Words to Live By


Word for 2015 | Storypiece.net

**Disclaimer – I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

I know I’m not alone at the beginning of January when I breathe a huge sigh of relief. All the hustle of the Christmas season is behind us and a new year stretches ahead like open highway. I love having all of the holiday decorations put away and there is a bareness that makes me want to create something new. So when I was asked to be sent a surprise project of Spring Wood Surfaces to work with, I immediately jumped in to share it this first week of 2015.  Inspired by one of my favorite quotes, this is my focus for 2015.

She Believed Quote | Storypiece.net

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote and how powerful believing in oneself is. Believing, not in ignorance or arrogance, but in truly believing you can achieve something… the perfectionism and concern that you’re not enough is dispelled. There’s no room for fear, self-doubt or second-guessing. You believe and it’s your personal truth.

Words to Live By | Storypiece.net

This is something that has taken me 4 decades to wrap my brain around, but I’m inspired to live it out: To continue to believe in myself and what I’ve been put here to do… even when I get knocked down, I can still accomplish it.

Plaid Craft Supplies from Michaels | Storypiece.net Here’s what you’ll need for your own display of words to live by:

  • Wood frame
  • Wood lettering
  • Chalk Paint by Martha Stewart Crafts (Wedding Cake, Smoke and River Rock)
  • Clear Wax by Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Wood backing board
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Tape
  • Glue

Paint your wood frame. I used three coats of Wedding Cake to get the opaque consistency that I wanted.

Tip: Sanding between coats is key to a smooth finish when working with this paint.

Wedding Cake by Martha Stewart Crafts | Storypiece.netTape. Once the paint is dry, tape border before applying second paint color.

Storybook Frame |Storypiece.netPaint two coats of Smoke. The Smoke and Wedding Cake are beautiful together and give this frame a storybook feel.

Painted Frame | Storypiece.netPaint backing board with three coats of River Rock. With a name like River Rock and based on the bottle label, I was really expecting a dark almost black color. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this dreamy blue.

River Rock by Martha Stewart Crafts | Storypiece.netAdd hand lettering. I temporarily marked where the wood letters would go so that I could position my hand lettering. However, I did not want to permanently place them until after I sealed everything with the wax.

Hand Lettering Placement | Storypiece.netApply clear wax.  To seal the art and frame, brush on and then wipe off any excess wax with a damp cloth.  After 24 hours, buff to finish.

Apply Clear Wax by Martha Stewart Crafts | Storypiece.netPaint wood letters. Mod Podge a little glitter on the painted wood letters because well… it’s glitter!  And when you’re creating art with words to live by, shouldn’t glitter be involved?!

Paint and Glitter Wood Lettering | Storypiece.netAssemble. Glue your backing board to the frame and add the decorated wood letters.

Believe You Can | Storypiece.net

Quote for 2015 | Storypiece.net

She Believed Quote | Storypiece.net

What philosophy are you embracing in 2015? Have you chosen one word to capture your focus for this year? What is first on your creative “to-do” list?

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5 comments

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks Melissa! I just saw your project and it’s so cute. Love that you got to try out the Martha Stewart Wood Stain. I’m definitely adding it to my project wish list. 🙂

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