Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Minute Gift Idea...and a Freebie!

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:
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After finishing the first several designs, I realized they were pretty "girlie" and decided to do a more masculine version as well:
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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6 comments:

Nathan and Esther said...

I love it!

Monica Lifferth said...

You are so creative. Love it!

sandy.johnson said...

How creative is right! Impressive! I want to try and make some..but I may need some more instructions!

Such talent, dear Rachie!

Raewyn aka whinney said...

Thank you so much for sharing the template! This is the perfect gift for my work colleagues

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the template!! What a great idea and gift.

The Wright's said...

LOVE IT! I always love your Christmas gift ideas!