A List Maker's Life: Monthly Craft Challenge: Monograms

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Monthly Craft Challenge: Monograms

For this week's arts & crafts Picnic Table Talk, I've posted my entry for Blue Eyed Blessing's monthly craft challenge.
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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.

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  1. I really like both of your projects - so creative and I am sure much different than anyone else.

  2. Those blocks are really cool! Great job.

  3. I love your projects. The silhouette is beautiful.

  4. Great projects! The blocks turned out so cute!

  5. I love them both! I might actually try the block idea if I ever run across any during any of my yard saleing!


  6. Love the silhouette, and the blocks look like fun! Please do share if you find a waterproof (and non-toxic) finishing spray, that's something I would love to have!

  7. Very cool silhouette. I think it is very sharp looking. Oh, now I sound like my Grandmother!

  8. Those blocks are so cute! I have my boys names written out in blocks...but I never thought to use paper and stickers to change them up! I could make them match their room, which would be SUPER cute! Thanks for the great idea!

  9. Oooh...what a beautiful silhouette! So precious and a great keepsake.

    I'm loving the block idea and it's something I've been wanting to do! I actually scored some random blocks at a garage sale. There were only 6 of them. I've been wanting to use them for a little idea in my craft room, but I may have to replace that idea and use the kids' initials instead. Hmmm...we'll see what wins out (or if I even get to it!)

    Thanks for playing along! You're 4 for 4 in the challenges. Awesome, girl!! I can always count on you. ;)

  10. Great projects! I've had some wooden blcoks for awhile that I need to do something with. Thanks for the crafty idea. So different and creative;)

  11. Wow. That silhouette is gorgeous and the blocks are so great! Great projects! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  12. Love those blocks!! They would be so cute on a shelf. Thanks for sharing how you made them.

  13. Thanks for the project ideas. I have a set of letter blocks that we spell out holiday messages with. It's a favorite at our house. The silhouette idea is also so creative. Thanks.

  14. Wow, I love both of your projects, but the beauty in backlight was my favorite. It was perfect.

  15. Love your projects! That silhouette is beautiful!

  16. Great idea on the blocks! Super easy I bet and really cute!

  17. Very cute Katie, I know the blocks aren't the ideal size but it's nice that you were able to reuse old blocks.


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