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Pinspiration Monday: Framed dry-erase love note

As you probably already know…I recently got married. I found a pretty cool guy to exchange vows with too – The kind of guy who will cook me dinner every single weekday evening (and sometimes on the weekends too) because he gets off of work before I do, the kind of guy who will watch nearly any chick flick under the sun if it keeps me happy. He offers to help me with projects around the house, even after a long morning of detailing his car or running his own errands. He never ceases to amaze me with his endless generosity and thoughtfulness.

But the simple truth is that I don’t always thank him for all that he does for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am constantly telling him how much I appreciate him and give him tons of general “Thank you!”s along the way. Yet, I think it’s sometimes a little bit nicer to get a pointed “Thank you for (insert specific task or moment here).”

So, after being inspired by the two pins below, I decided to create a special little spot to thank my caring and sweet hubby in a more direct way.

Source: Unknown <— HATE when that happens…

Source: Blue Cricket Design

The idea is to place a sheet of paper behind glass in a tabletop frame and then, using any type of dry erase marker, you can use it to leave little notes to one another.

First things first – Gotta find a frame. Thankfully, I had a plethora to choose from in my crafting closet. I chose a simple 4×6 silver frame that I picked up at Goodwill for under a buck.

Next, I needed to type up a quick “I love you because…” note in a Word document. To keep along with the general industrial, modern look of the little frame I used for this project, I went with a boxy font. But you could easily go with something a little more like handwriting or more feminine if you want it to look like a handwritten note. It’s up to you! I oriented the phrase a little bit to the top left corner so that I would have plenty of room to leave notes on the glass around it.

All there was left to do after printing it out was to cut it to size and stick it behind the frame – It was literally that simple. For the marker to write on the glass, I am using a regular blue dry erase marker that we had on hand in the kitchen. I might get a black one the next time we run out to the store though since it might show up a bit better…

Since this project WAS so simple, I might end up tweaking it just a touch. I like the boxy lettering, but maybe it’s a bit TOO sleek and stark when combined with my “no-frills” frame. What do you guys think? Does it need a more exciting font for the “I love you because…” note?

For my first appreciation love note, I thanked John for helping me hang the curtains in the studio for the 3rd time. After the kitties somehow tore them from the wall a couple of nights ago, we needed to redo the holes – Not the more exciting activity, but he offered to help like the sweet guy he is…

How do you guys thank your loved ones for all that they do?

P.S. Did you happen to catch on to one other major weekend project that we undertook this past weekend? Notice a slightly softer color on the studio walls…? More on that later in the week, so stay tuned. The difference is pretty huge and I can’t wait to share.

Have a great day!

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  • June 4, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Ainhoa - I’ve had this pinned for ages! I love it. The problem is we’re both so shy/private I don’t know if I could do this and post about it haha. (Another reason we’re having so much trouble with the ceremony and we’ll probably be sticking to the traditional wedding vows instead of doing something different).ReplyCancel

    • June 4, 2012 - 10:13 am

      Carrie - Well there’s nothing wrong with being a little private! We did the same thing – Stuck to the traditional vows…And you could easily customize the frame project – Maybe make it a “To do this week…” message board or something.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 10:12 am

    julia christine stephen - What a great idea, I’m going to do it today! :) ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 10:13 am

    teakhound - Really cute and unique idea. Thanks for sharing! I may have to do something like that to show my love and appreciation for the Hound :) ReplyCancel

    • June 4, 2012 - 10:14 am

      Carrie - I’m glad you like it! You definitely should =)ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Alex Landar - It is a little too plain…. what about some black and white images….? or his fave pug?ReplyCancel

    • June 4, 2012 - 11:04 am

      Carrie - Thanks for the suggestions! I don’t want to fill the background and take away from the white space since I need room to write my notes – But I think a more interesting font will do the trick =)ReplyCancel

      • June 4, 2012 - 11:09 am

        Alex Landar - yep:P but if you make the image faint into the background, it wud still work. or a mini pug lounging on the words themselves. sorry.. the idea sort of stuck in my head.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Tin Roof Press - Your hubby sounds like a dream wrapped in a cupcake, cushioned in a cloud, rolled up in an ice cream sundae that is being licked by a swarm of adorable fluffy kittens.

    Although I agree with commenter above – I think the frame + font is a bit too stark and office-like.

    I wouldn’t use MS Word or a printer. I’d use a thick stock paper, in a creamy warmer tone with a visible grain for some texture & draw the “I love you because” in a elegant serif font with long ascenders/descenders to off-set the clinical frame. There.ReplyCancel

    • June 4, 2012 - 12:23 pm

      Carrie - Haha pretty much!! Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions – Sounds lovely =)ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 5:45 am

    Msanhle - Great idea! Thanks! I think im gonna do something like this on our anniversary :) ReplyCancel

    • June 5, 2012 - 7:02 am

      Carrie - That’s a great idea! I hope it becomes a fun tradition for you guys =)ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Jessica - Maybe an option could be to spray paint the frame in a fun color?!

    Love this idea, though!ReplyCancel

    • June 5, 2012 - 2:59 pm

      Carrie - A good thought! I’ll keep you guys posted on my final decisions =) Thanks!!ReplyCancel

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