Here we are!

Recently my nephew and his family traveled to Australia.  There were several flights in their journey and one of them ended in Denver with a long layover before the next leg.  Since we don’t get to see them very often (they live in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and we are in the Denver area), we decided to go to the airport and spend what time we could with them.

In the crowds of people waiting for arriving passengers at an airport there are usually some people holding up signs so the passengers can locate them.  I decided that it would be a perfect application for my KNK Maxx to make a sign so my nephew and family could find us without me jumping up and down and yelling their names which they would not hear over the noise of the crowd.

I remembered that Lisa of the Quilling Patch had posted a series of files for states and countries.  So I looked through them on her site and found the one for Australia.  It was just perfect for what I wanted.

I opened the file in my KNK Studio software, enlarged it to a size I thought would be easily seen, and separated the three layers.  I then did a ‘break path’ on the top layer, the one with the word “Australia” on it, and removed the word.  I typed in the surname of my nephew’s family using the AR Julian font, sized it appropriately, and did an “XOR” weld to cut the letters out of that layer.

Since it was so large, one layer would not fit on a 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock.  I used the Ginsu Knife function in the software to cut each layer into two pieces.  In order to make the sign more stable when it was assembled, I made sure that I did not cut any of the layers in the same place or in the same direction so the joins did not line up.  You can see what I mean in the image below.

Each of the pieces would now fit on a 12″ x 12″ piece of card stock and I cut them on my KNK Maxx using a 14″ x 24″ mat and a standard material (red tip) blade.  Since I like to cut at “extra pokey” speed, I used a speed of 100 and a force of 95 to cut my sign pieces.  I chose red, white, and blue for the layers since those are the colors of the Australian flag.

All that was left to do was to glue the pieces together and impatiently wait for their plane to arrive.  The finished sign measures approximately 17″ wide by 14″ high.

My older great nephew had just remarked to his parents that it was going to be difficult to find us because we wouldn’t have a sign when he saw the sign and came running over to greet us.  Our time was short but it was wonderful to see them and we are looking forward to using the sign again on their return trip.

16 thoughts on “Here we are!

  1. Judy…what a FABULOUS idea!! And quick thinking about the staggered joints. You’re so smart! 🙂

  2. Great sign! I, too, think it was a great idea to stagger the cuts on the layers. I will keep this in mind for next time grandpa and grandma come to visit. (That is assuming we will make it to the airport BEFORE their flight comes in–LOL!)

  3. Thank you so much for the layering example. love it. Always wanted to go there!

  4. What a wonderful way to take the anxiety out of the arrivals terminal. Very creative way you came up with working with the paper sizes and modifying the break lines so there was stability. Thanks for showing the example, Judy.

  5. Clever! I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I need something like this.

  6. Judy,
    You always have such wonderful stories to go with your projects. Loved this one. I’ve been in the Denver airport. It is REALLY loud so this was a great idea.
    Thanks for sharing the story as well as the idea.

  7. Thanks for sharing and describing how to make it sturdier! Great ideas! Came out great!

  8. Thanks again Judy! Need to try this for something….just waiting for the right moment 🙂 What cardstock did you use?
    love hugs and prayers

  9. As an Aussie I have to say it looks goos but what happened to Tasmania???? It has fallen off your map/

  10. What a great use of the KNK. Making the cuts internally to make the sign stronger was a great idea. Did it work for you? The sign looked really good.

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