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February 16, 2010

Super Secret Craft Project: Revealed!!

I am finally finished. Actually, if you want me to be really honest, I have been finished with this project for several days. I just now got it hung up on the wall. And, since buying my new camera, I've just now slowed down with it long enough to blog about this. Oops. I am finished with that super secret craft project I have been working on that I've been making you wait for. And now....I give you:

The Family ABC's:


Ta-Da! This was super fun to make, but it took me a long time to do. Lots of detail work.

I actually had a step by step fun photo tutorial for you guys, but my computer crashed {again} and I had to delete my hard drive {again}.Which resulted in the loss of all of my pictures. But, none the less, I will provide a tutorial on how I did this anyway.
  • I started out with a 36x28 canvas and painted in one solid neutral color. You can see here that it almost blends in with my wall. I didn't do that intentionally...it just happened. Haha.
  • After applying about 6 coats of base color, I used maskin tape to outline my boxes. I did some boxes wider than others, but that's up to you. Matter of personal preference.
  • Then I started coloring boxes. I used colors that match my living room rug because that's where I knew I was going to put it. I tried to mix it all up so there weren't 2 of the same colors side by side.
  • I applied 3-4 coats of paint in each box, let it dry and went to the details.
  • I used a black sharpie and paint pens to do all of the writing. Just a teeny tiny hint: if you're going to use sharpie marker, I recommend applying a layer of mod-podge first because it doesn't wear the tip of your marker and it goes on so much smoother.
  • After all of the details were done and everything looked like I wanted it, I applied 3 thick layers of mod-podge and then hung it up :) {ok, well I had hubby hang it up.}
  • Our Family ABC's are:
A-Alabama
B-Bible
C-Coffee
D-Dream Big
E-Enjoy each Day
F-Football
G-Give it your all
H-Home is where your heart is
I-"In all things give thanks..." 1 Thes. 5:18
J-Just be you...that's who matters
K-Kirkland
L-Live, Laugh, Love
M-Music & Movies
N- Noah
O-Others before Self
P-Pray, Pray, Pray
Q-Quick to listen, slow to speak... James 1:19
R-Read
S- Sports
T-Today is a gift
U-hUg and snUggle
V-loVe is patient
W- Work hard, play hard
X- Set an eXample
Y- Say "I love You"
And Z is just Z because I couldn't think of anything.

I had a  lot of fun coming up with pictures for each letter. Some don't have any, but a few do. I put a cutout of the State of Alabama in A, drew a cup of coffee in C, drew a football for F, drew a book on Read...just a few tiny little details that make it stand out. I would have liked to have done this on a bigger canvas, but I wasn't paying that kind of money for one. I bought this canvas for $14! It was on sale for $30 and I had a 40% off coupon. Anywho. I will try to take some more pictures tomorrow and add to this post so that you can really see the boxes. Hope you guys like it. I'm super excited. It looks so good hanging above our couch. :)

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