To you parents of young children, may I share with you some sage advice from President Spencer W. Kimball. Said he: "It would be a fine thing if...parents would have in every bedroom in their house a picture of the temple so [their children] from the time [they are] infant[s] could look at the picture every day [until] it becomes a part of [their lives]. When [they reach] the age that [they need] to make [the] very important decision [concerning going to the temple], it will have already been made.'
Pres. MonsonSo I have set out to follow this advice. I started with Byrce's room. Every morning Bryce wakes up to this...
I couldn't imagine waking up to anything better. I searched the internet and found this picture that I absolutely love. I LOVE the light filtering down and the sunspots. Then I added a cross process effect to make the colors more vintage-y looking and printed it out in 6 sections. I found it on someone's flicker page and I asked her if I could use it first. It is not up anymore or else I would link to it.
I used this tutorial for distressed photo canvases. It is a really easy process. First you get your image. I just printed it off on my printer. The tutorial says you need to use toner and not ink, but I used ink and it worked out okay. To prep your canvas you cover it with a nice thick, but not too thick layer of Gel Medium. Then place your image face down in the gel and let it dry for like 4 hours. BTW I also reversed the image so it would be the right way when I was done.
Once the image and gel is all dry, spray it down with water and peel off the paper. Then let it dry. Then get it wet again and rub off more paper. Then dry. and then get it wet and rub more off. Just keep going until it looks the way you want it to. Just be careful not to take off too much of the image. Then once it ready cover it with another layer of the medium gel and you are done.
It is a really fun process so I seriously hope you go check it out. I am planning on trying it again.
When I was little I wan't a member of the church. My family met the missionaries when I was 11 and my family got baptized. Then a few years later everything kinda fell apart. When I was 16 I bought a picture of a couple standing in front of the Salt Lake Temple on their wedding day and put it in a frame on my dresser. Three years later, when I was 19 that picture was still on my dresser (probably barried under a mountain of clothes) and when I realized I needed to start make decisions about the kind of life I wanted to have I remembered that picture and knew that was what I wanted.
I hope these pictures I am creating will serve much the same purpose for my children. No matter what choices they make they will know they can always look to the temple and they will know it means enough to their mother, who loves them, that she took the time to make it part of their everyday lives.