I was feeling artsy over the Christmas holidays and decided to make a “subway art” style poster of our last names using Photoshop.

I opened a new file and chose I color (I always love green).

I then typed out a lot of the last names of our ancestors (just the main lines up the tree). I used a different font for each one.  There are many free fonts available online, so you’re not stuck with just the ones that came with your computer.  When I finished, I added a texture over the top to make it look a bit weathered.  Here is what the file looked like when I was finished:


I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Here it is on the wall:2015-01-02_0001

As you can see, the one mistake I made is the size.  It didn’t fit into the frame I have (so I cut the sides a bit rather than spending more money). What do you think?


  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 2, 2015 - 7:21 pm

    As always, I’m in awe of you my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Gould Hall - January 3, 2015 - 1:33 am

    I just love it!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Mcdonald - January 3, 2015 - 2:38 am

    very niceReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Riley Holley - January 3, 2015 - 4:08 am

    Love this! Cannot wait to do this for my office! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jalores Edwards - January 3, 2015 - 4:31 am

    Loved this!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Coler - January 4, 2015 - 2:11 am

    Wow – good job! Didn’t know something like this was possible.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ridgway Denton - February 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    ♥ it!ReplyCancel

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2014-12-31_0038I’m so glad that my mom saved this book for me. I’m the eldest child, so, of course, mine is overfilled with report cards, tests, awards, etc. I think that as you go down the line to my sister and then two brothers, theirs aren’t nearly as full as mine.   But that’s the way it goes – I understand that now that I have 5 children of my own!:)

2014-12-31_0036Even silly poems.  Not sure who this was for.:)2014-12-31_00372014-12-31_0039

Now I feel a little bit sad that my kids don’t have a School Days book – but we homeschool and it wouldn’t be the same. They’d have to write that their favorite teacher is me.:)2014-12-31_0040

Do you have one of these books from your childhood?

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Austin Agee was my 3rd great-grandfather.  He fought during the Civil War.

His tombstone doesn’t have dates listed, but it does list his military unit – Co. I. 1 Battn VA Res. C.S.A.

He was born in about 1820 and died 22 Dec 1890.

He is buried in the Agee Cemetery in Woolwine, Patrick, Virginia.

You can read the story about our adventure to find the cemetery here and here.


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