Subway Sign Knock Off
Over the past year I have been watching all of the Subway Art being
made by many bloggers, and wanted to do one myself.
Because, after all, creativity is sometimes just recognizing a good
idea and creating it yourself right?
Although I feel as if I am usually the last one doing the new “project”!
During the Christmas season I bought a copy of
Matthew Mead’s Holiday magazine – as it featured many bloggers I follow.
I immediately fell in love with the print in this photo-
This is a picture of a picture in the magazine,
so the quality is not good.
I really liked it though and thought it would go
well in my living room.
I went on Matthew Meads website and found that it is
a signed numbered print, and costs $120,
plus $10 shipping…
Sooo – that was out of my comfort zone financially.
I got myself a Silhouette SD (vinyl cutter)
for Christmas, (yay me!) and decided I would make my own!
I didn’t want just a print, however. I wanted something more stable -
So I started with a cabinet door (of course) from the Restore store (where else?)
I painted it with my new favorite shade of blue from my living room.
Then I began to work on the words to put on it.
I quickly found there is a learning curve with the Silhouette.
There are seriously just so many things it can do!
My biggest problem with vinyl has been getting the vinyl off of the backing without
ripping the image apart. So I decided to use block letters and a large font.
(can you say duh??!)
I also choose to use words that would last all year, instead of
just the Holiday season.
My first try I made the letters way too small.
I played around until I got what I was looking for, using
various fonts, sizes, and styles.
There are a few Bible passages that are especially important to me,
and I think of them almost every day.
I choose to use some of the words out of those passages .
Then I began laying the words out on the board
to figure out placement. See my little laptop up there?
As I was doing this I was also participating in the weekly
Crafterminds tweet chat. It happens every Monday at 4:00 pm EST.
Go into twitter and search for #crafterminds if you are interested in joining us.
The topic that day was Time Management!!
Once I had placement figured out the rest was easy and fast!
I did decide I needed something other than the words to fill in a couple of spaces.
So I printed off two accent pieces to go there.
I shabby-ed up the edges with some sandpaper to finish it.
And I am in love with the results!
Plus it was only around $3!!! Compared to $120!!
Love the way it looks on my mantle -
I may eventually add some more words to it, as there is room for more.
But for now I am just going to enjoy it for a while before I decide.
So – what do you think? I know it isn’t hand-signed by Matthew Mead,
but I think I can live with that!
Thanks so much for coming by – I would love to hear from you!