WEEKEND CRAFTING ADVENTURES

Custom Subway Sign With Removable Vinyl

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

Kim Wojtalewicz has found the perfect project for removable vinyl! In this episode, she talks about crafting a custom subway sign that has all the ski mountains that she and her husband have skied together over the last 25 years. Using leftover paint from an old coir doormat project, some 3M Scott ruler masking tape, and removable vinyl, Kim details the process of creating a personalized subway sign that has room to add more ski mountains in the future. Also, Kim returns to cutting vinyl with her Cricut Maker for this fun crafting project. Tune in as Kim shares her process!

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Custom Subway Sign With Removable Vinyl

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

In this episode, I am going to be sharing with you my experience crafting a wood subway sign with removable vinyl. There are a couple of things that inspired me to do this crafting project. The first one is that I have been thinking for a long time about how I want to try to use removable vinyl. I have crafted with heat transfer vinyl, puffy vinyl and permanent vinyl but I have never done a craft project where I have used removable vinyl. I wanted to try and figure out how I could use that. I also have this wood welcome sign that I picked up at Target in the dollar area. It was one of the $5 items but it’s a 9.5-inch wide by about 42-inch tall welcome sign and it’s a porch sign.

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

When I saw it, I thought I can do something with that. It’s between the removable vinyl and this porch sign and the fact that I have been looking online at all of these fun subway signs where people take categories of things that are important to them and list them on the sign. Some of them are places. Sometimes I see them and they’ve got dates or maybe vacation destinations, things like that. That sparked my interest in trying to create a personalized custom subway sign for our family using this removable vinyl and the welcome sign that I picked up at Target.

The only resources that I used in researching this project were scanning the web and looking at Google images of different subway signs, what categories were out there and different ideas like that. Also, going to Etsy and searching custom subway signs to get a better idea of what category ideas there were and what fonts, what they looked like and how people were setting them up. Those were the only resources that I used when I was researching this project.

Let me tell you a little bit about a couple of materials that I used that are not my typical crafting corner materials for this episode. First of all, the welcome sign that I found at Target. It was in the dollar section but it was $5. I was going to use that as the background and I did decide that I wanted to have a black background for my subway sign. I am using that black Tricorn Sherwin-Williams paint that I used for my coyer doormat project. I’m reusing the rest of that paint on this welcome sign. The removable vinyl is an important piece of this project. Also, one of my new crafting accessories is the 3M Scotch Ruler Masking Tape. I’ll tell you more about that when I get into what I did to create this subway sign.

 

 

Let me tell you a bit about the experience of creating this subway sign. The first thing I needed to do and I knew I needed to do it Friday night was to paint the sign. I’m working all week. To get this project done over the weekend, I needed to make sure that I got my wood sign painted Friday so that it had plenty of time to dry before I was going to be putting any of the vinyl onto it.

While I was painting my sign on Friday night, I started thinking about what kind of subway sign I wanted to create. Music is a huge part of our lives. I started thinking about maybe I should put all of the concerts that my husband and I have been to on the subway sign. I started thinking about all the places that we’ve camped together, places that we’ve traveled on vacation.

I kept going back and forth between different ways that I could create memories and have this sign represent some of those fun memories on the sign. What I ended up deciding was that something that we both love to do together, that we had done even before we were married, when we were dating many years ago, is to ski together. We love to ski, snowboard and be outside.

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

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What I ended up deciding to do for our subway sign is a list of all of the different ski mountains that we have skied together. The more and more I thought about this, I got excited to think back about where we have skied together. There are about fifteen different mountains that we’ve skied together over the years. We’ve skied at a lot of them many times but there are fifteen different ones that I was going to be able to put on this subway sign.

Once I had my sign painted and I knew what the category was that I was going to be putting on our sign, I had to figure out the fonts. I knew that I wanted to use different fonts. I didn’t want them all to be the same. That’s when I got into my Cricut design space. I created a rectangle guide shape that I made 9.5 inches wide and about 42 inches long, which is the size of this porch sign that I got at Target. I started trying to figure out the size of the fonts, the different fonts and how I wanted them to look. That was fun figuring all of that out and planning out what this sign was going to look like.

I started taking the removable vinyl. I went with a white removable vinyl. I thought that it would look great against the black Tricorn paint. Getting that vinyl cut was no problem but the weeding process again took quite some time. Weeding out all of the different ski mountains, I went back and forth between putting Colorado, the abbreviation for the state at the end of each of them.

What I ended up doing was having the names of the ski mountains that are in Colorado but then any ski mountains that we skied that were not in Colorado, I made sure to also add where it was located because I thought that that would look fun on the sign. We had some debates because when I was pregnant with my oldest son, we traveled to Utah for a family ski trip. I cross-country skied but my husband was on a different mountain.

We decided we can’t count on that one because we did not ski at the mountain together. I didn’t get to count the Utah ski trip but I still feel like fifteen was a lot. I had a lot to work with. I got the vinyl weeded out and then I got to the part where I’m planning how I want to line up the different ski mountains on the sign.

 

 

My ruler masking tape is awesome. I took the ruler masking tape and cut it off right where the 12-inch mark was so that I could start it on the side of the sign and run it vertically to the top. The reason I wanted to do this was so that when I was lining up the different ski mountain names, I could make sure that I had them exactly where I wanted them to be.

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

I’m a little bit obsessed with this ruler tape. I’ve used it in my last three crafting projects and I cannot say enough about how convenient it is to be able to have this little ruler masking tape on the side of my projects while I’m gluing or lining things up. It has added something different to my crafting. Using that ruler masking tape, I was able to line up the ski mountains evenly and place them exactly where I wanted them to go.

 

 

The process of putting this removable vinyl onto the painted wood sign was easy. I am happy with how the vinyl looks on the sign and I love all of the ski mountains. It’s so fun to see everywhere that we’ve skied together. The fact that I used this removable vinyl, I had a big space at the bottom of the sign that I’m keeping for when we add a couple of more mountains into our skiing life. I knew that I wanted to put something there to hold the place because I didn’t just want it to be a big empty spot on the sign. I did cut out the removable vinyl mountain fun and put it down at the bottom of the sign.

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

This way, as we add more ski mountains to places that we’ve skied together, I can remove that vinyl and add more names of ski mountains. If there are 3 more, they’ll fit and if there are 10 more, I can take all of this vinyl off, resize everything and put it back on. This is why I ended up feeling like this removable vinyl was the perfect thing to use in this crafting project.

WCA 28 | Custom Subway Sign

 

Let me tell you about my Crafting Keepers for this project. My first Crafting Keeper is going to be the 3M Scotch ruler masking tape. I cannot say enough about it. It has changed my crafting world and my projects. It is such a fun and functional, reasonably-priced crafting accessory. That is a Crafting Keeper. My second Crafting Keeper for this episode is the removable vinyl. I was able to resize one of the fonts or the ski mountains that we’re at, added more in and took things off.

This is the perfect project for that because we’re not done exploring our skiing mountains yet. That removable vinyl is my second Crafting Keeper. My SatisCRAFTion rating for this project is a five. This was fun. It’s been a little bit since I have worked with vinyl. I’ve done a lot of different crafting so it was fun to get back into using some vinyl in a project. I’ve never used the removable vinyl so that added to it as well.

 

 

With the whole subway sign theme and idea, I find it fun and inspiring to come up with a category that you can put together to represent something meaningful in your life and have it there to remind you of all of the fun experiences and things that you’ve done together. It is definitely a five. I hope that maybe this crafting project inspires you to create your custom subway sign with a fun category of something that makes you happy. You get that Cricut off the shelf and get crafty. Until our next adventure. Take care.

 

SatisCRAFTion Rating: 5

 

Crafting Keepers

  • 3M Scotch Ruler Masking Tape
  • Removable Vinyl

 

Materials

  • Wood Porch Welcome Sign 91/2 X 42 (I found mine at Target in the dollar section for $5)
  • Tricorn Black Paint

Tricorn Black SW 6258 – Neutral Paint Color – Sherwin-Williams

  • Paint Brush
  • Scotch 3M expressions ruler masking tape (ruler tape is one of the expressions options)

Scotch® Expressions Masking Tapes | 3M United States

  • White removable vinyl
  • Medium ruler
  • Scraper
  • Transfer tape
  • Weeding tools
  • Freezer Paper (to cover my crafting table during painting)
  • Lint Roller
  • Fine point cutting blade
  • Standard cutting mat

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