Hey, that's OK! Neither do I!
I do all my photo editing using a MS program and created these Farm Table table top designs using MS Word. Sometimes, you don't need the fancy stuff (although I've heard it's nice....real nice).
- The first step was to turn on the 'grid' function so that I had what looks like graph paper (you can find that under 'View'). I also had to change the orientation of my page to landscape, and change the paper size to 11x14 to fit it all in.
- Using the grid lines I went to Insert>Shape and selected a box/rectangle. Then I counted out the size of my pieces of wood...one square = one inch. The light grey rectangles vary in length but are 6" wide.
- I made a bunch of 'wood planks' out of boxes and then I had fun playing around with patterns and designs.
- Make sure you count out the proper sizes by using the grid as a guide! The pieces in option A are 6"x48", 6"x36", 6"x24" the short are 6"x12". You have to count - otherwise you won't know how long your pieces are, or what to cut when you get to that part.
- I added 'nails' by creating teeny tiny circles and then using copy & paste a lot. *Hint* It's easier if you create a row, then 'group' the individual circles, and then copy & paste the rows. You can rotate the rows to get them running in the direction you need (ie: horizontally or vertically).
So the farm table I made using Ana White's plans has been popular, and I have a request for another.
This time I'm offering a couple of options for table top 'layout.' Here they are:
Option A is a little more 'rustic' perhaps, giving the impression of more 'salvaged' wood, while Option B is a bit more 'streamlined.'
They're ready to send off now.