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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Family Subway Art

   If you've jumped into blogger-wonderland lately you're sure to have noticed all the fun subway art projects out there. I love all the holiday ones that are out there, and have plans to make a few of those as well, but first wanted something I could display all the time. 

   I've had an 18x24 inch canvas sitting in my "TO FINISH" pile for quite sometime and decided to finally put it to use. I wanted a bit of a textured-look to the background so I used a stain. Minwax in mahogany to be exact, and I just wiped straight down the canvas.

While that was drying I set to work making  the list of words I wanted to use. I thought I had a really good, long list until I ran out of words and still had about 1/3 of the canvas still to cover. So my advice is list way more words than you think you will ever use!

I cut the words from vinyl on my Cricut. I just played with the sizing, fonts and placement. The words I wanted to really stand out are bigger, longer phrases are smaller, our names are the only words in blue, etc.

In the end I am really happy with how it turned out. My girls think it is "super cool" too. The only down fall was it took a really, really long time. So if you are looking to make one yourself, let me help you out. Here is the list of words/phrases that I used on my project:
Our Last Name
est. 1996 (year we were married)
mine and my hubby's name
each of my daughter's names
together
forever  
adore
home
special
you & me
sweetheart
support
kisses
traditions
happy
mom
dad
XO
cherish
family
faith
nurture
sisters
friends
fun
hugs
blessings
memories
one of a kind
laugh
joy
and LOVE!


 I tried to think of words that applied to my specifically to my family and then to a family in general. Quite sure I missed a few good ones but hopefully this can help you get your project going! Have fun! 


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