Do you remember the song from the first dance at your wedding? Is that the kind of thing that most people remember? Or is that just my husband and I?
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I have mentioned before that my husband has a bit of a romantic side. He actually chose our song. When we were dating he said that this song kept running through his mind, and it just sorta stuck. The song is Randy Travis’s Forever and Ever Amen. Neither of us actually listen to country music, but some of those old classic country songs are pretty fantastic. No other music evokes the same level of emotion. A good country song can bring tears to my eyes in just a few lines. Anyhow, this song definitely continues to hold special meaning for us, and I wanted to find a way to embrace that.
I started by creating a file with the words to the song laid out the way I wanted. Then I had Staples print it as an engineering print at the correct size. It only cost around $1.50.
I wanted it to look like I had hand written the lyrics. It seemed like that would have a more handmade, sentimental feel. I was not, however, willing to risk mixing up words or letters, or ending up with crooked lines of writing.
If you haven’t already seen my post about my favorite way to hand-paint signs, you can find it here. The super short version is that I use carbon paper to trace my design.
So I used Carbon Paper to trace the big “background” words, then painted them.
Once the paint was dry, I laid carbon paper over the whole sign, and taped the sheets in place.
Then I laid the print over the carbon paper, lined it up as well as I could, folded over the edges,
And taped it all in place.
The next part was a little tedious.
Do you ever think about how little we actually write anymore? Between computers, and tablets, and phones, I almost never hand write anything more than the occasional “note to self”. I handwrote/traced the lyrics the song, and my hand literally ached half way through.
But I pushed on through the pain, that’s really what marriage is all about, right? ;-)
Tracing over the carbon paper gave the exact impression I was going for.
It looks like I hand wrote the lyrics to the song, which I suppose I did in a sense.
Once that was all completed, I sanded the whole to age it a bit.
Then I sprayed it all to protect the transferred carbon from rubbing away over time.
I built a simple frame out of reclaimed pallet wood.
Now it hangs in the hallway,
but this is really only a temporary home.
Eventually it will end up as part of a gallery wall in our master bedroom.
I’m sure I’ll get around to that project sooner or later. :-)
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