Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tutorial {DIY Oversized Bookpage Art}

 
 
We have lived in our home for over a year and I could never find the perfect wall decor for this huge, blank wall.  I had a few ideas but nothing ever worked the way I wanted it to.  After a year of staring at the wall, I finally figured out a plan!  I would take some of my favorite quotes and create my own art! 
 
 
The first step is to find a quote you love.  In my case, I knew I wanted a set of four framed prints to fill the wall so I sat down one day and searched the internet for four quotes that were inspiring and would be a nice reminder to read everyday.  You should pick a quote that speaks to you and is something that reflects your personal beliefs!  Notice that these are not actual quotes out of books, but appear that way with the way they are typed out.  I simply put the author's name centered at the top, typed out the quote and put "she said" or "he said" at the beginning.  Once I had it all typed out, I played around with the font, letter size and spacing.  Depending on how long the quote is, you can go larger or smaller to make it fit just right.  I used Microsoft Word to create my pages.
 


Even though my quotes were not actual book pages (although if you do have a favorite book, you certainly could do actual book pages), I went ahead and added page numbers to the bottom to make it appear as a book page.  I didn't want to pick random numbers so I added a personal touch and used the birthday of my husband, my two daughters and me!  Not too many people would probably notice, but I wanted to add a special touch!

 
 
Once you have everything just perfect, you will want to save your file.  Once you have it saved, go back and save it as a PDF.  This is very important so that the words will fit to scale when you go to enlarge/print your files!
 
 
 
 
Download everything to a flash drive and take it to FedEx Office/Kinko's.  Be sure to have your frames picked out and be aware of the size so that you can have them printed to fit.  My frames were 22 x 28.  I had them enlarged and printed right then and there on regular paper.  Just make sure and tell the employee how large you want them, they can do pretty much any size.  For all four copies, I paid under $10!! 



I am thrilled with the way it turned out and for under $70 total for the entire project this wall is complete! 


What do you think of them?  Is this a project you plan on trying!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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37 comments:

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    1. It is a font I downloaded from a free website last year for another project. I do not remember the site but search "typewriter font" and you should find it or something similar! Hope that helps!!

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  2. Looks amazing! Isn't it fun to see what you can make with a little help from your computer?

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  3. These turned out fabulously! Big thumbs up!!

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  4. Looks beautiful!
    Very creative.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog :)

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  5. Could you share where you found your frames? Looking for quotes now so I can complete this over the weekend!

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    1. Hi Maria, I have had these frames for years....was going to use them for a different project and never completed it. I believe they came from Aaron Brother's. I know they were around $15/each when they ran their buy on, get one sale. You might try Hobby Lobby and Michales as they usually have a great selection and are always on sale this time of year! Have fun creating your art!!

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  6. I love this! Inspiring, beautiful & frugal! The perfect combo!

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  7. This is such an awesome idea! I have a large blank wall in my kitchen that doesn't seem quite right for a picture of some sort, but this would be perfect. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. You are so welcome! Have fun with your project!

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  8. Wondering if you can share The quotes you chose or what you googled for longer passages? Only finding shorter quotes that don't really work as well. Great idea can't wait to use! Thx!

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  9. I loooooooove this idea!!!!! Great post! Going to search for quotes and plan to do this... now all I need is more wall space! :)

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  10. This is just the thing I am looking for! I chose lyrics from two of my favorite songs. Can't wait to get them printed. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

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  11. Could you share which authors you used or the link you used for the framed art pages? I LOVE them. I can only read one! Thanks so much! Carisa

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  12. This is amazing! What other quotes did you use?

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    1. I picked quotes that were special to our family for various reasons! That is the great thing about these is that everyone can pick a quote or song lyrics have a special meaning to them! Thanks for the sweet words...I really love the way they turned out!

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  13. where can i get this frame ? this is so pretty

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    1. The frames are from Aaron Brother's, I believe, but I bought them several years ago. You might try Hobby Lobby and Michaels!

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  14. When you went to get it printed did they say anything about copyright infringement? I want to get an entire book page printed but I am worried FedEx won't agree to print it.

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    1. No, they didn't say anything about it. I used quotes so I am not sure about pages from actual books. I would think that since you are not profiting from the item, it would be okay but I am not the expert on copyright laws. ;)

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  15. Hi, I am working on this project right now and am so excited! I do have a question... I went to the FedEx site to see about pricing and uploading to have them printed and I only see pricing for posters which is like $40 per poster! Do I just need to go in store and ask about regular blown up paper... Bc I don't see regular paper pricing options online.

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    1. Yes, you have to go into the store. They aren't actually posters (different type of paper). They have printers that can print the oversized paper in store!

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  16. Would you share what quotes u used?

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  18. It seems like a lot of ppl have asked the same question. ..if you do not wish to share the quotes then please let us know so we do not keep waiting.

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    1. Hi there, sorry I didn't see your question...my apologies! I actually selected quotes that are special to my family and have a sentimental meaning to us! I encourage you to make the project special to you by doing the same thing! Song lyrics would be great to use as well! What makes this project special is that it can be personalized! Hope that inspires you for your project! Have a great day!

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  19. Do your finished frames have glass in them? Or did you take the glass out?

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  20. Do your finished frames have glass in them? Or did you take the glass out?

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  21. How large did you make your font for these?

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    1. The font size would depend on the quote length.

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