Personal | DIY Oversized Book Page Art

I rarely post about personal projects but had so much fun with this DIY project that I had to share!! I am a HUGE fan of Whimsy Girl blog. You can see her website here. She posts tons of fun interior design ideas/inspiration, gift ideas, and tips for moms.  All of that being said, I borrowed this project idea from her and you can see her DIY post here.  

Her post highlights using her favorite quotes from famous authors displayed as vintage book pages, but with my three year anniversary coming up, today actually, I decided to put a personal touch on the project.  When my husband and I said our vows, on this day three years ago, we decided to recite traditional vows as well as writing personal promises to each other.  During our church ceremony we read our personal vows to each other in front of our closest friends and family.  My INTENTION was to do this project for our one year anniversary, but...well as you know, life happens and I am just now getting around to it.  

This project could easily be translated to quotes from children's books and used as decor for a child's room, or if you've made a speech of some kind this would be a great way to remember it and display it.  

I'll take you step by step through what I did!

First, I looked all over town for matching 16x20 inch frames. I wanted a simple, classic edge without too much detail.  (I forgot to take a picture of the "before" frames, but they were just simple light wood grain purchased from Wal-Mart for around $15 each).  I wanted to find the frames first so I knew exactly how large to make the prints.  

For the frames, I first brushed on a coat of the ivory chalk paint that you can find at Hobby Lobby.  I love the matte finish of chalk paint, and love that it dries quickly!

For the frames, I first brushed on a coat of the ivory chalk paint that you can find at Hobby Lobby.  I love the matte finish of chalk paint, and love that it dries quickly!

Once the chalk paint was dry, I used a sponge brush to brush on the gray acrylic paint that I found at Wal-Mart with the frames in a "Timeless Gray" color. 

Once the chalk paint was dry, I used a sponge brush to brush on the gray acrylic paint that I found at Wal-Mart with the frames in a "Timeless Gray" color. 

For the prints, I simply used Office Word and chose American Typewriter font to make it look old and antique looking.  After I had typed up the vows I saved the Word document as a PDF so when I printed them at Staples it could easily be resized to fit my frames. 

For the prints, I simply used Office Word and chose American Typewriter font to make it look old and antique looking.  After I had typed up the vows I saved the Word document as a PDF so when I printed them at Staples it could easily be resized to fit my frames. 

In the Whimsy Girl post she put the quoted author's name at the top, but I just simply put "HE SAID" and "SHE SAID".

In the Whimsy Girl post she put the quoted author's name at the top, but I just simply put "HE SAID" and "SHE SAID".

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Since I wanted to stay with the vintage book page look, I added what looks like page numbers at the bottom, which are actually the month and year of our wedding to add a personal touch. 

Since I wanted to stay with the vintage book page look, I added what looks like page numbers at the bottom, which are actually the month and year of our wedding to add a personal touch. 

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I had two very un-helpful helpers with this project. They decided they wanted to be in the DIY blog post too! (Top: Griffin our 6 year old. Bottom: Tucker our 5 year old).

I had two very un-helpful helpers with this project. They decided they wanted to be in the DIY blog post too! (Top: Griffin our 6 year old. Bottom: Tucker our 5 year old).

I absolutely LOVED how this project turned out!! Do you have any quotes that you'd like to turn into book page art? Feel free to email me with questions! Thanks for stopping by!