For a long time now I have admired those alphabet prints that are EVERYWHERE. You know the ones with the “I”, “O” and “U” in a different color, and the “O” replaced with a heart to reveal a not so hidden message. As the decorating progressed in my son’s new room and the nursery I decided I wanted one for each space. This was one of those projects I knew I could handle on my own and that a cheap Target frame with a matt would turn into a pricey looking piece of artwork.
So, I started with a basic design:
This was originally intended for my son’s room, so I used a dark gray for the letters and a simple deep red for the personal message. Later I realized that I should have used his favorite color, Orange, instead. Later STILL I realized I wanted to use this one in the nursery. However, once I got further along with the nursery decorating I thought it might be neat to use a font with a floral or garden theme to tie in with all the floral prints in our little girl’s room. Plus, I wanted to try switching the main alphabet color to that of the rainbow, while using black for the hidden “I Heart U” message. And, then I found this font…
It’s called 101 In My Yard and I LOVE it!!! I think this piece turned out really cute and will definitely grow with our sweet little girl.
After finding such a whimsical font for the nursery art it seemed fitting to do something equally fun for my son’s room. That is when I switched up the original artwork to what you see below.
I just used Word and the Sybil Green font, replacing the “O” by Inserting a Heart Shape and coloring all of it to match his new space. At first I was concerned about messing up his ability to learn his ABC’s by using this crazy font, but later I realized he knows his alphabet pretty well already and should be just fine.
When he is in therapy later we can talk about this in more depth, I guess.
The frames are both from Target and included white matts cut to an 8” X 10” sized opening, so just remember to adjust your margins if you decide to make one. Two pieces of custom artwork for the price of a little time, two pieces of cardstock and a bit of printer ink, and $33.98 in frames ($16.99/each). Not bad, I would say!