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Microsoft Word + Valentine’s Day

24 Feb

Weird combination, right? There’s purpose, I promise!

I forgot to mention what I got for Chris for our first Valentine’s Day (selfish me!!) – which wasn’t much, but personal.  I got him a UGA beer mug and am working on finding him a UGA coffee mug for his office desk.  But the biggest thing I forgot to share was his homemade Valentine’s Day Card, which I made using this tutorial, which I got from – wait for it – Pinterest! I know, gasp! surprise! intrigue! Ha.

So, basically it went like this:

(1) I began with using Microsoft Word and wrote “Precious Love” over and over again in the font that I wanted.  I chose that phrase because it was the name of our first dance on wedding night (almost a year ago already!), so it holds sentimental feelings for both of us.  (by the way it’s by James Morrison)

(2) Once I had it typed and spaced out how I liked, I tried using the directions the tutorial gave me, but I couldn’t get it to work.  I’m not sure if it was because I have a Macbook Pro instead.  But I got around it but taking a screen shot (Command + Shift + 3 for any Apple users) and cropping that screen shot image down to this:

"Precious Love" Screen Shot


(3) Besides Step #2, I had no other issues and was able to follow the tutorial until the end.  I didn’t take any more pictures of the rest, but I basically used Word’s auto shapes option and picked a heart.

(4) Click the option to format your auto shape and use the saved image as your “fill effect.”   Then you end up with something like this:

Bada bing. Bada boom.  Move everything around and customize it (I may have added “Nina Earnest, Inc 2012” to my own) however you’d like and print onto Card Stock! Bada bing. Bada boom! Yes, I am pretending to be Italian each time I say this.

Note: It looks a little pixelated on this computer screen, but did not when I printed it onto card stock.

So, just a little something fun and different for the ones you love – friends or significant others.

Before I leave you for the weekend, remember when I mentioned Colortopia and how I loved the option of using a favorite picture to help you create a color swatch for your home? There’s another website sponsored by Sherwin Williams called Let’s Chip It that allows you to do the same thing.  Just for anyone who likes options like I do.  Enjoy your weekend!  And keep Nina & James in your thoughts during their travel for safe journey-ing! Sigh – honeymoons, gotta love them!  And I know she’s super duper excited about starting up more with the blog.  She’s slightly overwhelmed with where to start – which I understand.  That girl’s full of good ideas!

Christmas Cards in the Making!

15 Dec

There aren’t a lot of moments for me that make me stop and say, “Whoa. I’m married.”  I think we were together for a while before we got married (we hit 5 years 6 months into our marriage) and we’ve always just felt so comfortable that multiple friends have told us we were a married couple before the actual nuptials.  Anywho… I had one of those moments – when we made Christmas cards for the first time as a family.  Ohhhh yeah, we did it all – we got the dog in there and coordinated clothes – the whole nine yards!

It all began when one of my awesome and loving neighbors offered the idea of doing a Doggie Photo Shoot using his friend, the professional photographer.  Um… YES?!

Of course I had to get Kade in something Christmasy!  I searched everywhere for a decently priced Santa hat or reindeer antlers – zilch. nada. nothing.  So, when I passed by a $5 glittery Santa hat at Target, I grabbed it!  Yes. I was going to put my male 85-lb dog into a red, glittery Santa hat. 😀

I had ribbon at home already and I wanted to keep it simple by using iron-on hem tape (the hat is inside out in this photo)

…… FAIL. That iron-on hem tape was not a fan of the fuzzy polyester – should have known! It stuck to the ribbon okay, but no that faux fur.  So… onto the next best thing – needle and thread!  Now, I know that I’ve worked on sewing projects before, but I wouldn’t even consider myself a beginner. And to do it by hand – definitely not great.  I can’t keep a straight stitch and I just go for it knowing that no one would ever look at it.  Well, almost no one…..

… and yes, I had to use light blue thread because I left the white thread in the sewing machine, which my mom took back to Augusta for a little bit. But remember, no one was supposed to see this.  Therefore, did I care? Absolutely not.


……. so loyal he is. HA! Anyhow, once I finished both sides, we got him to try it on, praised him endlessly and called it a day!  He loved the praise so much that now whenever I so much as touch it, he comes running over anxiously jumping and waiting… love it!

The day of the photo shoot, we brought drinks and Joe had food and snacks galore! We had so much fun with the other couples and friends… and of course, I have a funny story.  Someone brought these beautiful Christmas cookies for the dogs and put them nicely on a plate on the table… and after a while, we gradually forgot to warn the newcomers.  Before I knew what had happened, one of the husbands attempted to take a bite! Thankfully, he was unable to bite through it – but we shared the story and spread the warnings.

However, one other friend thought we were all joking… and did this number:

Look at the lineup of those perfect teeth!!!

Once we had the photos, I went back to Vistaprint (mentioned previously here) to order the cards.  I think I will use other sources in the future, but they really don’t do a bad job at all!  And you absolutely canNOT beat the price.

See?!?! That’s enough to make me dance around the house!!! 50 cards + 50 envelopes + 140 matching address labels = $27.68.

…….. and they’re in! This go around, I ordered 100-weight linen and don’t think I’ll do that again, but you live and you learn! I would probably try matte or eco-friendly paper next year – I just don’t go bonkers over the high-gloss because of the fingerprints left behind. The only reason I don’t like the linen is because the lines aren’t as clean around the image as I’d like.  Thinking back, that should have made sense before I ordered, but it didn’t….. oh well!

And there you have it: Holy-Crap-I’m-Married moment.

Anyone else having those marriage moments or looking forward to them?  What about any other moments? Like, a why-do-I-read-this-blog-moment?

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