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DIY: Travel Subway Art Sign

I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the first officially days of Fall – the leaves are starting to change here, how about in your neck of the woods?

Like usual, I’ve been knee deep in creating new DIY projects and one in particular that I just finished up has been on my to-do list for a long time.  It took me a while to figure out how to make it, but thankfully I’m thrilled with the result, and the main reason is because it cost less than $10 to make – {complete score}!

I’ve gotta give credit for the technique on how to create this Subway Art to Cheri of I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar and Monica & Jess of East Coast Creative.  Both gals created completely different projects, yet both used the same idea of creating an image and having it printed as a blueprint (a thin black & white 24″ x 36″ paper) at Staples for less than $4 – Crazy awesome right?!

Here’s how I did it so you can create a similar travel sign or something completely different using the same cheap blueprint technique…

Using Picasa (my favorite free photo editing program), I started off with a clean white collage using the highest resolution possible and then cropped it to a 24″ x 36″ size so the text would print as clear as possible (at a large scale).   A while ago, I had wrote a list of vacation spots that the mister and I have traveled to together over the years and started adding them to the collage in a variety of different fonts.  (want to see a few of the fonts I used?  Check out my favorites!).

Once I created this collage using my computer, I pulled together the rest of my supplies:

  • (1) 24″ x 36″ Blueprint from Staples for – $3.60
  • (1) 24″ x 36″ 1/4″ piece of plywood – $4.00
  • Spray Glue – $2.50 +/-  (50% off with AC Moore coupon)
  • Mod Podge & Brush
  • Black craft paint & brush
  • 2 pieces of scrap wood or pallet boards

After my stop at Staples to get my inexpensive print, I then headed to Lowe’s to get a piece of plywood.  I found a 3′ x 3′ piece and then had them cut it down to my exact size of 2′ x 3′. Important note: The blueprint might not be exactly to size, so you may want to measure that first before cutting the plywood.  I didn’t, but the plywood was only about 1/16″ larger and I sanded the edge with my orbital hand sander, so it fit to size.

To adhere the blueprint to the plywood, I decided on the Aleene’s Tacky Spray which I purchased at AC Moore.  I was thrilled with their products that I tried out last year, and thankfully this spray glue worked like a charm!

To stick the blueprint to the plywood, I started at the top edge and sprayed a thin, even coat of glue, just like spray paint, from one side to the other side. Then lined up the corner of the blueprint to the corner of the plywood.

Once the top edge of the print was on, I continued to add the glue in small sections – again spraying from one side to the other.

Once the blueprint was fully on the plywood, I added a coat of Mod Podge to protect the paper surface.  I applied the MP from side to side just like the spray glue.

I didn’t forget the sides – it’s a must so the paper doesn’t rip or curl.

Almost done, but I have to admit there were some wrinkly spots once the Mod Podge dried…

Oops, I thought I adhered the blueprint so well.  No worries, I then got out my handy-dandy orbital sander and sanded the edges and top surface of the print.  I also added in a few “wear marks” to give the sign a distressed look.

Almost finished… to complete the look and to hide the plywood side, I used a black craft paint and painted the 4 edges of the sign.

The sign is complete…

…but wait, we’ve gotta mount & hang it!  To give the sign some depth and importance (plus it was slightly bowed because the plywood is thin), I added two vertical pallet pieces to the back.  Using short nails with a small head, I hammered them through the sign into the pallets. Then added picture hooks and wire.

Then it was really done!

So fun, So easy, and less than $10 – you can’t beat awesome, personalized wall decor like that!

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie

How To Make A Reverse Canvas Sign

Have you seen the new signs using the reverse canvas method?  These signs are cute, stylish and modern, plus they make the perfect gift for any occasion!  This DIY to make your own reverse canvas is easy to follow, and the possibilities of colors, sizes and sayings are endless!

(*Keep reading to see successful reverse canvas tips!) 

To make these reverse canvas signs you will need:

  • A Canvas wrapped frame –  these stretched canvases are usually located in the art section of either Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and can be purchased in single or multiple packs.
    *When you buy the canvas, you might not see the actual frame.  It’s “hidden”.
  • Wood stain or acrylic paint (I add a few drops of water to my paint to make it thinner.)
  • A sponge or paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • A flat screwdriver
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV 
  • A Silhouette or Cricuit cutting machine
  • A stapler or staple gun
  • A heat press or iron to apply the HTV
  • SVG DESIGN – the one pictured can be found here
  • Command Strips for the back – they can be purchased on Amazon

DIY Reverse Canvas Sign Instructions

  1. Unwrap your canvas from the plastic protector and turn it over.  You’ll see the hidden frame, which is being held onto the canvas by staples.
  2. Now you want to gently, but completely remove the canvas from the frame.  Do this by scoring the canvas (with your scissors) on the far end of the staples.  I make one big line down each side, then “rip” off the small strips that were just scored. Be careful not to rip your canvas.  (This gets easier as you go.  Trust me!)
  3. Now you are left with two pieces: the canvas and the frame. Set the frame to the side. You don’t have to remove those staples on the front or the back!
  4. The canvas itself will have a “dent” or “fold line” from being held onto the canvas.  You want to trim the canvas on the line closest to the center of the canvas.  Yes, the entire side.  You will cut off about 1 inch.  Try to cut straight on that line, but it’s okay if the line isn’t perfect.
  5. At this point, I put the canvas aside (in a safe, flat place) and work on the HTV and frame.
  6. Cut your design with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) but make sure you can fit it on the canvas you just trimmed.  You will need to account for the frame, so adjust your design accordingly.  Measure your space with the frame on top of the canvas you just trimmed.  *Make sure you MIRROR your design before cutting.
  7. Now, I like to switch back to the frame and set the HTV to the side.  This is a good time to stain or paint your frame. I don’t paint the back, but I make sure to get inside each crevice and hole with a paintbrush.  Don’t worry about the staples on the front of the frame, just paint over them. (You can also remove them and use putty to cover the holes.)
  8. Let the frame dry completely. Any wetness or paint will mark the canvas, which is why you want the frame to be nowhere near the canvas while it’s wet.  Trust me on this!
  9. While the frame is drying, use this time to weed your HTV image and apply it to the canvas with an iron or heat press.  
  10.  When the frame is dry, position the canvas over the back of the frame. Using a staple gun, re-attach it to the back of the wooden frame using a stapler or staple gun. 
    *I like to pull the canvas tight while stapling: Start at the top center, then staple the bottom center.  Look at the front and make sure it’s right.  I then pull the sides and staple the left center, then the right center, then staple the corners and gaps evenly between. 


There you have it – A DIY Reverse Canvas Sign in 10 easy steps!  I’d love to see your creations -Tag me on social media @HustleMomRepeat if you make these!

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How to Make a DIY Scrapbook Album

Make a DIY scrapbook album with our simple tips and ideas. We’ve got loads of ideas on how to fill the pages too.

Disclosure: I received a box of assorted scrapbook supplies from Staples.

Once upon a time (apparently when I was far more organized), I collected maps, theme park tickets, and other assorted items from vacations. I put them into brown paper bags, labeling each so that one day I could put everything I’d saved into scrapbooks.

I’ve been cleaning out our garage lately, a never-ending project with no end in sight. During this cleaning and organizing, I have come across some really fabulous things that I had completely forgotten about. Things like the box filled with brown paper bags, containing photocopies of photographs of my mum when she was little. I don’t even remember having seen these before and am still wondering how they got into this box.

Recently, I received a box of fun scrapbook supplies from the lovely folks at Staples. I didn’t even know they carried scrapbook supplies. So, I decided it’s probably about time I started putting all of those memories into albums (and get them out of the garage).

I haven’t finished filling it, but want to share the first album I made.

How to make a DIY scrapbook album


In the box of supplies Staples sent me, there were a few fun items I could use:

  • Clear Scraps Acrylic and Chipboard Album
  • American Crafts (Studio Calico) ‘Abroad’ Collection Pack (scrapbook paper)

What you also need (which I already had, but that are available at Staples too):

  • Book Rings
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Mod Podge


Begin by choosing the scrapbook paper you want to use. 

Lay the acrylic over the top, and very carefully cut around the edge using the X-Acto knife.

With a pencil, mark the center of where each hole is, and using a hole punch, punch the holes to match the acrylic overlay.

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the front of the scrapbook paper and then lay the acrylic over the top. Turn it over and press out any air bubbles, smoothing over the back of the paper with a little pressure to ensure that the paper and acrylic are bonded. Set aside to dry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.

Once all of the acrylic sheets are completely dry, use the book rings to keep the album together.

How do you fill a scrapbook?

  • Index cards are a great way to to jot down notes when you are on vacation. Hole punch them when you get home and place them directly into the album.
  • Hole punch tickets or passes (particularly airline, theme park, boat rides etc) and place directly into the album, or alternatively, place them into small bags, or envelopes. You can stick these envelopes or bags onto index cards, or on plain paper and then place them into the album.
  • Print photographs when you get home and type, or handwrite labels to go on the back of each outlining a special story behind the photograph, or where it was taken.
  • Hole punch postcards of tourist destinations you visited and place directly into the album. 
  • Attach several small clear plastic bags, or alternatively sew strips of vinyl onto a piece of card stock to create pockets to store special little treasures such as a shell, sprinkling of sand, special coin, or a pressed leaf that was collected on your trip.
  • Have the kids do special rubbings of textured surfaces, such as a brick, tree, or leaf to place into the album. 
  • You may even want to hole punch a napkin of a special restaurant you ate at.
  • Hole punch maps and place them directly into the album. Mark off the locations that you went on your vacation. Place the map into the front of the album. Add a number sticker to each of the locations that you visited that corresponds with a page in the album where tickets, mementos and photographs can be found.

DIY Scrapbook album tips

The great thing about these albums is that you can use alphabet stickers, or stamps to label each chipboard or acrylic sheet to categorize each section of the album. You could do this by date, or by the place you went to.

Book rings (also called loose-leaf rings) come in a variety of sizes from about 3/4 to 3 inches. You may want to create a separate album for each of the kids to record their special moments and store keepsakes in.

Looking for more scrapbook album ideas? Try these:

Can Staples print on vellum? – AnswersToAll

Can Staples print on vellum?

It’s ideal for everyday use in copiers, so you can easily print invitations, menus, scrapbooks, and more. Staples vellum paper allows for easy readability. These sheer, 29-pound weight sheets can be used individually or as an overlay on heavier paper.

How long does it take for ink to dry on vellum?

24 hours

What is the size of vellum paper?

White Translucent Vellum Paper 29 lb, 8 1/2″ x 14″

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Size – Inches 8 1/2″ x 14″
Size – Metric 215 mm x 355 mm

What is vellum paper used for?

Vellum is a unique type of paper used for arts and crafts. Though it used to refer only to a type of paper made from calfskin, modern vellum is made from cotton and wood pulp. It can be used for making greeting cards or scrapbooking, as well as for tracing designs.

What is the meaning of vellum?

1 : a fine-grained unsplit lambskin, kidskin, or calfskin prepared especially for writing on or for binding books. 2 : a strong cream-colored paper. vellum. adjective.

What is Vellum board paper?

First off, let’s cut out any confusion: This article refers to modern, plant-based vellum, a paper that goes by many names. Whatever you call it, it all refers to smooth, delicate paper you can see through. It comes in many colors, weights, brands and even textures.

What is the difference between vellum and parchment?

The term parchment is a general term for an animal skin which has been prepared for writing or printing. Parchment has been made for centuries, and is usually calf, goat, or sheep skin. The term vellum from the French veau refers to a parchment made from calf skin.

What kind of glue can you use on vellum paper?

What Adhesive To Use For Vellum Paper when attaching to card stock: If you are adhering the vellum directly to the layer below it – use Stampin’ Up!’s Anywhere Glue Sticks or acid free glue sticks. A complete coating of our Anywhere Glue Stick adhesive will dry clear and you won’t see a thing.

Can vellum paper be used for decoupage?

Vellum Paper for Decoupage. Hello this is my experience with using Vellum paper for decoupage. I’m open to experimenting with using different techniques for decoupage. Some techniques trun out better than others.

What is the best glue for vellum?

What Adhesive To Use For Vellum Paper?

  • If you are adhering the vellum directly to the layer below it – use Stampin’ Up!’s Anywhere Glue Sticks or acid free glue sticks.
  • Glue sprays and thin strips of adhesives work best with vellum paper.

Can you use Mod Podge on vellum?

Take a vellum letter and position it over a photo, moving it around until you are happy with the placement. Cut out an initial using a craft knife or scissors. Take the initial and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back. Apply three thin coats of Mod Podge to seal over the entire canvas.

How do you get wrinkles out of vellum paper?

The best way to flatten vellum is to use humidity to relax the vellum. Place the indenture on a flat surface clamped or weighted at the edges. This should then be placed in a closed container containing a water source. Do not let the water come in contact with the vellum.

How do you restore vellum?

Request a Restore

  1. After you have Vellum running on your new computer, open the Vellum menu and select Purchases:
  2. Without a license installed, you will be shown purchasing options and pricing. Press the Restore button in the lower-left corner of the window:
  3. After you fill in your email address, press Submit.

Can you iron vellum?

Ironing a piece of paper under a towel or cloth will make it flat, but the wrinkle and crease lines will usually still be visible. Set the paper under a towel or cloth. Set a clothes iron to a low heat.

How do you clean vellum?

Rub the affected area with a dry soft cloth with firm pressure. If some stain is still present, spray it with a 70% dilution of Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) and water and wipe. Rinse with fresh water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

What does vellum smell like?

Its slightly spongy surface, especially on its flesh side, tended to absorb grease from handling it, so it was often dusted with pounce, chalk, ash, even powdered glass mixed with bread. But we smell it now as an amalgam of provenance, use, and preservation. Its perfume is both animalic and bibliophilic.

How long can Parchment last?

a thousand years

How do you clean a Bible cover?

General Cleaning of Covers and Page Edges

  1. Cloth covers can usually be cleaned with Absorene or Demco Book Cleaner.
  2. Paper covers should be cleaned with a dry product, such as Absorene Book Cleaner or Dry Cleaning Sponges.
  3. Plastic covers are easily cleaned with Demco Book Cleaner and a piece of cloth or a sponge.

How do I keep my books from turning yellow?

How to Keep Your Books From Yellowing

  1. Store them away from direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays cause fading on the covers and spines and promote yellowing of the pages much faster.
  2. Store under moderate humidity.
  3. Allow for proper air circulation.
  4. Use archival paper between the pages of the book.
  5. Handle properly.

What causes foxing on paper?

The term ‘foxing’ describes disfiguring small yellow brown spots or blotches on paper. Two main causes are mould and iron contaminants in the paper. Damp conditions encourage mould growth, and will cause iron contaminants to rust.

Does foxing on books spread?

It does not spread to adjacent books.

Inexpensive DIY Large Scale Wall Art

Our next addition to Deck The Walls is a stylish watercolor print — and this large-scale wall art will set you back only about $30 (plus a little bit of hands-on time). Get the tutorial from Katie below, and don’t forget to link up your wall decor ideas here (and subscribe by RSS or email so you don’t miss the other great ideas we having coming up!)

How to create large scale wall art on a budget

by Katie from Upcycled Treasures

Hi Remodelaholics! I’m Katie, the blogger behind Upcycled Treasures and A Handcrafted Wedding where I share my love for all things handcrafted and re-loved. When you come into our home you will quickly discover that nearly everything has been DIYed in some form or another, and I hope to inspire you to create a space that reflects your own personality and style.

Today I’m going to share how you can make a big impact in a room on even the tiniest of budgets, by creating large scale wall art.

Although I purchased the engineering print and plywood for this project, everything else I already had on hand.

Materials Used:

36 x 48 Engineering Print


Spray Adhesive

Gloss Mod Podge

Wide Brush or Foam Roller

Mod Podge Roller or Credit Card

How to make a colored engineering print

Are you familiar with engineering prints? They are essentially oversized prints used for black and white line drawings or architectural plans, but they can also be your bff when it comes to creating large scale wall art. The three sizes available at Staples are 18 x 24, 24 x 36 and 36 x 48. Despite the fact that these are technically not suitable for photographs, I’m always impressed with the quality of my oversized family and travel photos. Best of all, the prints range from $2-8 for black and white copies and just $6-24 for the color versions!

Do you have a favorite family photo or image you took on your last vacation that you would love to incorporate into your home? If so then this just may be the perfect opportunity to do so!

Although we are renting, I decided it was finally time to add some personality to our master bedroom. One day while playing around on my computer I came across this beautiful image of the mountains I had purchased in a design bundle pack a few months prior, and was instantly inspired.

The first thing I did was crop the image onto a 36 x 48 document, knowing I could send it over to Staples to be printed as a color engineering print. The settings were tweaked since I wanted more saturated colors for our bedroom, and I then used this Photoshop app that gave the image a watercolor effect.

Aren’t the colors dreamy? The 36 x 48 color engineering print was ordered through the Staples website and within a couple hours and just $24 bucks later I had my pretty print, woo-hoo!

By the way, if you order a print online for store pickup you generally have to pay extra to pick it up the same day. However, if you call the Staples ahead of time and ask if they can have it ready the same day, they generally can and they won’t charge you extra either 🙂 You can also put the image you want to have printed onto a flash drive and take it to your local Staples for them print it out on the spot – depending on how busy they are.

Now I’ve gotta admit that I was a bit nervous about the outcome. I’ve purchased black and white engineering prints from Staples in the past with no issues, but never this large and never in color so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Either way I decided it was worth the risk and thankfully, it turned out better than expected!

My original plan was to add the engineering print to a blank canvas, but I as unable to find the size I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. Not to mention my impatience got the best of me, as it usually does. So instead I purchased some underlayment that was about $12 and got it cut down to 47 x 35 at the hardware store. I only used about half of it so the other half can be used for future projects, yay!

If you are going to use plywood, thicker plywood is easier to frame out, although it will also be heavier. Canvas would be the easiest/lightest option, or you could even use foam board.

How to attach a large print to plywood or canvas

I contemplated using Mod Podge or gel medium to attach the print to the wood, but in the end would up using spray adhesive. This was mainly due to the large size and I think it worked out really well.

To attach the print you will want to center the paper onto the plywood and then tape one edge of the paper to the back of the wood. You can then spray the plywood with spray adhesive and have a buddy help when rolling the paper down to prevent it from shifting or getting wrinkles. Afterwards, be sure to smooth the paper out as much as possible starting from one corner and working your way out.

Here is what the front of the plywood looked like once the print was attached:

And here is what it looked like from the back:

I’d recommend taping all of the edges to the back of the plywood to prevent any future tears.

Sealing the Print

Once your print is securely attached you can brush Mod Podge on top, which helps seal it into place. I used 2 coats of the gloss version, letting in dry in between, and love the added shine it gave the print.

The brush I used lost some bristles in the glue, but they were pretty easy to wipe off. However, if I were to do this again I would use a foam roller instead because that would help the Mod Podge go on evenly, and prevent streaking or the bristles from getting stuck in the glue.

You may notice that when the Mod Podge is added, some bubbles start to show up, but you can use a credit card to carefully smooth those out. I used the scraper from my Silhouette machine which worked like a charm. Just be careful when smoothing the paper out to avoid ripping the paper.

Once the Mod Podge has dried you can add some hanging hardware to the back or prop it up on a long piece of furniture. Or if you would like to add a frame, like we did, then you can follow along with this tutorial on framing out plywood.

Here it is hung up in our bedroom:

I just love how it turned out! So what do you think?

If you would rather create a smaller version then you may want to check out my 8 x 10 canvas art tutorial along with the free printable you can download.

This is such an easy way to fill those walls with some of your favorite travel, family, or wedding photos, and it could also make for a fantastical gift.

Have you used engineering prints to decorate your home?


Katie, thank you so much for sharing with us! A lovely piece at a lovely price!

Remodelaholics, visit Upcycled Treasures to see more of Katie’s talent — check out her creative workspace (aka office/craft room) and be sure to check out her latest DIY textured art tutorial, too!

Coming up in Deck The Walls:

a new modern art print for your walls!


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