I just returned from a quick business trip to Colorado Springs, CO and realized I still hadn't figured out what to give my co-workers for Christmas. I had several ideas that I'd been tossing around, but none of them really seemed to fit the bill. And then I happened upon the perfect idea. Since great gift ideas aren't always easy to come by, I decided to share this with you. :)
I'll start by showing the finished product:
After finishing the first several designs, I realized they were pretty "girlie" and decided to do a more masculine version as well:
As you can see, this gift requires minimal supplies: a 5x7 acrylic frame (I got mine at Target), post-it notes, and cardstock + printer. Of course, you can always take the digital file to Kinkos and have them print it...so technically you don't even need the last two items.
To start, you'll need to create a 5x7" document in photoshop. Add the papers, title and elements, and print. I used different papers to give each version a unique design, but this is entirely optional.
After printing, trim the document and slip into the frame. Make sure the frame is orientated correctly...it will be upside-down from the traditional usage. Add the post-it notes, and you're done!
I've seen versions where the post-it notes were glued to the frame; however, I wanted the notes to be replaceable so I just peeled the paper-backing away and stuck the notes directly to the frame. I was unable to find any post-it notes that actually matched my frame designs, so it might help to purchase your post-its before you design your frames. Then you can choose a matching color palette...brilliant!
Realizing that Christmas is just days away, and in an effort to make this hectic week just a teeny bit easier for you, I am giving away this post-it template. Just click on the image below (or click here) to download. Hope you enjoy!