Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Framing three of my favourite quotes on my $0 budget

As you know, I am one week into my month of not spending and it is going extremely well. I have only been to one store and that was to do some groceries. I only bought fresh fruit and veggies, milk, and bread...ok that is not 100% true...I also bought a bag of chips. I know chips aren't a necessity, but that is my vice. I don't drink alcohol or coffee, not because it is bad for you, I hate the taste. I will try better next week ;)

On to my $0 budget post!

I have a small wall in my ensuite bathroom that has always seemed bare. It didn't seem like a logical place for a full sized towel rack but it needed something. It was too small to hold a large print or photo and I didn't want to put anything that could be damaged by humidity.
Well, I was digging through some boxes that have never been unpacked since we moved in almost 2 years ago and I found three matching panoramic frames. There were some beautiful pictures of me and my husband in our early 20s in Mexico in them. Let me tell you, I would love to show everyone my prebaby bikini wearing photos...but I won't. It is far too depressing for me :)

After pulling out the wonderful photos and touching up some minor scuffs with my amazingly handy Sharpie, I decided I would frame three of our favorite quotes. These quotes may not inspire everyone, but I love seeing these and have in fact had a few of these framed in my office at work for years.

I found a piece of scrapbook paper (12 x12 inch) that matched my bathroom and the frames perfectly. Since I only had one sheet of this scrapbook paper, I cut it into three even pieces. I designed each of the quotes in Publisher using the 'Drop Cap' feature to have a larger first letter.

Here are the three images (sorry for the poor photos, I will try again tomorrow when there is better light)
(I just noticed after inserting the images that Publisher auto-corrected and gave me a capital 'b' on Because :( Darn you Microsoft!! I will have to live with it since I don't have another piece of paper and I can't spend the $0.33 it would cost to buy another one. Oh well, C'est la vie.)

The entire project took me 30 minutes, with most of the spent trying to get the image to print properly (since I only that one sheet of paper and no room for error).

Total cost $0!!
Did you notice my absolutely amazing and beautiful mirror? I promise that will be another post soon. My amazing husband framed our builder grade mirror for me (before our spend free month). Isn't it gorgeous?

Update: People have asked me the font I used for this and it was 'Poor Richard' that came with Publisher. I really loved the 'g's on this font :)


  1. they look awesome! great job!!

  2. I love those sayings, especially the 2nd one. They are all things that most of us need to read and be reminded of often ;)
    I'm happy to see your no spending month- its usually when you discover just how creative you can be! Good for you!
    I read your blog often, but thru my reader, so I don't always get the chance to comment. I just wanted you to know how much I've enjoyed "Full of Great Ideas"!

  3. Oh, I love them. I just knew you would come up with some great ideas on your "saved is earned" month. Keep 'em coming and thanks for sharing!

  4. I love those sayings! And can't wait for the mirror post! We want to frame our builder grade mirrors soon but I'm not quite brave enough yet!!

  5. They look great! By the way, which font did you use? I love your blog. Keep it up!

  6. Great idea! I love the frames too!

  7. Great idea! I found you through the linky party at Someday crafts.

    I don't think I could ever narrow it down, I ended up making a quote coffee table book - you can check it out here


  8. Love it! I am now a follower.


  9. Love the font, the paper, the frames, the quotes, the framed mirror - love it all! Good job!

  10. Very cute and I love that you are making your crafts by using what you have without spending money!

  11. I love this idea, and you picked some great quotes! New blogger and follower of yours from Blissimagesandbeyond. Would love if you would check my blog out and follow back! :-)

  12. Great idea. I just might have to try it!

  13. Such a great thrifty idea. I love the way it turned out. Now you can smile at your favourite quotes every time you walk past them! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower!
    Humble Homemaking

  14. I love these! What wonderful quotes! Fabulous job! Visiting from Dittle Dattle.

  15. These turned out great! I invite you to link to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  16. I'm a total quote freak! Love it! Saw this at Finding Fabulous and I'd love it if you'd link up at my new Tuesday Time Out link party!



  17. So cute! Perfect size to fill up the space. Love those quotes. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays. Featuring this tomorrow.

  18. I love your quotes. Excellent idea to display them so that everyone who passes can read them and be encouraged.

  19. I seem to be the only man to comment on this post, but I must admit your first two quotes brought tears to my eyes! I was looking for ideas on framing quotes and yours are terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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