Thursday, October 13, 2011

Way #12: Initial Impression

Y'all know that I love letters. Mostly because I think typeface is beautiful, but the fact that they're also quick and easy doesn't hurt either.

(Hobby Lobby magnet, tied on to a plain white box holding our homemade monogram teacher gifts. I had to dig deep in the archives for that one.)

You can make initials outta whatever you've got laying around.

Fabric.

Pennies.

("I would've drawn a 'Z' for you, Mom....you didn't have to waste nine cents." - Hayden, age 7)

You could even get all hoity toity and use bedazzled ornaments like Martha does,

although I prefer polka dots over bling any day. Hopefully the kids teachers last year did too.

When I saw this idea I was inspired to go even bigger.......without getting too big....that "R" is kinda creeping me out.

I printed up my letter on the computer, then cut it out using the fanciest cardboard I could find.

You could skip the cardboard, but I wanted it sturdy enough that it wouldn't rip.

I grabbed a book from my stash, otherwise known as "Things Our Old Dog Chewed Up That I Can Still Use,"

glued it to the cardboard, then cut it out.*

* If your paper isn't as transparent as mine, you could glue onto the printed side of the box, which would give you a plain white back. I just did both sides.

Add some ink to the edges if you want, punch a hole on top, and tie it on.

26 comments:

  1. Bazzing!! You just gave me the idea to hit up Half Price Books to buy less expensive books with the sole purpose of wrapping. Thank you!

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  2. once again another grand idea! I'm gonna do better with this for Christmas wrapping, I always hated the ugly bows, you have given me great inspiration!

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  3. How dare you disgrace a page of Harry Potter! I am in near tears here! Why didn't you ruin a page of Twilight instead? I could give you Breaking Dawn for free if you want. But Harry Potter?!?!

    ;)

    As always, I love what you do! I don't think I can ever say it enough...though I'm sure you're tired of hearing me say it.

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  4. Do you have any tips on how to recycle gift bags? I have a ton of them, wrinkled, not nice enough to use as is.

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  5. Love me some monograms! Even if you defaced Harry Potter. And hey, did you use like a craft knife to cut out the box letter? I've destroyed so many pairs trying to cut cardboard. Which then gives me a reason to haunt the Dollar Store again. Which I've renamed the $100 Dollar Store, since I never get outta there without dropping lots of dollar bills....*sigh*

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  6. I love the ideas you've given me. Last year at Christmas I made my own wrapping paper out of paper bags and the funny pages, wrapped them and my son and I decorated them. They will look even better w/these tags on them. Thanks

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  7. I have spent hours tonight looking and looking and staring and gazing at your blog. You are a genius. Loved every second.

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  8. How do you print the letters this big?

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  9. I use Microsoft word, keeping the view at 100% so I can tell how big it will be. It depends on your font and letter, but I would say 300 point text will get you around 4 inches tall, and you can go up as big as you want - as long as it will fit on the page :)

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  10. How did you ink up the edges on the letters. I just tried this tonight by using black paint and a soft stroke but it doesnt look nearly as good !

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  11. Yes how did you ink the edges? Please elaborate! I have my letter cut out just can't figure out the ink thing.

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  12. I'm not sure what font it is - I was lazy (shocking!) and did a google search typing in "letter S" and picked one that was nice and thick ;) Here's the link:

    http://familycrafts.about.com/library/color/blcapitals.htm

    You can do that for any letter - good luck!

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  13. Thank you for posting this! I'm so excited to try it! I'm thinking This would be beautiful in a whitewashed shadow box, bow and all! You could give the shadow box with the recipients initial and a page from their favorite book(or a special passage),as a gift.

    Also, I wonder if typing up a page and roughing it up a bit with a tea bag, to give it that aged look, might work?

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  14. Gorgeous! You could also photocopy a page from a favorite book instead of ruining the book.

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  15. How did you do the ink on the edges? Ink pad rubbed around it? Very cute!

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  16. Oh God! did your dog really eat Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? How tragic!

    BTW I love your ideas!

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  17. This is probably a ridiculous question, but where do you find the brown paper to wrap the packages in? Did you just use paper bags?

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  18. Love the idea. You can use an ink pad to do the coloring on the edges. Just swipe the edges on the pad. Hope that makes sense.

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  19. The black and gold around the edge...are they both ink? What kind? Sorry I'm a craft novice.

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  20. @ouradvocate-

    Yep, both ink. The black is just a regular ol' stamp pad, and the brownish/goldish color is a brown "Distress Ink" (name of the brand), that's got a slight transparent quality to it. Here's another post that shows more detail:

    http://www.olderandwisor.com/2010/12/using-what-youve-got-means-free-quick.html

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  21. I love all of these creative gift wrapping ideas. I choose this post as one of My Friday Favorites. You can check it out here:
    http://wp.me/p2hp9V-Mu

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