Scrabble Name Game Art

Have you seen these great ideas using scrabble tiles on Pinterest?  Here are a few that got me inspired! 

           

Here is what I created digitally!

I had the hardest time finding scrabble games at any of the thrift stores. I am cheap and didn’t want to buy a brand new game. After the tornado, if a thrift store was still standing, all the games were sent off right away to all of those who lost everything. I am totally cool with that!

What I am also cool with, were what I found to replace them!  These beauties!

Hi-Res Wooden Scrabble Tiles from fuzzimo.com.

I downloaded them and used the Quick Selection Tool in my PSE 9.0 to select each tile I needed. If I had duplicate letters, I just duplicated the layer instead of cutting/pasting again…that is tedious. I played with a few layouts on some scratch paper and then found one I liked the best and simply arranged!

I have a 5 x 7 on it’s way to me right now for a frame on top of our desk and I also thought these would be super cute on some notecards. Then if we want to mail a quick note to someone as a family these will be adorable!

I did a plain white background with a beveled edging, due to time constraints (nap time) and the fact I am a “Simple is Better” kind of gal, but I am sure you can add to this to make it your own. Maybe find a scrabble board background? That’d be cute! Or maybe add some shadows to the tiles to give them a more 3D look?  I am not that skilled in PSE yet!   Let me know if you make one of your own! I’d love to gawk at your creativeness!

I’ll try to update when I get it in a frame!  I was just too excited and had to share now! 

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Three Beautiful Words

There are three beautiful words that every person loves to hear. They are said in many different contexts along life.

When you are little, they are spoken by your parents or to your parents, grandparents…family.

In high school, you want them to come from your boyfriend or girlfriend. For girls, it’s “OH. MY. GAWD. My boyfriend of 1 month, 2 days, 17 minutes and 36, no 37 seconds just told me he LOVES me!”

In College the words seem a bit more substantial and meaningful. Less about lust and more about love. They could possibly even be spoken by your future wife/husband.

After college, they are spoken by your wife/husband, your best friend, your partner in crime. The one you turn to in every situation as you are a unit now. For better or for worse.

All the while there is the notion also of “Who said it first?”

Then you tell your babies.  You feel it before they can even understand it.  It’s the most intense feeling thus far, at least for me, and you can quite possibly imagine it any better.   It doesn’t even matter if you said it first.

Then it happens.  YOUR BABY SAYS IT BACK. 

“I love you Mommy!” 

It then got even better when I didn’t think it could.  He joyfully came running to me one day to tell me that “I can tell you I love you without even saying a word!!!”  So proud of himself and gleaming at his own creativity. 

He will get my attention across the room and without even saying a thing more, he tells me he loves me. 

 

He is making the sign for “I”

He’s making a heart with his hands to represent “Love”

He is making the sign for “U”

 BEST. THING. EVER.                           EVER. 

It’s our little thing we do and it’s just perfect because he came up with it all on his own.  Without me doing it first. 

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Children’s Art Rail

In our new place, we have Stainless Steel appliances.  Not only do they show every single freaking fingerprint, they also do not allow us to display artwork on our fridge with magnets.  Grrrrr….

I have a little artist here and we NEED to do SOMETHING with all the art that is produced.  I got this great idea from the Great Ana White.  Thank you Ana. Oh so clever.  I made a few alterations!  I couldn’t find the right size of large clothespins so I just used regular ones.  I also did not screw anything  use any screws.  I used heavy-duty wood glue and some 3M Command strips for mounting hanging.   Geez people…get your head out of the gutter 🙂 

Items Needed:

  • Ruler (found at Lowe’s)
  • Paint/paintbrushes
  • Clothespins
  • Wood Glue
  • 3M Command Strips (not shown below)

First I separated all the clothespins from the springs and then painted them.  I made 2 rails so I had 10 clothespins, 5 for each rail.  I kept the colors the same for both rails (I like symmetry–thanks to genetics from my mom)

Once dried, I reassembled the clothespins and then spaced them along the ruler.  I set one at both edges, the 9″, 18″ and 27″ lines.  I used the wood glue and glued those suckers in place. 

Then I added the command strips to the two ends, making sure the rounded “pull tab” to release the strip was pointed down so that the clothespin body and art would cover it.  You can certainly use screws to hang these also like Ana did, it’s just the command strips help with the fact of us renting right now.  Minimal damage and easy to pack up!

I then hung these rails under some fabulous art frames I picked up at Target years ago.  I put these on both side’s of Michael’s bedroom window.  So we have some framed art of his and easily accessible clips for him to change out as he deems fit!  He was so proud to see his art displayed again…and just in time for pre-kindergarten this fall! 

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