Every year in September, after the kids have gone back to school, I start to give some serious thought to what kind of hand-made Christmas gifts I will be offering to friends and family – I’ve done the greeting cards packs, knitted scarves, little hand-made bags and iPod pouches, and the ubiquitous scrapbook pages and albums. Last year I wanted to create something far more personal – a unique personalised gift so to speak.
I had seen this wonderful piece of WordArt on Etsy (would credit it but have since been unable to relocate it!) some months beforehand on one of my routine hops around art and crafts websites and blogs; it really sparked my imagination and was very much in keeping with the ethos I apply to my scrapbooks – very personal and very unique.
It really got my creative juices flowing, especially as it involved one of my oldest passions – typography! It would make such a fabulous gift but would involve much participation from other relations of my friends (and my family!)
I sent out emails to them requesting a whole host of information on the intended ‘victims’. Some didn’t reply – a big ask, I know, especially coming up to Christmas, and anyways, asking people to think deeply about the personalities of their loved ones is surprisingly difficult; BUT a couple did reply, much to my excitement. A few hours of sifting through the information sent and a few more hours playing around in Photoshop, and VOILA! Wonderful little pieces of WordArt.
This one was for a friend of mine – her daughters provided me with all the information, for which I was extremely grateful! I did a double act here and asked Sharon for info on her 2 daughters, they too received pieces like this!
and these were for my nephews – my sister very kindly racked her brains and came up with all the words and the phrases – I especially love the ‘but…but…but…but…but’ reference as this captures a time in his life when he was very argumentative!
These are items that I am giving serious thought to adding to my stock designs. I enjoyed doing them and they make wonderful gifts!