May 5, 2010

Mother's Day Wordle

Since my husband would just give his mom a phone call and call it good for Mother's Day it was my job to come up with something to make for her.  This is what I came up with this year...
  I used the website, Wordle to make the word collage in the middle.  I just added a touch of ribbon to bring some of the color out.  So simple and perfect.

Some tricks to using Wordle if you haven't used it already:
  1. Type your words in a Word document first and then copy and paste into Wordle. (It doesn't save your list.)  
  2. The more times a word is in the list the larger it will be.  So I wanted the words, "We Love You" to stand out more so I had those multiple times on my list.  
  3. If you want a phrase like, "We Love You" you need to put curvy dashes in between. (I don't know what they're called.  Ex. we~love~you.
  4. It prints out very large so on your printer settings you can change the size.  Instead of it set on the default of 8.5 x11 I moved it to 5x7 and set the paper to face profile.  It then fit my 5x7 frame perfectly.
  5. For me it printed darker then it showed on the computer screen so make your color choices a little lighter to get the perfect colors.  
  6. Finally, prepare to spend a lot of time with it because it took me FOREVER to decide on the perfect font, colors, and layout.   At least it took ME forever maybe you will be better at making decisions!

7 comments:

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Wordle looks like so much fun! What a great program. Hope your mom-in-law loves the gift!

I'm visiting from New Friend Friday. Your blog is really cute! I'm your newest follower. :)

Leslie said...

what a cute gift idea and it is personalized as well! I am stopping by from NFF and I am excited to be following your blog!

Brown Family said...

Thanks Keri. Working on about a million different wordles now. I'm hooked!

anne maskell said...

Hi Keri! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. A little secret between you and me... I don't always follow patterns to the letter, sometimes its easier to make it up as you go along! I love you blog, and now I'm a follower too!

LuLu said...

I've never heard of Wordle, but now I have it bookmarked! I'm visiting from NFF

~Lauri
http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

Your mother in law is going to love it. Men will be Men, my husband is the same way!
thanks for the link and the tips.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That is so cool. I'd love to make these for each of my kids. Thanks for sharing.

Glad I stopped by from New Friend Friday!