My 3 Monsters: My Favorite Project. EVER!

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12.28.2009

My Favorite Project. EVER!



Every so often I get the urge to redecorate my home.  Often these urges concur with the removal of seasonal decorations.  There is almost nothing like the potential of a fresh, empty canvas of a living room.  So today I set out to create a piece of art for over my fireplace.  Armed with some inspiration, a basic knowledge of internet investigation and a lotta' luck, I happened upon the Flickr photostream of Leo Reynolds.  He has posted thousands of photos of typography and signage (and other interesting things) and he is kind enough to let us, the general public, use them with a very few restrictions.  I spent hours going through everything finding just the right letters and numbers in just the right colors, downloading them in just the size I wanted (1024 x 1024 pixels), and stitching them together in Gimp.  Here's the great part -- you can order a 20 x 30 inch poster print online for between $10 and $20.  Mine was $9 plus tax at Costco, ready in 3 hours.  I can't wait to get a frame and put it up.  Thank you, Mr. Reynolds.  Thank you very much.

(Technically, this is a collage, but it does not negate the promise I made yesterday.  Because I said so.)

EDITED TO ADD:  I ended up Mod-Podging this poster to a 24x36 and framing it in a substantial black frame.  {You can see it HERE.} I LOVE IT!!.  Everyone who comes in my house comments on it.  It's definitely a conversation piece. I'm sharing this at the Weekend Wrap Up --  Enjoy, my crafty friends!
Join  us Saturdays at tatertotsandjello.com for the weekend wrap up party!

36 comments:

  1. Very cool! There's a calendar online that I want to get that uses the same concept...the photos were all taken in Paris.

    Really fun. May have to borrow this idea!

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  2. I LOVE IT!!! This made my day.

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  3. Wow, how fun! Wonder if he has any license plate pix?

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  4. Ooooooh, I love it! I'm totally going to have to make one of these! This is definitely going on my "to make" list.

    Visiting from Tatertots and Jello.

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  5. this is such a clever idea!
    how nice of him to allow you to do so as well!

    love it!
    kellie

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  6. This is simply an amazing idea! Super love it! The name and est date is oh so clever - Looks fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  7. Great idea! I love how it turned out. So cute. :)

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  8. How amazing that those pics are out there for the taking! You picked well! Love it!! coming to you from T&J : ) - have a great weekend

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  9. Love it. May event attempt it :)

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  10. I love it! Working on one now. Where did you find the est. picture? I have searched and searched! Do you remember?
    Adrienne Maples
    Senoia, GA

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  11. Adrienne -- I just wrote it on a chalkboard in my kitchen and took a photo of it. Easy as that. I may still have the photo on my computer that I could send to you. E-mail me if you're interested.

    amygregson(at)cox(dot)net

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  12. Totally inspired by your work -- and your blog title. I have 3 monsters too, and by your description it sounds like our lives are eerily similar! I will enjoy checking out your other projects and . . . I LOVE your blog design too! You are an all around winner!

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  13. Fabulous idea! I love it! I've been snooping around your blog. It's adorbs. And we share something in common.... my maiden name is Gregson. And now that I see you are LDS I'm pretty sure your husband and I are related somewhere down the line.

    Love your murals too. I graduated in drawing and painting. I craft quite a bit now, but it's nice to see some inspiring art work now and again. Well done!!!

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  14. This is so cute! I'm in awe. I'm going to have to try this!

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  15. I LOVE this! I am going to do one that says CTR. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I will be featuring yours on my blog tomorrow!

    I'd love the est. picture!

    endlesscrafting.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank you for sharing this! I absolutely adore it- I did several just the other day and linked back to here- thanks for sharing!

    http://tatteredandinked.blogspot.com/2010/06/typography-wall-art.html

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  17. I love Leo Reynolds and I have been meaning to post about him. Thanks for the inspiration! This turned out great!!

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  18. Oh, how FABULOUS! We're celebrating Father's Day a week late in our house, and I think this would be the PERFECT gift for my Dad this year! I'm so glad I saw this!!

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  19. Is putting it together in GIMP easy? I have never used the program.

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  20. I have the same question about GIMP? Not sure of what it is or if I can use a desktop pub software instead. I found my pics that I want to use (hoping that is the hard part) now on to the next step, but not sure where to begin.
    Thanks!

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  21. Sorry friends . . . I seem to have deleted the est. picture from my photo files. Please e-mail links to your finished projects, though. I'd LOVE to see them!!

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  22. Thanks for the great tutorial, I featured it on my blog!

    http://happybabydesigns.blogspot.com/2010/09/randomness.html

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  23. The link for the detailed instructions does not work and I would love some more specifics on how to size this

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  24. Deb,

    So sorry, I don't know what happened, but I think I have fixed the broken link. E-mail me if you need more help.

    amygregson@cox.net

    Thanks, Amy

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  25. I have been looking for a cool idea for my boys' room and I just found it! Thanks Amy...love your blog <3

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  26. Found your page by clicking on craft ideas and was so surprised to see OUR last name in our frame! Not too many Gregson's! Love the decorating ideas!

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  27. Thank you for sharing this awesome craft! I just spent a half hour picking out all my letters. Now I'm trying to figure out GIMP. Is there something I'm missing? It doesn't look like I can add the letter images easily...

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  28. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this project! I just found it via Under the Table and Dreaming. I linked up on our site. www.akadesign.ca
    Shannon

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  29. I thought your tutorial was fantastic and the project turned out fabulous - I linked it to my post on wall art too!

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  30. I love this! I want to make one of my own but I cannot figure out where you found the chalk "est." in yours. Please tell!

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