Monday, December 26, 2011

That's the ticket

Wow....another Christmas down in the books. I hope you had a good one! Although ours is busy, we are so fortunate to have our families close to us and to be able to spend time with them for the holiday. : ) I've been enjoying a nice break from school and it has been so good for the mind and body!

I wanted to share a gift that I gave my husband this year.....I have two gifts to show you all that I either made or enhanced. I'll post the other soon.

The first is a collage. The backstory is that some members of my family attend a racing event each year......the Indianapolis 500. If you are not familiar with this type of event, then you may not have an idea why anyone would want to go and watch cars go around in a circle for a few hours. I've been going since I was a kid, so I LOVE it.

It is quite the event. And ever since I got married, I think my husband would count the addition of this event to his life as one of the primo benefits of being married to me.

So....each year, I save my ticket stub. That makes about eleven or twelve since I started attending the race again after I got out of college and finished marching drum corps.

So, as a gift to my husband for Christmas, I decided to collage the tickets. I started with my ticket pile as shown above. I bought a nice big frame.

The tickets themselves are very cool....little portraits of winning drivers and very artful. This one is for the race this year. It was the 100th anniversary, so it was designed as such.

This ticket is commemorating the 90th running of the race and is laser-cut with those words.

After I cleaned the glass of the frame, I started arranging them. I didn't want to tape them in any way, in case I ever wanted to take them out or rearrange them--and I don't want them to get damaged! I was having a tough time, so I started arranging them on the backing before I would lay the glass over it. This part was a bit tedious to find the right and pleasing arrangement.

Once I was happy with it, I laid the glass on top, then the frame and held it tightly together to fix the hardware on the back.

And....voila. Race memories, in a frame. This would be a great way to display any kind of ticket or memento you might have. I love personalized and meaningful displays!

My husband loved it. : )

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Artsy VaVa said...

This is a great way to display your tickets! My daughter has been saving concert and play tickets. I'm showing her this!!!

WhyCuzICan said...

What a personal gift, and great name for the project too...THAT'S THE TICKET! WTG! I'm sure it's a big smile producer!

Thanks for showing us and inspiring us! :)

Visiting from More The Merrier Linky Party,
Smiles, Suzanne in NW IL

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

So cool! I love personalized gifts. We love to watch the Indy 500 too...but on the TV. Lucky you to see it in person. Great project. Visiting from The DIY Showoff's Project Parade :)

Shan said...

LOVE this idea and it turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing! :)

Honey at 2805 said...

What a pleasure it has been getting to know you this year!

Thank you for being a friend to me and 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

andie jaye said...

that's so awesome! i bet he really did love it!