For my entryway wall above the vintage bench, I had the idea of hunting down vintage paper and then using an actual vintage typewriter to type my poems. So two things, I don't have a vintage typewriter and the closest Paper Source stationery store is not going to open this year until June 2015. So to save myself the headache, I sort of did a shortcut version. If you want to read on, below are quick how to's.
What You Need
- Your computer
- Digital download of vintage style papers. (I got mine on Etsy for $4 for a set of 12)
- Find a free downloadable typewriter font on the internet (there are tons)
- Pick as many love poems as you want depending on how many frames you have.
- Picture frame (I got a set of 4 at West Elm.)
- A local FedEx Kinko's to print your masterpiece.
- Picture frame hanging nails and anchors
1. So you have a digital download of your background for your hard copy paper (which you will eventually print). Check out The Art Box Designs on Etsy, she has a great selection for other styles other than vintage as well. I selected this crinkled look and style background below:
2) Select a typewriter font to download on to your computer. There are tons available on the internet. I preferred a dirty and distressed look called the Sears Tower. You can choose from many other fonts on Font Squirrel's website.
3) Then go to PicMonkey's website and add the text of your love poems to your vintage style paper picture background. This will definitely take time. I had four poems to work with and had to play with the font sizes on the digital picture background.
4) Don't forget to save your masterpiece on your computer!
5) If you don't have a printer at home, go to your nearest local FedEx Kinko's to have your poems printed. So depending upon your picture frame/s, you may need to play with the magnification a little and please note that this will change the color of your print. I had two 8x10's, one 4x6 and one 3x5. The digital download paper size is 12x 12. What I could've changed was I should've just centered all my text onto the digital paper but I'm still content with the results.
This was the first step to my DIY entryway project. I'm still waiting for my DIY materials to arrive for the Love You To The Moon & Back bench pillow. Thank you for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ~marissa