"I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told." -Mark Twain


Story Boards...A/K/A My Version of the Subway Signs

I decided to jump on the Subway sign bandwagon. Or at least my version of it. And being the English nerd that I am, and given the fact that 'I have a big story to tell', I decided to call mine Story Boards.
Yes, I am also aware that there are in fact real 'story boards' which already have that name. These are "Lori's Version of the Story Board". I just shortened it to "Story Boards".
And, in typical Lori fashion (again),I decided to wait and make these after school had started and I spend nine or more hours at work, a couple of hours commuting and then have grading to do in the evenings. I mean why not?  I only had the canvases THE ENTIRE SUMMER!
The first two I made soley as an expirement, trying different techniques and ideas. Since the first one was about our family, I gave the first one to Hubby for our anniversary.
He was thrilled beyond words. I mean really. He had no words. I was so touched that he was for able to contain his excitement so well.(ha) He did perk up somewhat when I told him, then showed him on the computer, how much money I had saved him by creating my own.
While I was in the kitchen creating I interrupted the intense golf game on TV sweetly asked Hubby for an adjective to describe our family.  He answered just as sweetly, with the word, "Poor". I sweetly told him that answer was unacceptable on a story board and his second (sweet) answer was "Blessed." (I did point out to Hubby that the word LESS in in Blessed, so he kind of got both of his words in there.) Notice I made BLESSED the biggest word on the board. Because in reality we are.
With four kids in college and a fifth getting married in a couple of months, it is easy to think of the word "poor". But hey, that's why I made my own Subway signs/aka/ Lori's Story Boards. Hmmm. How does "Lori is Poor Story Boards" sound?
Nope. Way too much drama. We'll stick with Story Boards.
Well, the Anniversary Story Board was such a huge hit, I could not stop there. So since Hubby has a birthday (tomorrow) I thought, "WHY NOT????" So I created another one for him.

This time I went with "Are you ready for some football?" theme. Even better, I specifially targeted our favorite team, the Oklahoma Sooners.

Contain your excitement. No, that is not Hubby holding the Lori's Football Story Board.  Luke was holding it for me so I could get the glare off the photo's. Notice I even put a third color in with this one.

Not so sure I am sold on the three color thing. But since my Sooners are red, I wanted a little RED with my black and white.
I did not wait for Hubby's birthday. I gave him this one early. Oh my you should have seen his excitement. It was almost a whole seconds worth!!!

I made these two Story Boards on stretched canvas.  I have another one that I need to finish that I am doing on a wooden board.
And, no, before you ask, the third one is NOT for Hubby.  I mean a man can only handle so much excitement!!!!! I will put the third one on here when finished.

That my friends, is the Big Story of my Story Boards. I actually enjoyed making these..(almost as much as Hubby loved receiving them!)
If you are a relative, you are probably getting one for Christmas. You might as well tell me now what kind you want. I am thinking of 'vintaging' up the boards a bit. I need to put a little glaze and sand them down some.
Until then, I'll go to work each day, come home and create and wonder why I didn't do these all summer!!!!!
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  1. Lori, you're nothing if not original.
    Will you smack me if I tell you they remind me just a little of those signs they used to have in church that told what the attendance and collection was the week before?
    'Splain the numbers, Lucy. I get the 5. Thought maybe the 34 and 25 were your age and the number of years you've been married. Wrong.
    Maybe your numbers when you played ball?

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  3. Lori,
    Do "cousins" count when making the story board gifts at Christmas?
    And Susan, Lori was #25 in b'ball i think. Tim was 34 in fball and 5 in baseball.
    Am I right?

  4. Hi Lori! What a neat gift for your hubby! I saw a board like this in a design mag I recently got. Great job on yours! Would'ave loved to see hubby's face when you gave it to him. :)

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  5. I think those are wonderful!

  6. Boomer Sooner! LOVE IT! I've been thinking of doing a Subway art of my own...like where all we've been stationed (hubby is in the AF), but as a diehard Sooner fan, I like this better! Thanks for the idea!

  7. From a fellow Okie...I like it! I'm sure the Oklahoma board is a huge hit!
    Great job.

  8. Oh, I LOVE your "Story Boards!!" Very creative! I think I'm inspired to try a couple of my own...Do you use stickers on canvas, spray paint, and then remove?

  9. Love the concept! Great job!!

  10. I love the football story board. Maybe I will do one for my team... the Alabama Crimson Tide... that would be fun. BTW, I like OK unless they are playing the TIDE.


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