August 3, 2013

Get Crafty: Sail my Own Ship

(I'm pleased to welcome my BFF and fellow crafter Kelsey as a blog regular! We attend Indiana University together and she is one of the sweetest, most upbeat people I have ever met. Enjoy!)

Hey y’all, waddup? It’s Kelsey—the one who wrote the lovely Lalaland blog post a while ago. This summer/fall I’m guesting with something new! It’s craft time. 

If you don’t know me at all, I should probably tell you that I’m not very artistic. Don’t believe me? Just check out this lovely self-portrait sculpture thing I made in elementary school.  Nailed it.

But I have a bucket list of things that I want to do this summer, and "make something crafty for the house" is on it. So this summer I was determined to craft.  

As I was bored on Pinterest one day, I found a post with so many cool fonts! I was immediately inspired to make something quote-y and cute using one of my favorite new fonts that I found. It’s called ‘Making lettering tall’ and you can find it here! (WAIT, KELSEY, I AM OBSESSED WITH FONTS. We should discuss this sometime.)

It’s amazing what you can find just scavenging around your house! Especially if your mom is as fond of keeping random things as my mom is.. I found an old framed print in my house that matched the comforter that I had just bought perfectly, as well as a bunch of cardboard and cardstock in various shades. Naturally, I decided to improvise with the quote on cardboard in the frame.

One of my favorite quotes is by Louisa May Alcott—“I am no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my own ship.” It reminds me that it’s important to learn to take things into your own hands and not just let the chips fall where they may. If you’re having a bad day, don’t just give up. What can you do to change your mood? I’m trying to learn to control my emotions so bad days don’t get to me. 

Anywhoo, I set off with that quote in mind and the supplies I mentioned before, and got to work! First, I typed up the quote in my favorite font and printed it just how I wanted it to look. Next, I taped the paper to cardstock that I liked and started tracing with Sharpie. A few slow, deliberate tracings later, and I was feeling a little woozy. But the Sharpie had bled onto the cardboard so I had an outline to work with. Thank goodness some things go as planned!

I decided there needed to be something more than the quote in the frame, so I started crafting a sailboat. Since the quote is by Louisa May Alcott , I made the sail from a page out of Little Women. (I started reading it in like 4th grade and never finished.. whoops.) I tried to pick a quote that I found meaningful to center the sail over. After cutting a little yellow half-moon from construction paper, my sailboat was complete! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

After gluing the quote and the sailboat down on cardstock (with the meaningful Little Women quote accidentally glued upside-down to the background… classic)I set about trying to get it in the frame. The difficult part came when I tried to get the frame off of the original print. First problem: it was professionally framed in a metal frame. Taking it apart was a major struggle involving screwdrivers and prying and even losing a few screws.. (oops).

Second problem: when I finally got the frame apart I realized that the print was attached to a foam board to give it thickness to fit into the frame. My flimsy little piece of cardstock was not nearly thick enough. Cardboard boxes to the rescue! I cut apart a cardboard box and rubber cemented it to the back of my cardstock to give it thickness. Third problem: being silly I had cut the cardstock to fit the inside of the frame, not the full frame. When I tried to put the frame back on, you could totally see the cardboard behind the cardstock on almost all sides. At this point I was super frustrated, so I just glued extra gray cardstock that I used for the quote to the bottom of the white cardstock background and called it good. I struggled with the frame a little bit more before declaring victory. My first craft for the house—complete!

(Leave it to you to match your project with your sunglasses AND nails!!)

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more of my crafty struggles and adventures.


1 comment:

  1. Ooh, this is so cute! I LOVE typography too! Must try this.


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