Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mod podge photo letter

Well, I'm working away on the twins' room. No word yet about when the beds will be here, but it should be within the next 2 weeks. Some paint is on the walls, and now I am turning my attention to some crafting projects.

So yesterday I made this:


I thought it would be cute if both boys had their first initial hanging above their bed. I was originally just going to paint these, and then I thought it would be cuter if I mod podged photos of themselves on the letter. Kinda like a photo collage of their first 3 years.


So here's the tutorial:

I bought these cheap-o cardboard letters at Joanns. I think they were about $7-$8 a piece, and they are pretty big - about 2 feet tall.



Other supplies:
mod podge
tons of photos
brush
scissors


I printed out a ton of photos (at least 50) on regular computer paper. Photo paper is much more stiff and a lot more difficult to work with, so I just used the stuff that was already in our printer. I printed out pictures in every size possible - from full page to wallet sized. Then, I cut them out:



I took a picture and laid it on the letter where I would like it. I either scrunched it or cut it to fit:


then mod-podged it on:



I worked on the whole letter this way, one photo at a time:


Some areas, especially the curves, ended up looking crumpled:


But here is the fix:


Basically, work on the front first and don't pay too much attention to the inside of the letter. Then, once the front is finished, mod-podge more photos to the inside. This completely covers the scrunched areas.

Once all the photos were in place, I put a thin layer of mod-podge over the whole thing:


Here is my favorite part:

I love how some of the bigger pictures fold over the letter and cover both the front and the inside.


So here you go!



I still have the "C" to do, but to be honest with you, the "B" took me all afternoon yesterday to complete. I think I will take a break today and work on the "C" tomorrow.

What do you think? Would you make this?

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127 comments:

  1. I love this! I for sure would do this!

    I have one 18 month old son and another little boy coming in about 3 1/2 months and I am just starting to work on rearranging the room to fit both boys, so I might just have to add these letters to the room!

    Thanks!

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  2. That is a great idea! I wish they had Joanne's in Canada though, I can't find any cardboard letters here. I like that they are big and light to hang over the bed. I live in earthquake country and don't want anything heavy above my son's head. Hmmm...I will put this on the shopping list next time I cross the border to shop in the US!

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    1. how about going online to get them? JoAnns.com is easy access anywhere!

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    2. I had read a tutorial some site - how to DIY cardboard letters - from cereal boxes.

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    3. JoAnns won't ship to Canada sadly. I need to google your cereal box tutorial - I have been keeping my eyes open for letters to make these for a couple years already.

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    4. well here in arizona we can get modge podge at any craft store even the walmart but I am not to sure if all the modge podge r ok for this kinda project here there r 6 different colors of modge podge so i have no clue which one will get the job done right?

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    5. http://littlenostalgia.blogspot.com/2012/09/diy-cardboard-letters.html

      This place has a good tutorial. You can find lots of good DIY Letter tutorials on Pinterest with a little searching as well! :)

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  3. Awesome project... I may just have to do that myself! I love it.

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  4. Great idea!
    What a sweet little boy.
    Can't wait to see the 'c'. :)
    ~Amy

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  5. Oh my goodness, that is such a cute idea!! Looks like a lot of work, but it turned out great. We don't have any kids yet, but maybe I could try this on a "D" (for our last name) and put pictures of me and the hubby on it... I really want to try it!

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  6. This is a great idea! With four little girls I am not sure I would have the time to do all four initials but I may try it with the initial of our last name and include photos of all of us! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love it! I work with wooden letters and patterned paper a lot for my craft projects, but I have never seen cardboard letters that big! I wish I could get some - I would SO do this project! Gorgeous! And I can't wait to see your boys' room...just hearing about all the little steps makes me want to redo my own kids' rooms!

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  8. Love this idea! That turned out great!

    I have my son's name above his bed, but I just painted wooden letter with some stripes and dots....this is definitely something to think about doing in the future!

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  9. Love this! I will definitely try it!!

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  10. Thank you for sharing! What a sweet, little "scrapbook" for their room!

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  11. What a great idea... I love Mod Podge! Looks wonderful... ~ kim

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  12. What a fun idea!! Your boy's smiles are beautiful!

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  13. This is so cool! What a clever idea. I love the way they turned out! You did a great job and I can not wait to see the whole room come together. Thanks for sharing this...It's fabulous!

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  14. So cool! If I could find awesome large letters like that I would definitely try it.

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  15. I think this is a great idea! What a wonderful keepsake for them!!

    ((Hugs))
    Laura

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  16. This is completely cool. I sooo want to try this, but I'm soooo bad at mod podging. Thanks for the details, though. Wouldn't have thought to do the fronts *then* the sides.

    Glad you could Mi4M!

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  17. This project is soooo cute! Very creative and personal.

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  18. AWESOME - go over to http://modpodgerocks.blogspot.com
    and tell them about this...they'll LOVE it!!!
    Way to go!

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  19. Outstanding. This is incredible. What an idea and what a great job you did.

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  20. I love the way this turned out. I have had problems with mod podge and photo projects, turning my photos green. Any special trick?

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  21. What a lovely idea! This would make a fabulous gift as well!!! So creative and beautiful photos!

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  22. Cute idea, Danielle. I definitely would if I had kids.

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  23. I would certainly make this-it looks great! Terrific job!

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  24. What a great idea! Your boys will treasure these letters for years to come. Who knows, they might even hang in a dorm room one day ha ha.

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  25. Adorable! What a great idea to use photos on it - I love it :)

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  26. I absolutely would make this! What a great idea! My four kids all start with "A", so at least I would get used to the twists and turns of only one letter! Have a great day and thanks so much for the idea!!

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  27. That is just adorable!!! You did a fantastic job! Thanks for the idea!

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  28. Y yes I would make this. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I love it. I am going to make one for my daughter and dil for mothers day. How fun.
    Thanks again for sharing and have a Blessed week.
    Sherry

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  29. Too Cute! I really need to try and give my Modge Podge another chance!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Nice idea! Never seen letters that size before. Hope you get C done.

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  31. Very cute, I'm sure the little guys will love those.

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  32. I love it! I will be trying it too. Thanks for the idea!

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  33. I think that is such a cute/great idea...I may have to add that to my little one's room....

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  34. What a creative idea with the pics...luv them! You have a great blog and a new friend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. Very cute idea! I am going to have to try this one!

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  36. I think this is a very clever idea ~ something I think I'll have to try :)

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  37. I love this!! This is a fantastic way to show off a lot of photos without taking over an entire wall.


    Please feel free to link up to Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family!

    http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/talented-tuesday.html

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  38. I love this! Thanks for the idea!

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  39. Great idea to use their pictures! So personal. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  40. That is really neat! I would make this.

    I have a craft party on thursday and would love for you to come over and join the fun!

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  41. Awesome. What a fantastic idea! I am totally going to borrow it...

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  42. This is so cute. Cute subject matter, too!!
    Rhonda

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  43. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS--IT is on my favs list for the week and post will be up in a bit.

    FYI--give-a-way at my blog starts tonight.
    Cheri

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  44. I LOVE it!!!! Great idea!!!!! I would absolutely do this!!!!

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  45. I featured this on my blog...again I love this idea!!!
    http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/02/file-organizer-and-photo-letter.html

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  46. Wow! This is a winner. It looks great and now I want to do one of my own.

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  47. I love this, I've never thought about mod podging on photos. Great idea!

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  48. I am SO gonna' make this for my little boy! He's 2, and it will be great in the hallway hanging with all of our family pictures. I can't wait to run to JoAnn's after work and see if I can find one of these letters!

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  49. Adorable! I recently did my daughter's name in wooden letters and mod podged them with various scrapbook papers to coordinate with her bedding ... but I think I like the photograph idea even more!

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  50. This is so cute I can't wait to try it. It is a very good tutorial and answered all the questions I see asking while tackling this cute project.

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  51. This is so clever! I'm going to do the first letter of our last name and use family photos that we've taken over the years - beach trips, holidays, etc! I'm going to hang it possibly in our foyer or a "blank" area on a wall I have in our family room! I love your blog!

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  52. *my kids are 14 and 17 so we have plenty of "over the years" family pics! thanks again!

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  53. I sooooo want to make this too! I think I'm going to have to set aside a few days to do Transforming Home projects I've found here! Great directions!

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  54. I LOVE it! That is adorable!!! I'm bookmarkn' this one for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. I was just at Joann's and was wondering what I could do with those big letters... what a great IDEA!! I can't wait to tell my sister so we can get to work...Christmas presents!! You know it's only 9 months away!! LOL!

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  56. i am definitely going to make this!! i have a hard time with collages because when we have a new baby, we have to update the whole thing! but this is a perfect idea because it is only for one child :) thanks for the great idea!! i will link back to this when I get around to making it!!

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  57. I love this.
    I'm saving the picture so I can try and replicate it with photos of our family.
    Great idea!

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  58. I love it!!! I did one similar as my first blog post. I'm definitely going to have to make a photo one!
    http://adventuresindecoratinganddesign.blogspot.com/2011/04/3d-letters.html

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  59. This is very awesome. I am going to make one or two or three.

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  60. I LOVE THIS! But I can't find the letters :( I have looked at Jo-Ann's website and they have only a select few letters. Is there anywhere else you have seen these letters or do you have any ideas as to where I might find them?

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  61. I'm attempting to start on this right now. Crossing my fingers...

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  62. Would this work on wood? I have been unable to find cardboard letters anywhere on the web.

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  63. I want to do this for a couple christmas presents but can't seem to find big enough letters...

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  64. i think this may be the site to get them...
    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=xprd78856

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  65. So cute! Thanks for the great idea!

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  66. @ Kayla....I finally had to go to the Joann arts and crafts website and order them. All the craft stores around me only had 8 inch tall letters. I even went into a Joann's and they didn't have the big letters in stock.

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  67. What is the letter made out of? Wood?

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  68. love it! easy directions too! thanks!

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  69. Wow, what a great idea.

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  70. I Love this!! It is a must do!!

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  71. I can't wait to try this. My daughter was married in July and I think pictures from the wedding around the letter of her new last name will be a neat present!

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  72. I have a question... The first time I did this I tried to seal with Mod Podge and it messed up the photos.. What do I do about that?

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  73. I am having a terrible time finding letters to do this project with. Our local Hobby Lobby and Jo-Anns doesnt have the letters and I have also checked walmart and they dont sell them either. Where can I go online to order these? I need 10 letters, for birthday gifts for relatives :)
    If anyone knows where I can find these please let me know asap. DawnTeal1981@aol.com is my email. Thanks

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  74. I am also having a hard time finding these letter... I did find 12' ones on jo-anns web site. I think I may use those and see how they work!!

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  75. Sooo cute! Did you print on a laser printer or regular inkjet? I would think an inkjet would smear, but if I'm wrong I want to try this!

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  76. I did this and LOVE it but my pictures turned gren in some spots? Any suggestions anyone?

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  77. My letters turned green too...how do you prevent this?

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  78. yup, I'd make this for my friends, and for my family room walls (I literally have an entire dresser drawer full of photo envelopes). Love the idea - now to find those letters. I've never seen them at the Jo-Ann's here.

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  79. I love this!!! a possible addition to the idea would be to photo shop they photos before printing to show a pop of one color in them and the rest black and white. Just to make them fit into a color sceme. Thanks for sharing!

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  80. I love this. It gave me the idea to have the kids names carved out in wood and then add the pictures. I also thought of having the word family craved out as well and make one for the living room.

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  81. I have a teenager and I love this idea. I went and bought the stuff last night. Wish me luck. Yours turned out amazing!

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  82. did you use regular paper for the photos or photo paper?

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  83. can you do this on canvas or just cardboard?

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  84. I love this idea. My grandsons last name starts with B will Be aweson, In addition I plan to do a large letter in my Sunday School class of it members.
    thank you

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  85. Can I use a wood block instead

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  86. I am making some for gifts for the grandparents and using pics of the grand-kids. I am super excited to make them.

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  87. Love this! Looked online for letters, very few @ Joanne's. Found paper mache letters craftkitsandsupplies.com that are12.0" x 1.5" for $3.79

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  88. Do you think it's possible to do the same method but on wood instead?

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  89. What did you use to hang initial on the wall?

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  90. I am sodoing this as a Christmas gift!
    Then again for my home one for each child and I hope to put them on the big wall in the gamroom!
    Thank you for posting this i cant wait to get started!!

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  91. I love this. I think my teenage granddaughters would love these as well as my grandsons. I'm doing it for Christmas.

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  92. I am doing this for Christmas too!!! Love it
    JoAnn had the letters for $9.99 each I bought 10.. but had a 40% off coupon plus a $25.00 off coupon on entire purchase. Gotta love working the coupons!
    Did you have to sand the letter first? Some of my letters have wrinkles on them did you have to smooth it some how so the photos don't show the wrinkles?

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  93. I LOVE THIS IDEA! Thanks for sharing it! I bought 11 wooden letters (about 11" tall?) at Hobby Lobby. They also have some at Michaels that are smaller.

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  94. Howcome no answer to the pictures turning green?

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    1. my photos turned green and I think that is because I had a ink jet printer and the amount of drying time. I read that you can put an acrylic spray coating on them first and then it should help. they recommend putting a couple of coats of spray on first.

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  96. I have all the tools to start this project, however I only have actual photos printed from Walgreens, I am doing it as a surprise gift and dont have the ability to just print them on regular paper, will it still work? I'm also leary about what I've been hearing about pictures turning green. Please help I only have a week til her anniversary

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  97. how do you hang it on the wall?

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  98. All I can find are paper mache and wood letters.. Which one should I use?

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  99. I am going to attempt this for my wedding! great Idea!

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  100. I Love this idea my boys are in their teens and I have tons of good pictures to use!!!! Thanks for the idea.

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  101. Yes, in fact, i am so inspired to do this in my children's rooms for each of them!! I was going to do the painted letters as well, but if you knew me, you would know this project is perfect for me!! LoL i never used modge podge before, but i will have to google it and figure out the secrets and how to use it lol ; )

    thanks for the idea

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  102. I am going to do this for our Coach, outgoing gift of the Varsity Surf Team, collected pics all year. I tried really hard to find 2013 big numbers, even Joanns did not have big numbers. So I'm using the letters S U R F , coach can hang them in his room, memories of class of 2013 team.

    I'm using actual photos - lustre finish. Hope they don't turn green!

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  103. I started a photo letter yesterday and my photos did turn green. I realized it was because my printer was printing my black and white photos with color ink (green ink). The photos have more depth and look much nicer when printed this way, and still have the appearance of black and white, but the minute mod podge is added the green ink bleeds out the same as if water is dropped on them. I just reprinted my photos with my black ink cartridge and everything looks okay now.

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  104. Oh how I love this. I live in Canada and will be trying Michael's to see if they have the letters - failing that, I too will look for wood letters. I saw some wood letters in a dollar store, but the one I saw them in is closed now.
    Rats. I will be attempting this for our two grandkids above their beds at our house for their sleepovers. Absolutely awesome. Looks fabulous - great job. Thanks for the tutorial too!

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  105. I think you did an AWESOME JOB!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :0)

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  106. THIS LOOKS LIKE A GREAT PROJECT AND TIME CONSUMING...BUT WORTH IT I'M SURE..THANKS FOR SHARING.

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  107. GREAT IDEA, I'M GOING TO TRY IT FOR MY SISTERS 50TH BIRTHDAY. PUTTING PICTURES OF HER, HER KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. THOUGH JOANNS DID NOT HAVE THE LETTERS. I HAD TO SEND FOR MINE. I'LL BE USING THE LETTER I...HOPEFULLY IT WON'T TAKE TOO LONG TO CREATE? TKS FOR THE IDEA

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