Thursday, January 5, 2012

Personalized Eye Chart Valentines Wall Art


I love looking at the website RedEnvelope for gift ideas. I never really buy anything from them, as their stuff is too expensive for me, but I just like getting ideas. I happened to spot this personalized eye chart story of us wall art while I was perusing their site for a gift idea.  It is totally cute, but quite pricey at 80 dollars, so I decided to try to make it.  I'm always looking for cheap custom art.  I decided to make the template using Microsoft Word.  It was a little tricky getting the lines justified, but after I got it working it was a breeze (the trick is not to do a carriage return for each line).  I like the RedEnvelope version, but I like mine more because I made it truly personal, by putting in dates and real events.  At the end of this post I have linked the two word documents I used.  You can change up the font colors, sizes, and text (unless your last name happens to be Tang and you met your husband at an internship).  I did go a little crazy and made one for my husband and daughter.  These are so fun and easy to do, you could make one for every member of your family.  I'm still experimenting on DIY ways to transfer the image onto a canvas.  I may just get it printed on a canvas, through those photo canvas websites (that I always see so many Groupons for).

The first version I made didn't have dates on it, but I decided it was cuter with dates.  I made them look like the 20/20 distance numbers on a real eyechart.


This is the image version.  To convert a Microsoft document to an image, I printed the document to a pdf, opened the pdf in photoshop and save as a jpg there.  I think there are free word to image converters out there also.

My other creations for my hubby and daughter.
Here are the word doc templates:
8.5x11
11x17
I uploaded it into google docs, but the formatting does not show up correctly through google docs.  You have to download the file and open it in Microsoft Word.

Update: A reader asked me how to update the border color.  In Microsoft Word 2003, to to Format->Borders and Shading -> Page Border Tab  You can remove the border or update the color or change the border style.  Another option is to copy and paste the text of the document into a new document.

Update2:  If any of your lines is too long, you will have to change the font size down until the lines fit.    You then would have to change all of the subsequent font sizes down to make it look consistent. Remember to use spare bar instead of enter and keep hitting space bar until the next sentence falls onto another line.  You could also expand the margins to make the whole line fit.  Another method in Microsoft Word is to force a justify by hitting shift+crtl+J.


A few things to note if you use these templates.
1. To get the justify correct on each line, do not use "enter"/newline/carriage return, just keep hitting space bar until the line drops down.  
2. The very last line has an "x" in white text.  That is there to get the paragraph justify correctly.  If you change the color of the text and select all, remember to change the x back to white.
3. All the dates on the side have an "x" next to them (again in white text).  This is so I could get the underline to go all the way across.  Again, if you change the text color, be sure to change those x's to white or else you're gonna have dates with x's in them.

Hope you guys have fun with this.  I surely did!




26 comments:

  1. They turned out beautifully! Great idea!

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  2. That is the cutest thing ever! I just love it...I just don't know if I am smart enough to duplicate it;) Thanks for the idea!!

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  3. I love letter art, my dh don´t. But maybe someday I´ll have my own room, where I can duplicate great ideas like this.

    enim sou

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  4. The Eye Chart is so perfect for a Valentine gift. Thank you for sharing yours with us as well as the formatting tips.

    I love your blog! The ideas are so interesting and your photos are just beautiful. I could get lost for hours in your archives.

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  5. So cute! I get so many ideas from catalogs. I'd rather make than buy anyway!

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  6. Thank you- love it!!

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  7. So cute! I love this idea and that you provided the formatting!

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  8. Oh my gosh! These are so cute! What a creative idea!

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  9. Is there a way to change the color from yellow to a different color? I could change the text color, but not the border. thanks for the awesome idea!!

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  10. Hi Anonymous,
    To change the border color do the following:
    In Microsoft Word 2003, to to Format->Borders and Shading -> Page Border Tab You can remove the border or update the color or change the border style. Another option is to copy and paste the text of the document into a new document.

    Hope this helps!
    Rena

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  11. Ok, because I straight up FAIL at Word, I am going to re-create this in Illustrator for myself... because a complex visual arts program somehow is much more intuitive to me than a simple word processing program lol. Not even joking. I tried to put my last name in, which has more letters then the name in the template, and everything went out of whack and I couldn't get it back to normal. This is definitely due to my ignorance than your template, which I'm sure is formatted perfectly.

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  12. Hi Jamie,

    One thing you could try is to change the font size down for the last name until it fits. You then would have to change all of the subsequent font size lines down to make it look consistent. Remember to use spare bar instead of enter and keep hitting space bar until the next sentence falls onto another line. Hope this helps. Publisher would probably work wonderfully for this too.

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  13. Brilliant! I think he is going to love it :)

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  14. Brilliant! I think he is going to love it :)

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  15. Brilliant! I think he is going to love it :)

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  16. Wow! Love this idea! I'm having a linky party too! I would love it if you would link this post up to it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party-2 Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love this, seriously so so cute! I just pinned it to make - thanks for the template

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  18. I love this! My husband is an Optician(Fits and makes eyeglasses. This would be so fun to do! Thanks for the great post! I came over from the linky party at southern product queen.

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  19. I love this! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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    and share this with my readers, if only so that I can have easy access to your tutorial in the future! LOL!

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