We recently had a family reunion at my cousin’s son’s house. He and his wife bought a fixer upper last fall. They’ve been working on it ever since. But things really became rushed as time neared for our annual family reunion. Scooter (his childhood nickname) and his wife Alicia agreed to host the reunion in their new home. My Aunt Dot—we fondly refer to her as Granny in our family, as she has adopted Jamie and I as her daughter and granddaughter as my mom passed away when Jamie was only nine.
So, back to today’s subject. Granny asked if I would make a couple of signs for her, one being for the reunion, and the other a sign for her grandson Scooter’s pool.
I got busy designing this sign using my Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software. You can see that I have the box activated that says Scooter & Alicia’s. Look to the right, you will see the ruler that shows how large the box is. The box diameter reads 2.285 x 13.845. In reality, using the ruler I can see that the largest letter is the A in Alicia, and it is a little less that two inches in height.
I chose to do three different selections on this sign. One is Scooter & Alicia’s, the next is the remaining part of the sign with the exception of the “P”.
This shows how the sign would layout if the entire sign was in one text box. I wanted to decrease the spacing in between the line Scooter & Alicia’s and ool—Notice there’s. That is why I chose to have the top line in it’s own box.
When making an oversized sign, I design it all at one time, but cut it out in two different sessions. You can see that this is how I cut out the lower portion of the sign without changing the layout. BUT wait! Look at all of that waste that is about to happen on the vinyl/contact paper stencil.
I added an additional stencil so I wouldn’t be wasteful.
To make the sign, I used two fence boards and some ripped pieces to connect them.
These boards will become my new sign.
You can see that I cut the top portion of the sign as one piece, and the bottom portion as a separate piece.
I removed the backing from my contact paper stencil.
It’s not as difficult as it may look to apply such a large stencil. It gets a lot easier with practice. You can see the oodles and boodles on the contact paper I removed. (in the background)
I flipped the stencil over and applied it. I got in a hurry and forgot to take a picture before I got busy painting the stencil. As soon as I finish stenciling, I remove the contact paper. I let the oodles and boodles dry slightly before I remove them.
I drilled holes and added wire to hang the sign.
This is the sign hanging on my fence.
I didn’t get a picture of the sign at Scooter’s, but here’s the pool where it will be displayed. Scooter really liked the sign, and may have me make another one that says “bathing suits optional” but he has to wait for Alicia’s approval. Good idea cuz!
In this picture you can see the other sign that Granny requested from me. Our matriarch (my aunt Helen) is holding the Hunchman Reunion sign, while the newest member of our family is helping his mom hold the 2013 sign.
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