Frugal Friday--WHATEVER

6:55 PMHeather

I made canvas a couple of years ago, and have gotten tons of compliments on it.  SO, thought I'd share it with you in blog land for this Frugal Friday.  It's a pretty big canvas--I think 22" x 28"--and I used a 40% off coupon to score a great price.  I think it cost me about $8?!  

Let me walk you through the instructions.  
1.  I used some black acrylic paint I had on hand to paint it.  
2  I cut the "WHATEVER" letters out of newspaper--sketching them first in pencil.  
3.  At first, I tried to rip and glue scraps of all the colors on each letter, but EPIC failure.  They all flowed together.  So, I started over with a new plan--ripping and gluing the scraps onto each letter in a different color scheme.  
4.  When each letter was done, I glued them onto cream cardstock and cut the the letters out so they'd have a little mat of cream around them. 
5.  I glued the letters onto the canvas using Mod Podge.  But, you can use Elmer's glue and water it down a bit.
6.  Using my cricut, I cut out the 8 words from Philippians 4:8-9--the "whatevers"--whatever is right, pure, noble, true, praiseworthy, excellent, lovely and admirable.  I mod podged these onto the canvas.
7.  I also used my cricut to cut out "think on these things" and glued that over the "WHATEVER."   
8.  I covered the whole canvas with a couple of coats of mod podge--painting across the canvas first, and then going the opposite direction on the next coat.  This gives it a bit more of a linen brushstroke look.  So, in all, this project costs me nothing more than the canvas!  I had the other supplies on hand, and found a GREAT use for some paper scraps.

And, as a little bonus--for FREE--I will share with you some thoughts on this verse that I wrote in my prayer journal today.  It's like 2 blog posts in 1!  I pray you find some TRUTH to set you free from the lies within the thoughts below.

Whatever is TRUE...
                ...the God of the Universe delights in me.

Whatever is NOBLE...
               ...the noblest pursuit of my day and my life is time with 

Whatever is RIGHT...
              ...the narrow path of following my Jesus is always right.

Whatever is PURE...
              ...God's love for me is pure, without flaw, unconditional.

Whatever is LOVELY...
              ... charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman
                  who fears the Lord shall be praised.

Whatever is ADMIRABLE...
              ...a heart reflecting the glory of God--shining from intimacy
                 with Him--is admirable.

Whatever is EXCELLENT...
             ...investing in the eternal--in relationships instead of things
                or tasks--is the most excellent use of my time.

Whatever is PRAISEWORTHY...
             ...HE alone is worthy of praise!  I must dwell in gratitude 
                for all He is and all He's done.

Sweet bloggy friends--think on these things.  Remember--WHATEVER!

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