Back in 2014 I used a holiday photo to make a home wifi code sign for our guest bedroom as a way of making visitors feel more welcome. Since then we have changed our router, and indeed our internet provider. That means a new password for the wifi and an opportunity to introduce all of you to one of my new favourite (and free) resources Canva.com. I thought I’d get you all started with a tutorial for a simple wifi password sign using Canva that you can stretch your creative muscles on.
This is a brilliant way to become familiar with the design programme and make something that is personal and useful in a short space of time.
Materials You Will Need:
Kit You Will Need:
How To Make A Simple Wifi Password Sign Using Canva:
Go to Canva.com and make yourself a free account. You will need your email address and a password (or you can use your Facebook or Google account).
Selecting the “work” option will lead you to a paid account so selecting personal is completely adequate for most purposes! You will also need to confirm your email address via the email they send you.
Canva will then take you on a little tour of the programme. It’s worth doing this and you will end up on the page that allows you to choose a “canvas” (or working area size) from a large range of templates. You will then need to measure the size of the image area in the frame you have chosen. Mine was 178mm x 128mm.
If your frame is a standard size to fit (for example) a postcard, you can select that option for canvas size on Canva (make sure that you click on the plus sign to see the full range of pre-set canvas sizes, there are loads!)
Click on the one that fits and the programme will present you with a blank canvas.
If none of them fit click on “Use Custom Dimensions” in the top right hand corner of the screen. You will need to change the unit of measurement to mm (millimetres) and then type in the size that you want your image to be.
There will be a menu on the right hand side of the screen that provides a large number of layouts that you can pick for your sign. You may choose to have one large image or a collage of smaller ones.
These are all free to use so just click on the one you want to have it appear on your canvas.
Start adding images to your layout. Here you have two choices. You can click on the “elements” tab at the right of the screen and click on the “Free Photos” icon. This will give you a choice of loads of lovely professional stock images to use. To add them you just click and drag them into the spot you want.
Step Six (alternative version):
If you want to use your own holiday snaps uploading them to Canva couldn’t be much easier. Just click on the “Uploads” tab (again at the right of the screen) and select “upload an image”. It then takes you into your documents or pictures to select the image you want and uploads it to appear in the “gallery” on the right hand side of the page.
If you want to move a picture to a nearby area you can just click and drag the picture to where you want it. To get rid of it altogether just double click and click the cross (X) to remove it.
If the wrong part of the photo can be seen inside the frame you have chosen for it you can change that really easily. Simply double click on the image and the whole thing will appear with the area that can be seen in the frame highlighted. Just drag the image so that it lines up the way you want. You can also rotate the image in this way.
Once all your images are in their frames and you are happy with the layout of your wifi password sign using Canva it is time to add some text to the picture. If you put text straight onto the images it is likely to disappear into the background where you can’t read it. I get around this by adding a “shape” into the mix.
“Shapes” are again found under the “Elements” heading on the right hand side of the screen. There are loads of free ones. Once you have selected a shape you can change it’s colour and how transparent it is by clicking on it an using the menu that appears.
If you want to you can place a shape over the entire collage and adjust the transparency to make the image appear slightly faded. That helps any text that you put on it to stand out.
Next in your wifi password sign using Canva you add your text via the “Text” tab on the right hand side of the screen. Again, there are lots of free text layouts that you can use, either on their own or in combination with each other. However I often find that I want to put more text in them than will fit and you can only edit them so much.That means I use the provided layouts as inspiration and use the heading, subheading and body text commands choosing the fonts and colours that I want.
The image on the left was produced using my own holiday photos, whilst the one of the right uses Canva’s free stock images.
Because the images in the sign on the left have brighter colours they have been “knocked back” using a semi transparent rectangle (from the “Elements” menu, under “Shapes”) placed over the top of the collage. When you add the lettering on top of this it stands out more.
When you are happy with your wifi password sign using Canva, it will automatically save it for you on their cloud so that you can access it by logging into your account at any time. However you can download your design in several formats. If you just want to print it I suggest downloading a PNG file as this will give you a better quality print.
The download button is at the top right of the Canva screen. Click on it and select the PNG format to download a file that gives a good quality print.
Print your wifi password sign using Canva design, frame it up and enjoy!
The possibilities are really endless for a wifi password sign using Canva. You can produce collages, or use one single image. Make a plain background for your text or use icons from Canva’s stock list. Remember that if a $ sign appears when you hover your mouse over it you will need to pay for it when you download the project but there are loads of free resources to choose from.
I use Canva for so many different things and find it so easy to use in comparison to some others. Your party invitations, posters and graphics will never look to professional!
How are you getting on with Canva? I would love to see the things you create with it. Tag @IlMagpie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you post anything!
Easter is very early this year and if you are looking for Easter cards that also happen to look really good look no further than these easy block printed Easter cards. They also have the added bonus of being fun to make for pretty much any age group!
Block printing is a quick and easy way to get a stunning result. There are a lot of different ways to make a block and the method used in this project can be done by young and old alike. A really good excuse to get your fingers messy!
There are two versions of these cards, one is more traditional, the other a bit funky.
Family Friendly: Yes, with small adaptations can be done by all ages.
Skill Level: Easy. (Some accuracy with scissors needed).
Time Needed: One and a half hours (one hour to make the stamps, half an hour to print)
Approximate Cost: Around £5.00, including the card blanks.
- 2 A4 Craft Foam Sheets (if working with young children pre cut foam stickers may be better)
- Ink Pads (Stamp Pads) in colours of your choice
- Washi Tapes (optional)
- Blank Cards and Envelopes (I used these, but many places sell similar).
- Paper to practice on.
- Double Sided Tape
- Flat Bottomed drinking glasses
- Ball point pens (one each)
- A Hole Punch (optional)
How To Make Easy Block Printed Easter Cards
Using double sided tape stick your two pieces of craft foam together to make a double layer. Don’t use glue as it takes DAYS to dry due to the non-porous nature of the foam!
(If you have young children and are using pre-cut foam stickers pick two the same shape as each other and stick one on top the other)
This helps you to have a clearer outline and results in a better print.
Print out the Easter designs I have drawn up on a piece of paper and cut them out. Draw around them onto the craft foam with a ball point pen. Click here to download. Block Printed Easter Card Templates
When adding detail you can do it in two ways:
- Use the ball point pen to draw the detail (like the zig zag lines) onto the foam shape. Press hard and go over it several times this indent will give you the pattern when you print.
- Use scissors and a hole punch to cut the detail out of the two layers. This shows up more clearly when printed with but is more tricky.
Use double sided tape to stick the cut images to the bottom of the drinking glasses. They will come off again with soap and water but you could also use any flat, hard surface that will take a bit of pressure while you print (bits of scrap wood or empty jam jars would also work well). The advantage of using glass is that you can see exactly where you are positioning the stamp!
Choose what colour stamp pad you want to use. It works best if you press the pad onto the foam, moving it around as necessary to make sure the whole design is covered in a good layer.
Print onto your practice paper. Play with different layouts and find some you like. If you want to overlap two stamps in different colours it is best to wait until the paint from the first one is dry. Always start with paler colours and stamp darker ones over those if you want overlapping designs.
Step Five A (Optional):
If you want to make the funkier version of these cards. Choose five or six designs of washi tape (or alternatively alternate two or three) and stick lengths from the outer edge of the card. Don’t be afraid to tear the ends at an angle. That slightly ragged finish looks really good. Use scissors at the edge of the card to cut the tape to fit. Then proceed to step six.
Stamp your cards. You will have a good instinct now for how often to add more ink to the stamp and how to position it. Feel free to use mine as inspiration or a starting point. At this point you will really understand how easy block printed Easter cards are to make. Using glasses as your blocks should make it easier to line up your stamps as you want them.
Once your cards are dry, add personalised messages (I often cheat and print out my greeting in a handwritten style font I like, copy it in pencil and then go over it in pen!) You could even add a personalised stamp to the envelopes as well.
I hope that you enjoy making these easy block printed Easter cards. I had fun coming up with them. I would really love it if you would share pictures of your block printing adventures on the Il Magpie Facebook Page.
All things print and printmaking have been on my mind recently. I have been on a fantastic Letterpress printing workshop with Inky and the Beast (more to follow about that!) and I am leading a workshop on the 25th where attendees design, make and print cushion covers with their own blocks. I particularly love this workshop as the students always come up with new and exciting ways to use blocks that I would never have thought of! If you are in the Hampshire area and want to build on your knowledge of block printing from these easy block printed Easter cards you can find more information here.
I splurged a bit on my planner this year and treated myself to the Blogtacular/Lollipop Life Planner which has huge flexibility in it’s layout to plan how I wanted to. One of the best things about it was that it comes with a plain grey board cover. The possibilities were endless. I always like to customise my planners. and this year I came up with this Geometric Notebook Cover DIY that I wanted to share with you.
After a great deal of mulling things over I decided that I wanted something bright, colourful, inspiring and personal. Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that my insta feed is pretty colourful and I decided I want to use my photos from the last year to inspire the next. I also needed the cover to last the whole year without looking tatty. I’m thrilled with the Geometric Notebook Cover DIY that I ended up with and think it will do the trick beautifully.
Geometric Notebook Cover DIY:
What You Will Need:
Choose your photos. Instagram pictures work well because they are square to start with. Print them out onto thin cardboard. I found that two per A4 sheet worked out with about the correct proportions. I needed 21 images per cover. So to do the front and the back I needed 42 images.
I had an Inkjet Printer so I used that. If you have a colour laser printer you can skip Step Two.
Spray ALL of your images with 3-4 coats of transparent spray sealant. It is best to do this in the open air. I used my washing line and some pegs but make sure to check the wind direction first as you don’t want a face full!
You are doing this so that the ink doesn’t run when you coat it with Mod Podge. Doing this meant I got away with using the Inkjet printer instead of paying for colour laser print offs. Plus I get to keep the rest of the spray for other projects.
Measure your notebook. Mine was A5 size. I wanted a minimum of four complete triangles across the width of mine (I thought it needed at least this many to get the tessellated look I wanted but still be big enough to show the pictures off). A few sums gave me an isoceles triangle with a base of 4.5cm and a vertical height of 6.4cm (Allowing for a 2mm gap in between shapes). I also wanted the header “Life Planner” to show so I made a note of it’s size and location.
Using these measurements I made a template from a spare piece of card.
I placed the template over my images, moving it around to get the best “view” of the image before drawing around the shape with a pencil where I wanted to cut.
Then I set to and cut out all my little triangles!
I arranged the triangles as I wanted them and used my trusty double sided tape mouse (those things are seriously life changing!) to stick all of them into position (front and back). I didn’t use glue because I didn’t want to make the cardboard damp and risk it wrinkling.
I added some washi tape around the header text to make it stand out a bit more and another area on the back for continuity.
Break out the Mod Podge. I used it neat (un-diluted) and used an old paintbrush to paint a coat of it all over the front cover.
After the cover is thoroughly dry coat it with Mod Podge again (ordinary PVA glue will also work for this but I like Mod Podge because it isn’t quite so runny and I can get it in a matte finish). Keep the coats as smooth as you can for the best finish (if I did this again I would actually use one of those foam brushes to help with this). Keep doing this until you have 3 or 4 coats of Mod Podge on both the front and back covers. As the Mod Podge dries you will see that it really brings the colours of the images out on this Geometric Notebook Cover DIY.
I really love this Geometric Notebook Cover DIY, it was really good fun to make and now it cheers my days up. Helping motivate me through the rest of the winter towards sunnier spring days. I am also really loving the Life Planner itself. It is really flexible and actually allows me to bullet journal (which might be my new obsession).
What about you? How do you plan? Do you bullet journal? Any tips for a newbie journaller?
Those of you who follow me on social media may have noticed that throughout this week I have been sharing my Halloween Pinterest Boards with lots of inspiration for easy food, decor and costumes. Now for my own contribution – Free Printable Labels to spruce up your Halloween treats.
I like to give out pre wrapped sweets and so opted for the mini bags of Haribo that you can buy at most supermarkets. I know some parents like to be able to see what it is their kids are getting very clearly so I designed two options of the same label.
Firstly you have the sticker version:
These are designed to be printed onto A4 Self Adhesive Labels using an ordinary inkjet printer and feature some howlingly bad Halloween jokes and my own hand drawn versions of famous monsters.
You can download the sticky label version here.
In addition to this I thought that the design would lend itself well to a tab top version which would keep all parts of the packaging in view in case of nervous parents or children with allergies.
All you need is to print them onto card (or even paper if you are stuck), cut them out and staple them into position.
You can download these by clicking this link or the picture below.
If this whets your appetite I have a Pinterest board that has a selection of the best printables I have found for every type of treat imaginable.
We’re not much for celebrating Halloween in our house. We no longer have small children and my husband and I never “Trick or Treated” as kids (him because he lived in the middle of nowhere and me because I lived in a big city where the process turned VERY nasty).
We now live in a medium /large village where “Trick or Treating” is done beautifully. Parents accompany their kids, it is about sweets and treat (not money) and they never call at a house unless you have a carved Pumpkin outside your front door. Because to this I wanted to get more in the spirit this year.
I saw a tutorial on “A Beautiful Mess” a couple of weeks ago for Lollipops made to look like ghosties that was really sweet (If you haven’t had a roam around “ABM” take a look, it is my all time favourite blog, completely inspiring and very beautiful!). These spooky sweeties for Halloween were an incredibly easy to make and the children will remember getting something so special.
I decided to tweak the idea a bit for some cute things to give to our little visitors on the 31st . Using fabric felt a bit wasteful as it would be discarded by the little cherubs in thirty seconds flat and little hands would struggle with undoing knots.
Underneath are lollipops. I used tissues, half a pipe cleaner wrapped around and bent into reaching “arms” and a felt tip pen for the faces.
Can’t wait for Halloween to give them out!
I’ve been slowly chipping away at getting organised. and one of the things I am doing is putting together my own diary for next year. I have purchased a “Dodo PersonalPOD” folder that is the same size as a personal filofax.
I am in the process of working out what sections I want the planner to have but I have settled on a few planner dividers already;
- Separate sections for each month with a monthly planner in.
- More detailed pages for each month that can be put in and removed so that there are no more than three months in there in detail.
- Bright, cheerful and inspiring.
“Molly Makes” issue number 45 had some really lovely free papers in it and I had seen to pictures of American planners that had a lot of inspirational quotes in them (I’m a sucker for a prettily presented inspiring quote) and I wanted to copy that.
I decided to make my own monthly dividers with pretty backgrounds that I would find cheerful and inspiring. I found some inspirational quotes on Pinterest and printed them out onto photo paper.
I used a computer graphics programme to draw out simple divider shapes and I used a font that I liked to write in the name of the months. I then cut the papers to fit my printer and printed straight onto them.
Gluing the quotes onto the front, cutting the dividers out, laminating them and hole punching them gave me tough and cheerful dividers. The whole process took about three hours and I now have a computer file for the dividers that I can use to make dividers for other areas of the planner.
A win/win in my book 😉 Mollie Makes #46 is out now with more free papers. Time to get my thinking cap on!