Thursday, January 28, 2010

Family Motto

Erika from Oops I craft my pants started an online craft club. Such a fun idea. Each week she posts a new "inspirational idea" and on Friday everyone links up their project. I jumped right on board (you know I love a good challenge). This weeks project was to make your own artwork using mod podge, wood, and your computer. It didn't take me long to decide to use our new family motto for my project. Here's how I did it:

You need:
a quote or design
Computer and printer
Pattern paper (optional but is so cute and saves ink)
sandpaper (optional)
wood (mine's from walmart for about $3.50)
Mod podge(forgot to picture) I typed up my quote (our motto) in Word and printed out on cute pattern paper. I then cut it down to size and rounded the edges. (*In word I set up a text box and changed the shape to have rounded edges. I love doing it this way because I can easily size it and it makes cutting so easy-just follow the lines)

Sand then paint the edges of your board (anywhere that will show)

Sand the edges and all over the paper for a fun distress look. (notice the difference in the two sides of my paper)

Once the paint is dry sand the edges and anywhere you want to distress it.

Add mod podge to the top of your board

Add your paper and mod podge to the top of it. Smooth out any wrinkles. Now here's where I had a problem. I didn't realize the edge of my brush touched black paint so when I went to apply mod podge I got a big black streak down the middle. I tried to wipe it off but tore some of the paper (I almost cried) Well instead of just throwing it away and starting over (not an option because I really wanted to use this color of paper) Once the glue was dry I dipped the edge of my finger in the paint, wiped off most of it and then streaked it randomly across the paper. I then quickly rubbed a paper towel over it until I got off all that I could (just be careful not to rip the paper).

Let it everything dry.

Its not quite the look I was going for but it worked and its growing on me.


  1. I LOVE the look, even if it's not what you're going for. I think it looks perfectly distressed. I like your last 2 posts too and I'm going to go get supplies for those before the "big snow" hits this weekend. It will give us something to do.

  2. You may not be a fan of the final product, but I think it's fantastic! I'm totally inspired! Great job! And I love the idea of a family motto... I need to get one of those. :)

  3. love it! Great job and quick thinking on fixing your little mishap with the paint. The end product looks great and the quote is awesome.

  4. I really like this, just this week I came across a quote that was especially meaningful to us and this might be a great way for us to be reminded of it again and again, or when we need it the most. I love that colour of green you chose.

  5. I like that you really followed through with the idea of the inspiration project. I haven't really seen any others that did,including myself. It turned out very cute! And what a great idea to use your family's motto.

  6. I'm visiting from Crafts in Bloom and I love this! I really like the way it looks with the black paint. The paint and the tear lends itself well to the distressed look.

  7. Sooo Cute! I love how it turned out!
    That's one of our favorite quotes also! Thanks for the inspiration.
    I personally wanted to take the time to tell you thank you for becoming a follower on my blog, not only my new one, but I remember you also followed my old blog too!
    We'll be having a few fun giveaways for followers only, so be sure to keep you eye open!
    I'm a big fan of your blog, and hope to do a blog swap with you soon!

  8. I think it's perfect! I love the quote, but your cute display made it that much better!

    Thanks for participating. I'm so glad you did!

  9. What a fun idea to do a online craft club! I really love how your project turned out. I love that quote and I've been thinking a lot about that idea lately. It's a great fam motto! Thanks so much for the link!

    Poppies at Play

  10. I love that quote! It looks so good! Well done!

  11. I love it! I have been thinking that my family needs a family motto too. Yours is great. Thanks for sharing. :o)

  12. So cute - love how it's displayed as well...

  13. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be following from now on :)