Hi there! This is Hannah of Fanciful Spaces bringing you a project that REALLY stretched my creativity in such a great way!
For starters, I am no longer a scrapbooker. I used to be, but it has been at least 15 years since I did that. I don’t usually think in a 12×12 size, I usually think in an A2 card size now. I am also not into multi-media projects, though I really do want to be!
So when I was asked to make a typography project for Ink Road Stamps, I KNEW that I would be creating a 12×12 crossword project. I also fully intend for this project to be framed in a shadow box.
Figuring out the Crossword Layout
After a quick Google search on how to create your own crossword puzzle, because I’m not creative enough to make my own, I discovered this page on the Discovery Education site. It is really fabulous and easy, you set the parameters you want your “crossword puzzle” to be. On the 4th, and final step, where you enter your solution and clues, just type the words you want twice, with space between.
There is a very good reason for writing the information twice, the form you will generate offers empty blocks as if it were a word search because that is the point of the site. The second word will be the “clue” that tells you what goes where.
You may need to refresh your browser’s tab multiple times, not all the words will always be listed, and you’ll be offered different arrangements depending on your options. Here you can see that #7, “Hannah,” extends to the far left. Fortunately, my name is a palindrome and I was able to move that alignment to better suit my project.
An eagle-eyed observer will realize my husband’s name didn’t make this list. OOOPS. Big oversight, that I discovered halfway through. While I wasn’t able to fit “Ruby” in, the nickname he goes by, I was able to fit “Michael” in, his given name.
Creating This Project
This project was so much fun. I relied heavily on Nuvo Shimmer Powders for my background, on watercolor paper. The colors will match our living room nicely and EVERYTHING about this background shimmers! I used Nuvo Embossing Ink and Altenew’s Golden Peach to heat emboss the letters.
Those letters? They are from Block Party Alpha! I LOVE this set!
Once that was done it was just a matter of getting creative, getting my hands dirty, and having fun! I pulled out my Gelli Plate to make a few backgrounds, embossed over them a little with some FABULOUS Nuvo Mousse. I enjoyed mixing and matching different design elements until I finally found my zen.
Those flowers, they are FABULOUS! They are big felt flowers with adhesive from Jillibean Soup. I was lucky enough to get to play with them at Creativation earlier this year and I hunted them down just for this project. I even snuck in a little foiling.
For me, this project is an amalgam of everything I do in my craft room. It captures my family at this moment and is something we will likely treasure for some time.