January 13, 2010

Ransom Alphabet

Ransom Letters

In an effort to be a little more creative, I decided to take a tip from Teesha Moore and Nancy Baumiller to create my own alphabet of ransom letters. I purchased a little plastic box filled with dividers from Michaels, gathered my stash of old magazines and books, and started clipping.


Although this was a fun way to spend an afternoon, I learned that I will NEVER become a kidnapper - it's w-a-y too much work! Should you decide to create your own alphabet, I'm offering a few hints.
  1. Do not - under any circumstances - let your family see you do this. They will tease you forever with no end in site.
  2. If you wear glasses, put them on before you start; otherwise, there's a good chance you'll have a headache and/or will go blind.
  3. Should you decide to write a real ransom note, save the following letters - J, K, Q, X, Z. These letters are difficult to find.
  4. Close the windows. One good breeze, and all of your work is destroyed.
  5. Do not drop the box!
Have a creative day!

30 comments:

Susie Jefferson said...

My husband's well trained now - just sighs, and passes over scissors and/or magazines...

Tracey@glitterbugstudios said...

That's hilarious terri! Believe me, the family laughs and rolls their eyes at me daily, especially when I use my vintage nudes! The box is looking great! Should save you loads of time!

Marilyn Rock said...

This is great and a terrific idea! Kudos to you for doing this! xxoo

Diane said...

Your hilarious, Terri. I'm sure you're seeing random letters in your sleep :)

sharon said...

Fabulous idea Terri, but I don't think I have the patience to do this! You are super organized! You have great tips as well!
Hope your staying warm!

Terri said...

This was great! Thanks to the otherladies for giving you this tip and then your additional tips on top of that. Too funny.

*jean* said...

that is SUCH A GOOD IDEA! and your advice? hilarious!! i spent a good deal of time yesterday cutting out letters!! what a pain! thank you so much for posting this!!!

NancyB said...

LOL! Great post Terri! The first initial start on cutting the letters is the hard part...I was so brave I sat right in the middle of our living room floor...now...keep in mind we have 7 people in this house...so ya ...it was a little scary...all I could picture is one little mis-step and KAPOOWIE it's raining letters! All went well though! hee hee So now every page I tear out of a magazine and get what I want cut out...then I go thru the scraps and cut out any letters that catch my eye! But I really do like Susie's comment...trained husband...hmmmmmmmm! tee hee hee xoxo

Kelly said...

great idea! thanks for sharing!

A Dancing Mango said...

Hi Terri!
That is way too cool.. great idea.. I will try it sometime soon.
Yes, I imagine it could get tiring looking at all of those letters and sorting.
Keep warm and bright..
hugs, Darlene xo

Taluula said...

I'm looking for a box as I write this!!!!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What fun, Terri. Darn, why did I throw out all thos cereal boxes! lol. Great idea. tfs. Hugs, Gayle.

Ro Bruhn said...

Very entertaining post and a great idea. My family never raise there eyes at anything I do any more, nothing surprises them, it's just 'mum going through a stage.'

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

This is a wonderful idea! I would never have thought of this on my own. Thanks for sharing!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've been in such a slump the last few days, but your post had me laughing so hard, I could hardly stop. I can't tell you enough how uplifting your post was for me. And the little Michael's boxes are a great organizational idea.

Gaby Bee said...

This is a wonderful idea, Terri! Thanks for sharing :-)

Karin Winter said...

That is an awesome idea Terri, I am going to do this too!!!

Elizabeth Golden said...

Terri I have a small case with three or four plastic cases in it. I do the alphabet and numbers. I took it to my art group to work on one night and everyone there thought it was so cool and asked me to give them one for their birthday. I just laughed. It is more work than you think but it is a time saver when you go to journal.

TheresainMS said...

I laughed out loud reading this post! I've been cutting out images and words but have not yet started cutting out individual letters. It is a great idea and something to do while sitting in front of the television haha! Teesha's never had a bad idea I don't think :)

Have fun with it and have a great weekend!!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Terri!!!

hahahaha....how cute!!! ransom letters...wonderful idea!!!

You are so clever!!!

hugs
Diana

Melissa said...

I was cracking up at this Terri! There are many people that I'd love to kidnap however I'm way to lazy to create the notes and any self respecting kidnapper would not use a printer to type out the note!
Smiles-
Melissa

Amy said...

lol at do not drop the box..I can only imagine the tiny letter mess! Ha....very cool idea ..that is what I need to do..someday..just spend a day cutting my material's.

KV Creative Designs said...

Oh this is a good idea! I may have to do it! I already got everything...hmmm

Happy New Year & Artful Blessings,
Kathryn

Eden said...

Oh my goodness! I love this!! I would love to have a whole box of random letters! Your's look so inviting!!! Just plain fun!

susi said...

I just got my ACMoore bonus check and guess what I will be buying? Yup! a box to hold all of my alphas! Terrific idea!

Cathy said...

wow. i have all my letters in one box. i can see how organizing them would save me a lot of time when i'm in the middle of a project!

BlueRidgeLady said...

LOL!! I laughed and laughed at your helpful hints! I started one too and I agree with every single one of them!!! I almost dropped the box!!

Trudi Sissons said...

Hilarious is the perfect word....for some reason by family is too polite too laugh - I think I'd rather they do that than what I fear they might be thinking...like....how pitiful.

LOLLOL - oh we have dangerous minds!

gypsy999 said...

I usually look for letters when I need them and it takes forever! Having a handy stash is a great idea, and I think I would use random letters more often if they were already cut. My kids would enjoy doing a letter treasure hunt as well!

J & Sarah said...

Or next time just buy some collage sheets where the work is already done for you, lol!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/11241466/ransom-note-black-alphabet-collage-sheet