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Printable Signs

Today I want to show you how to make a sign that has the clean look of vinyl lettering without actually using any vinyl.  Printing the quote onto photo paper is the key to getting nice true colors.

The elements and paper that I used are from free digital scrapbooking kits.  Shabby Princess has some fun free kits you might like or just run a search for free scrapbooking kits.  You can design your own sign using Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop, or another similar program.

  • Cut a board that measures 3 1/2" x 6".  The print is 3" x 5 1/2".
  • Use an electric sander to sand the edges of the board to give it the chunky look.
  • Paint the board and then sand the edges to distress them.
  • Print the quote onto photo paper, trim if needed, and Mod Podge it onto the board.  Directions here.
  • Drill two small holes, add the wire and curl the ends.
  • Tie on a raffia bow.

For Personal Use Only
(The scrapbook paper and elements used in these prints came from free kits from various designers.)
Will you do me one favor? 
If you download or copy either of these prints, please click on the box at the bottom of the post that says 'going on my list of things to make'.  This will help me to keep track of what you like for future printables.  Thanks!

Fonts:  Girls are Weird and Whackadoo

 Best printed onto photo paper, but you could also print them onto white card stock.

Font:  Girls are Weird and CAC Futura Casual

Be creative. 

Make a print with a name on it, a favorite quote, or a scripture.  Take a photo and add a quote or important date to it for special occasions like a birthday, baptism, or wedding.  Use pictures from a favorite children's book or from a cereal box.  Prints are everywhere. 
Involve your kids.
My daughter made one with a My Little Pony print from the front of a fruit snack box.
My son made a fun 2x4 block with a Lightning McQueen print on it from wrapping paper.

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Nerd Mama said...

We're working on my daughter's 'big girl' room and I am gathering cute printables. The Dreams Come True print is too perfect!

Karen said...

Janet- I love them! So adorable. Thanks so much for always sharing your printables! I so not computer savvy that way, so I am grateful:)

Laura said...

I love your printables! I have them stored in a folder waiting for the wood. Thanks so much for sharing them!

Msmag said...

Did you put the message on yourself? I am interested to know the name of the fonts used in this project. Thanks for sharing. I recently found your blog an look forward everyday to what you have to offer!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the printable valentine subway art:) so cute!!! Check ou my craft blog at

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your time and talents with someone who hasn't too much but keeps trying. I love the monthly subway signs, downloaded both Jan/Feb. I hope they will keep coming.

Janet said...

In Reply to Mag: I did add the quote myself. I use WordArt in Microsoft Publisher. I've added the fonts that I used, I'm glad you asked they're some of my favorites!

In Reply to Anonymous: Thankyou. As long as I can come up with the right words to use, I'll be creating new subway art. :)

Jen said...

Love these, you are so talented. I would love to have you come and link up to Fantastic Friday at


Amanda said...

Very cool idea! I love vinyl, but no way to make it myself. Thanks so much! Consider linking up at I Made It! Monday at Ninth Street Notions.

Unknown said...

It really works?!? And the ink doesn't smear? I have a stack of photo paper. Can't wait to give this a try!

Please join us this weekend at Passion for Paint and link up your project! Links open Friday night @ 6 pm PST.

Anonymous said...

ah these are so so cute!! Thanks so much for coming and linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!! Make sure to come by tomorrow for a giveaway!! :)

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Stinking Cute!!!! :)

Mandy Coffey said...

So cute!!!! I'd love for you to join my party today

DIYbyDesign said...

I love these printables. I am definitely going to try one of these projects. I linked over from Finding Fabulous. I am your latest follower. I would love if you would come check out my blog and follow me back. Thanks.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Cute sign, great colors! Thank you for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

abeachcottage said...

They are very cute indeed! Love the sayings and colors. Thanks for sharing. said...

Help I can't get them to download... :(

Janet said...

To Wendy: Here's a link to how to save the image to your computer. Just scroll down to the end of the post. :)


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