Lyrical & literal

I hope you all have been ringing in 2010 with good cheer, good health, and good times! T H A N K Y O U for stopping by to say hi--those moments buoyed me up like you wouldn't believe. So here I am, feeling a bit better & finally getting a chance to share an easy project I did before the madness of the holidays & my herniated disc nuisance.

I wanted to frame something meaningful to hang above my side & Mr. FC's side of the bed. We've been married for 5 years now (been stuck with each other for over 10 years--heh!). I wasn't envisioning the traditional wedding photos as our photographer was awful and well, we are so not traditional. So I thought: lyrical snippets of two important songs played at our wedding would look nice.
I love word art. It's so.........literal.

1. Googled the lyrics (it has been 5 years, people), copied & pasted them into a Word document. I thought about playing around with the text/placement in Publisher, but in the end I just kept it simple. Like a page taken out of a novel or a handwritten love letter (Quit making vomit sounds, I can hear you).

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Spent way too much time on this site experimenting with fun, free fonts. For my side of the bed: I used the font "Jane Austen" for the song I walked down the aisle to (Forever by Ben Harper). Woot-woot, I adore all things Austen. Edited to add: The squiggly scrolls were found here thanks to Simply Seleta. For Mr. FC's side: I used a more masculine font aptly named "Love Letter" (not so masculine name) to transform the lyrics of our first dance song (Stay Forever by Ween). Don't judge me once you've heard this song. I'm married to a punk-rock lover/snowboarder/skateboarder, you know.
3. A truly creative person would have screen-printed these on some sort of hand-pressed parchment and soaked them in a "tea bath" to antique them up a bit. But you're talking to FC here. I just used my trusty laser printer, & my favorite linen-esque paper from the craft store will suffice (it has a gorgeous "pearl" finish & were just $.52 each). If it looks familiar, it's because I also used the white version of this paper in this project.

4. Press them into frames/mats and hello little darlings. I used two old frames that were just marinating in the dusty basement--they're not matchy-matchy but that's OK.

So every night, before we stumble into bed at the close of an exhausting day, we'll look at these lyrics and lovely memories from our wedding will flutter back to us............like the ridiculous open-bar bill our fun-loving friends managed to rack up at our wedding..........and the strangely captivating/classy dance-off to Madonna, 50 Cent, & Outkast that took place towards the end of the night.
Love is awesome.

52 comments:

  1. I absolute LOVE this idea. Gonna steal it. You're a genius. =)

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  2. Happy 2010 FC! Glad to hear you're on the mend. I spent the last few weeks of '09 on muscle relaxers and while it was a goooood time, I much prefer wearing clean clothes and having groceries in the house.

    I like your project here, very clever & unique. And easy, which is mainly why I like it. Although if I did it, people might wonder why I have the lyrics to Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin Love" on my wall.

    Oh and nice fonts.

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  3. What a wonderful idea! My husband and I have been married 5 years & together for 13. I'd have to do some serious thinking to remember the songs at our wedding!!

    We had a really awesome dance off to Vanilla Ice - classy I know :)

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  4. What a beautiful and creative idea! They came out great!
    (I just recently came across your blog and started following it - I am really enjoying it!)

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  5. i am totally going to do this - hopefully this week! Looks great.

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  6. Oh my, my lovely! We think so similar. Haha...not only did I use that website you sweetly provided me for my upcoming project, but I am playing with the idea of using old love letters to recreate my little DIY project I posted on my blog. Since Mr. B and I have our own lamps..I thought I could incorporate "our" words versus any other general terms of endearment. Such a beautiful expression of your love...beautiful.

    Cheers~
    e

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  7. very very cute fc! i'm sure my hubby would appreciate written lyrics rathan than me belting out songs at the top of my lungs. you always have the best ideas. happy monday! xo grace

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  8. That's such a cute idea! I love that it doesn't scream "Hey look everyone, this is from our wedding!!"

    p.s. I love the jane austen font too. I even used it in my blog header :)

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  9. Super idea! I have to ditto it.

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  10. what a fantastic idea! i came up with something similar a few weeks ago. i thought of using important words from our vows, in differnt fonts to hang on each side of our bed. i have not however, figured out the look i want, just the words and the fonts. maybe soon i'll start working on that. thanks for spurring me along with your idea!!

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  11. LOVE! I also love that you {re}used two different frames because really, it is visually more interesting. Fantastic job & I'm thinking about framing our song for a Valentine's Day gift for my husband.

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  12. these turned out BEAUTIFULLY. love the fonts and the paper. i may be stealing this idea very soon for our pad...

    kelly

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  13. I LOVE IT. What a creative, simple, personal idea. Thanks for sharing.

    jbhat

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  14. What a beautiful and meaningful project! Glad you are on the mend.

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  15. What a great idea! I may use this idea as we redo our family room.

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  16. This is the best close to free project I have seen in a long time- I LOVE it! I love the meaning behind the words, I love the fonts and layouts you used,I love the frames you put them in and I LOVE that you are putting them next to your bed to see every night. So creative and beautiful!

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  17. I love this idea.. I actually had plans on doing this myself!

    We have a huge blank wall in our living room, and I planning on doing this to "our" song, Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.

    Where in your room did you end up placing them??

    LB

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  18. Yay! Seeing a new post from you in my Google Reader was like a Christmas morning surprise! ;) Glad you're feeling better, and I think this artsly idea is super cute. Can't wait to see them hung up!

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  19. My project for this weekend is the chalkboard in the ornate frame. LOVED it!!!And I really like this project as well. Where did you get those scrolly swirls at the bottom? And the fonts are the BEST!

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  20. Oh I am LOVING this. They looks so fresh and crisp with the mats and frames.. YUM! Great idea- I may have to try this!

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  21. great idea! i am going to have to check out that website. congrats on the five years :)

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  22. This idea is totally brills! I may have to snag this for a bare wall in our master as well.

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  23. Amazing! Seriously, this is absolutely beautiful! So glad you're feeling better! :)

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  24. your photos are fab, especially the second one...you could have framed the photo of the lyrics!

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  25. Love them! I especially like "Forever" because that was our first dance song. : )

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  26. I love this idea and might just have to steal it or borrow it:)

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  27. ::swoon!!::
    I'm totally stealing this idea from you one day. :)

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  28. and also... I'd never heard the "Forever" song. Now I'm totally going to have to smooch on my husband.

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  29. I've been thinking about you a lot these days, glad to hear you are doing a bit better!

    LOVE this idea and the execution makes it phenomenal.

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  30. Totally stealing this for Valentine's Day! Love it!

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  31. I got home from work tonight, looked at our master bedroom and thought, "What the h&*l do I hang on these walls???" And there you are, with this brilliant idea. Given that we aren't married yet (but will be as of 12/18/10) I know "our" songs and will be tackling this project this weekend.

    P.S. You're brilliant ;)

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  32. I've been thinking about doing a typographic representation of our wedding song, this is just so beautiful you convinced me to put the time in.

    And speaking of our wedding song, my mom pulled me aside after our first dance and said "Em, your song talks about making love. We're Catholic, the people here should think you don't have any idea what you're in for tonight". Apparently our wedding song isn't mom-approved. Enough about me, though. You're great, as always, and I'm glad you're feeling a little bit better!

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  33. thanks..i finally was able to do this.

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  34. Just gorgeous!!! They came out great!

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  35. Awesome. I did something similar. Framed our wedding vows (the personal ones no the generic ones) and printed out the lyrics for our song.

    But the paper you used, much better than recycled copy paper I used.

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  36. This idea is so inspired, and just one more thing I love about your bedroom! I totally copied your capiz pendant light for my dressing room and gave you a shout out at the end of my post! Keep up the amazing work!

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  37. Soo adorable! I just bought my hubby a little something similar for Valentine's Day from an Etsy seller. Our wedding lyrics..Billy Joel "Just the Way You Are" are painted on boards and given an "aged" look. I so hope he'll like it. I could have saved $$ however and just copied your idea! Kind of cuter!

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  38. Great idea! Just had to say our first dance was to "Forever" by Ben Harper... LOVE it!

    I wrote out the lyrics for my scrapbook, but I may have to class it up to wall art! Thanks for the idea!

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  39. Where do you find nice paper like that to print on?

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  40. i didnt read the other 44 comments but i'm sure i'm just echoing them all...i LOVE your project & i think i see a valentine's day treat brewing...

    THANKS FC-
    Jen

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  41. I am so excited that you are on the mend! This is such a great idea and I was thinking about doing the lyrics of our wedding song on a painted canvas and this totally inspired me to get off my butt. I love have pretty but personalized and meaningful things on the walls.

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  42. Ooohh...I love this, getting on this on right now!!

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  43. I love this! And, what a great wedding gift this would make. . .

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  44. Love it! I have the You are my sunshine song amongst a group of family photos.

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  45. I LOVED this idea so much that stole it. I installed the Jane Austen font and love letter font on my computer and played around with a poem that we had read at our wedding. Finally decided on the Jane Austen. Put it in a frame and put it up on a shelf we have hanging in the bedroom. (We already have artwork above the bed). Thanks so much for the tutorial- it was super easy and a GENIUS idea I have to say!

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  46. Lovely. My type of art. Just scrolling through your blog today and really enjoy it. :)

    Also...I used Jane Austen font for my wedding invitations--looove it.

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~Freckles Chick~