I love Stephanie Lynn's and Amy's version but I have a last name with only two letters! I could not use the layout they designed because my last name just got lost. After hours of playing with it I came up with the most beautiful, in my opinion, design! I love, love, love this!!!
- I used Microsoft Office Publisher to design this. It works best if you know the frame you want to use because you make the image custom to that size.
- I located the frame I wanted at Ikea. I love square frames and was overjoyed when I realized the design I wanted would work beautifully square.
- If using Office Publisher, select 'Blank page', 'Create Custom Page Size' and then enter the size the photo needs to be. Once the blank page is opened, select the tab on the top 'Arrange'. In the pull down select 'Layout guides'. This allows you to make as many rows and columns as you will need and it creates a grid for you to fit the images into. I used a 4x4 grid with margin guides of 1.27cm (sorry for the cm I am in Canada). Then select the 'Grid Guides' tab and I used 0.25 cm spacing between the rows and columns. If you DO NOT want the white spaces in between, make this 0 . I found the space made the images pop a little more but everyone is different.
- Go to this wonderful site by Leo Reynolds and find the letters and numbers you like. This is a hard step! I spent hours changing the images over and over again.
- What is amazing with Office Publisher is when you have the image you like open, on Leo Reynolds page, you can literally drag it from the website right into Publisher without having to save it first. This is a lot faster!
- Once you are happy with the design, save the image as a high resolution JPEG (to do this in Publisher follow theses steps: 'Save As', 'Save as type', 'JPEG', 'Change...' (Resolution), 'High quality printing or commercial printing (300dpi)') .
- Then upload the JPEG to where ever you print photos.
I have made these as gift for friends, family and teachers. The printing cost is very minimal (for example, the 12x12 inch square I did cost me $2.50 at Costco) and I purchased many of the frames at Ikea or thrift stores (spray painted them). So for those of you looking for Christmas ideas, anniversary gifts,etc etc. keep this in mind as it is a great gift for a low, low, low price.
Here are some examples of the gifts I have made:
Thank you Stephanie Lynn and Amy for this! Let me know what you think of my designs.
UPDATE: I used this same technique to create an amazing custom baby announcement that I absolutely love. Here is what the end result looked like.
If you want more info, click here to see the instructions and more photos.