Making your Certificate of Authenticity.

I thought some of you might be interested in how I came about these certificates. So here goes. I first print out what I want in a Microsoft Word document. I printed two of these, one over the other. Using parchment paper I bought at Office Max, I print the document. I now have two images, one above the other on parchment.

Being a woodIMG_0200 worker, I made a pattern board to hold the pages in exact alignment. Using a scroll saw, I cut out two identical holes in the board giving me the size and shape I wanted the certificates to be. IMG_0196

I could then place this pattern board on a backup board. With a sheet of printed parchment placed between the two boards, I cold then draw with a pencil, a line around the holes, giving me the outline to later cut on. This is hard to  explain in writing, but maybe  it will become clear in the photos. When I do the actual cutting, I only need one with the penciled  outline and two without, but perfectly squared up with the front sheet I use small clamps to hold the three sheets tightly together. This way, I cut out 6 certificates at one time.IMG_0199-1

Marie owns a terrific pair of scissors made in Brazil, which she loaned me to do the cutting. It sure made light work of it. 

George and his wife, Marie, sailed professionally, chartering boats in the Bahamas, then in the Virgin Islands. They then leased an uninhabited island, Little Thatch, in the British Virgin Islands, and turned it into a small hotel. After six years, they left the island and bought a lovely beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke (BVI) where they built Sandcastle Hotel and the original Soggy Dollar Bar. George is now the author of Incredible Virgin Island Adventure: A True Story.

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