One thing I've always wanted is one of those gorgeous family name plaques. You know, the type with your last name and perhaps the date or year you were married. I just love 'em.
The only problem is that we just don't have a cool last name. It's not elegant like Dashwood or Hollingsworth. It's not generic like Smith or Jones. The truth is...it's the type of last name that a kid would get teased for in school. It's a tad...er...embarrassing. Please don't misunderstand, I'm not in any way embarrassed to be a part of this family, and I certainly wouldn't ever choose to have married a different man. Anyway, I've put off making a family name plaque because of the whole last name situation. Instead of completely tossing out this lovely idea to have a family name plaque, I decided to altar it just a little bit to get the best of both worlds.
This is what I came up with:
Sorry for the crummy picture, my natural light was all gone and I really wanted to finish the project off for the day!
I really like it! It's simple and straight forward and still embodies the personal touch I like so much about family name plaques.
To create my little family initial plaque, I whipped up this image using Picnik.com.
I printed out a few test runs, then once I had the initial and date just the way I wanted it, I printed it out on some pretty cardstock I had on hand.
If you're curious about how to navigate Picnik to create something like this, Cheri over at I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar made this super tutorial that shows you the basics to Picnik printables.
I trimmed my printout down to size, placed it in my frame and voila, a quick personal project completed!
I whipped up this baby in just a few minutes to complement a different project I've been working on that I hope to show you later this week. Be sure you stay tuned for part two!