Friday, July 6, 2012

"What a difference a day makes" Print

During the ridiculous amount of time I have spent on Pinterest, I stumbled upon these two links:

There are some other versions out there, but these are the ones that caught my attention.  Not wanting to spent $20-$30+ (including taxes and shipping), I opened up MSPowerPoint and got to work!  I spent quite a while browsing for a font to use for the dates.  I finally settled on Handwriting Draft.  I used fonts I already had for the rest:  Odstemplik for the descriptions and American Typewriter for the saying across the bottom.

Here's the two versions I came up with.  I can't decide if the lines next to the descriptions is too much, or if it works.  (And yes, those dates are accurate! When we knew, we knew!)

Option 1: Lines

Option 2:  Hyphens instead of lines.
I still need to purchase a frame and mat, so I have a day or so to decide.  Or maybe I won't decide, and will hang one up for a while, then switch it out with the other one just to mix things up. : P

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Meet Me Monday Link Party @ You're Talking Too Much  
Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss
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Lil' Luna Link Party @ Lil' LunaWhatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts  


  1. How did you get all the dates to line up? When I do it they are all out of line.

    1. The trick to that was choosing a font that is "fixed width," meaning that each number/letter takes up the same amount of space. In most fonts "i" and "w" take up different amounts of space, but in a "fixed width" font they take up the same amount of space. This makes it so any combination of 4 characters would be the same length. I had to play around with several different fonts before I found one I liked that worked.

      Another option, if you're working with MS Word, would be to:
      (I work on a Mac and so I'm not sure how closely these procedures will line up to that of a PC)

      1. Highlight dates you need to be longer/shorter.
      2. Go to "format" and select "font"
      3. Select the tab for "character spacing"
      4. Increase or decrease the character spacing until text is desired length. (you may have to play around with different character spacings before you find the setting that works)

      Let me know if this helps!

  2. I've pinned the same idea and I love it! I have a friend who is about to get married and I'm thinking it would make a great gift. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    1. SJ, I think this would make a wonderful gift, too, especially for a wedding! Glad the tutorial was helpful! Thank you for stopping by and leaving some comment love!

  3. Wow! I guess you are right, when you knew you knew. I like the top one with the lines. They both look great though!

    1. Haha! Yes, neither of us had any doubts! We know we both feared the Lord and were determined to serve Him first and foremost. We knew with this foundation that we would be able to work through anything together, with the help of our Heavenly Father, and we have. :)

      Thank you for you sweet words and for stopping by! Come back again soon and leave some more wonderful comment love!

  4. great web site!!! how did you make the lines for "what a difference a day makes."

    i have tried everything and i can't get it to look like your first picture. thanks!

    1. Thank you!!!

      In MSPowerPoint you have the option to insert shapes/lines. I inserted a line and then placed it where I wanted, starting at the top next to Ryan's name. I then copied and pasted that line and placed it on the other side of his name. I had to do this for each individual line segment. Once I had them placed I adjusted the sizing to fit the space I wanted the lines to fill. Using the "static guides" (blue vertical and horizontal lines that can be moved to help line up objects) really helped with this project.

      Let me know if that helps! Good luck! :)