Mini Project Monday: Photo Monogram

I love the $1.50 bins at Michaels.  Honestly, I’ve even gone into the store with the sole intention of shopping from the $1.50 bins.

Whenever I see any type of monogram product, I always dig through and find if they have any “A’s”…and if they do, it automatically goes in the shopping basket, whether I need it or not!

Today’s mini project combines my love of monograms with some leftover wedding prints.  I’d wanted to do an A monogram with a copy of our marriage license “mod-podged” on but it wasn’t going to work the way I wanted so I went with photos instead.

It was pretty simple but takes time to let the Mod Podge dry in between coats.  I applied the pictures to the chipboard monogram (making sure not to cut off anyone’s face!) and after it had dried, I cut the excess photo paper from the back side with a utility knife.

After that, it was just a matter of applying thin coats of Mod Podge until I was satisfied that the photos weren’t going to peel up at some time in the future (I quit after two coats since this is, after all, a mini project!)!

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Mini Project Monday: Big Brother Bags

It hit me the other day:  Baby#3 will be here in 15 weeks…and we have done absolutely nothing to prepare.

By this time when I was pregnant with our first son, the nursery was done, my hospital bag was packed and I’d already started putting away freezer food for quick meals post-delivery.  Right now, all I have is a design for the nursery and a list of food I’d like to put in the freezer, both of them stored in my baby-brain afflicted mind.

So I decided I’d crank out a quick project to make myself feel better about the rapidly approaching deadline and the ever-growing to-do list.  When our second son was born, we had a small bag for the oldest, filled with fun things and treats to keep him occupied while he was visiting the hospital.  I made two more the other night with our sons’ initials.

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I made a cardboard template for each letter and used a pencil eraser to dot the paint around the cardboard.  It took a little longer than I thought but cost me nothing since I had all the supplies already!  D is already excited about finding out what’s going to be in his bag…more so than he is to have another little brother!