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Family Rules Posted for All to Follow

Since we moved in our new house I have been looking for pictures to decorate the two niches we have. I cannot find anything I love to put in them, because everything seems so impersonal. I was at my friend Natalie's house one day and she had just hung a small 'Family Rules' framed photograph she found at the store. Her decorating skills were my inspiration for my latest crafting attempt.

In case you are interested in making something similar here are the steps:

1. Download the free fonts you like,
I downloaded all of my free fonts from dafonts.com (thank you Lacey for introducing me to this website) and another website I cannot recall. I am sorry.  Here are the fonts I used and their names:


  • McIlroy Family Rules  (permanent marker)
  • HAVE FUN  (Impact)
  • Make Memories (water street)
  • Love One Another(lobster 1.3)
  • Share (romantiques)
  • WORK HARD & PLAY HARDER (water street)
  • Clean up after yourself (riesling)
 2. Go to word and write whatever it is you want to have framed and try out the various fonts to figure out the look you like.

3. I tried to do my final layout in Photoshop, but I am not smart enough to figure it out, so I used a sample of a program called Scrapbook Max 2.0. The problem with the sample is that when you print the bottom eighth of the page is watermarked. I just shrank my picture, saved it, and cropped it to the 2'x3' dimensions I needed. (The program is very reasonably priced if you plan on making numerous projects).

4. I went to Office Depot and they printed my black and white poster for $3!

5. I went to Target and bought a frame. (I was too impatient to wait to build one or to look in thrift stores.)

I am very excited about my newest framed art in the house. I live that it's a touch of my personality show cased. Not too bad for someone who isn't very artistic or crafty.

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