I had seen variations of these on a website and asked each parent for one for Christmas. Neither decided to get one. Gutted. I considered buying them myself, but, since I'm a crafty sort of person, settled on making them. I needed: Ikea frames, pages from a damaged copy of Pride and Prejudice and adding some quotes from the brilliance of Jane Austen herself. I picked two of the most predictable but timeless quotes from the book, but hey, why would you pick the fourth sentence from page 179? (making mental note to see what that is.... ) FYI "There was no want of discourse" - Referring to Lydia and Mrs Bennett when Lydia returns to Longbourn after the drawn out process of eloping with the nefarious Mr Wickham. Part of the story certainly, but hardly a pivotal or defining moment! And, so!
Quote number 1:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Quote number 2:
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
My first step was to haunt charity shops to find an old copy of the book. Most are Penguin copies from the last 20 years - wanted an older copy. And I needed one that wasn't in the best condition, couldn't in good conscience wreck such a classic! I finally found a 10p copy in Lisburn. Step 1 complete. Next was to get matching frames that were the right size. I chose two plain black wood numbers from Ikea. Cheap and cheerful. Step 2 complete.
One would think the most difficult part was over, it was a matter of printing quotes on to the page?
Step 3 - Printing the quotes. I used Microsoft Publisher, though I'm sure there are many programs that would do just as well. Steps I followed:
- I measured the size of the page from my tattered copy of Pride and Prejudice - 11.8cm x 18.1cm. In the "Page Set-up", custom the page you're using to be this size.
- Customise the margins of the page. I wanted my quote to be 2cm from the side and 2cm from the bottom.
- As I mentioned above, I wanted my quote to be on the bottom left of each page. So I changed the text alignment to this.
- Type the text of your quote.
- Herein lay the problem. The fonts. None of the ones on there seemed to be right! They needed to look vintage. Times New Roman looked ridiculously modern. And so began the search for font. If you search the internet there are endless amounts of different fonts you can download - when you choose to download and then install the font of your choice it will appear in the font list of your programs. And so I searched for "Vintage or Antique Font". Try out all the different fonts you think you might like. The one i settled on was:
- You might need to create a custom size of page for your printer, otherwise both printer and computer will assume that you're using standard A4 paper.
- Know which way your printer prints - I had two beautiful copies printed upside down...
- Try making your font bold - it needs to stand out from the text.
Would quite like a third print - any quote suggestions??