Birthday Subway Art

My Little Man is now 2. 
My sweet babe is no longer an infant, and now we are welcoming the dramatic toddler years.  I am learning a lot about temper tantrums and time-out already!  It seems like just yesterday that he was first placed in my arms.  Where has the time gone?  
As soon as we saw Toy Story 3 in the theaters last summer, Little Man fell in love with the characters.  For the last couple of months, Little Man requests to watch "BUZZ" just about each night.  I try to oblige and watch one of the trilogy perhaps once a week.  We listen to the music.  We discuss the characters.  We act out the characters.  We play with the toys.  We are definitely Toy Story crazy here in this house!!
We all love subway art.  Are you tired of it yet?  I think I've seen subway art for just about every holiday... but I've never seen birthday subway art.  So one of my first ideas was creating this Toy Story-themed birthday subway art:
Although I wanted it to be personalized for my Little Man, I also wanted a touch of "Toy Story."  Mr. Daisy and I put our heads together to include some of our favorite nicknames and phrases. It couldn't be any more perfect--this is SO Little Man!  I used the Toy Story colors:  Red, yellow, and blue. I created this 16x20 image in Photoshop and had it printed at Costco.  (By the way, the actual print does not say "Little Man."  It shows his first name, but I do try to protect his privacy as much as possible. So I Photoshopped the image below a bit!)

Another very proud moment.  I loved this project!  The best part is we are going to hang it in Little Man's bedroom.  So this party project will live on.
If you are just tuning in to the party planning, you can check out other Toy Story party details here:

Have a happy weekend!
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  1. Oopsey…you said you left your li'l man's name off to protect his privacy, and then you have it in the picture. Oh, well–what a wonderful project, and how beautiful it turned out! Plus it's something he can keep in his room for years without being embarrassed!

  2. I think that's the first subway art I've seen for a birthday … very cute! I love the bright, primary colors.

  3. So very cute! If I knew how to this, I would definitely give it a try!! Maybe my hubby could lend a hand!

  4. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    Darling, Alison! I just love it!

  5. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    This is just TOO CUTE!! I love the colors and you and hubs came up with the best phrases! This is definitely something the little man will treasure. 🙂 (And I'm loving the Etch a Sketch, too!! Great idea!)

  6. jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas says

    Happy Birthday Little Man!

  7. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says

    Oh this is so super cute and adds such a personal touch to his party! 🙂 We have a million names for our little guy, so this would such an easy project to replicate! 🙂

  8. I see you fixed it.

    Is there a tutorial in the works? This is the 21st Century version of cross stitch, and I'd love to know how it's done.

    BTW, {heart} your blog!!! Reading lots of back posts!

  9. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    Hey girlie – I linked this up to my lineup of favorite projects from the week. 🙂

  10. says

    I love your blog! Your projects inspire me. I am definitely going to make the ABC quiet book for church for some little ones I know.

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  11. Your subway art is wonderful and very inspiring…I may have to try it!

    New to your blog, and so glad I came across it…just ordered a BUNCH of ruffle fabric and used your code….I am dreaming about this stuff…cant wait to try it!

    Have a great Sunday!

  12. I love this! My 2 year old just discovered Toy Story. We haven't seen the 3rd one yet but there's time!
    erica @

  13. Have you done a tutorail on this? I would love to know the dimensions and program and even fonts you use!! BTW…I LOVE your blog!! 🙂

  14. Cute idea! I've never seen birthday subway art before!

  15. Jen-CraftOManiac says

    SO PRECIOUS, COLORFUL, AND FUN! loves it! xo-jen

  16. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says

    Alison, so cute!! Yes, please, a tutorial of how you made it– I so need to know how to do it!!! 🙂

  17. ~Krista~ says

    I agree, we need a tutorial!! I am knee deep in toy story party planning and this would be a perfect addition to our party!! Please share what fonts you used!!

  18. connorandmaddiesmom says

    what a cute idea!

  19. Kristy Kazmer says

    Hi, where could I get or download an invitation maker (regardless if its free or due for monthly subscription)? I am looking for a software that could give me unique designs which could create 2-folds or 3-folds invitation. Will appreciate your help on this! Thanks! CIAO!

  20. Can you let us know the fonts you used?

    Thank you!

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