Our Family Rules!
You could read that two ways:
A) Our family RULES! (As in, our family is totally rad- and it is)
B) Our family rules (As in, here are our Family Rules).
Up there in my header there’s a list of Things I’d Like to Make. I need to add to it because I’ve seen some pretty awesome stuff in the last few days. One thing this 31DBB Challenge is doing is getting me to click around incessantly on the internet. Ridiculous. Often it’s worth my while, and occasionally I have to smack myself upside the head and get crackin’ on something of my own. In this case, it was the Family Rules.
I first saw this idea on one of my fa-fa-favorite blogs, The Pleated Poppy. You can see Lindsey’s fabric version here, and her friend Nicole’s version here. If you look at the comments on their blogs you will see that many others have made these and I am way late on this bandwagon. But better late than never, I say.
What I like about these, other than the crafty part, is that it’s a great reason to sit and think about what you want for you family. What are your core values? Get ’em up on the wall where you can see them daily. I collected ones I saw on the web and then altered and added to suit our tastes, and then showed them to Michael. He added some more and off I went. Actually, I didn’t have to get much- just the canvas and the orange paint.
Here is my finished Family Rules:
One thing I did differently is I totally copped out on the whole font thing. Many of the other blogs I read did their fonts by hand. For reals. I’m toooo lazy, and I’m also lucky enough to own a Canon i9900, which will print on a 12×12 piece of paper. Hindsight 20/20, I wouldn’t have done it quite the same if I were to do it again, but I am still pleased with the turnout. (And I’d still be totally lazy and print those puppies rather than do them by hand.)
I learned, however, that white ink is not Mod Podge friendly, or at least the white ink I used is not. See the one that says “Celebrate together”? I wanted it to *pop* on the paper which, though it’s hard to tell in the photo, is a shimmery paper. So I spent a ridiculous amount of time covering the blank ink from my printer with white ink, only to have it wipe off when I Mod Podged it. (Can you use Mod Podge as a verb? Not sure…) For some reason the other one I did, “Say grace and clean up after yourself” did not have the same problem, so it must have something to do with the paper. Oh well- it’s all shellacked now anyway.
Here are some close ups of the smaller ones- I had to get creative because I ran out of room, so this was my solution:
Here are all of our rules (they are not in this order on the finished product):
- Have fun, be silly
- dance, hug and snuggle often
- Celebrate together
- Say, “I love you” (lots and lots)
- Have an open mind
- Be kind and respectful
- Obey your parents
- tell the truth even if you might get in trouble
- share listen (these ended up as small ones so I separated them)
- Give your guest your best
- Mom & Dad: remember your wedding day
- hands are for hugging not hitting
- encourage your siblings… share in their joy
- there’s no such thing as too much reading
- never give up
- act responsibly, choose wisely
- keep your promises
- Use your manners- say please and thank you
- Say grace and clean up after yourself
- Ask lots of questions
- Use your creativity
- Try another point of view
- Remember that God is Father of us all
If I get some requests I will be happy to post the names of the fonts I used- I am a total font junkie which is part of the reason I loved this project. Such a nerd, I am. I would do it now but I have consumed far too much BV Cab, and fear I would list them inaccurately. 🙂
I love this- it adds so much color to our kitchen, and is one of a bunch of things I’ve been doing this week to get organized and get homey before the school year starts. I love coming home to a house with love and life, and I feel like I’m getting there. Just wait until you see my other project from this week…. coming soon!