I don’t remember when I met my husband.
I remember seeing him for the first time, though. He was walking down the breezeway at my high school, and the first thought I ever had about him was wondering how he was able to walk without moving his upper body much. His lung had recently spontaneously partially collapsed, but I didn’t know that at the time. He was just the new guy who could walk really, really still.
I don’t remember actually meeting him, though. The next memory I have of him, we were already friends. Friends who hung out at speech and debate tournaments. Friends who sat next to each other in Student Congress. Friends who could talk for hours on the phone about anything you could think of. Friends who were both dating other people for a long time. We never fell in love; we tripped over it. Because neither of us really saw it coming.
One day, it was just there.
I was thinking about this the other day when my husband departed for a lengthy out-of-town trip. I missed him. I was feeling sentimental (as I often do) and flopped on our bed and just thought for a long time. I thought about change, and about our wedding day, and about moving to Boston, and our journey in life together and where it’s taken us so far. And then I made this:
I thought it would be a cute way to commemorate our journey so far, and since in a previous post I wrote about how much Boston has become home, it seemed extra fitting.
To make one for yourself, you will need:
- A wood canvas (something with a smooth surface, to help the vinyl stick nicely)
- A Silhouette Cameo or Portrait (or mad exacto knife skills!)
- Vinyl, Transfer Paper, or a Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit (this starter kit comes with the vinyl colors I used)
- This free font for the state images
- Craft paint and brushes
To create my design, I made an 8×10 square with my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, so I would know how big to make my vinyl cutouts. The free fonts I used were Disco and Learning Curve. I used the Offset tool to make my letters a bit more bold so they would cut nicely.
Before laying my design onto my canvas, I mixed dark blue, black, and white acrylic paint together and covered my wood canvas board with it. Once that had dried, I used transfer paper to position my vinyl onto the canvas, and the Silhouette Scraper (a credit card would also work) to ensure that it stuck.
I made sure to get a canvas board that had some depth to it so my newly created work of vinyl art could stand up on it’s own. It’s currently on display in our living room, commemorating our journey together so far and complementing my other DIY home decor!
And if you want to hear the song that inspired the project’s text, you can check it out here:
I hope you enjoyed this Silhouette project! What have you made lately?
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