DIY: How To Make Your Own Motivational PrintsTuesday, January 24, 2017
If you're anything like me, you will be very impatient and want things doing/sorted right now. Henry always says to me 'why does everything need to be done straight away?' I'm always like 'because it does okay!' I'm like this with decorating in particular. I hate doing things in dribs and drabs, I just want the job finished right now. So as you can imagine, I've been a bit of a nightmare with house decor and decorating over the past few months! Anyways, I've been trying to be better at this, because sometimes you need a money tree and sadly they don't exist. So I've been trying to be all cool and casual about stuff not being 'finished' however this weekend, I decided I'd had enough and I wanted to sort out my blogging room.
When I was in Nuremberg last month, Henry surprised me when I got home by decorating my blogging room for me. He had a couple of last things to do which we had put off due to Christmas, but this weekend we tackled them and I wanted to add a few more personal touches to the room. I wanted some more prints for my print wall, shelves, and found myself making a list as long as my arm, of prints I wanted. However, I soon started to tot up all the costs and realised they were a small fortune. So I decided that maybe, just maybe, I could make some prints myself.
I spent an hour or so making prints and I have to say, I am pretty happy with them. Not only did they cost me nothing, but they don't look too bad ( I don't think so anyways) and I was like, I should do this again. I posted a picture of them on Instagram and had a few comments, and emails asking how I did them. I thought it would be easier to do a post cause then I can write everything down step by step and honestly it was very easy!
So first of all, what you'll need to do is download some fonts. I had these fonts already installed on my computer, but if you don't have the ones you want for a print, I'd download them a day before making the print just so it gives your computer time to install them and have them ready for when you make your print. I use DaFont.com for the majority of my fonts, as they are mostly all free on there. There is a search bar where you can type in your phrase/word and then see what it would look like with the font, which is so helpful.
I tend to scroll through the 'Handwritten' and 'Calligraphy' sections first, but there are so many to choose from.
For my prints I used the fonts; Autumn Chant, Shorelines Script, Pistilli and Playfair Display. Just be careful with the fonts license as a lot of them don't allow you to sell stuff with the font, so if you're making prints for a business perhaps, just check the small print before using them. However, if they are just for personal use, you will be fine.
The websites should have a guide on how to install fonts, if you never have done so before, however for Mac's it's literally a case of downloading the folder, then installing the font into font book. Super easy!
For the actual making of the print, I used PicMonkey This is a free web design programme which you can also pay for too, but to make these prints you don't need to use any of the 'royale' features.
So I opened a blank design, and popped in the size of the paper that I wanted. I wanted an a4 size, so I used the measurements : 718 x 907 which printed onto a4 paper perfectly. *Though just so you know that you may need to click 'Scale To Fit' when printing out, but this shouldn't affect the quality of your print. *
Once you have your blank canvas which is the right size, now it's time to make a print. This part is completely down to you! I took inspiration from some prints I'd seen online, I did a 'Love' Print, a 'Favourite Things' print and some motivational quotes that I say to myself time to time. You can literally make whatever you want into a print, whether it's a song lyric, film/TV quote, motivational quote, the world is literally your oyster (though I almost made that into a print!)
Once I was happy, I saved them to my computer using 'Sean' the highest quality size file and then just printed them out. I used photograph paper which is slightly better quality than normal paper. I'd also recommend perhaps using card too as it's a bit sturdier than paper.
If you don't have a printer/paper, give your local printing shop a call/visit as they will print it out for pence and that saves you having to do it!
I then cut out my quotes to fit the frames and voila, they are up on the wall and I am pretty happy!
Saved myself a few quid, and I don't think they look *too* bad either!
So I hope this post has been useful and happy print making! Let me know on Twitter/Instagram if you make any of your own as I'd love to see :)