So you read blogs, right? (Um yes, you’re here aren’t you?)
And would I be right in presuming that maybe you spend an ample amount of time on your computer every day? Go ahead and admit it – from recipes to organization to email to maintaining and making friendships to shopping to banking to inspiration, your computer is a useful tool in so MANY ways.
But what about crafting?
Oh yes, crafting. If you have Microsoft Word, you’ve got a world of possibilities just a few clicks away. No, you don’t need Photoshop or a special program – just Word, where countless school papers have been generated and fliers for school, store, and church events have come to life.
You see, once upon a time I was a middle school teacher, and my 8th grade English class produced a newspaper once a month. We did it all in Word. If there was something that I wanted to do, I figured out how to do it, and by default taught myself a whole lot.
Now 8th graders, Lord love ‘em, tend to ask lots of questions (the same ones over and over), so I created a 21 page document called Miss Susan Opel’s Guide to Outstanding Word Documents for each of them to use. It contained everything I’d learned along the way. The document helped cut down on the questions AND helped them to experiment even more.
Eventually, I used the guide in teaching a few scrapbooking classes, and I’ve shared it with friends who needed some tutoring. Sadly, it’s quite out of date since it was originally written in 2002 or so, but in Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, I was able to resurrect and update some of my very favorite tips. In Cool Tools for Paper Crafters you’ll find how-to’s for Using Shapes in Word as Design, Creating White Text in Text boxes, Using WordArt for Sentiments, and Using a Circle as a Frame for a Sentiment.
Back in September, I wrote this blog post where I gave away sheets of sentiments in a circle frame that I had created in Word. Lots of you were interested in knowing how to do it yourself. And voila, here I am to teach you step by step!
Creating a Circle as a Frame for a Sentiment
Open a Word Document, and then go to the menu at the top of the screen. Click on “Insert”. Find “Shapes” and click on it.
Step 1: Create a circle – Once you’ve clicked on “Shapes” from the “Insert” menu, a cascading menu will appear. Click on the oval option. See Figure 1. Left click, hold and drag your mouse, and create a circle in your document.
Step 2: Size your circle – Click on the circle and a new tab will appear at the top of the page called Drawing Tools. Once you click on that tab, you’ll be able to size your circle to a 1.5″ diameter. See Figure 2 far right.
Commercial break: My favorite thing about doing this is that by creating these circles to be 1 1/2” in diameter, they coordinate perfectly with a 1 3/4” circle punch!
Step 3: Add text – You can type text inside the circle by simply right clicking and choosing “Add Text”. If you want something larger to fill the circle, you can layer a text box over the circle instead (fig. 3) and choose “No Outline” and “No Fill” for the colors of the text box (which you can find on the Drawing Tools tab) (fig. 4).
Step 4: Lock the circle and text box – To make it easy to copy your sentiment circle to make multiples, you can “Group” your elements. Simply click on the text box, hold down the shift button and then click on the circle. Keep the shift button down and right click. The menu shown below will appear. Click on “Group” and your elements are locked together for easy copying! See Figure 5.
Now you can copy and paste your sentiment several times. 20 of these circles fit perfectly on an 8.5” x 11” piece of cardstock. Be sure to spread them out evenly so that the circle punch has room to breathe.
Print the document, punch your circles, and you’re ready to create 20 cards just like that. And if you save the document, you can do even more later when you run out.
OK – are you ready to give this a whirl? Once you start playing around in Word, you just might come up with some fun ideas of your own (my students taught me a ton). I’d love to see your projects using this tutorial, so feel free to post them on our Facebook fan page!
Wanna learn more of my favorite computer tips for crafting? Well, you need a copy of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, then, right? Leave a comment by Friday at 5 PM MST and we’ll pick three lucky winners to snag their own copy!
PS – We’d like to make a correction. On pg 52 of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters the Patriotic Pennant Banner was incorrectly attributed. It was made by the fabulous Stephanie Halinski! Our apologies for not catching that, Steph!
PPS – If you love the idea of computer generated sentiments, be sure to take a look at our Simple Sentiments that we offer for FREE on our website. You just might find one that tickles your fancy for your next quick card.