just trim your sheets down to 8.5x11 to fit your printer. Set the print parameters to PRINT IN MIRROR IMAGE in a DRAFT quality. Then PRINT IT ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE DECORATIVE PAPER.
This is how it will come out. Remember, you see a plain white sheet because it is the BACK SIDE of your decorative paper. Now you just use scissors or an exacto knife to cut each letter out. Print out a miniature version of the banner sample you first created to take with you (or take your laptop into the room you're creating in) as a visual aid for placement of the letters.
I drew a very light pencil line on the receiving wall as a guide to set the letters in a straight line, then erased/sponged off when the project was done.
Then I lay the letters face down on waxed paper and use a small paintbrush and whatever craft glue or Mod Podge (doesn't really matter) you have available.
As I recall (I did this a couple years ago) I added the words 'very much' because I needed to stretch the quote out for the length I was working with without making the letters bigger.
The way I made the scallop borders was to cut (I used a Sizzix die, like always!) a whole bunch of circles, slice them in half, glue them up there, then glue strips of 1" black dotted paper along the edges.
I hope I wasn't too sketchy in my descriptions, but it really is quite easy. Let me know how I did with this first week. I'm glad I finally got started, and I look forward to bringing you a new idea next week. :-)