Inspired By: Subway Art

Inspiration comes in all forms. You never know where you might find it. Perhaps a color combination will inspire you. Or maybe a unique layout from your favorite designer will prompt you to pull out your own photos. As a visual learner, I regularly go on the hunt for inspiration. While browsing through Pinterest recently, I came across this subway art image and it gave me an idea for a some beach photos.

Summer Subway Art

I found this summer subway art  on a blog called Alderberry Hill. I was really drawn to the colors, the mix of fonts, the grouping of words and the overall message it conveys.

Using this piece as my inspiration, I set out to design my own subway art-inspired page element using Thickers from American Crafts.


To start, I cut a piece of wax paper to fit over the section of cardstock that my Thickers would cover. I can arrange the words on the wax paper but the stickers will not permanently adhere to it.  Once I have everything the way I want it, I can transfer the Thickers to my cardstock.


Before I started, I created a list full of beach themed words. I had a variety of longer and shorter words on my list. As I worked, I was able to pick and choose different words according to how much room I had and the size of the Thicker alphabet I was using. Starting at the top, I started to spell out the words in both vertical and horizontal orientations.


As I moved down the page, I ended up with a finite amount of space to work with. I had to rearrange a few words (this is where the wax paper comes in very handy) and added in a smaller scale alphabet to make sure I could utilize all of the space.


Here is the final subway art element that I will add to my page.  I added a few extra letters that don’t spell anything. “Lobster” was one of the words on my list. I didn’t have enough room for the whole word but wanted to fill that last space with more red, so I just added the letter “L”. Towards the top I didn’t have enough room to add the whole word “tide” so I just added the letters that did fit, making sure that all of my available space was filled in.


Once I was happy with my arrangement, I started transferring the words over to my cardstock. Some of the older style Thickers have a tendency to lose their stickiness over time, so I used a liquid adhesive as I transferred some of the letters to make sure they wouldn’t come off.


Here is my final layout. Because the word art makes such an impressive statement, I didn’t feel that too many extra embellishments nor extensive journaling was needed. I just added a small cluster of stickers to the right, along with the date the photos were taken.


Not only is this a striking page element, but it’s a great way to make a dent in your stash of Thickers! The idea could be adapted to fit any theme or season.

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9 Responses to Inspired By: Subway Art

  1. Susan Kopp March 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Love, love, love this and its one I am bookmarking to scraplift. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Geralyn March 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Love the colors you used to create this bright and fun layout.

  3. Gela March 21, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Very cool.

  4. Vidette Benn March 21, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Really clever. Lovely colors.

  5. Jennifer March 21, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    I love this look! I don’t have a lot of thickers or word stickers but lots of paper alphas and frames. I’m thinking I can use my Xyron machines to make my own stickers to create a cool look like this! Love the bright colors you’re used on the white backgroun!

  6. Christine March 21, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    LOVE!!!! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

  7. Stephanie Hackney March 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I love the layout! Great tip on laying out the letters and words before adhering them. TFS!

  8. Kim March 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Wow, that is incredibly amazing …. looks so cool!

  9. Gab March 29, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Wow that is just fantastic – thanks!

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