Friday, May 20, 2011

Fast and Fabulous Teacher Gift






I wish I could take credit for this idea, but my dear friend thought of this one.  She needed a gift for each of her sons' teachers.  She thought it would be fun to make text art, like my Mothers' Day Text Art project, from the names of the students in the class to frame and give to the teacher.  Brilliant! So I begged her to let me do it and had a lot of fun.



You can do this for your child's teacher too, faster than you can say "summer break".  Just use Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or whatever word processing program your child uses to write her papers or book reports to create the text art.

Type the name of each student, change the color of the text, use a fun font, print it on card stock, frame it and you're done!  You can also involve your child in this.  He can type the names, choose the colors, or maybe put the whole thing together, depending upon his age.  I think it is a fun idea to have your child sign their name in the bottom corner of the photo mat so that the teacher remembers who it came from and so the artist signs his work.




For the first text art project, I used the font Walkway (available for free download at dafont.com) I rotated some of the names, and changed the font size and color on each of the names.  I used Photoshop to make this project.



For the second project, I just used a regular word processing program (mine is called Neo Office for Mac, but it is the same as Microsoft Word.) I simply typed the names with a period and a space between each, changed the font colors, and then changed the font to Payday (also available for free download at dafont.com).



If you need some more ideas, you can check out my Mothers' Day Text Art project.

Happy typing!


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9 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I wish my boys were still in school to be able to do this. :)

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  2. Brilliant! I just bookmarked this project idea. My son's teacher is probably going to be getting one of these. I love word art! Thank you for sharing.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  3. Tatum - this is a fantastic idea - totally adore it and I am sure any teacher would as well. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party – I greatly appreciate it. I hope you don’t mind that I have included this in today’s features. Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  4. There is a website called Wordle that will do this for you as well. It's really easy and there are a gazillion different layouts and color schemes to choose from.
    http://www.wordle.net/create

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  5. I love this idea! Two other ideas I am going to use mine on is those who attend bridal showers and birthday parties. Print it off and include it on a scrapbook page!

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  6. Wordle is much easier, I agree with K.Mo. Try it, you'll love it!
    margarita

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  7. These are wonderful! Just posted on Craft Gossip! Love the fonts you chose:)

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=6051

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  8. I would have loved to do this for my teacher's gift this year. We made a memory book for the teacher and this would have been an awesome cover. Thanks for the idea!

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