I wanted an affordable print to put above this stand in my kitchen area. Just in case you’re wondering, yes the table is from Mocka, but I hacked the legs to make it taller. There’s a DIY for that here.
Okely dokely… So I went to Etsy and searched for a digital succulent print. There are stack and stacks! I knew I wanted to put it in the 60cm x 90cm frame from Kmart (the glass now comes in perspex so the frames aren’t super heavy anymore). The protea was here.
You need to check the listings over at Etsy and make sure the file you buy will be bigger than 60cm x 90cm or 24×36 (inches). I guarantee you won’t find the exact size, so you need to make sure you get it bigger (and if you’re getting it printed at Officeworks like I recommend below, then you will need it bigger because they don’t do that exact size).
Now, knowing that I was going to have to trim it down, I made sure the print had some white edges and just had a common sense approach to picking something that I was happy to trim every so slightly (I’m talking maybe 4cm all the way round). So don’t pick anything you don’t want to trim because the Officeworks sizing doesn’t match frames from Kmart/IKEA exactly. Just a little tip!
So I bought the $9 digital file. Then I went to the Officeworks website and clicked on their print & copy section.
- I chose coloured poster
- 160gsm coated paper
- Size B1 (707mm x 1000mm) See how it’s slightly bigger than 60cm x 90cm? It has to be otherwise the next size down will be too small.
- Upload your design
Now comes an extra step. You will have to resize the file you downloaded from Etsy to the exact size Officeworks is asking you to upload. You can’t crop or move files in the Officeworks upload area.
So open up PicMonkey and resize then crop the digital download to 707mm x 1000mm (which is what Officeworks required in the above steps). PICMONKEY only resizes in pixels, but you want millimetres – so you’ll have to use a conversion tool – http://www.unitconversion.org/typography/pixels-x-to-millimeters-conversion.html.
This means 707mm x 1000mm will become 2672 pixels x 3770 pixels. I know it’s confusing!! But if you can use photoshop, just do it all over there (as it let’s you choose mm). I PROMISE it’s not too hard once you get through this sizing part.
Now load the image in to the Officeworks section…
And that’s what it will look like! So it’s now at 707mm x 1000mm which again is bigger than the Kmart frame, but it looks good and I am ok to trim this a little more when I get it printed…
I paid for it, chose to pick it up in store and was sent an email about 4 hours later saying it was ready to pick up. I got it home, trimmed it to fit the frame and DONE!!!
OTHERWISE, just pop the file on a USB stick and take it to your local Officeworks where they will help you with all of this!
It looks great. There you go… now you can easily do different sizes and create a full gallery wall very cheaply.
Not sponsored!! Just wanted to share this idea with you 🙂