I love all the signs I see at craft shows and in the stores, I wish I had a vinyl cutting machine like the cricut, but more then my love for crafting is my love for being frugal, and those things are out of my budget. I do simple hand cut cutting of vinyl for using as stencils for wooden signs, but my creativity is limited with hand cutting, digital design to the rescue! I have been digitally scrap booking for over 10 years now, and by my own admission, boy have I come a long way since the 1st things I’ve done, so much so that if I still had all the photos I would sit down and redo them all.
Along the way I have picked up the love of designing things more then just photo scrap pages, I do juice labels, birth announcements, invitations, bag labels etc., and just since last year I am really enjoying creating my own signs.
I found four 8×10 unfinished frames at a thrift store in the summer, I used stains I had on hand to stain them and added my signs. I consider painting thrifted and vintage frames and popping a printable in it upcycling, it’s a great way to save frames and breath new life into them. I rarely find unfinished wood frames, and that is where Chalk paint and spray paint come in handy.
To mark the 12 days of Christmas I’ve shared 12 I’ve made this year. I use the ones I don’t have framed simply as my laptop and computer desktop wallpaper. Some are Christmassy and others would look awesome on a mantel all winter.
MAKE SURE FIT PICTURE TO FRAME OR SCALE TO FIT MEDIA IS NOT CHECKED OFF DURING PRINTING-IT WILL THROW THE ACTUAL SIZES OFF.( MINE HAS AN 8X10 OPTION I USE THAT ONE) IN PORTRAIT OR LANDSCAPE AS NEEDED. PRINTERS CAN BE SUCH A PAIN! IF IT IS TOO BIG USE AN 8X10 PICTURE OR THE FRAME BACKING TO TRACE ON AND CUT DOWN. I HAVE MOST OF MINE PRINTED AT STAPLES, THEY USE LASER PRINTERS AND IT GIVES A PROFESSONAL LOOK, VERY INEXPENSIVE TOO.