This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Unique DIY Wedding Guest Book

Weddings are expensive. Even when you DIY everything you are still looking at a hefty chunk of change. Add to that the fact that you want your wedding to be unique and special and it can seem like an impossible task. Last year I had the awesome privilege of being a part of some of my best friends’ wedding. I helped them with decorations, photos, and the inevitable emergencies that crop up on the big day. One of my favorite projects from the wedding was this unique DIY wedding guest book.

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This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Materials

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 1

Remove all of the packaging from your canvas.

Step 2

Place your wall sticker in the center of your canvas.

Tip:

  • The adhesive on these probably won’t be strong enough to keep it in place, especially once guests start signing it. Make it stronger by applying Mod Podge to the back before attaching it to the canvas.

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Step 3

Allow Mod Podge to dry completely.

Step 4

Have guests sign your canvas during the wedding with Sharpie markers.

Tip:

  • Easily make this match your décor by choosing coordinated marker colors.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 5

After the wedding, seal your entire canvas with Mod Podge and allow it to dry completely.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come. The best part is that you can change the style by simply changing the wall sticker and colors. I already had the canvas for this project so it literally only cost me a dollar! Even if you have to buy the canvas you are still only looking at a few bucks to create a unique wedding memento that will last forever. That is much less than a traditional guest book would cost you. Be honest, how often would you open your guest book to look at the signatures anyway? Mine went in a box after the wedding and I never looked at it again. Don’t let that happen to you. Save your money and enjoy your special day long after it ends.

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Get in on the fun even if you can't visit the Art of the Brick exhibit. Here are five awesome Lego date night ideas that you can enjoy right at home!

Lego Date Night Ideas

On Tuesday you saw the awesome Art of the Brick Date Night post (and if you didn’t, you should totally check it out). It is possible, though, that you can’t go. This could be because the exhibit isn’t going to be at a city near you. It could also simply be that you don’t have a sitter readily available. Fear not! Just because you can’t visit the exhibit doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the fun. Here are five awesome Lego date night ideas that you can enjoy right at home!

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Get in on the fun even if you can't visit the Art of the Brick exhibit. Here are five awesome Lego date night ideas that you can enjoy right at home!

 

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Get in on the fun even if you can't visit the Art of the Brick exhibit. Here are five awesome Lego date night ideas that you can enjoy right at home!

Create Lego Art

You can keep with the Art of the Brick theme and try to create your own art. Find a picture of a famous work of art online. Have a decent selection of Legos available for this. Next, you and your husband try to recreate the work of art. Guaranteed that even if your works of art totally such, you will still have a great time with a lot of laughs. If that seems too ambitious for you, here are a couple of other options for creating Lego art are:

  • Create your own abstract art (preferably based on some random item in the room). Once you’ve finished, take turns guessing what the “inspiration” for the piece was. Feel free to make this as hard for your husband as you’d like. It can be a lot more laughs that way.
  • Create castles, houses, or some other structure. You can do this as a team or individually. Once you’ve created your structures, test their durability by trying different methods of destruction on them. If you’ve built your structures separately, make it a competition by seeing who’s lasts the longest.

Movie Night

Have a movie night with your husband and watch The Lego Movie. Complete the night with Lego themed treats like these:

If you really want to go all out, put pink and blue streaks in your hair and give hubs an orange construction vest like Emmet wears.

Play a Lego Game

Have you played any of the Lego board games yet? Some of them are pretty awesome. My absolute favorite is Creationary because of the creativity involved but there are others that are fun, too. Here are a few awesome ones to get you started:

Lego Pirate Code: This is a logic game in which you try to guess your opponents’ codes before they guess yours.

Lego Magikus: This one is a very simple game with the end goal to cast your magic spell first.

Lego Kingdoms Chess Set: If you want to keep it classic, you can’t go wrong with Lego chess. This set is a little pricey but amazingly cool.

 

Get in on the fun even if you can't visit the Art of the Brick exhibit. Here are five awesome Lego date night ideas that you can enjoy right at home!

Catapults

This is a fun activity is you want to test your creative genius as well as add some friendly competition. Each of you builds a catapult using only Legos and rubber bands. Next, set your creations side by side and launch a mini figure. The person whose mini figure goes the furthest is the winner. After the competition, try building a super-catapult together. See if you can launch a mini figure across the living room as a team.

Assemble a Kit

This is actually a team-building exercise sometimes used in couple’s therapy. Find a Lego kit to put together as a team. If you’re not super Lego builders, it is perfectly okay to start with a Duplo kit. Try to choose one that is difficult enough to warrant reading the instructions to build it. Outside of that, anything goes.

 

Get in on the fun even if you can't visit the Art of the Brick exhibit. Here are five awesome Lego date night ideas that you can enjoy right at home!

Now you have no excuse not to have an awesome Lego date night with your husband. The best part is that if you invest in a couple of these items now, you can use them for multiple date nights. If you have kids at home, you likely already own a ton of Legos. That makes these some cheap and super cheap and easy date night idea! Find other date night ideas on our Marriage page!

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Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Art of the Brick Date Night

You already know that date nights are important. They allow you to reconnect with your husband and get away from the demands of everyday life. However, you may also believe that these date nights should always be something that you both already enjoy. In fact, it can be better for your relationship to push outside of your comfort zone. The easiest way to do this is to take turns with your husband when it comes to choosing date night activities. Not only will you possibly find new hobbies to enjoy together but you will also help foster feelings of valuableness in your relationship. This exact strategy is how I discovered (and fell in love with) Lego art when my husband’s choice took us to Art of the Brick.

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Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Art of the Brick

Admittedly, I didn’t do any research on the exhibit before we went. I assumed it was about how Legos were made and the kits were designed. Boy was I wrong. It is in fact a gorgeous art exhibit from the artist, Nathan Sawaya. (If you can’t make it to see the exhibit in person, you can check out his book here.) It is broken up into sections that house like themes of art with each section magnificent in its own right.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

**The following categories are simply the names I have given the sections for the purpose of division within this post.

 

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Classic Recreations

Having studied art and art history, I was blown away by how he recreated famous works of art. He even took into account texture as with the cave painting below.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

Sculptures

The feat of creating these sculptures is absolutely incredible. Not simply that they are instantly recognizable by those familiar with them but also that they are structurally sound. These are not small sculptures by any means. In fact, you can see amazing scale of them in some of the photos.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

 

Realism

To recreate real-life structures is extremely difficult. We see the items every day and because of this, you recognize flaws in them more easily. However, these pieces are all incredible.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

Abstract

The best part of all of the abstract art is the explanations that went along with the pieces. Nathan uses his art to express a keen insight into human nature.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

Dark

This section, while equally as insightful as the abstract, seemed a bit dark for young children. There are sculptures that have their faces removed or skulls on the wall. While the meanings behind them are very true representations, the images themselves could be unsettling for little ones.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

Photography

This is a fascinating concept that I had never seen before. Nathan created Lego sculptures of items that a photographer then Photo shopped into staged photographs. My absolute favorite was the red dress however all of it is stunning and impressive.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

 

 

Uncategorized

There were a few exhibits that didn’t really fall into any category and we contained on their own. I personally love that he included a nod to Cincinnati (which is where we saw the exhibit). I don’t know if he does this for every city but it would be neat to see the creations if he does.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

 

Tips for Attending

  • Go Slow: Our museum only let in a specific number of people at a time but you do not have to remain in that group once you’re inside. In fact, I recommend letting your group pass you. It is easier to get a closer look at the exhibits if you are not competing with your group. In fact, we let several groups pass us as we truly took our time and perused the exhibits.
  • Kids: Again, if you choose to take your kids (although not on your date night) some exhibits may not be suitable. There weren’t options to avoid those exhibits completely but they are all contained in one section. This makes it easy to usher them quickly through those.
  • Allot Your Time: There are fun stations at the end of the art exhibits to build your own Lego creations. This can be a fun way to cut loose with your husband so be sure to save time during your date to include this section.

 

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

Pushing outside of your comfort zone on date night can help your marriage. I fell in love with Lego art on our Art of the Brick date night.

If this exhibit comes anywhere near you I absolutely recommend visiting it. The stunning exhibits and ambient setting make it perfect for a date night. You will also learn more about your husband and possibly about yourself. You will find out what types of art truly draw each of you in. You will discover which facts about the pieces are interesting to each of you. You may even be like me and learn that you are in fact a giant weepy girl when you start crying happy tears at the kids’ displayed creations at the end of the main exhibits. If you want more fun Lego date ideas, check back on Thursday for Lego date ideas that you can have right at home.

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The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

Build Your Marriage Journal Is Available!

It’s here! It’s here! Have you ever had a project that you believed in so much that you poured your entire heart and soul into? For me that project is the Build Your Marriage Journal and guys, I seriously cried knowing that it’s finally here! You can officially get your hands on a copy so that you can start building your marriage together with your spouse.  Some of you may have already tried the prompts and I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments. If you haven’t gotten your free sample yet, you can get it here.

 

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

 

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What is the BYM Journal?

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a joint journal that you and your spouse fill out together. You will find weekly prompts inspired by quotes that you and your spouse respond to separately. In addition to the weekly prompts, there are weekly actions for you to complete that take your journal prompts to the next level.

“This journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time. The prompts illicit unique responses to stimulate a more in-depth knowledge of you and your partner. It leads to a deeper understanding of how you both think and feel. It begins to connect you more with each other in a way that leads to understanding. This understanding helps to diminish fighting and when fights do occur they can be discussed openly and resolved more easily. All of this ultimately leads to increased intimacy both intellectually and physically with your spouse.”

 

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

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    • 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
    • Full Color on White paper
    • 56 pages

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

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Build Your Marriage has a cover! Check out the cover reveal and find out how this weekly journal can help build and strengthen your marriage!

Build Your Marriage Journal Cover Reveal

You are totally amazing!  I received so much incredible feedback last week about the cover options for the upcoming Build Your Marriage journal.  Your comments, suggestions, votes, and input all helped to totally transform the cover into the perfect representation of what the journal is all about.  I don’t want to keep you waiting so before anything else I present to you the finalized Build Your Marriage journal cover:

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It is so perfect and your feedback was truly invaluable!  In addition, a ton of you made inquiries as to when the journal will be available and how to get your hands on it (all of which will be shared next week).  Today, though, I have a special treat for you that I know you are going to love.  Keep reading to find out what it is.

 

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Background

Growing up, my best friend’s little sister struggled immensely with interpersonal skills and behavior issues.  To help her mom out their psychologist recommended starting a journal to promote better and more meaningful communication between them.  It was a great way for each of them to share their feelings (and frustrations) openly and honestly without getting tripped up on words or risking interruption.

If you are interested in reading more about this method check out the following articles:

If a shared journal can help you communicate with a willful and often naïve teen, imagine what it could do for your marriage!  Unfortunately, if you search for a guided marriage journal you don’t find options that truly build your marriage.  Instead, they are about documenting the events that have already happened (or listing A-Z reasons you love your spouse).  Communication is key in any relationship and it broke my heart that something like Build Your Marriage didn’t already exist. 

It is so easy with the demands on your time to put building your marriage on the back burner.  That is exactly where this journal can help.  It has weekly journal prompts for husbands and wives to answer.  The prompts are then followed up with a weekly action.  Not only is it not all-consuming of your time, it is guided which takes the onus off of you and your spouse to come up with ideas.

 

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Free Sneak Peak

Build Your Marriage isn’t being released until February but I don’t want you to wait to start on something so important.  That is why I am giving you Week 1 for free right now!  Simply click on the picture below to download your free week one prompt and action (this is right out of the journal so you’ll be getting a head start).

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I know that one week simply isn’t enough for some of you.  You want more and that’s awesome!  Get a free PDF download of the first 4 weeks plus be the first to know when Build Your Marriage is available when you sign up below.  That’s one whole month of strengthening your marriage absolutely free!  Why give it away for free?  Because that is how passionate I am about helping you build your marriage!  I want you to not only succeed but thrive in your relationship! 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
It is time for the secret project reveal and a chance to give your thoughts!

Secret Project Reveal

Whether your marriage is struggling or thriving, you know the importance of intentionally building up your relationship with your spouse.  Books are so often the go-to resource when looking for tools to strengthen your marriage.  Today I’m letting my secret project out of the bag which as you can probably figure out will help you build up your marriage.  Before I tell you about the secret project, I want to tell you why I’m creating it.  Also, be sure to give me your feedback later in the post by commenting with your vote!

 

It is time for the secret project reveal and a chance to give your thoughts!

 

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Last year, I went looking for an interactive journal that spouses could complete together.  All I found were journals to document your marriage or prompts to list out reason you love your spouse.  These are great and can be a lot of fun to look back on when you are retired and sitting on the porch with your spouse years down the road.  However, they won’t help you build a strong marriage that will get you to that future together.  To help you grow intimacy and see your marriage stand the test of time I am creating the Build Your Marriage Journal.

Passion for Marriage

In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love marriage!  It is incredibly beautiful and brave when you commit to journeying through life with your spouse.  I cry at every wedding I attend and just watching weddings in movies brings on the tears.  This is because I have an innate desire and passion to build up every single marriage.  That’s why you will find free resources like this marriage wall art and these marriage conversation cards on DIY Adulation.

Build Your Marriage Journal

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a unique new tool that helps your marriage not only survive but thrive.  It does this by providing weekly journal prompts for you and your spouse.  This journal takes it a step further by also providing a weekly action for you to complete all designed to strengthen your relationship with your spouse.

Why Weekly?

Even though your marriage should always be your top priority, I also get that you are busy and have a lot of demands on your time.  This weekly journal helps you make the time to build up your marriage without falling behind on your never-ending responsibilities.

Who is the Journal For?

  • Newlyweds who want to start their marriage off with a strong foundation
  • Marriages that are struggling right now and are looking for ways to find the time to build intimacy and rekindle with each other
  • Seasoned marriages that want to continue to learn about each other and forge even stronger bonds

 

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Your Input

As you know if you have followed DIY Adulation for any amount of time, I love things to have the two P’s: Practicality and Pretty.  I want your feedback on what cover for the journal you love best!  Comment below with your choice then be sure to check back next week to see if your favorite design was chosen!

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These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

Create Intimacy with Free Marriage Conversations Cards

It finally happens; you and your husband get a date night without the kids.  You put on your favorite little black dress that makes you feel like a million dollars.  You and your husband go to your favorite restaurant and are seated at a romantic, low-lit booth.  The salad arrives and suddenly you remember that you have a work event on Thursday and are unable to take Eli to football practice.  You ask hubs if he can take him this week and he says, “Of course.”  Suddenly your entire conversation is about the kids, the house, and how the mower needs to be fixed before you have company on Saturday.

 

These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

 

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At the end of the night you return home feeling disillusioned and just as tense as you were when you left that night.  Your romantic date night wasn’t about you and your husband.  It turned into a family meeting and agenda planning.  This is so easy to slip into and many marriage experts actually recommend that you ban topics during date nights with your spouse such as:

  1. Kids
  2. Work
  3. Chores
  4. Finances

If you’ve ever tried this, you know that it can be hard!  So much of our lives revolve around these things that it’s hard to create intimacy and really connect with your husband.  To help you out, I’ve created these free printable marriage conversations cards.  These are not only great to promote engaging conversation during date nights.  They are also easy to pull out after the kids have gone to bed to be more intentional about connecting with each other on a regular basis.  Instead of immediately sitting on the couch and catching up on your favorite show on Netflix, take 10 to 15 minutes to connect using these cards.

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These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

Materials

 

These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

Step 1

Download and print marriage conversations cards onto cardstock.

Step 2

Cut out each card.

 

These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

Step 3

Place cut cards onto self-laminating paper leaving about a ¼ to ½ inch between each card.  Seal laminate (or if you are using one-sided, like me, place second sheet over top to seal).

 

These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

Step 4

Cut out laminated cards, leaving an edge of the laminate around the entire card.

 

These free marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.

These marriage conversations cards are designed to get you and your husband thinking and create more intimacy in your marriage.  The prompts range from silly to serious because both are important to the health of your relationship.  Print your cards today and surprise your husband with his favorite meal tonight after the kids are in bed.  Use these cards as a jumping point to further conversation and a deeper understanding of each other.

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Break the Machine and Save a Life. #NoMore

Break the Machine and Save a Life: Say No More

Is there something about your past that you don’t like to bring up or let people know about because then it seems to define you?  You are not your past and although we all logically know this, sometimes we can’t help ourselves.  We are all guilty of it to some degree.  The new friend that turns down a glass of wine because he or she is a recovering alcoholic… We feel sorry for them, appalled that they could ever be so out-of-control or we feel guilty for having our own glass.  The list goes on.

Well, I have one of those “things” that I don’t bring up to just anyone.  I have fought for the cause and I have educated people but my personal stories were either omitted or portrayed hypothetically in a Jane Doe sort of way.  This year I have realized something.  By not sharing my personal experiences I am not only allowing it to still have power over me but I am perpetuating the shame and pain that keeps others from speaking up about their experiences and situation.  No more.

 

Break the Machine and Save a Life. #NoMore

This may be one of the hardest posts that I ever write so please bear with me… Nothing like just ripping off the Band-Aid so shall we?  I grew up in a domestically abusive home with my father abusing my mother which later resulted in one terrifying night of abuse of me when I turned 18.  Some of these events are stories I have shared a thousand times without truly taking ownership of them for fear of the exposure and vulnerability of such a thing.  If I am unwilling to lay claim to my story then how can I expect other to speak out and get help?  I don’t want to continue the cycle of secrecy and violence.  There is so much to share, however, that there is no way I could ever fit it all into one small post, but my hope is that by sharing this condensed set of experiences that it will help at least one person get out of their situation.

 

Break the Machine and Save a Life. #NoMore

Some of my earliest memories are ones of terror.  I remember being held in the back seat of a car one night (when I couldn’t have been more than four) by my mom as my uncle busted out the window behind us with a baseball bat.  Glass shattered around us until we eventually got away and made it to a crappy motel that night (in the glass-filled car).

My terror wasn’t just outside of the home, either.  I would see and hear my parents fighting at night.  I heard the shattered dishes.  I saw my mother’s black eyes.  I was there as a kitchen table was flipped at my very small feet.  I saw the handprints on her neck and the burn marks on here arms.  I know what it is to feel helpless and terrified, wanting so badly to help but unable to move.

There is more to it, however, than just the violence.  There is a sickness that surrounds the entire relationship.  That sickness is the reason that I got in trouble from my parents when my grandmother manipulated my six-year-old mind into telling her why my mom was really “sick” (read: trying to hide bruises).  That sickness is also the reason that after witnessing the shadows on the wall of my father holding a shotgun to my mom’s head I was told for years that I must have dreamed it.

 

Break the Machine and Save a Life. #NoMore

Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, the abuse was not limited to my mom.  If my brother or I could not find the mate to one of our shoes, the entire box of shoes would be dumped on our heads.  If my 7-year-old brother laughed at something my father said the wrong way, he would be yanked from the couch by his arm like a rag doll.  I once walked to the store to get milk at the age of eleven and upon purchasing it, put the change in the grocery bag.  Crossing the parking lot that bag ripped and the money flew everywhere as I scrambled to retrieve it.  Once I returned home, apparently five dollars was missing.  My father was enraged and ran after me as I fled to my room and threw myself onto the bed.  I remember thinking in that moment that I was going to die.  This man was going to kill me.  In the first true show of strength I had ever seen in my mom, she threw herself across me, shielding me, telling him that he would hurt me over her dead body.  I remember briefly thinking, “What a stupid thing to say.  Now he’s going to kill us both.”  But he didn’t.  In fact, he turned and stormed away.

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What is the worst part about all of this?  For a long time I had no idea that there was anything wrong with our family.  Secrecy plays such a huge role in domestically abusive relationships.  I was forced to pretend like everything was okay so I just assumed that everyone else was doing the same.  That is where the true power lies.  Chances are that many of you know that October is breast cancer awareness month.  How many of you know that it is also domestic violence awareness this month?

 

Break the Machine and Save a Life. #NoMore

And that is the true root of the problem.  That is how deep-seeded the sick secrecy is of the matter.  That is why the cycle of abuse continues generation after generation.  I want to break the silence.  I am starting right here and right now.  Every Friday in October there will be a new post about domestic violence from interviews with victims to places and tips to get help.  I am asking you to help me take a stand and say no more!  No more tolerance.  No more secrecy.  No more cycle.  Break the cogs and the machine breaks down.  Break the machine with me and save a life.

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Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

DIY Marriage Wall Art

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember that marriage is a partnership.  In our family, my husband works third shift at his civilian job in addition to being a member of the Army National Guard (and having served two tours).  This pretty much means that our time together is coveted.  It also means that I am in charge of most of the day-to-day workings of our home and family.

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Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

If you are anything like us, you and your spouse can get caught up in your respective roles and forget that you’re supposed to be in this together.  Instead of traveling on an intertwined path, you and your spouse being living parallel lives separate from each other.  This is dangerous for your marriage and sometimes takes a conscious effort to avoid.  This DIY marriage wall art can be a prominent reminder in your home to not only keep your marriage on track but also provide and excellent model for your children as well, especially when they see you and your spouse living it.

 

Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

Materials

 

Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

Step 1

Cover entire canvas with black acrylic paint, including the edges.

 

Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

Step 2

Once the paint has dried, write the word “MARRIAGE” vertically down the center of the canvas with your pencil.

Tip:

  • Start in the middle and work your way to the top and bottom of the canvas.  This will help you achieve more even spacing with your letters.

Step 3

Still using your pencil, write the remaining horizontal words on your canvas:

M EANS

p A rtnership

wo R king

fo R giveness

fr I endship

l A ughter

encoura G ement

(means, partnership, working, forgiveness, friendship, laughter, encouragement)

 

Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

Step 4

Carefully go over all of your letters with white paint.  It may require 2 or more coats.  Just continue adding coats of white paint over your letters until you achieve your desired look.

 

Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

Step 5

Stamp hearts onto the canvas, also with white.

Tips:

  • To keeps stamped images from being too heavy with paint, use a paint brush to put of thin layer on the stamp and then stamp on canvas.
  • Be sure to turn your stamp various directions when stamping (occasionally stamping partially off of the edge of the canvas) to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Step 6

After paint has fully dried, create the distressed look using a dry brush technique.

Tips:

  • Dip your brush into the white paint then brush back and forth on a scrap piece of paper 2-3 times, leaving only a small amount of paint in the bristles.  Then brush onto canvas.
  • Brush over the entire canvas (including words and stamped images) during this step.

 

Step 7

Choose floral stems that match the décor in your home and glue them along the edges as pictured.  Try to arrange them in a way that does not cover the words on your painting.  If some flowers or leaves do cover your words, pull them back and glue them into place.

 

Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own using this simple DIY marriage wall art.

This simple DIY can have such an impact.  Make one for your own home and make another to give as a beautiful wedding gift to newlyweds to help them start their marriage on the right path.  Let’s build marriages up any small way we can, starting with our own.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.