Lovely Lyrics

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Handicrafts | 211 Comments

I was recently inspired by a fellow Pinterest-er at PB&J Stories. I have been wanting to do something with a canvas grid for a while, but I haven’t seen anything that really sparked my imagination until this. I LOVED the idea of memorializing the memory of something as special and precious as the lyrics to our “first dance” at our wedding which happened to be Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” Great song, I know ;) I think this project could be easily adapted for anything though, children’s songs, poems, excerpts from a favorite novel….

I was having a difficult time finding canvas squares in just the right size I had in my mind. They were either too large, too small or too thick/deep. Then I ran across these while strolling with Zac in the Dollar Spot at Michaels. They are PERFECT: just the right size AND dirt cheap! They aren’t real canvas (more like vinyl) but I was just going to decoupage right over them anyways so I didn’t care.

 

I created a design for the lyrics in Adobe Illustrator and then printed them out as 6x6in.  squares (the size of these canvases) on white cardstock. I then painted the edges of the squares with black acrylic paint.

Then I spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the squares and  carefully placed the printed squares on top. I used 3 coats, allowing to dry 20 min between each coat. The more coats = more texture.

  

 

Things I learned the HARD WAY when using Mod Podge for this project:

1. You gotta WORK fast. This stuff gets tacky quickly and makes placing and moving difficult.

2. Many thin layers > fewer thicker layers. Spreading it on too thick will end up in bubbles.

3. Bubbles WILL happen. It doesn’t matter how carefully you work, bubbles WILL happen on occasion but do not panic. They will 95% of the time settle out. I did not have enough patience, ripped off the papers and started over twice before I finally gave up and settled for imperfection. Lo and behold when I visited them in the morning, the bubbles I had resolved to ignore had miraculously disappeared!

4. UPDATE: When completing this project, I did not have an issue with smudging. However, a recent Etsy customer (Thanks Lacey!) mentioned that she had some serious smudging while modging. I am not sure if I was able to avoid this because of the viscosity of my modpodge or if it was the technique in which I applied. BUT, Lacey made a wonderful discovery for any of you who might have this same issue. Using the ModPodge clear acrylic sealer beforehand prevents any and all smudging! Good to hear! (If you can’t get your hands on the acrylic sealer, I have a feeling that the aerosol spray clear coat used by artists to seal chalk and charcoal sketches would work just as well.)


 

After arranging them in a grid on the wall, I wish I would have placed them closer together like I initially had arranged on the table. However, we are renting this stupid apartment so I am trying to keep holes in the wall to a minimum. Someday when we move, I will make sure to hang them a little closer together.

 

 

Overall, I am proud of this project and how it turned out! I think Zac appreciates it too :)

For those of you who wish to purchase a custom lyric arrangement printed on cardstock to complete this project on your own, you can place and order in my Etsy shop here.

211 Comments

  1. Courtney
    August 13, 2011

    So cute- what a charming idea! I love it~ would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime! :)

    Reply
  2. Lindsey
    August 13, 2011

    This is beautiful and such a creative idea. Would you consider printing the card stock for others for a charge? :)

    Reply
    • Ana
      August 15, 2011

      Thanks Lindsey! I would be more than happy to print the cardstock for you. I could set up a custom listing in my Etsy shop for you. Let me know if this is something you would like and any specific details and I will hop to it! :)

      Reply
      • Jessica
        September 9, 2011

        How much are you charging to print the cardstock?
        Thanks!

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        • Heather
          September 15, 2011

          I LOVE this idea… This is actually my wedding song as well.

          I would definitely be interested in buying this from your Etsy shop!

          Reply
        • Ally
          September 15, 2011

          I would love to order a pdf of this!

          Reply
        • Jenna Ward
          September 15, 2011

          I would love for you to print the cardstock for me. How can I find you on Etsy?

          Reply
        • Jenna Ward
          September 15, 2011

          Nevermind, I saw the link to Etsy at the top! haha :)

          Reply
  3. Rachel Skinner
    August 13, 2011

    I absolutely adore this idea & I have already decided to give it a go! Fab!

    Reply
  4. Marilyn
    August 13, 2011

    Maybe I could do this for my daughter and new SIL for a gift later. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  5. Devinn
    August 20, 2011

    i love what you have done and i would love to do it with our first dance song, but i have a question on how you printed it out on the paper. how did you get the lyrics to to stay in sync when going from L to R? did you just have to remember where you were or did the program you were useing do it for you?

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    • Ana
      August 24, 2011

      I do not know if you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator, but if you are, I created nine artboards in a grid lined-up immediately next to each other and then placed a large text box on top. When printing, the program automatically divides the artboards into individual squares.

      If all this is gibberish for you, I have had a ton of requests to arrange and print out the lyrics for others so that they can finish the project themselves. This is something I would set up in my Etsy shop. Would you be interested?

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      • Devinn
        August 25, 2011

        thank you so much for the info. i think that i might try to do it myself but i have to warn you that i give up really easily so their might be a good chance that i might would be interested in your offer. i will let you know how it goes, and thank you again for the info. i LOVE the way that you did your lyrics. i have seen other peoples and i think that they look kinda messy but i think that yours are very classy and timeless.

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      • Jessica
        December 7, 2011

        I absolutely LOVE this.. But I am a little less than a professional at Adobe. If you do decide to print these for others to finish please let me know (jsmith@ericgleaton.com). I would love to have you do a love letter for me :)

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        • Ana
          December 12, 2011

          Hi Jessica!

          Here is a link to my Etsy shop where you can purchase the printed lyrics. However it is in vacation mode as we are out of town until after the holidays. Check back on the 26th!
          http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThisHumbleHome?ref=si_shop

          Sorry for any inconvenience!
          -Ana

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    • Katie K
      February 25, 2012

      When creating the art boards in Illustrator, do they need to be 6×6? Thank you!

      Reply
  6. Lacey
    August 26, 2011

    Hi! Love this! I wrote your shop on etsy with a songbid like done in 9 total 8×8 inch squares, thanks!

    Reply
    • Ana
      August 30, 2011

      I am so excited to be helping you out with this. I loved this project SO much that it is an honor to be able to do it twice!

      Reply
      • Megan
        March 14, 2012

        Ana,
        I saw that you have printed lyrics for others. I am also not handy with computers and was wondering how and if you could also take on lyrics i had in mind?
        -Megan

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  7. Bethany
    August 28, 2011

    This is such a clever idea! I’ve seen song art done on one canvas before, but this is so much better! Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  8. angie
    September 5, 2011

    so romantic love this look come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

    Reply
  9. Lindsay
    September 8, 2011

    This is beautiful! What a fun way to display artwork. Fantastic job! I would love to have you share this @ Show & Share–
    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-4.html

    Reply
    • Ana
      September 12, 2011

      Thank you for the invite! I just linked up :)

      Reply
  10. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims
    September 8, 2011

    I LOVE this project! I think it is so so sweet!!! I pinned you to my wedding board haha. I love the fonts you choose and think it looks so great spaced out. Eeck! Over all love!!

    PS- If you felt like it I have a link party going on over at my blog, Your Whims Wednesday, that is open for link-ups until Sunday. I’d love for you to share, your project is just so great! :)

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    • Ana
      September 12, 2011

      Thank you Rebecca! I missed this week’s party, but I hope to stop by next week and visit :)

      Reply
  11. Carey
    September 8, 2011

    I love this idea. I have been looking for something with the lyrics “Hey Jude” for my now 9 month old son named, of course, Jude. This will be perfect. Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

    Reply
    • Ana
      September 12, 2011

      That sounds like a WONDERFUL idea! You just gave me a GREAT idea for a future baby shower gift, Thanks :)

      Reply
  12. Wendy
    September 8, 2011

    LOVE it! It’s also MY wedding song, too! I’ll be visiting your Etsy shop, too! ;0

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    • Ana
      September 12, 2011

      Woohoo Wendy! You have GREAT taste ;) Hope to hear from you soon!

      Reply
  13. Beth
    September 11, 2011

    Pinned to my pintrest…thanks for this! I needed to update my bedroom and this is a great idea!

    Reply
  14. kimbowest
    September 11, 2011

    featured this awesome craft on my blog today!

    http://www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

    Reply
  15. Nicole Miller
    September 11, 2011

    Okay. I love this idea. Please email me about pricing to do the cardstock for me. My wedding song was Through the Years by Kenny Rogers.

    Reply
    • Ana
      September 12, 2011

      Thank you Nicole! I just sent you an email, hope to hear from you soon! :)

      Reply
      • Nicole Miller
        September 25, 2011

        I did not get an email. What is your email address? I will email you. Thanks!

        Reply
  16. Pamela
    September 12, 2011

    Hats off my dear. I even like yours WAY better!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s absolutely beautiful!

    Pamela @ pbjstories.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • Ana
      September 12, 2011

      Thanks for the inspiration Pamela!! :)

      Reply
  17. jessica
    September 12, 2011

    LOVE THIS!!!! I am trying to make DH & I’s bedroom, very couple centered, because the rest of our life is very kid & life centered. This is perfect! Came over from AGAAGG’s Sunday Shout-out. Pinned.

    Reply
  18. Lindsay
    September 13, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share. I really love this project!

    Reply
  19. Christa
    September 14, 2011

    I would love to get a price on my wedding song!! Should I pick pick up the canvas before ordering though?? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Christa
      September 17, 2011

      I am kinda new to all this! Do you have link to your etsy page?

      Reply
  20. Andrea
    September 15, 2011

    How can I get my wedding song printed out? Should I visit your Etsy shop or email you personally! I can’t wait to do this! Once I hear from you I’ll get my tiles. Thanks!

    Reply
  21. Candy
    September 17, 2011

    Couldn’t have found this at a better time! I’m redoing my master bedroom. LOVE this idea.

    Reply
  22. Angela
    September 18, 2011

    Hi, I love this idea, so I did it! It looks great except when I put the Mod Podge on top of the cardstock, the lyrics smeared a little. The ink was not fresh as I printed them and Mod Podge the next day after cutting down to 6×6. How did you get yours not to run? Thanks!

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    • Ana
      September 18, 2011

      Hi Angela!

      I did not have this issue, it could because of the thickness of your ModPodge. For the initial layer, try to cover the pages in as few strokes as possible, like three or four.

      If this still doesn’t work, someone who tried this project after me had the same issue and they were going to try and resolve it by spraying a light layer of clear coat (the type artists use to prevent charcoal and pencil drawings from smudging) on top to seal the ink before modpodgin-ing. You can find the clear coat in an aerosol can for $3 or $4 at most craft stores.

      Let me know if this helps!

      -Ana

      Reply
  23. Lynn Lewis
    September 19, 2011

    I love this and would love for you to make me! I sent you a note on Etsy!!

    Reply
  24. Stacie
    September 20, 2011

    This is really awesome. I have been looking at this kind of thing for a long time and the DIY version is even better!

    This may sound dumb but if I order from your Etsy shop will I be able to open the file on a Mac? Im a newer Mac user and I wasn’t sure if whatever you use will be compatible? And I probably need to get Adobe Illustrator too right?

    Can’t wait to get started on this as it will be an Anniversary Surprise!
    Thanks,
    S-

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    • Ana
      September 20, 2011

      Hello Stacey!

      The file will be sent as a PDF, so no Adobe Illustrator is necessary. As long as you have Adobe Acrobat Reader (which most people do), then you should be just fine! That also means that there should be no problem opening the file on your Mac.

      I hope that answers your questions! If there is anything else, free feel to ask :)

      Reply
  25. Cailene
    September 20, 2011

    Do you think it matters if you use glossy mod podge or matte? I have heard people who do this with photos say they prefer the matte but I noticed you used glossy. I have never mod podged before so I am excited to try this!

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    • Ana
      September 24, 2011

      I do not think you can notice as much of a difference with the matte vs gloss when using the cardstock as opposed to photos. There is less need for clarity with the cardstock. I think the only result might be a SLIGHT difference in final texture.

      If you do decide to go for the matte, please let me know how it works out! Thanks for visiting :)

      Reply
  26. Lisa
    September 21, 2011

    I love this! What a great idea to print out the lyrics!!
    I did something similar by writing the lyrics of our song on a frame and putting a picture from our wedding in it. I love how it came out even though it’s kind of messy. I saw this project of yours on pinterest!!

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  27. Mindy
    September 22, 2011

    love the variation in fonts. looks great! I wrote out our vows onto tea stained canvases :)
    http://adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-tea-stained-canvas-art.html

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    • Ana
      September 24, 2011

      That looks Beautiful Mindy! I love the texture the puffy paint gives as well.

      Reply
  28. Gena Flores
    September 23, 2011

    Would you be able to “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” by Charlie Pride as a pdf? I need to get the tiles to give you a size, is the price $8 regardless of the size of the squares/song/saying? Thanks for your help! Gena

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    • Ana
      September 24, 2011

      I would be happy to do that for you Gena! Yes, it is $8 regardless of the song and number of tiles. Message me at my Etsy shop and I would be happy to set up a custom listing for you!

      -Ana :)

      Reply
  29. Shannon A
    September 25, 2011

    I LOVE this!! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome creativity. Now I just need to pick a song :).
    So has anyone else tried adhering the cardstock with another medium/adhesive other than the modge podge? :)

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    • Ana
      September 26, 2011

      A few customers have simply applied the cardstock to the canvas using spray-adhesive on the backing. You won’t have the protective advantages of the modpodge to help waterproof and weatherproof the paper, BUT it is a MUCH faster final product that should still look great!

      Reply
  30. Kara
    September 26, 2011

    These are beautiful! I love the idea. One question- how did you print the lyrics and what did you print them on?

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    • Ana
      September 27, 2011

      Thanks Kara! I printed them with my owen personal printer on 110 lb cardstock which you can pick up at most office supply stores and walmart. I couldn’t find any cardstcok at Michaels heavier than 60 lbs.

      Reply
  31. Davin
    September 29, 2011

    So i have laid my format out on adobe illustrator and am ready to print…however when I go to print it prints the whole full sized paper instead of the 6×6. do you think you can help me with this?

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    • Ana
      September 30, 2011

      When you go to print, Adobe like to enlarge the image to “fit to page.” Make sure you have the “Do not scale” box checked.

      If you have trouble doing that, try saving as a PDF file first and then printing from there.

      Hope that helps!

      Reply
  32. april
    September 29, 2011

    Love the wall color behind the lyrics! Do you have the name of it?

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    • Ana
      September 30, 2011

      Unfortunately I do not as it is a rented apartment. :(

      Reply
  33. Lauren
    October 1, 2011

    I would really LOVE to learn more about this. I visited your etsy shop but couldn’t find your email to send you a message about purchasing them. Will you email me more information about these as I think I would like to buy the finished product.

    Thanks!

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  34. Emily
    October 1, 2011

    Hi Ana!
    I tried sending you a message on your etsy page, but I kept getting an error, so I hope this is okay. I am wondering if I can purchase just the file from you? Our wedding song is the same as yours, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis – I LOVE that song!! I think 6×6″ should do.
    Thank you,
    Emily

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    • Ana
      October 5, 2011

      Hi Emily!

      I would love to do this for you! I am sending a message to your email now about purchasing this file.

      Thanks!

      Reply
  35. Susie
    October 3, 2011

    I MUST have this for my home. Please send me reply here and send my contact info and price. I would love to surprise my husband with this. This just brings tears (happy tears) to my eyes!

    Reply
    • Ana
      October 5, 2011

      Hi Susie!

      I just sent some info about purchasing this project to your email!

      Reply
  36. Projects « A moment in time
    October 3, 2011

    [...] I want to get the lyrics to our first dance song printed on canvas and put somewhere- something like this [...]

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  37. Sara
    October 4, 2011

    Hi Ana – What a beautiful idea! I am just wondering if you could share which fonts you used. Were they generic ones in adobe illustrator, or did you create new ones?

    Thank you!

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    • Ana
      October 5, 2011

      Hi Sara!

      The fonts I used were: Trajan Pro, Adobe Garamond, and “Dear Joe Four.” The last one has been circulating on the the “free font” circle for a while and has been one of my favorites! I even used it on our wedding announcements!

      Thanks for asking :)

      Reply
  38. Julie
    October 5, 2011

    Does anyone know of an inexpensive alternative to the stretched canvas?

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    • Sara Robison
      November 11, 2012

      I’ve used ceiling tiles and covered them with fabric. I think they would work as well. They are very light weight and can be attached to the wall with dressmaker pins. They are realIy cheap. However, I found some damaged ones and asked for and received a discount. I’m always trying to figure out how to do something cheaper.

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  39. Jennifer
    October 6, 2011

    Absolutly love this. Can you email me pricing and how i go about ordering the cardstock from you. I tried to do it on etsy but it wasn’t going through. Thanks

    Jennifer

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  40. Jessica
    October 11, 2011

    I love this idea!! I am interested in purchasing the printed cardstock from you. I would like to do our wedding song, Feet Don’t Touch the Ground, by Stoney LaRue. Can you send me an email with pricing? I tried going to your Etsy store, but I couldn’t get it to pull up. Thanks!!

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  41. Erin
    October 13, 2011

    I love this too! Been eyeing this for a while and finally decided to jump on it, I will find a place to display it later ;) Just sent you a message through Etsy :) Thanks!!!

    Reply
  42. Caitlin
    October 14, 2011

    Love this idea! I’m not married so I won’t be using a wedding song, but maybe one of my faves will suffice! Thanks for sharing!!

    Reply
  43. Lisa meyer
    October 21, 2011

    Love this idea, and was trying to figure out a way to do something with the lyrics to our first dance song. Our 1 year anniversary is nov. 20th and I would love to have it done before then if possible! Could you send me price info? Thanks!

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  44. Kylie
    October 24, 2011

    What a spectacular idea! I am definitely going to make this. Would make such a nice anniversary gift too. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
  45. Kathleen
    October 25, 2011

    I love this idea!! I’m not tech savvy so I really don’t think I could ever figure it out…could you email me some info so I could get this done? I tried going on etsy but it wasn’t working:( Thank you!!

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  46. Ruth Chow
    October 26, 2011

    I like it spread out as you have it. Looks like the project can be adapted to fit the space – wider apart for larger space; closer together for a smaller space. I like it!

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  47. Ally
    October 26, 2011

    I love this idea! I want to make two. I do not know where to place the order on your etsy site. I would like to order just the pdf file for two different songs. Can you please e-mail me? Thanks!

    Reply
  48. Whitni
    November 1, 2011

    I love this idea!! What kind, size, color and weight of card stock do you use for printing them? Thanks for your help!

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    • Ana
      November 1, 2011

      Hi Whitni!

      I use 100lb white 8×10 cardstock that I cut down to size (the most common order sizes are 6×6, 8×8, 8×10)

      Reply
  49. Debbie
    November 1, 2011

    Could you do 2 lines 4 across? I would like a sheet of music done this way for over my piano? Don’t know how I would get the page to you unless I found something on the computer. Any ideas?

    Reply
    • Ana
      November 1, 2011

      Hi Debbie!

      Is there a way you can scan + email or fax me the sheet music? I might be able to arrange something that way! I am excited to help as this sounds like an interesting challenge! :)

      -Ana

      Reply
  50. Ashli
    November 2, 2011

    Such a great idea. I understand you have offered to create the cards for people for $10. May I ask if you are willing to create the whole project for someone & if so, how much would you charge for doing the project?

    Reply
  51. Stacy
    November 5, 2011

    Would you be willing to do wedding vows? I just don’t have Illustrator, it sounds so fun! You are so talented!!! Thank you!

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    • Ana
      November 7, 2011

      Hi Stacy!

      I would LOVE to do your wedding vows. Here is a link below to place a cardstock order. Just include in the purchase notes your typed vows ( or send me a meesage on Etsy) As soon as I see your purchase invoice, I will have a mockup ready for you to view and approve within 48 hrs.

      http://www.etsy.com/listing/83186784/wedding-lyrics-wall-art

      Hope to hear from you soon!
      -Ana :)

      Reply
  52. Heather @ Creative Family Moments
    November 8, 2011

    Since we wrote our wedding song together, I am trying to convince my hubby we NEED to do this. It looks soooo beautiful! Fab idea, thanks!

    Reply
  53. YM
    November 14, 2011

    I have found a great use for the covers to shoe boxes!!… cheaper than buying tiles and sometimes (ex: kids playroom) all the different sizes look whimsical!! I love this idea of song lyrics…especially the lyrics to our wedding song arrainged with our wedding photo in the middle!

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  54. Brea
    November 14, 2011

    I found this idea on Pintrest and absolutely love it! I know you provided links for purchasing the card stock/PDF file, but when I click those previous links, it says “Item sold.” Are you still selling the card stock/PDF file? I would love to purchase from you! Would you consider completing the entire project and shipping the final canvases for additional cost??

    Reply
  55. Katie
    November 18, 2011

    What font did you use for your header? I LOVE it!!

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    • Ana
      November 29, 2011

      Hi Katie!

      I get asked that question a LOT. But unfortunately I do not have an answer because it isn’t a font. It is actually my handwriting that I scanned into the computer and made into a vector image with Adobe Illustrator. I have done that with a few projects now, where I just couldn’t find a font I liked, but I will be featuring a tutorial soon to show how I made it happen.

      Thanks for asking! :)

      Reply
  56. Mishell
    November 19, 2011

    Do you think this would work on 4 canvases measuring 12 x 12?

    Reply
    • Ana
      November 29, 2011

      Hi Mishell!

      This would definitely work on 12×12. Unfortunately I cannot print that large, but your local print shop should have the equipment to do so.

      Reply
  57. Kelsa
    November 20, 2011

    I found this on Pinterest & absolutely positively love it! I cannot wait to do this. Your instructions were straight forward and simple too which is exactly what a non-crafty person like myself needs! Thank you!

    We’re likely moving soon too so it will have to wait but thank you so much for the inspiration. Amazing!

    Reply
    • Ana
      November 29, 2011

      Thanks Kelsa! And GOOD LUCK on the move! We just moved into our first home two weeks ago, and I am STILL tired, lol.

      Reply
  58. Nicole
    November 20, 2011

    Hi Ana,
    I wanted to order the cardstock for our wedding song, but when I went to the link on etsy it said your item was no longer available. Are you still doing the cardstock? I tried figuring it out on adobe illustrator but it was too difficult. Thanks so much! Nicole

    Reply
  59. Kelly
    November 23, 2011

    So, after you’ve adhered the printed squares onto the canvases, you then modge podge over them? And to avoid smudging, you can apply a sealer? . . . just want to clarify before I try this!

    Thanks :)

    Reply
    • Ana
      November 29, 2011

      That is all exactly right Kelly! Good Luck!

      Reply
  60. Megan
    November 29, 2011

    LOVE this. Can you make John Legends “Stay With You” lyrics on 8×8 cardstock with a dark brown lettering?

    I would love to buy it soon from you! :) Thanks.

    Reply
  61. Donna Tucker
    November 30, 2011

    I love this! I have been married for 22 years and I think I am going to make it for my DH for Valentine’s Day. As soon as I figure out what size I want, I wil be placing an order.

    What color is the card stock you use or are different colors available? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Ana
      December 5, 2011

      Hi Donna!

      I print with black ink on white or ivory cardstock.

      -Ana

      Reply
  62. Kelly
    December 1, 2011

    Did you experience any trouble with your 6×6 cutouts not perfectly fitting on the supposed 6×6 canvases? eeesh.

    Reply
    • Ana
      December 5, 2011

      Hi Kelly!

      I have found that unfortunately, what manufacturers call 6″x6″ is not quite that and is as much of a 1/4” off. Boo on them!

      Trimming down the cardstock to size with your standard scrapbook paper cutter should solve the problem though!

      Hope this helps!
      -Ana

      Reply
  63. Michelle
    December 2, 2011

    Anyone know if it’s possible to find cardstock for 12×12 canvases? If not, wondering if heavyweight paper would do (about 46lb)??

    Reply
  64. When good mod podge goes bad « findfabulous
    December 8, 2011

    [...] example I worked from can be found here: http://thishumblehome.com/lovely-lyrics/. You are probably better off using her instructions. This is how I did it [...]

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  65. Heather
    December 9, 2011

    Is there any possibility that I could purchase lyrics from you that are already on canvases?

    Reply
    • Ana
      December 12, 2011

      Hi Heather!

      Unfortunately since I work full-time outside the home, I do not have an opportunity to offer the finished canvases for purchase :(

      If you need any assistance in tackling this project on your own, please let me know!

      -Ana

      Reply
  66. Susana
    December 9, 2011

    How in the world do you do this on Illustrator? I love this idea and have no clue as to how to do it on there!! Please help

    Reply
  67. Sharon
    December 10, 2011

    Hi..

    So I was hoping to do this for my husband for a little christmas surprise. He is constantly complaining we do not have enough “stuff” on the walls. Iagrue we need more meaninging decor…this will make us both very happy! My problem is that i went to the the Etsy link..and it would not allow me to order the card stock prints from you..I already purchased the canvas and Modpodge….Any chance I can still order the Cardstock prints from you??

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  68. Kensey
    December 10, 2011

    I am very interested in this project. I would love for you to print the cardstock. Once you go to your etsy site how do you place the order? I’m interested in doing this for myself, sister, and mom. My dad passed away a few years ago and i know my mom would love to have their wedding lyrics on canvas hanging in her room.

    Reply
    • Ana
      December 12, 2011

      He Kensey!

      That is a BEAUTIFUL gift idea!

      Here is a link to my Etsy shop, however it is temporarily in vacation mode as we are out of town until after the holidays. Check back on the 26th and you will see the lyric cardstock listing available for purchase!
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThisHumbleHome?ref=si_shop

      -Ana

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  69. Susana
    December 10, 2011

    How in the world do I do this on illustrator?? I’m new on this program bought especially for this. I love this idea please help!

    Reply
    • Ana
      December 12, 2011

      Hi Susana!

      This is how I created the file in Illustrator:

      1. Open Illustrator
      2. Select New Print Document
      3. In the “New document” window, find where it reads “Number of Artboards” and Select “9″
      4. Then enter “3″ Rows
      5. Set spacing to “0″
      6. For the size, set to “inches” and enter the dimensions of whatever size canvases you are using then select “OK”
      7. Now you can create whatever image or textbox you like over the entire artboard. The program will automatically spearate them when you go to print.

      Hope this helps!
      -Ana

      Reply
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  71. Mandy
    December 15, 2011

    Love this idea! I have a few questions…can I print on regular paper (or scrapbook paper) or is there a way for me to only get the font onto my canvas/wooden board? I want to do this for a baby’s room and use pink/blue background. Please let me know as I can’t wait to try! :)

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  72. Shannon
    December 20, 2011

    Hi Ana,
    I just wanted to let you know how much I really LOVE this project/idea. I tried to skim and see if anyone else had posted about this but I don’t think I saw anything. I too had worked on a project of trying to hang up 9 pictures 3×3 and was having quite a hard time getting things lined up and level and being a renter myself I had almost lost hope at the amount of holes I thought were going to end up in my walls. Then I found 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips and they saved my sanity and walls. You can buy these in a bunch of places, I got mine at Target. Here’s a link so you can see what they are:

    http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/Products/Product-Catalog/?PC_7_RJH9U523080QE0IIHEICN90GC1000000_nid=02FTXDLQ2LbeF0GFSQ26BSgl

    The great thing is that they are like velcro so if you put it up and it’s not level/even you can just adjust. These really have helped me with so many hanging projects. You could get these and re-hang yours up, putting them a little closer together and not put any holes in your walls :)

    Hope this helps!
    Shannon

    Reply
    • Ana
      January 10, 2012

      Thanks for the AWESOME tip Shannon! :)

      Reply
  73. Wendy
    December 21, 2011

    You mentioned problems with bubbles, what kind of bubbles are you talking about? bubbles under the card stock or bubbles on top of the card stock? I tried it today with a picture and the cardatock is bumping up from underneath!

    Reply
  74. Rachael
    December 22, 2011

    I would love to buy the cardstock from you of our wedding song. On your etsy site it says sold. Let me know if you can do this for me after the holidays.

    Reply
    • Ana
      January 10, 2012

      Hi Rachael! I have renewed the lisitng!

      Reply
  75. Melissa
    December 22, 2011

    Hi! This is perfect! But would you consider doing & selling this for those of us who aren’t handy and don’t have time? Would pay for this of the poem read at my wedding!

    Reply
    • Ana
      January 10, 2012

      Hi Melissa!

      Unfortunately as I work full-time outside the home, I do not have the time to offered the completed project. HOWEVER! I have had many customers who do not feel comfortable completing the project choose to frame the cardstock instead. This is a quick and easy alternative!

      Thanks for reading!
      -Ana

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  76. Alyssa S.
    December 23, 2011

    I will be ordering from you when you return to Etsy after the holidays! Just snagged some $2 canvases at Family Dollar – can’t wait! What a great idea!

    Reply
  77. Megan
    December 29, 2011

    Hi Ana,

    I came across this project on Pintrest and I fell in love with it! Are you still creating these? I would love to buy the cardstock with our wedding vows. I can’t wait to surprise my husband!

    Reply
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  79. Tracie
    January 7, 2012

    Awesome! I love it, and plan to do this for sure. I just can’t believe your creativity…..that is my all time fave song by “The King.” Thank you for this……

    Reply
  80. Lori Garcia
    January 9, 2012

    I love this! This is especially a way to bring back a special moment in our lives. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  81. Melissa
    January 10, 2012

    Love this idea! I am going to do it with our wedding vows we wrote to eachother *love*

    Reply
  82. Heather
    January 10, 2012

    I am so in love with this idea after finding the idea on Pinterest. I really want to do this with our 1st dance song (Tom T. Hall’s “I Love…”), but it’s such a short song that I don’t know if it would cover enough space, so I’m pondering our recessional song (Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love”). Excited to have a new project to play with!

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  83. Maggie
    January 13, 2012

    I love this idea and want to try it. I went to Michael’s the other night and they had canvas squares that were already black. I am wondering if you think that it would work to use those or if you think that the black would show through? I thought it might eliminate the step where you paint the edges black. Thoughts?

    Reply
  84. Jessica
    January 13, 2012

    Hey! I love this project and am going to attempt it this weekend! Stupid question maybe.. But when do I spray the clear acrylic sealer? :)

    Reply
  85. Kate
    January 15, 2012

    Ana,
    Your creativity and idea is so cute. I am thinking about making this for my fiancee for Valentine’s Day. We are getting married in June this year, and our song is Elvis “The Wonder of You”. I am trying to print out the lyrics myself and having trouble getting them to lay the right way. Would I be able to just head to your etsy shop and purchase? I already bought my canvases! Thanks for your help. — Kate

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  86. Dee
    January 17, 2012

    I had HUGE failure with this! I used canvas & instead of mod podge I used glue/water mixture & got lots of large bubbles! HELP!!!!

    Reply
  87. Melisa
    January 20, 2012

    Hello – I tried to order thru your website on Esty, but your page said sold – are you still doing this? Also, are you able to print in brown ink?
    Thanks I love this idea – let me know if you are still able to do this!

    Reply
  88. Becca
    January 20, 2012

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I did this for my dining room and it looks absolutely gorgeous! Your directions were so exact and made the project so easy.
    The hardest part was figuring out how to use the computer software to make the lyrics look fabulous. This was the first time I’ve ever used (or even hear of) ModPodge, and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever look back! LOL
    Thanks for the inspiration : )

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  89. Lauren
    January 22, 2012

    I also love this idea! If I placed an order from you can you do other colors of card stock besides white?

    Reply
  90. Brittany Hatfield
    January 23, 2012

    I am so in love with this idea! I just got married in September and this is also my wedding song! Would you be able to make an etsy listing for me so that I can purchase the printed card stock with the same song on it?? Thanks!

    Reply
  91. Kelli
    January 23, 2012

    I LOVE this. Have a big bare wall in our bedroom that I have been trying to find the right thing for years! I am going to your Etsy shop tomorrow to contact you about havign you print some lyrics for me! (Our wedding song was Unforgettable)

    I found some cheap canvas’ online. Can you tell me the depth of yours – they look like the perfect size!

    Thanks!

    Reply
  92. Sarah
    January 24, 2012

    Hi Ana,
    I found out about your blog though Pinterest and think this is a great idea. I was reading through the comments from your post.
    I believe it would be $8 for a pdf of the lyrics that could be independently printed or $10 for printed cardstock mailed out? Also, if buying the cardstock would it be possible to get the pdf forwarded also? I’m possibly interested in having several different printings. Let me know if this would be possible – thinking of ordering for 3 different songs/sayings at this point. I am not sure about size – 8×8 vs 6×6 (my guess is you would recommend 6×6 due to the ability to find canvas squares more easily?)
    Please email me back with additional information.
    thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Sarah

    Reply
  93. Cobey
    January 25, 2012

    The problem with the smudging could be the type of ink from the print, like if it’s a laser printer versus jet-ink.

    Reply
  94. Ayanna
    January 27, 2012

    Hello I just received my card stock songs and I love them but I don’t know where to go from here. Can you tell me where to get the canvas? I see your instructions above but I am not sure what the name brand is. Any information you can provide would be great. Thanks for the great idea. I am going to try and get it done for a Valentine’s Day present.

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  95. Ayanna
    January 27, 2012

    I just sent you a message. I see some people have asked about you doing the entire project. I never saw an answer. Are you willing to do the entire thing? If so I am interested. I was silly and didn’t buy my canvas ahead of time.

    Reply
  96. Jessica P
    January 28, 2012

    I was wondering how you get the program to be able to print this off yourself? Is it the adobe illustrator the name of the program?

    Reply
  97. Christine
    January 29, 2012

    I would love to place an order. I couldn’t find anything at michaels but the 6×6 canvas squares that are really thick. Do you think that will be too bulky? If so, I can keep looking. We are putting this in our guest bathroom – kind of small. Thanks!

    Reply
  98. Mary Carneo
    January 30, 2012

    hello! saw you on etsy, so i don’t really get how it works $17 dollars for the 9 cardstock right? I’ll be the one pasting it on the canvas right. I’m sorry im new at this. :) i also need your advice before I buy. what’s the perfect size for a queen sized bed? I wanted to make it our headboard :)

    The lyrics that I want is I would do anything for you by Foster the People.

    I’ll be waiting for your reply. :)

    Reply
  99. Becca
    January 31, 2012

    Hi – I would like to create the lyric arrangement with a song as well. Are you still taking orders to create the cards?

    Thank You

    Reply
  100. Kayla
    February 1, 2012

    Do you sell these finished?
    Thanks!

    Reply
  101. Lisa
    February 3, 2012

    Hi Ana! I want to place an order but when I clicked on the latest link above it said that the item was sold out. Are you still taking orders?

    Reply
  102. nicole
    February 3, 2012

    Hey i love this! I am a little confused about how u printed it. can you email me Nicolelcook@hotmail.com

    Reply
  103. Amanda Spencer
    February 3, 2012

    Just tried this – had to use real canvas, as that’s all I could find. Didn’t turn out *nearly* as well as yours. Partly due to a poor cutting job but mostly due to the not-quite square edges of the real canvas – going from the front face to the sides. It actually curves just slightly, which was enough to keep my painting of the edges from looking anywhere near as clean as I’d like. If only I could find some of the cheap vinyl-like “canvas” squares – then I’d be set. Oh, well – the hubby will still love his Valentine’s Day present. Thanks so much for the idea!!! :)

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  104. Jennifer
    February 5, 2012

    Hey, I went to your etsy site and ordered about a month ago…how long does it usually take to get them? No rush, just anxious to get started bc I LOVE this idea!!

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  105. Tiffany
    February 7, 2012

    This is probably a dumb question but when you say you use multiple thin layers of mod podge- you mean you use it over the printed song lyrics? So the mod podge serves as the glue to hold the lyrics to the canvas then goes over it as well? Thanks!

    Reply
  106. Sarah
    February 8, 2012

    Found you on Pinterest and am in love…. however I have no idea how to buy something on Etsy. I followed your link but can not seem to find where to purchase it… If you could help me out that would be great!!!
    Thanks :)

    Reply
  107. Colleen White
    February 8, 2012

    I absolutely love this idea and I’m trying to do it in Adobe Illustrator. I just can’t get my fonts to match up like you did. What fonts did you use for your lyric boards? I’m trying to do this before Valentine’s Day for my husband. Thanks for the idea and for your help!!!

    Reply
  108. Jennifer
    February 9, 2012

    Hi Ana, I ordered one of these about a month ago..was just wondering how long it usually takes to get them? I’m getting anxious to get it here, finalized, and put up…LOVE this idea!

    Reply
  109. Lisa
    February 11, 2012

    Are you still selling these on your Etsy store? I just looked and it says sold. Please advise…

    Reply
  110. jennifer
    February 11, 2012

    iw ould like to purchase the file for my wedding song! I tried contacting you via etsy, but not sure if it went through! please email me if you are able to do ‘I can love you like that’ by john michael montgomery. my canvas is 7 .75 x 7.75 and id like to do 9 tiles. I started to do this myself but I am not having much luck! thank you!!!!

    Reply
  111. Katie
    February 11, 2012

    Are you still selling making these?

    Reply
  112. Joanne
    February 11, 2012

    I want to order this with “If I had only one friend left” from Dan Seals. I can’t find where I can order them from. I want them really really bad. I don’t have the canvases yet so I don’t know a size yet but I saw someone do something like this with pizza boxes. Please let me know if you will still print these off for people. Thanks Joanne

    Reply
  113. Erica
    February 12, 2012

    Can I buy these from you??? I am not crafty at all and would love these!!!!!!

    Reply
  114. Jessica
    February 12, 2012

    Hi Ana -
    I came across this project on Pinterest & absolutely love it! Are you still creating the cardstock in which I can purchase from you? Please let me know! Thanks so much :)
    - Jessica

    Reply
  115. Kelby
    February 16, 2012

    I’ve done all the steps to make this project, but when I go to print it doesn’t print all the words… I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. It’ll print the first word, but then the second and third are missing, but the fourth one is there? Please help :]

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  116. Kelly
    February 17, 2012

    I love this project and am eager to take it on…I went to your etsy shop but its say the product is sold…I am looking to have the lyrics done to 2 different songs…Someone Like You by Van Morrison and Stronger by Kelly Clarkson…I would like them sent via pdf if thats still possible?? Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Reply
  117. angela ottilo
    February 17, 2012

    II would love to buy my lyrics..Billy Joel just the way you are.. I tried to go to your Etsy listing but it says SOLD :( Are you still offering this service??

    Reply
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  119. Laurie camp
    February 24, 2012

    Do u make this if so would love to buy one?

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  120. Anne
    February 24, 2012

    I’d like to do this with my wedding song, “I Will be Here” by Stephen Curtis Chapman. I’m not sure how to place the order on Etsy. The item offered says “custom for Danielle.” Should I just order that and place my info in the comment section?

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  121. Arrica
    February 27, 2012

    Hi Ana!! I would love to order this wonderful wedding lyric art. Absolutely beautiful! I tried going onto etsy and ordering it but it will not let me..if you could email me back so icahn give you some info that would be wonderful !
    Thanks so much Arrica

    Reply
  122. Jamie
    February 28, 2012

    I loved this idea! So much so that I did it with our wedding song! I asked my sister to pick up the canvas for me while in the city and she got me the 8×10 flat canvas instead of the ones like you used. It actually turned out nice! Thanks for the great idea!! =)) I’d post a picture but not entirely sure as to how to do that!

    Reply
  123. Lynne Midgley Levesque
    March 3, 2012

    Have you ever done/sold the entire “project” to someone from start to finish?

    Reply
  124. Jessica
    March 9, 2012

    Hi! I would LOVE to do this and I can’t figure out how to order it on your site. Are you still printing the cardstock? Please say yes :) Thanks!

    Reply
  125. Laurel Baker
    March 27, 2012

    I want to use this as an engagement gift for our daughter–the same song that you used in your demo…I just placed an order today, but realized I didn’t specify which song. Need help!!! Never ordered on Etsy before…
    By the way, what would you charge, if you were willing, to complete the set as described above, for me? Meaning–print, paint, mount, modgepodge and ship….is that a possibility?
    Thanks, Laurel

    Reply
  126. Veronika
    April 10, 2012

    Love it!…what fonts did you use in adobe illustrator for the lyrics, looks like you may have 3 or 4 different fonts?
    Thanks, Veronika.

    Reply
  127. Veronika
    May 7, 2012

    Hello Ana, Just wondering what fonts you used when you created the lyrics. Looks like four different fonts? Looks great!

    Thanks,
    Veronika.

    Reply
    • Ana
      June 18, 2012

      Hi Veronika!

      The font selections, are Trajan Pro, Sylfaen, and Dear Joe.

      Reply
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  129. Becky
    May 30, 2012

    Hi Ana,
    Got everything set up in Adobe Illustrator, EXCEPT that I cannot get the text to wrap within the text box. I have tried different help boards, but they’re not cutting it for (non) tech- savvy me:-) Does anyone have any advice? JUST NEED THE TEXT TO WRAP!!! :-)

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  130. sketchedsoul
    July 19, 2012

    Wonderful idea, thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  131. Nicole
    July 31, 2012

    I was wondering if you could print a larger lyric sheet for me? I would want it on cardstock, but I bought two large canvases rather than small ones. Is this something you can do?

    Reply
  132. Alana Sayler
    August 12, 2012

    Hi Ana,

    Let me tell you I have put this blog to good use. I created one for myself and I just created one for my mother. We both love them. Thank you so much for the descriptions and information in creating such a beautiful wall decoration.

    P.s. what font did you use for your website, “this humble home”?

    Reply
  133. kellie
    September 8, 2012

    what a great idea! love it.

    Reply
  134. Mary Anne Dunn
    September 9, 2012

    I went to your link on Etsy to order the print so I can make this for my daughter and son in law for Christmas but there is nothing there. Any help would be great

    Reply
  135. Holly LaFleche
    October 1, 2012

    Did this on 9- 6 X 6 canvas’ — loved it so much made another. I did not leave mine white though, I mixed the modge podge with so coloring to give it an antiqued look— LOVE IT!!!

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  136. Lyn
    October 19, 2012

    Saw this on Pintrest and thought it was an awesome idea. When I opened up the larger image, I saw that it is the same song as our wedding song and my husband and I were completely bowled over. Will be doing this for our house – but probably printing it directly onto the canvas and then hang it.
    Thank you for the awesome idea. – all the way from Cape Town.

    Reply
  137. Devon Reddish
    October 29, 2012

    I saw these on Etsy and sent you a message about printing off our song lyrics but haven’t heard back. It was only yesterday I sent the e mail, but I’m super anxious to do this project! I hope you are still printing these, I just had a few questions!

    Reply
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  139. Julianne
    November 20, 2012

    I LOVE this project and have been really excited to do it. I got the lyrics from your etsy site and followed your directions for the project using Modge Podge Matt. However, I’ve had a lot of bubbles though that didn’t go down after drying. I’m using real canvas that I got at michael’s because that was all I could find around me. I just did one coat on top of the Modge podge. The bubbles just didn’t disappear though. Do you have more advice you can give about how to avoid the bubbles? Thanks!

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  140. Stevie Humphrey
    January 27, 2013

    I am having trouble printing. Could you please help? It seems to have a margin set at the top of the page, but I followed your directions above. Did you have to change the page set-up? (paper size= 6×6)
    Thanks for the help!!! I love this and it’s my first pinterest creation. LOL

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  141. Angela
    February 15, 2013

    So I tried this for a Valentine’s gift. I had my wedding vows printed on 10×10 cardstock. Looked really cool. I painted the modge podge on the canvas and placed the cardstock down. All 9 of my canvases have air bubbles, as if I used Elmer’s glue instead. Being the perfectionist that I tend to be, I’m not 100% satisfied with my first attempt. How do you put the cardstock down without air bubbles? Of course, my husband loves it and my thoughtfulness. It’s a great idea!! Perhaps I just rushed things a bit. Should I peel off and try again?

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  142. Katie
    March 7, 2013

    Ana,

    I downloaded the dearjoe font and used it in my project, but when I went to print the PDF it said the font DearJoefour could not be embedded in the PDF document because of licensing restrictions. Stroked text will not be visible. Did you run into this? Did you have to purchase the font?

    Thanks.

    Katie

    Reply
  143. Kristy
    August 22, 2013

    I would love to do this – but cant seem to find your etsy page? Can you please email me?

    Reply
  144. Allison
    December 14, 2013

    Very cute idea! I was wondering if you could tell me the name if the don’t you used in your the humble home watermark on the pics? I’m been trying to find a font like that for weeks. Thanks!!!!!

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  145. Celine
    December 20, 2013

    Hi, have no idea about adobe illustrator, could you explain how you made the text designs in the program?thanks a lot:)

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  146. Caterina
    February 20, 2014

    Hi Ana:
    I had reached out to you a while back regarding this beautiful craft.
    I would very much like to do this with the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling.
    Done in the various fonts as in your example and completed in the 9 squares…also as per your example.

    I have gone to the ‘order’ site but am confused as to how to place the above order.
    Help?
    Thanks so so much!
    Caterina

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    • Ana
      February 25, 2014

      Hello Caterina!

      I’d be happy to complete an order for you! Simply select the cardstock or PDF listing and include the poem lyrics in the purchase comments when placing an order. You’ll receive a mockup within 3-5 days for a 9 sheet layout featuring the same fonts as featured in the example.

      Thanks for asking!

      Reply

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