|Hand-Lettered Family Tree on MarthaStewart.com|
Then I found another family tree made in MS Office using WordArt. I made a few changes, still trying to keep to the original plan (simple tree) as much as possible.
I hated the resulting tree. Too simple. Too plain. Too UGLY! Not to mention the paper warped when I glued it. So once again, the project was put aside.
Then I ran across a new blog, A Little Hut. While skimming through her posts and multiple crafts, I came across a tutorial for an Autumn Tree Gift Tag. I watched the video and knew I had my family tree. I took the gift tag idea and enlarged it creating a 12" x 12" family tree.
The tree is cut from card stock and the backing is also card stock. The colored paper scraps are just that - scraps of paper I had in my stash.
When drawing out the tree, I made sure I had enough branches for people's names and couple's wedding dates and wrote them all in with a fine point sharpie.
The whole thing slid easily into an inexpensive 12" x 12" frame. I found this one at Michael's for $6.99.
The result...perfect. Not what I originally had in mind, but I think I might like this one better. And to think it was inspired by a gift tag...which I also made to go with the gift.