This month's challenge is monograms. Heidi has inspired us to look for all the different ways we could capture and display our important letters.
A monogram is defined as a design composed of one or more letters, typically the initials of a name, used as an identifying mark.
I put together 2 different projects for this month's challenge:
I have posted this monogrammed print of 6 month old Gibson as a sample on Beauty in Backlight . I will develop this particular print as an 8x10 for framing. I know this isn't a typical silhouette shot, as it has more definition instead of just an outline, but I do like the way it turned out.
My second project was inspired by Holy Craft!
I crafted a set of monogrammed blocks for each of the kids. Since it isn't a lot of fun to play with just 3 blocks I made extras in each pattern set for stacking. For extra learning fun the ambitious mama could put together blocks with every letter of the alphabet. These would work well for practicing spelling, letter sounds, and name identification.
I searched a few garage sales for discarded sets of building blocks. The blocks I used were 1 1/2 inch square. Ideally, the blocks would be at least 2 inch square.
Using modge podge, I attached squares of paper to each side of the blocks.
For the letters I used 3 different sets of Creative Memories alphabet stickers.
I added an extra layer of modge podge over the top of the paper/sticker combo.
I am still on the search for a waterproof (and non-toxic) finishing spray so the blocks are safe to play with and chew on...not just to look at!
If you like the way these look, but don't want to take on the project for yourself, please come back. Later in June I will be hosting a giveaway sponsored by Bloemer's Blog. She will be offering a set of handmade blocks.