So you've decided to make the glass tile pendants from the how-to - you ordered your supplies and are wondering, "now what!" I am so glad I did this craft with a group - it was so fun to pool all the ideas from everyone. I'll share a few.
I have a friend who has an art degree, so I see her as an expert at all things art/crafty. She said that asymmetrical designs are more appealing to the eye - that means off-centered, like this:
But sometime dead-on centered looks best. You'll just have to play with it. We would take a tile and hold it all over a piece of paper trying to find just the right spot to cut out a square.
Initials make the pendants personalized and everyone loves that. I made a design using photoshop with an initial printed directly on it, but others used stamps or stickers (just make sure the stickers aren't poofy). One friend printed letters using Word and then used the exacto knife to cut them out - sounded tricky but she said it went pretty fast.
For my girls I let them draw on their own letter - they LOVED this (they are 3 and 5 years old). They also "decorated" around the letter - not quite what I would have done but it's for them, not me.
I made a couple of fabric ones - probably my favorite, just because I love fabric. Something about the visable texture calls to me.
You can use clip art. For teacher gifts I did pictures of the school mascot. For a friend who is a shoe-a-holic I found a fun shoe pictures. (She gets a pendant because she shared JoAnn's coupons with me - thanks Brianne! Bonus Tip: did you know if you forget your coupon you can buy a JoAnn's magazine that has tons of coupons on the back - she paid $3 for the mag but saved like $15 using the coupons - and had extra coupons so I could save another $10)
Of course my all-time favorite is the picture of my kids (it's much crisper in person - this was a hard thing to take a picture of!). Easy to do and it's just printed on regular paper, not photo paper. I'll post tomorrow on how to resize an image so you can do this.
One friend used book paper with an initial on it - I LOVED that one (look for it in the big group with the letter "T") and book wreaths and book page craft things are all the rage lately. Another friend glued her bail on the corner so it hung diagonal - looked great. Here's more samples from our fun craft-a-long (remember we made over 200 as a group, so here are just a few)