9.28.2009

Tutorial Tuesday - Alphabet Photography Project


ABC's, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.



The boys and I began this project as soon as school let out in June. We spent all summer collecting photos of letters to spell significant words, and I finished up locating some missing letters in Paris this month. It was a great side project to work on while exploring, vacationing, or Letterboxing.

I noticed a company selling this sort of thing when they were featured in Better Homes and Gardens a few years ago and this project has been on the back burner ever since. Imagine my surprise, when I noticed the same project featured in Family Fun magazine this month! How exciting!

We combined some of our letters to create a "Family" plaque to remind us of our great summer. Check it out:




Had I ordered this combination from AlphabetLetters.com, it would have cost me $120, but here is the breakdown for our project;

Frame- $19.99 (Walmart)
Photos- $1.40 (Ritz)
Fun and Memories- Priceless

You could make your own ABC Art, and for some inspiration, here are some other words we spelled:


FAITH, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.




HOPE, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.




LOVE, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.



Head on over to A Soft Place to Land and Shades of Pink by clicking below. You will find many more inspiring projects~
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91 comments :

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea!!!!!!! Would be great for holidays, Father's Day, grandparents Day, etc....Brilliant!

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  2. I love it! I've seen those same letter art projects in magazines too and always wanted to do a treasure hunt and take similar photos myself. Yours looks wonderful!

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  3. I LOVE IT!! And I love letterboxing!

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  4. Terrific idea!!!! I'm sure the boys were into helping you find the letters all summer.

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  5. What a beautiful idea-I love it, and think it would be super fun to do one that's totally local for my area...this would be a fun project for the kids and me to take on!

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  6. Wow! I love this idea ~ so clever! Love the LOVE! ~Ashley

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  7. I would love to do those for Christmas presents! I have been thinking about taking the time to start this with the help of my son the artist. Jackie

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  8. Hey girl those look great. I was wondering if you are still going to be able to get that post done.

    Cheri

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  9. oh how I love this!
    wouldn't this be a great wedding gift (if you spelled the couple's new last name, I mean)???
    FABULOUS!

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  10. Love it... I'm definitely going to use this idea... thanks!

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  11. Oh how fun!!! What a fun thing to do with your kids. What a fun Christmas present idea!

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  12. I love it! What an awesome, cheap and easy idea.

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  13. That's such a neat idea - I've never seen that before!

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  14. Oh I love love love this idea! Mind if i copy you (eventually)

    I have a linky party going on come on over and link up! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

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  15. Those are beautiful. My son has the book Alphabet City and it is an ABC book made up of pictures like these. He loves it :)

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  16. An amazing project! My little guys would love this! THe photography is just beautiful!

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  17. Such a fun project - I love these!

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  18. Hey, Jennifer! Hopped over from Kimba's! Love this! I've seen the pricey ones as well! Wow! Love what you've done! Thank you for the ideas!! Have a great day!
    Hugs!
    susan

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  19. This is fabulous - we have fall break coming up, and I think I have something to keep my kiddos busy, now! Thanks!

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  20. What a GREAT idea! Love how these turned out.
    pk @ room remix

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  21. I've been seeing these all over lately! You did a wonderful job, and I love the idea of getting kids in on finding letters to photograph! My 4 year old is just mastering the alphabet and he'd love this!

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  22. I love it. There are a couple photographers in my area that do the same thing. Except they use black and white photos. (and they are insanly expensive!!!) I want to start a collection of letters myself. I was just trying to figure out where to get the mats. Thanks for the great idea!!!

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  23. I always loved these! Yours are awesome!

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  24. I love this! I just recently saw it in Family fun and was inspired! Now, even more so!

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  25. I love this! So clever of you to do your own and the outcome is even prettier than the ones I've seen sold!

    You know... since my heart surgery, I've been keeping an eye out for heart shapes in nature and just naturally occurring. It is amazing how many you will see if you are tuned into that. Seems like this is sort of similar. Love it!

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  26. I can't tell you how much I love this project, I really have always wanted to do that and make some cool photo creations- those are beautiful!

    I wanted to invite you to stop by and join the Blog For A Cure blog Party that I am hosting at www.whoknewreviews.blogspot.com- it's a great way to get new followers, win prizes, and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Hope to see you over there!

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  27. I just started this project too...I think it might take me a while, but I like that you made some of your letters with chocolate and kid's hand. Thanks for the ideas!

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  28. Oh, neato! I was just lusting after some in the store the other day and wondered if I could do it myself. You're definitely shown me that it IS possible. Thank you!

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  29. That is such a fantastic idea! It will look so amazing to have them framed! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. That is FANTASTIC!!! You are one wonderfully talented woman!

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  31. We've been collecting letters this summer too. It's fun to try to find them everywhere. Thanks for sharing yours. I'm having a giveaway today. Stop by if you get a chance and enter.

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  32. Really cute idea that anyone can do! So fun!

    Love it!
    stacey

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  33. I think I'm going to try to do this on our honeymoon and spell out our new name.

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  34. I did the same thing & made a "family" sign, but I used items around my house & yard to make the letters. Yours is fabulous as well. Mine was done in black & white.

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  35. Those are so cool! I know that buying the custom frames would be so much more than what you paid, I agree. You did good.

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  36. I love your letters! You had such vision when you made your choices! I think I will have to try your wonderful idea...
    ~Nancy

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  37. Those are gorgeous! I thought about trying to do this and didn't get very far. I love ALL of yours that I saw. Especially how colorful the pictures were. Very cool!

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  38. I forgot to say: You should sell these. I'm serious! People would buy the ones on your blog!!!

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  39. I've never seen these done in color...usually black & white...LOVE THEM!

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  40. Still in love with these, I have an idea that I am working on to sort of mimic you. Hope that's okay!

    Thanks for linking to my Room a Month, if you think of it could you link back so others can find it? Thanks! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

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  41. I love this! I had seen it before, but I love how you customized the letters to your memories. Plus, it was a great game for the kids all summer.

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  42. WOW.....what an awesome idea!!!!!!
    i have looked at these other places too and yikes you are correct......a bit pricey!!!!!!!
    maybe i need to try this idea!!!!!

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  43. These are so NEAT! And we can make them for boys - seeing how I have three boys in my house too!

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  44. I LOVE this idea! I've always looked at the letters but couldn't part with the small fortune it would cost to have my own. I never thought about finding our own letters! How special! Thanks for the inspiration--You're my favorite! -Sunny

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  45. Wonderful finds here! Also, I made an interesting discovery. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote about it this month…
    DÉCOR TIPS & QUIPS from AlphabetPIX.com
    Bring Out The YOU In Your Home Decor!
    Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Different tastes in decor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
    Bring out the Y-O-U!
    Make a statement and let your personality shine through! Add your zing to make it pop. Hang something personal on the wall with a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. The trend for decor is becoming more and more personalized.
    Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own individual style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
    by T. Miller
    Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
    alphabetpix.com
    Take your individual decorating style to a whole new level of personalization, and discover a new way of looking at the world around you - Create your own Personalized Name Art with Photos That Look Like Letters!
    tags: alphabetpix, personalized name art, alphabet photography, alphabet photo art, name in photos, photo letters, photo name designs, name gifts, name photos, photo alphabet, personalized gifts, name designs, decorating, home décor, interior design, wall art, design ideas, wedding gifts, personal gifts, personal art

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  46. This is a wonderful blog for beginning and intermediate photographers who want to know the tricks of the professional photographers out there.

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  47. What a wonderful idea - I have never seen it before!!

    Great to do with the kiddy winks too!

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  48. As a student of photography I absolutely love this idea. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for some letters, too. great idea for personalised presents. Well done!

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  49. what a great blog, I'm following now toO! I think this idea for photography is great, the pics look awesome!!! well done

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  50. Wow, what an awesome idea! I am a novice photographer, but I think it would be really fun to find letters and make art from them - and Grits414's idea about doing it for Father's Day is such an awesome one!

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  51. This is a neat idea! I'd much rather make one myself with my own photos than pay $120 for someone elses.

    Happy SITS day!

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  52. OMG! I love this! I've been trying really hard to see/find letters. I haven't been as successful at finding them as I'd hoped. Perhaps I need to create a few. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Such a cute idea! My family would be suckers for that, or at least my mom would. Now I know what to give her for Christmas! (And she's always the hard one to shop for!)

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  54. LOVE the idea - I'm so going to have to give it a try! :)

    Happy SITS Day! :)

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  55. I want to do this for my daycare kids birthdays next year. It is such a cool idea. Thank you for sharing and thanks for the many other great tips and ideas.

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  56. I think I've commented on these before, but I'll do it again because I think you did SUCH a good job on them! Love them. Happy SITS day!
    pk @ Room Remix

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  57. I JUST saw this kind of thing at a fair this past weekend! They were sepia toned and they looked gorgeous!

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  58. Oh. My. Good. Ness, I am in love with this!!! How fun would that be to go out scavenging for letters! Thank you so much for this post! I'm so excited to try it!

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  59. I love this. Super cool. Thanks for sharing and Happy SITS day! :)

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  60. Now my wheels are turning! I need one too!! SUPER CUTE!!

    HAPPY SITS DAY!!

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  61. Here from SITS - and I LOVE the idea of making this a family project.

    Now...I only need you to join my family because I don't think I have enough talent to do it myself. :)

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  62. I do this too- love it! Yours look beautiful!
    Happy SITS day!
    I L-O-V-E your name, btw!!!! :)

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  63. This really is a perfect project for a family to do together. It's like a game. And the end product is so beautiful.

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  64. What a great idea! I'm feeling inspired! I love the HOPE one.

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  65. This is so great. I love all your ideas! I am now following you via google and twitter. I look forward to being inspired by your updates! And congrats on your Sits day!

    Heidi
    www.thebraggingmommy.com

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  66. Gonna do this one too! Where's my camera?
    Sandra (sits)

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  67. This is an awesome idea. I think I might try it with the kids. Happy Sits day!

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  68. Isn't this such a great idea I'm working on my alphabet photostock right now 80)

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  69. I love this project. My daughters and I periodically go out for an photographic alphabet scavenger hunt walk. We haven't done anything with the photos yet, but you've inspired me!

    Jenn @ rookno17.blogpsot.com

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  70. Fantastic idea!
    Happy SITS Day!
    ***Ally

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  71. I should do this for Christmas presents!! great idea!

    happy SITS day!

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  72. Awesome! I did a frame that had a sentence and each photo was a word that I was able to find on signs and in books, billboards, etc. Yours are amazing.

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  73. I love this idea! Thanks so much!!

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  74. This is such an awesome idea and my husband - he's an artist - will LOVE it. Can't wait to give it a try :)

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  75. Well, I am sure you haven't heard this one before, but DANG girl, that is cute!!! I am gonna have to pull some creativity outta somewhere, and try and create something like this, cause I think it is really cool, and the kids would love helping!! Thanks for the idea, and happy SITS day!!

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  76. I love this! I have something similar on my mantel!

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  77. Oh I saw something similar this summer and also wondered if I could do it myself. I just might have to start being on the look out for a few letters...

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  78. Fantastic idea! I am so doing this one! LOVE IT!

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  79. Well done! Great idea fabulously executed.

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  80. I have seen these before and it hadn't occurred to me to try it myself. What a great assignment to give my kids when we are on vaca. or summer. Thanks for the idea!
    @ Cheap Chic Home

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  81. My boys and I are currently working on this same project! I will post about it when we get all of our letters completed! Becoming a follower! Hope you will do the same!

    http://housequeen.blogspot.com

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  82. LOVE this idea! I have seen it before but it is always so expensive - especially since my last name has 7 letters in it!! Love some of your ideas...things I never would have thought of!

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  83. I LOVE this idea! I am definitly going to do this project!! And what a great idea to have your kids help with it!

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  84. Being in the framing business, I know there are websites specifically devoted to offering personalized alphabet prints. Saw the one in Oprah's magazine a couple years ago. Obviously, anyone who is in the know realizes a walmart frame and a custom frame are a little different (sticking up for my custom framing friends here). I'm sure these companies make a living from the fact that many people don't have the time or inclination to take on a project like this and then go to actually get it framed nicely. $120 is a bargain for a nice piece. Of course, if you have the time, and a walmart frame is good for you...go for it!

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  85. Dear "Anonymous",

    Thank you for your 2 cents...even if it's "anonymous". My website empowers my web friends to find beautiful, affordable ways to decorate their homes. Sometimes Walmart helps us do this.

    I am also in the framing business and realize this isn't in everyone's budget.

    Much success to you and your own frame business. If you are ever looking for easy, affordable home decor ideas I invite you back to visit any time.

    Cheers!

    Jennifer Juniper

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  86. Great collection of alphabet photo frames. I have never seen before such a cute alphabet frames.

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