Late last week my brother and his fiance became proud homeowners for the first time. They bought a home a short drive from my parent’s house and the kids and I got to go and take a tour of it on Friday. Whenever I go visiting to a new home for people I know I always like to bring them a little housewarming gift. Since this was the first time since college that either of them has lived on their own they need pretty much everything. I decided to gift them with a Thirty-One Room For Two Utility Tote filled with all sorts of things from measuring cups and spoons to toilet paper to detergent and bleach and a lot of other goodies. The one goodie that I was really proud of and the only one I made for them was a framed Great Loves Print. I had so much fun making it for them and they loved it so I would say it was a good idea. Now, I want to teach you how to make a Great Loves Print for yourself or to gift at a housewarming, bridal shower, wedding or anniversary for someone you know.
The idea for the Great Loves Print is not my idea. In fact, I have seen them for sale in different variations on Jane.com in the past. I couldn’t find a link to a current one. On Jane.com the prints usually sell for $9.99 plus shipping. Now that is just for the print. There’s no frame or anything else. I was able to create the print and have it printed on card stock at OfficeMax and buy a frame with a matte in it from JoAnn all for a mere $7. That’s right and that’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper.
So how does one make this totally awesome print?
It’s easy and here’s how…
Go to picmonkey.com, go to design and select your size.
You will be taken to the above screen and put into the Canvas Color. Select the background color that you want for your print and clink on the Apply button.
Next you will need to click on the Tt icon along the left hand side. It will take you to the text window. Select the font you want to use. You can either use Picmonkey’s fonts (The ones with crowns by them are for paying users but not to worry there are a lot of free ones.) or you can click on Yours and use any of your fonts on your machine. You will click on the font and then on Add Text. This will open a text box and another box for the text properties. Select the color and size for your font here. Be sure to copy the font color you use so you can just paste it for the rest of the text boxes. Type a couple and size it to fit they way you want. Continue to do this for each couple making sure to match up the sizes. I like to move the text boxes over one that is already done to make sure they match up perfectly. The actual couples name should be somewhere near the middle and it should also be in bold with a gap between the names to place the heart.
This is what it should look like when you have all of the names in and are ready to add the heart.
Need some inspiration on couples to use for your print?
Here is a small list to get you started:
Adam & Eve (Bible)
Marge & Homer (The Simpsons)
Harry & Sally (When Harry Met Sally)
Scarlett & Rhett (Gone with the Wind)
Rick & Ilsa (Casablanca)
Forrest & Jenny (Forrest Gump)
Johnny & Baby (Dirty Dancing)
Danny & Sandy (Grease)
Allie & Noah (The Notebook)
Ron & Hermione (Harry Potter)
June & Johnny (Cash)
Ross & Rachel (Friends)
Bella & Edward (Twilight)
Harry & Ginny (Harry Potter)
Peter & Mary Jane (Spiderman)
Han Solo & Princess Leia (Star Wars Saga)
Padme & Anakin (Star Wars Saga)
Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare)
Superman & Lois Lane (DC Comics)
Bonnie & Clyde (Outlaws)
Nickie & Terry (An Affair to Remember)
Cyclops & Jean Grey (X-Men)
Ken & Barbie (Toys)
Bill & Sookie (True Blood)
Lucy & Ricky (I Love Lucy)
Chandler & Monica (Friends)
Carl & Ellie (Up)
Maria & Capt. Von Trapp (The Sound of Music)
Edward & Vivian (Pretty Woman)
Cory & Topanga (Boy Meets World)
Carrie & Mr. Big (Sex in the City)
Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth (Pride & Prejudice)
Jasmine & Aladdin (Disney)
Shrek & Fiona (Dreamworks)
Cinderella & Prince Charming (Disney)
Ariel & Eric (Disney)
Belle & The Beast (Disney)
Fred & Wilma (The Flintstones)
Wall-E & Eve (Disney)
Tarzan & Jane (Disney & Tarzan)
Eliza & Professor Higgins (My Fair Lady)
Aragorn & Arwen (The Lord of the Rings)
Rocky & Adrian (Rocky)
Rapunzel & Flynn Rider (Disney)
Mario & Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
Elastigirl & Mr. Incredible (Disney)
Trinity & Neo (The Matrix)
Katniss & Peeta (Hunger Games)
Cleopatra & Mark Antony (Historical)
Invisible Woman & Mr. Fantastic (Fantastic 4)
You will need to click on the butterfly icon along the left hand side to get to the Overlays. Scroll down and expand the Hearts overlay section. Click on the heart you want to use and it will place it on your picture. Adjust it so that it is sized and centered correctly between your couple’s names. You can change the color of the heart (most will have two colors) by clicking on the boxes and selecting colors from the color grid or by manually typing in a color code.
Now it’s time to save your project so click on the Save button above your picture. In the save screen click on the File Name box and delete what is there. Give it a name you want and select .jpg or .png for the file extension from the drop down menu. Finally click on the Save to my computer button. This will open the computer’s save window and you can select where to save the file.
You’re all done! All that’s left now is to print it, frame it and gift it.
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