A quick and easy tutorial just in time for Valentine's day (in case you've left it a little too last minute!)

 Step by step instructions to help you create this image in perfect time for Valentine's day!

Step by step instructions to help you create this image in perfect time for Valentine's day!

Hello lovely! Thanks for stopping by to say hi! With Valentine's Day fast approaching I thought I'd share a little "how to" with you to help you create a personalised gift for your special someone. The best bit? It will take you less than an hour to make and won't cost you any more than paper and ink for your printer - how great is that?!

I have a bit of a thing for quotes so I hunted around and found this one:

"Everything I do is better with you"

There are loads of quotes on Pinterest that you might like too (and if you stop by my Pinterest profile, you'll see that I have a whole board dedicated to them!) so have a little hunt around to find the perfect quote if you're not too keen on this one.

So, I hear you ask, how are we going to create a lovely gift in less than an hour without having to spend money? It's really simple, we're going to use a new-found wonder (well, new to me anyway) called Canva. Canva is a fantastic website that you can use to create leaftlets, posters, images for social media posts...the list goes on but anything you can stick an image on, Canva has a solution! You'll need to sign up for a free account at www.canva.com to save your masterpieces but there are no charges unless you choose to use some of the paid elements on the site, such as certain pictures or backgrounds. The image we're creating today was made from completely FREE elements but you could go wild with some of the other elements on there if you wanted to :) Enough of me waffling about my new website crush; let's get to the reason you stopped by! 

Ok, so have you got yourself a cuppa and signed into Canva? Fabulous, let's make a start! Start with an A4 document:

 Step 1: Select the A4 document option

Step 1: Select the A4 document option

The next step is to add your background, so click on the "background" tab and select the marble effect background (I've put an arrow to show you which one I've used as there are a few!) Drag the background onto your page and use the dots in the four corners to resize it if necessary. To change the colour, double click on the background and a colour palette will come up. To get the colour I used here, click on the "+" button in the colour palette and type in the Hex code 007988 and you should get a watery blue colour :) All good so far? Fabulous!

 Step 2: Select your background

Step 2: Select your background

All we're going to do now is add some headings and change the fonts, sizes and colours, so click on the "Text" tab and drag the top "Add heading" piece of text on to your document. You'll need to add 5 of these in total if you're using the same quote that I have. How's it going so far?

 Step 3: Add 5 headings to your document

Step 3: Add 5 headings to your document

I think you're probably getting the hang of it now so I'll just give you the fonts and sizes that I used as it's difficult to see them in my pictures:

First and last headings - Clicker Script, size 104

Second and fourth headings - Vast Shadow, size 64

Third heading - Limelight, size 120

But please don't feel that you have to follow this exactly; play around with the fonts as you wish - have fun creating!

So you should end up with a document that looks something like this:

 Your complete quote!

Your complete quote!

I added a final flourish of a dotted line at the top and bottom of mine to finish it off. Click on the "Elements" tab, select "Lines" and scroll down until you get all the cool, bright coloured arrows (wish I had some of those when I was editing my step-by-step pictures, I've got to be honest!). I chose the dotted line underneath the pink graduated line (shown with my super rubbish arrow in the next picture!). Drag it on to your document and use the dots in the four corners to stretch it if needed. Change the colour too if you want to! 

 Step 4: Add a dotted line to the top and bottom of your document and voila, you're done!

Step 4: Add a dotted line to the top and bottom of your document and voila, you're done!

And that's your masterpiece completed! Fairly painless, no mess and no stress (well I hope not anyway!). All you need to do now is click "Download" and download your file as one of the formats given - I use the PNG files if I'm printing out although it shouldn't make a great deal of difference.

I printed mine onto A4 photo paper (I picked up a cheap pack from Asda) and popped it into a frame, which I found in The Range for around £6. Bargain!

So there you have it, your very own piece of art that will make a great last minute Valentine's gift for someone, a personalised birthday gift or will just look fabulous on your wall :) Take a photo of your masterpiece before you wrap it up and tag me in any pictures you share - I'd love to see what you've created!

Well done Canva Queen! Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial - is there anything you'd like to see a "How To" for? Drop me an email and let me know! And if you'd like other crafty tutorials and tips, you can subscribe to my blog at the bottom of the page - no junk emails I promise, just lovely things and the odd freebie here and there, because I'm nice like that ;)

Love,

Sarah x

 The finished result! Hope you enjoyed this little DIY tutorial!

The finished result! Hope you enjoyed this little DIY tutorial!