Monday, October 19, 2009

Brag Monday ~ The Graphics Fairy



Here's a graphic that I love and have wanted to use for a few months now. "Keep Calm and Carry On"; it's all over the place! So, when Karen over at The Graphics Fairy offered it up ~ and in two colors no less, I jumped on saving it until I decided how I wanted to use it.



After seeing it most recently over at Beth's The Stories of A to Z blog, I knew I wanted to do something similar.

Beth at The Stories of A to Z

I found an old 8 x 10 frame in my closet, pulled out my package of black & white scrap book papers and printed the graphic out in a 5 X 7 size. I used the backing of the frame to measure the scrap book paper and cut that to fit. Then I just used my glue stick to glue the graphic onto the scrap book paper.



I realized afterward that it is not totally centered, but if it winds up bothering me that much I will just redo it. I really have to wear my reading glasses for everything now.



I love that this basically cost me nothing to make!

Whoops! Almost forgot. Got a bonus out of this, too. When I found the 8 x 10 frame I also found this 5 x 7 frame, which was the perfect size for Karen's Trick or Treat Owl!



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28 comments:

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I LOVE it! Both look fantastic!

pk said...

These turned out great! I love that saying every time I see it too. Like the background you chose.
pk @ Room Remix

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kathy, I have never heard that saying before! I love it...I need to remember that especially right now. Thanks for checking out the wreaths and arrangememts. I am going to do a tutorial on the wreaths soon. Kristen

Shannon said...

Aww.. I love those. I love that quote also, and what a good reminder. :-)

Leanne said...

They look great. I've been wanting to do both of those too. Thanks for sharing, maybe I'll do them now.

Tammy@InStitches said...

So, did you print that on white paper ? I really like it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beth ~ You commented before I could email you and say I mentioned you. Thanks! Seeing yours made me move to do mine!

Thanks, PK! I had bought a package of various black and whites designs several weeks ago; I wanted to use one with more white than black because of the graphics' background.

Kristen, I never heard it before either until I started blog hopping! I do think the reminder is a good one.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The other one is pink, Shannon; I've seen them in many colors on etsy. I need to get some different scrap book paper to try the pink one, but I think I have a frame I can use for it.

So quick and easy Leanne!

Tammy ~ I originally printed it on white paper but the black didn't print well. So I wound up using HP photo paper {and they were both printed on the color printer}. The Halloween one is on regular paper and I just left that one.

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

I love these! What a great idea!

Jane

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Hi Kathy,
These are fabulous!! I so love frugal ideas and these are just as beautiful as they are frugal! The paper you picked out, makes the perfect background for the "keep calm" image, it really makes it pop. I love how you framed up the Halloween one too, for quick and easy art. Thanks so much for playing along today for "Brag Monday", I really appreciate your lovely contribution.

Nancy said...

Wow, how creative! I love this idea and I may have to lift it too!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thank you, Karen! It's probably nice to see how people use the graphics you offer. What's great about these is that I can use them in any room and I'll be able to carry the Halloween one over to future Halloweens.

Hi Nancy! It's nice when you can make something like these, that become a part of the decor and have it cost very little, if any, money. Lift away! If it wasn't for seeing how Beth presented hers, I'm not sure inspiration would have struck me.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Sorry Jane ~ almost missed you! : ) The Halloween one reminds me of the decorations my Mom would put up when I was a kid.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

They turned out great. I had forgotten about the Keep Calm & Carry On image. I need to make me one now. I did make a trick or treat framed print though.

Room to Inspire said...

Oh, I am heading over right now! I love this image, I was actually just about to buy a print, now I can just download it!

Chelsea

tina said...

Hi Kathy,

I'm afraid I'm going to have to borrow this idea :) TFS.

Tina

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, Kim! I kept forgetting I had it too, but I'm glad I saw Beth's, which not only reminded me but gave me a nudge.

Oh gosh, I'm glad you didn't buy it, Chelsea! I don't always use what Karen offers, but she always has something interesting.

Hi Tina! Go for it! : )

Jane said...

Enjoyed your post and seeing how you used the graphics from Karen's site. I have a lot of black and white scrapbook paper and lots of thrift store frames so I think I'll "steal" the idea....thanks for the inspiration.
Jane

Melissa Miller said...

Kathy that is soooo neat! I really like it and may "borrow" that one as well. ~Gorgeous. :)

Liz said...

Hi Kathy,

Wow,your project turned out beautifully. Thanks for explaining how to make it. Now you have my wheels turning! ha-ha! ~Liz~

Simply Susan said...

Just adorable!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, Jane! I'm finding that the scrap book paper makes for such a nice background when doing a framed project.

Hi Melissa! I'm sure yours would be gorgeous ~ I'm thinking you would add a ribbon bow {maybe?}.

These easy and quick crafts are something I love, Liz. Sometimes you want to do something quick as a creative outlet and things like this are perfect.

Thank you, Susan!

Lynn said...

Wow, this is beautiful and I love your blog, found you through Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy :)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love it! I have always liked that graphic. You inspired me to make one of my own! Thanks!

Nancy said...

Hi Kathy,
I just LOVE what you did with that Graphic! You always come up with just the neatest ideas. Have a great week!
Huggw, Nancy
www.coeurdlaenegifts.com
coeurdalenegifts.blogspot.com

Fields of Linen & White said...

Hello, I have a question. What is the best way to print this for a poster? Save it and print it on reg white paper or is there another way? Can I print this right onto scrap book paper, that is already colored?
I'm clueless, but would love to make one for my daughter
Cheryl

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Sorry, I missed acknowledging the previous comments.

Cheryl ~ I printed it on regular copy paper, but it didn't look right because of the black. I then printed it on my color printer using a low gloss photo paper. Not sure if it was the paper or the copier but it came out perfect. I have heard that you can print right on scrap book paper, but haven't done it myself yet. I guess it would depend on the pattern in the paper. I printed it 5x7 size, cut the scrapbook paper to 8x10 size, and glued it onto the scrapbook paper then framed it. Karen also has it in pink {I think I have the link in the pos} if that might work better for you. Hope this helped!

cottage and vine said...

I love it Kathy! This is something I have wanted to do and you just gave me the nudge.

The Graphics Fairy is so sweet to share her creativity with us isn't she?

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