Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Framed Family Tree Fan

I've been working on this project for about 9 months (took long breaks from it). I knew I had some family history charts somewhere, so I spent a long time looking for my old college packets from a course I took. Then I finally decided to give up and ask my Grandmas for the 4 generations out. They both have an extensive amount of info collected, so I knew they would have it. But between playing phone tag and "out of town for the summer" road blocks, this project was kept at bay.

But at last, it's done.
I used the template from our good friend Martha Stewart. She says to write it calligraphy . . . but I'm not that talented. According to my sister, I have boy handwriting :(

So I used Photoshop and made the template the background and then typed my text in layers and shaped them to fit the arcs.

To add a little extra, I used cardstock and ribbon to add detail, along with putting my name and birthdate in a circle backed with cardstock as well. I'm still not sure if I like the green on the sides, so that may come out after I've had time to stare at it for a while.

It's hard to tell, but I have this in a floating frame. Anytime I try to take a picture of a frame on a wall, I get the flash glare - so it's on the floor, photographed at an angle. I guess I could have taken the top glass piece out to photograph without a glare, but it has about 15 clips on the back to secure the frame and I didn't want to break another nail trying to open and close them again.


  1. This is a cool project! I was trying to imagine what this would look like. I like how it turned out.

  2. This is a wonderful project. I have no clue how to do this on my own. Could you share the template you created?