Thrifty Digital Ski Art
This is one of my thrifty Christmas gifts for this year. I bought the frame at Michael's for $12.99 (40% off) and created the image using Photoshop. You could also create a similar image using Wordle.net. Because I needed this to be on high quality photo paper, and because it was an odd size (11x11 square), I enlisted the help of the people at Copy Copy (corner of 4th and North). They're a little pricey, but I was able to just email the image over and tell them what I needed done. They emailed back when it was ready. Cost for the picture: $8.50.
Total cost of the Christmas gift: $21.50. You can find ski canvas art, ski photos, etc online for around the same price or a little more, but then you have to factor in shipping too. Some of those are $22 without a frame, so then you've got to add in that cost. More importantly, none of those are personalized with ski resorts and runs that we've been to and skied. I can guarantee most of them also don't have a quote by Warren Miller at the bottom either.
So was it the most thrifty gift I could create? Probably not. But it's going to look great hanging in our house and it's a great representation of our love of skiing.