It was such treat for my husband and me to get our very own personalized banner made by Lynn K. What a wonderful, versatile concept that can be used for so many different occasions!
When my friend and I were talking about things to make for her son’s graduation celebration, I offered to make a Linked Letter Banner for her. Since we couldn’t find any fabric with a graduation theme, we decided to use all paper. A patterned paper for the inner letters and cardstock for the linked letters. Lynn generously shared the file with me and this is the finished banner.
Although the inner letters look as if they were cut from camo paper it actually does have graduation themed items and words printed on it. To keep the letters with open tops – such as N, U, and H – from spreading when the banner is hung, I cut small strips of a rigid clear plastic and glued them across the openings to stabilize the letters. These are barely visible when the banner is hung. The red and yellow P in the picture is the school logo. I manually traced the logo using the KNK Studio software. It was cut from two layers of card stock and the mustang’s head and the letters were cut from vinyl. There is a piece of the clear plastic under the opening in the P since part of the mustang’s head is positioned in that opening.
When Lynn sent me the file for the Linked Letter Banner, she included a couple of triangular flag shapes saying that someone might want to use them as backgrounds for the letters instead of having just the letters themselves. I thought that was another great idea and started playing with those shapes. Beginning with the file for the Linked Letter Banner and with Lynn’s approval and blessing, I created a second file in which the flags are linked, there is a smaller flag inside the linked flags, and there are letters with a shadow layer on the stacked flags. I did some resizing so two of the larger flags (the linked ones) could be cut from a 12 x 12 inch piece of cardstock and resized the other components accordingly. Then I cut and assembled the banner shown in the picture below.
As you can see, “CONGRATULATIONS” is one l-o-n-g word! As I was assembling it, I realized it was a bit longer than I had anticipated so I laid it out in the hall and measured it – 10.5 feet! The logo that is in this picture is the same one that is in the Linked Letter Banner picture above so you can see that the individual flags are larger than the linked letters. I am curious to see where my friend has hung this when we get to the celebration on Saturday.
As an alternative, I offered the option shown in the picture below. This time the word “CONGRATS” measures just under 6 feet. Perhaps a more managable size.
As with the Linked Letter Banners, the Linked Flag Banners can be folded so you have an easy to store stack rather than a long unwieldy string. The picture below shows the word “CONGRATS” folded and ready to transport or store.
In this picture you can also see the details on the graduation themed paper. I was able to find brads that matched the red paper so they do not show when in the banner. If you can’t find matching brads or cute ones like the lolipops that Lynn used, a Sharpie pen in the right color can be used to customize the brads.
Since I was having fun making things on my KNK Maxx for the graduation celebration and since I already had a file for the school logo, I decided to cut a couple of logos from glittered paper. Using my KNK Studio software it was easy to scale the logo to a size that just fit a 12 x 12 piece of paper. I’m not sure the graduate will be very impressed with these logos in bling but his mother and I think they are great! Here is a picture of one of them. Again, the clear plastic was used behind the opening in the P.
Thanks to Lynn K for generously sharing her creativity and talents.
The file for the Linked Flag Banner can be downloaded from the link below. Enjoy!