This year, for Father's Day I went with one-of-a-kinders, kinda like they are themselves.
For my husband
Baby girl and I had a little photo session with her holding the letters spelling P-a-p-a. Lesson of the day: toddlers do not make for reliable still-life models.
The amusing part is that each letter had its own adventure, and the outtakes are hilarious - one got eaten, one got scrunched up, one got thrown across the room and the other got tossed into the pool.
For my Dad
Even though he long ago declared a moratorium on gift-receiving, I wanted to try my hand at word art with his most-used sayings.
My dad is quite the self-made businessman, and I've looked up to him all my life. He now works with my brother-in-law, who has become quite taken/awed by my father's knack for coming up with just the right words at exactly the right time. And sayings, he's got.
So, when my bro-in-law started writing this stuff down (the basis for a future book, perhaps?) I knew I had a great stash of phrases to work from.
I did this in Illustrator, trying to keep in mind the "rules" I'd read that there shouldn't be more than 4 fonts, and to keep the color mix to a minimum so you can actually make sense of what you're reading.
Note: I formatted all the phrases for this 8x10 frame, then once it was printed I tried it and realized the opening is actually 7.5 x 9.5 (see that black border on the inside?). Back to the drawing board as it now had to be completely reformatted in the smaller size. While I was at it, I also left a white border around the text, so it wouldn't be too crowded. Lesson learned: Measure the opening of the frame before you create something custom to go inside it!
The good news? Both Pops adored their gifts. Yes!!
And because I knew my brotha-from-anotha-motha would love it too, I made him a print as well and he was very happy. All in all, a good crafty day.