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Thursday, March 11, 2010

{family values canvas}




I just LOVED THIS family rules canvas over at the pleated poppy as soon as I saw it, and couldn't wait to make one of my own.
I did make a few changes. I decided on a 24x36 canvas. This way, I could fit two 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of paper (landscape view) next to each other, and then have a one inch border on either side. I knew I wouldn't be able to freehand the fonts, nor was I confident in my printer abilities to be able to print out a continuing sentence on different sheets of 12x12 paper. It was perfect for our family values, which would only have one word printed on each piece of paper.

ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • art canvas (get this on sale, or use a coupon!)
  • scrapbook paper...lots of it! I chose 8 different papers--7 of them for the values (used each one twice) and one for the title. I used 12x12 paper, I just cut it down to 8 1/2 x 11 to fit in my printer.
  • spray paint
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • printer and lots of cute fonts


DIRECTIONS:

1. I decided which fonts I wanted to for each word, then typed and formatted them in Word. I used the landscape view, and printed two words on each paper. (Once I cut it in half, I would have 2 words, each 4.25 x 11 inches. I chose this size because my canvas was 36 inches tall, and it would fit 8 pieces that size with a one inch border perfectly.)
2. Once the words were printed on my paper, I cut them to size (in half) and inked all the edges.
3. I had already spray painted my canvas black, so I spread out my words and figured out where I wanted each of them to go.
4. I secured them in place with a little double stick tape, because doing it is way required several edges to meet up, and I needed it to stay in place until I could Mod Podge it.
5. After they were taped on, I Mod Podged each word on individually, making sure to keep all my edges and borders even. Another layer of Mod Podge went on top, and I was done!



I LOVE how it turned out. It's the perfect touch in our kitchen/dining room, where we can all see it often each day.

P.S. Check out THIS store...it's brand new! To celebrate their grand opening, they are donating 15% of all proceeds from this week to Autism Speaks.

***AFTER 1 DAY***

I was too impatient last night to wait to take pics (imagine that, lol), and the Mod Podge wasn't quite dry so some of the papers were still a little bubbly. This morning, after it had a chance to dry overnight, almost all the bubbles were gone! Plus, the light is a lot better. :)






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25 Comments:

Blogger Jenn said...

Awesome Project!!
Thanks for sharing!

March 10, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger ~Bobbi~ said...

I sooo wanna make this! I might try it with the fruits of the spirit!

March 11, 2010 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger The Fifth Street Mama said...

Oh that is just so chic! Love it!

March 11, 2010 at 2:02 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I have been wanting to make this for soooo long. I really like Bobbi's idea with the Fruits of the Spirit.

March 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Shauna_Rae said...

I love how you did a different font and paper for each word so that they stand out. I did a different font for each of mine and kinda Subway Signed it.

Check it out here - http://mymixofsix.blogspot.com/2010/02/quick-subway-sign.html

March 11, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger ikeandella said...

LOVE.IT. Seriously, this = amazing!
I guess I should have read your blog before I emailed you back!! :)

Thanks for putting my store on here! I <3 you forever for it! :)

March 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

such a cute idea...that would be great for a classroom as well to display the school's mission statement or the rules! fun!

March 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Char @ Crap I've Made said...

I'm still working out the details in my head of exactly how I'm going to make ours. I'm so indecisive!

March 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Meet Virginia said...

Gorgeous! I love this idea thanks for the great tutorial!

~Morgan

http://meetvirginiaandroo.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop

March 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Turned out super cute! I loved this too when I saw it and just recently did my own version using an old window :). Thanks for stopping by my blog.

March 11, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Holy CUTE blog! I'm Jamie from crafty chicks www.craftingchicks.blogspot.com and I love your blog-you ladies have such cute and great ideas (i also have 2 sets of twins) LOVE your playroom ideas!!!

March 11, 2010 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

WoW!!! As always... fantastic!

March 12, 2010 at 2:59 AM  
Blogger jenjen said...

I love your take on it. So so cute. You did a wonderful job!!!

XOOX
Jen

March 15, 2010 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger Maria & Michelle said...

I love this idea. You did a great job!

Maria

March 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Lei said...

Love it Kierste!!!

March 15, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger The Human Engineer said...

Seeing these more and more! Love them! Great job!!!

March 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I love this project! I was wondering what fonts you used? I can never find any good ones and I love yours!

March 21, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Crystal--I used:

mr. and mrs. popsicle
Freeze!
Brandywine
Larger Mime
A Little Pot
Wish I Were Taller
Cafe Rojo
Smiley Monster
Impervious

You can download all these fonts for free at:
http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/freescrapbookfonts/

She has so many to choose from--I love it!

March 22, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Kelly W said...

this is just awesome

April 1, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger pleated poppy said...

love love LOVE this!

April 4, 2010 at 2:25 AM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

This looks fabulous! I adore it!

April 4, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

This is a great idea! Can't wait to make one for my family! Thanks!

Stephanie

June 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I think it could be translated into so many different things.

October 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger judith said...

Very nice idea, thanks for sharing. canvas prints

November 12, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

Love this. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning it on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/pin/45325789/

June 20, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

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