I started with these scrap pieces of wood.
After sanding the blocks, I painted them black. Two coats.
I took an old hymnal, found some of my favorites (a very important step... adds more meaning, I think!), and cut out the letters using my cricut.Then I cut out the squares and rounded the edges. Sorry... I neglected to take a picture of that step! Anyway, then I used a destress ink pad to "vintage" up the edges.
I added a sticker back to the hymns using my xyron sticker maker. Then I stuck them to the blocks.
I applied 2 coats of Mod Podge to seal... Here I am waiting for it to dry (which wasn't too long, I should add!)
And here are the finished blocks. I chose "Trust" because my mother-in-law's favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 ("Trust in the Lord with all thine heart..."). Hopefully I will one day get her the "in the Lord" part of the verse!