A wonderful way to put together a list for your word art! …

This is an idea based on a blog post that I read in the last half of 2012.

It involves getting as many people as you are able‚ to contribute words and phrases towards building the list for the person that you would like to give the custom canvas word art to.

Write an email that you can send to friends and family. That includes long standing work colleagues‚ members of any clubs that they may belong to and childhood friends. Something along these lines:

Hello everyone!
If you're receiving this email‚ you probably know that (name of your recipient), is turning 40 soon. To celebrate this BIG birthday‚ we'd like to put together a little surprise to let him/her know what his nearest and dearest (past and present) think of him. We're going to try and create a "40 Years of Memories" custom word art gallery wrapped wall canvas by getting 40 words/phrases that best describe a memory‚ place or character trait that you feel is pertinent to him.

This is where your contribution comes into play! When you have a spare moment in the next few days‚ I'd be very grateful if you'd jot down a favorite memory‚ place or character trait you have of (said person) and email it to me or put it in the post. You can mention anything you like - although the more nostalgic/personal the better! Please feel free to send more than one memory (in fact‚ we welcome it - we've got 40 to collect!).

Thank you so much for participating - we know everyone is busy with their own lives‚ and we do appreciate you taking a few minutes to do this; it will be so worth it when (said person) reads all the memories people have of him!(Please don't forget to keep it a surprise!)

Remember to include your address for the people who will send envelopes!

Once you have a tonne of words and phrases, you can choose the best of the bunch‚ compile them and then send them through with your request.

There are variations on this idea, like keeping all the original contributions, pasting them into a scrap book and presenting the scrap book along with the word art canvas as a conpendium so that the recipient can see how it all came about.