If you’ve read Gift Ideas: 33rd Anniversary, you know I use a chart to get inspiration for anniversary gifts. For my in-laws 34th anniversary, though, I wasn’t loving Opal. So, I started googling and came across a cute idea: a relationship timeline-esque “poster.” That sounds way crazier than it is, but not sure how to explain it.
- Card stock
- Paper trimmer or scissors, ruler and pencil
- 8″ x 10″ frame
Here’s what I did:
- Get an idea of a template – I looked at a lot of ideas to determine what content I wanted to include and how to lay it out.
- Plan your content – I included the following:
- The year of the gift (2018)
- How long they’ve been married (34 years)
- How many days together (12418 – I used this calculator)
- “Countless memories” – you could use this line or replace with something else
- Home Sweet Home (with an image in the shape of their home state)
- A reference to their kids (4 Amazing Children)
- A reference to their grandkids (4 Precious Grandchildren)
- A life filled with blessings (again, easy to swap out)
- Their names (David & Janet)
- Their wedding date (August 25, 1984)
- Build your doc – I created this in Microsoft Word very simply:
- Set 1″ margins (how to) – for an 8″x10″ frame, you need at least 1″ margins to ensure your content fits
- Choose your preferred text & style – I chose all caps because I wouldn’t have to decide what to capitalize and what not to (can be challenging to keep consistent)
- Add accents – I didn’t want just words, so I added the state shape (google search, no background) and the horizontals lines (how to); *tip – hold control + line to keep it straight while you change the size
- Adjust – play with line spacing, text size, text color, line color and style blending in a 2nd font, etc.
- Print, trim & frame – First, I printed on thick card stock – I know it’s just going in a frame, but thick, quality paper has a nicer look than white copy/computer paper. Then, using a paper trimmer, I removed .5 inch off the bottom (my content was not centered on the page; if yours is, divide by 2 and remove .25 off the top and bottom). Finally, I trimmed .5 inch from each side to get down to 8″x10″ and placed it in my frame.
That’s it. All-in-all, a simple, yet personal gift. Consider this idea for couples at any stage in their marriage, new parents, college grads, someone retiring, or for some other celebration!