#Made4Math Monday #2 – Keep Calm & Math On

I’ve actually done a lot of crafty business over the last week or so, but this is all I have time to blog about, and that’s only because the draft’s been sitting here for a while.  Off to bed!  🙂

Project #1 – Keep Calm and Math On

Now, I think this is nifty.  Throughout the chaos of wedding planning, I needed to step back & try to relax quite often (natch), so naturally I became drawn to the Keep Calm and Carry On trend.  Since math can be a panicky subject for some kids, I thought they might appreciate this sign:

I made it using the Keep Calm-o-Matic, and I matched it to school colors.  (See mine here.)

To insert the pi, I opened up PowerPoint, typed in my π (there, now you can copy & paste it!), and matched the colors to what I was using on the website.

Matching the PPT colors to the site

I set my font size to 260, then took a screen shot, cropped it to about 150×150 pixels, and inserted it.  Despite trying varying combinations of font and crop size, it still came out looking a bit fuzzy in the image, but my printout turned out okay.  Your mileage may vary!

They also have symbols you can choose from, if you click on the crown, in case you don’t want to go to the trouble to match it up.  (For example, there’s a plus sign that would work better for younger audiences.)

Once you’re satisfied with it, you can save it, and they’ll give you a bit.ly link to it.  You can save the image (a PNG) or save a PDF version.  The PDFs will look wonky if you use your own image, so again, do so with caution.

Personally, the PNG (using their default dimensions) came out plenty big enough for me to print it out on some 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.  Alas, my printer wasn’t up to the challenge of all of that blue, and I’m still waiting on the prints to show up (I had some big drama over my $3 prints at FedEx Office, don’t ask), so unfortunately I can’t show you the finished product, but I think you get the general idea.  I’m sure you folks will come up with plenty of neat ways to use this!

If you’d rather do something else with the font, you can download it here.

Lots more to come next week!  🙂