I pin from Pinterest...I know, not an unusual thing to do these days, but I decided I needed to actually do some of the projects I had been pinning! A friend's birthday is coming up and I wanted something special for this lady cuz she's pretty special herself. I found this pin here. She has a 5 children and 7 grandchildren all of which are her pride and joy. I thought it would be great to recreate this project for her. My disclaimer as I start this post is that I have not used my Cricut to cut anything other than paper..so for my first foray into other mediums I decided to do vinyl. Why not do it up right the first time! I made a trip to JoAnn's Fabrics with my android phone app and the sales flyer's...and lucked on a sale on the Cricut items along with an additional amount off of the total purchase! Yay for me!
So I picked up a roll of black vinyl as well as clear lifting vinyl! It is a must if you are doing words or sayings! It lifts your cut letters in the position you cut them so your alignment on your project should be perfect! I also had not yet downloaded Cricut Craft Room to my laptop!!! Why oh why did I wait so long! It was so easy to use and much easier I must admit than my other Cricut software. Once I found a font that I liked and for which I had the cartridge I set about designing the words and the layout.
I'm not a person that likes to "fly by the seat of my pants" if you will when it comes to designing stuff! I like to have the dimensions, and know what the sizes are of the things I am cutting...but since I was working with a different kind of project I did some practice runs with the font size and spacing using papers that I didn't like...you know the ones that come in those paper packs and you're really not sure why they chose that pattern! Once I liked the size of the letters I cut the first word...Grandchildren. I was on pins and needles when I got ready to lift the letters...the vinyl requires some working with it to get the letters to lift correctly from the mat...the handy dandy little Cricut tool set was a lifesaver. There are also very detailed instructions in the vinyl package you purchase. Once I got the word lifted smoothly I laid it out on the board. I had previously painted the board using Martha Stewart pearl paint as my base (2-3 coats) and then putting on a brown paint and wiping off most of it...I wanted the distressed look for the wood. I the laid down the word Grandchildren using the clear lifting vinyl/paper and then rubbed the letters down. It is very similar to transferring any type of letters like rub-ons...you gently work the vinyl with the stick to smooth it out and get it to adhere to the wood, then you slowly peel back the lifting vinyl/paper and presto, it's all nice and neat. I decided I wanted a different color vinyl for the second row of words so back to JoAnn's. This time I got the variety pack! Yes there is a variety pack of vinyl...it comes with about 7-9 different colors in smaller sheets. I used brown for the second set of letters and following the same process set them down on the board.
I had picked up eyelet screws and screwed two of them into the board along the bottom edge. I wanted them in the board before I put layers of Mod Podge on the board to secure the vinyl. I then put on Mod Podge, about 3 layers. I wanted to make sure the vinyl was not going anywhere and I wanted to protect the project as well. Once the Mod Podge dried I put two hangers on the back of the board through which I tied the pretty brown floral print ribbon and tied in a bow at the top. I then tied a piece of jute cord I had in my stash to the eyelet screws and started adding the other embellishments...the bling at the top next to the word Grandchildren on both ends, the flowers, the butterfly. I had picked up small clothespins to put on the cord to hold the photos, that was my intent in following the original pin; but when in Michael's I found in the dollar bins these really cute little rectangular and heart shaped chalkboards attached to clothespins. I used these instead and I think they add a nice touch to the project and make it more personalized. Sometimes those chance finds at the craft store are the best finds!
I wrote each of my friends grandkid's names on the chalkboards, rectangles for the boys and hearts for the girls. I used a gold fine tipped pen...I couldn't find a white one. For illustration purposes I just added pieces of scrapbook paper to represent where the kids pictures would hang.
We had dinner last night and I gave her the gift. It was a big hit, and I am wonderfully pleased with the end result!
Until next time, Imagine, Create, Enjoy!