Last summer we showed you a few ideas for what we called 'No Skills, No Frills' alphabet posters that we made using nothing more than Word and a black and white printer. We wanted to show you that you didn't have to be a graphic designer or spend any money to have an attractive (if simple) abc print to put up on your walls. One of our readers, Jessica, also made an abc poster using Word but we'd have to call this a No Skills, Lots of Frills version!
Above is the poster hanging in Jessica's son's room (it's changed a tiny bit from her first version in the third photo). Jessica describes how she made it:
I made the poster using Microsoft Word and the accompanying clipart (they also give you access to tons of free clipart online.) Although, I've since also designed my son's birth announcements, and it was way easier to lay out the clipart using Paint.net (less strict about line height, font size, etc.). Anyway, I simply chose a font I liked, typed out the letters, adjusted the width and height, and then inserted clipart for each letter (using the send to the back/bring to the front functions.) I set the page size to 20x30 or something. Then I simply converted the .doc to a .jpg (pain in the butt, another reason it would be easier to use Paint.net or Photoshop), and sent it off for printing (Shutterfly was great, and with my discount code it cost me $6 shipped!).
Thanks Jessica! We hope this will also inspire someone else to give it a try