December 18, 2012

Christmas Present: Special Dates Print

I saw this idea on pinterest, but THIS one was my favorite (though the link goes no where), mostly because of the little saying at the bottom: “what a difference a day makes”.  It makes such a simple, but meaningful gift I think.  All I had to do was ask those receiving one for their special dates…if the print is for a younger couple it can be even more specific, like the day they first met, first kiss, etc.

So last week I whipped these up in Microsoft Word.  I changed the page size to 8x10 so that the words would be centered and also not too close to the sides.  I also changed the margins to narrow, and put a small black border around it. 


It took me a while with the first one, getting the lines evened up and the font sizing right.  But once I had one finished, the others were really easy.  I made sure to save each family’s separately in case anything was wrong or a child is added in the future. 


To make the lines perfectly even, I made a vertical line to line up all the horizontal lines on either side, then deleted it after making sure.

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I also did the same with lining up the vertical lines on either side of the event words, so one side wasn’t slightly higher than the others.

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Once printed, I cut them down to 8x10, stuck them in frames, and they were all finished.


Here are the fonts I used:

Dates:  Lullaby, font size 70
Event:  Lobster 2, font size 16
Quote at bottom:  Traveling Typewriter, font size 16 (with Lobster 2 for the word ‘day’ in font size 18)

Since I had 6 dates for each print, that made it even easier because I could use the same size font for each one.  Score!

I hope they like them! 

I am scrambling getting some last minute gifts finished up.  It’s not like Christmas is a big surprise every year, but yet, I’m still a procrastinator every year.  But as long as I’m having fun, it’s ok, right?!


  1. I LOvE this idea! Great job Christie. I think my husband and I need one of these. Thanks!

  2. Ooh, this is a great idea! I want one for myself too!

  3. I love that! And I love that you can reprint it if more children come along, since some of us don't know if we're done yet. :-)

  4. I love how you labeled what each date was. So cute! Hope you're feeling better, too!


  5. Weellll.... I think you have a better excuse for your procrastination this year than most of us! Hope you are feeling better!!

  6. LOVE the fonts you chose :) Looks awesome!

  7. Love how these turned out. You are so good at personal gifts. I may beg to borrow your template and make one for us!

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