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31 August 2013

The Comeback of the Magazine Escape || Celebrating Everyday Life

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Celebrating Everyday Life is a fantasy.  It is a throwback to 10/20 years ago when your typical lifestyle magazine was an escape.  You would retreat to the backyard with a cup of coffee, to the bath with your pile of magazines or stockpile back issues for a rainy day of escape.  Then you would drown in them.  Drown in the photos and the LIFESTYLE each magazine so clearly represented.  Today, large publications are losing the magic.  Economic struggles mean that the latest issue of your favorite design magazine is more ad than actual content.  Gone are the days of opening a magazine and jumping straight into an alternate universe.

...or are they...

'Celebrating' harkens back to that golden age of magazines and once you open the pages, you are hooked.  You are drawn into this world of celebrating -- parties on the beach, gatherings in the barn, gardens, crafts, baking, joy.  Family. Home. Celebration. Beauty.  There are ads, yes, but they are all ads you WANT to see -- fun companies selling antiques, crafted goods and organic sundries.  Bloggers, etsy stores and independent small businesses are the norm on the ad pages.  There are no full spread ads for makeup or cars to jolt you out of your magazine experience.  No interviews from the latest "celebrity turned designer/crafter/baker/blogger".  Instead the interviews are from designers/crafters/bakers/bloggers that you WANT to hear from (HELLO Mary Englebreight!)  These are the people that have built their brand upon their craft and not the other way around.  The writers, photographers and stylists are everyday folks that have a passion for their craft and simply want to share it.  Get lost in our world and support the comeback of the magazine escape.  I will meet you there.


Want a preview?  Check out below!!

psstt....keep an eye out for pretty plants straight from A Nest for All Seasons!




...and to see the full commercial...just CLICK HERE!


The Comeback of the Magazine Escape || Celebrating Everyday Life

Pin It


Celebrating Everyday Life is a fantasy.  It is a throwback to 10/20 years ago when your typical lifestyle magazine was an escape.  You would retreat to the backyard with a cup of coffee, to the bath with your pile of magazines or stockpile back issues for a rainy day of escape.  Then you would drown in them.  Drown in the photos and the LIFESTYLE each magazine so clearly represented.  Today, large publications are losing the magic.  Economic struggles mean that the latest issue of your favorite design magazine is more ad than actual content.  Gone are the days of opening a magazine and jumping straight into an alternate universe.

...or are they...

'Celebrating' harkens back to that golden age of magazines and once you open the pages, you are hooked.  You are drawn into this world of celebrating -- parties on the beach, gatherings in the barn, gardens, crafts, baking, joy.  Family. Home. Celebration. Beauty.  There are ads, yes, but they are all ads you WANT to see -- fun companies selling antiques, crafted goods and organic sundries.  Bloggers, etsy stores and independent small businesses are the norm on the ad pages.  There are no full spread ads for makeup or cars to jolt you out of your magazine experience.  No interviews from the latest "celebrity turned designer/crafter/baker/blogger".  Instead the interviews are from designers/crafters/bakers/bloggers that you WANT to hear from (HELLO Mary Englebreight!)  These are the people that have built their brand upon their craft and not the other way around.  The writers, photographers and stylists are everyday folks that have a passion for their craft and simply want to share it.  Get lost in our world and support the comeback of the magazine escape.  I will meet you there.


Want a preview?  Check out below!!

psstt....keep an eye out for pretty plants straight from A Nest for All Seasons!




...and to see the full commercial...just CLICK HERE!


29 August 2013

The History Keepers ::: The Life Sized Pinboard Cork Wall

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So we've been talking about history keeping and the history keepers and perhaps you are thinking that it is all too closed away -- shoved away in attics and drawers and forgotten.  Perhaps you are right.

Today, we are going to talk about keeping history front and center for your children and planting those seeds of history in their MINDS instead of on paper.  While the examples I use in the tutorial below are of "pinnable" things like recipes and such, this wall o' cork is now used for pinning photos and ephemera -- the fabric of our lives so to speak.  It is a way to show the kids what matters -- to plant images in their heads even if those images are lost someday.  It is a way to introduce a tactile method of THEIR memories as THEY pin things to the wall.  Join me as I show you how to make a life-sized pinboard for the entire family!

Our other use for this giant wall O cork?  ALLLLLLLLLL those art projects!  School has started and the art has started coming home in droves.  We start in one corner and display the best of the best until the wall is full.  Then, we decide which to keep and start all over again.  Ready to learn how to MAKE a wall 'o cork?

basement cork wall amy renea a nest for all seasons

Supplies:

So here is the thing.  I love pinterest.  I am totally a pinterest girl.  I have over 125 boards.  (EDIT -- I have cleaned them out to around 108 boards or so now...STILL way too many!) Seriously.   Good GRACIOUS that is a lot of boards!  What am I thinking??  All of that to say -- I miss old school inspiration boards.  I miss flipping through magazine, ripping out the pages with that satisfying top to bottom swwwwish and pinning them on corkboards.  I miss the tactile handling of inspiration.  

Pinterest gives us the entire world of art to explore, pin and capture, but there is still that missing element of interacting personally and physically with the clippings.  There is something about those old magazine clips that make you connect more deeply to the photo, the art, the design, the vision of the creator behind them.  So I decided that I wanted to bring back that feeling and go BIG with a life-sized cork pinterest wall, with pared down boards, pared down pins and the simple celebration of inspiration -- old school.


cork board diy basement cork wall amy renea a nest for all seasons

It all starts with a good old fashioned corkboard.  I "pinned" a few clippings, gave my board a title with simple tags, twine and the foolproof chalk markers.  Then I decided to go BIG or go home and I dragged out some of those huge frames that I had been collecting from yard sales, thrift stores, side of the road trash heaps....all those empty sad frames that needed a good home.  They found one on this wall o' inspiration!

kitchen board baseent diy cork wall

The frames are layered over the painted cork wall, separating the expanse of cork into "pinboards", again categorized with simple tags.   How to MAKE a giant cork wall?  Well, hold on tight because here we go!

Instructions:

1.  Those 6 x 6 cork tiles are the foundation of the wall, and while they come with little tacky squares to attach them, I found hot glue to be MUCH faster and held better.  so save those little foam stickies for a smaller project and use your heavy duty, high temp hot glue on the back of the tiles to attach.

2. When you open your cork tiles, you will notice there is a "bumpy" side and a smoother side.  I loved the look of the painted finish oer the smooth side, so that is what I went with, but you go for what suits YOUR fancy.  Just be aware that the bumpy side will need MORE paint for a solid color!

painted cork

3.  When you start attaching the tiles, start in the very corner of your wall and start working your way down AND over at the same time.  Then, start stair-stepping your way across the wall, lining up the cork tiles exactly in the corner to minimize any spaces.

4.  Warning -- you probably WILL have some spaces that don't fit exactly!  (...unless you are perfect :)  Don't freak out and start ripping down tiles.  Just make slight little adjustments and keep stair stepping across the wall.  Squeeze tiles in when you need to, leave a little space if you need to, but DO NOT go to the opposite wall and start working your way towards the middle.  Disaster will ensue!!

cork wall halfway

5.  Once the tiles are attached and have had a chance to dry fully, start painting!  I liked a more matte finish against the texture of the tile, so I went with an eggshell interior paint.   If you have any spaces, let the paint pool in those holes, creating a seamless surface.  The paint will drip, so make sure to catch those before they drip along your cork and add multiple layers of paint to make sure the surface is completely flat.

front view basement diy cork wall amy renea a nestforallseasons

6. I added in a few plain old cork squares without paint (see the bottom left?), along with a few little 4x4 tiles to add interest.  I also added a large canvas in the middle of the arrangement to add yet another layer of interest and contrast to the wall.  Here is the full low-down on this creative basement space:

diy basement cork wall with arrows

1.  Everything you see in that greenish, greyish brown is painted cork, the base of the entire space.

2.  I painted our piano to blend into the wall and added a song inspiration pinboard.

3. The large canvas anchors the arrangement, but you could also use 4 large frames or do a whole wall in 8 by 10's -- the options are limitless!

4.  Empty frames fill out the rest of the "pinboards" , along with additional cork boards hung directly on the wall (to the left, out of frame)

So you tell me -- do you think the "after" beats the "before"?

before cork wall after cork wall


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Miss part of the History Keepers Series?  Catch up by clicking the links below!

Quotebooks (If you make ONE THING from this series, make THESE!)

The Journals (yes, these are different than the quotebooks, but just as easy!)

Footprints and Handprints (CAPTURE those tootsies!)

A Gallery Wall (PRINT and DISPLAY those photos!)

Life Sized Cork Board (A solution for ALL those art projects!)

TBALL Photos -- A Better Way (I KNOW you are sick of them too!)

Book Canvases (...for the mom who needs some art motivation)

SCHOOL Pictures  (An improvement on tradition!)



Portions of this  post have been previously published on the Crafts Unleashed blog. Some photo Supplies have been provided by Consumer Crafts. Without these supplies, these project ideas and craft ideas would not be possible, so THANK YOU to our sponsors!

The History Keepers ::: The Life Sized Pinboard Cork Wall

Pin It

So we've been talking about history keeping and the history keepers and perhaps you are thinking that it is all too closed away -- shoved away in attics and drawers and forgotten.  Perhaps you are right.

Today, we are going to talk about keeping history front and center for your children and planting those seeds of history in their MINDS instead of on paper.  While the examples I use in the tutorial below are of "pinnable" things like recipes and such, this wall o' cork is now used for pinning photos and ephemera -- the fabric of our lives so to speak.  It is a way to show the kids what matters -- to plant images in their heads even if those images are lost someday.  It is a way to introduce a tactile method of THEIR memories as THEY pin things to the wall.  Join me as I show you how to make a life-sized pinboard for the entire family!

Our other use for this giant wall O cork?  ALLLLLLLLLL those art projects!  School has started and the art has started coming home in droves.  We start in one corner and display the best of the best until the wall is full.  Then, we decide which to keep and start all over again.  Ready to learn how to MAKE a wall 'o cork?

basement cork wall amy renea a nest for all seasons

Supplies:

So here is the thing.  I love pinterest.  I am totally a pinterest girl.  I have over 125 boards.  (EDIT -- I have cleaned them out to around 108 boards or so now...STILL way too many!) Seriously.   Good GRACIOUS that is a lot of boards!  What am I thinking??  All of that to say -- I miss old school inspiration boards.  I miss flipping through magazine, ripping out the pages with that satisfying top to bottom swwwwish and pinning them on corkboards.  I miss the tactile handling of inspiration.  

Pinterest gives us the entire world of art to explore, pin and capture, but there is still that missing element of interacting personally and physically with the clippings.  There is something about those old magazine clips that make you connect more deeply to the photo, the art, the design, the vision of the creator behind them.  So I decided that I wanted to bring back that feeling and go BIG with a life-sized cork pinterest wall, with pared down boards, pared down pins and the simple celebration of inspiration -- old school.

28 August 2013

The History Keepers ::: Footprints

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Do you remember the trend of gilding little kiddo shoes?  You know, where moms would take the little baby shoes and have them cast in gold (well not REAL gold, but something that looked like gold) and they would have the little feet captured in that moment in time forever.  You know...like THESE.

It always seemed a little weird to me, but now as a mom -- I get it.  There is SOMETHING about baby toes.  Those little feet grow SO very quickly and turn into somewhat ugly, certainly dirty big boy feet and something is lost.  Perhaps babyhood finishing is signaled most clearly by the feet.  When those little button toes turn into long lanky toes that support the monkeys hanging from the apple tree -- well the time of baby has officially passed.  It is a sad passing and thus mama's like to hold onto those little baby feet as long as possible.


It starts in the hospital with those tiny little baby footprint stamps, but when I brought my babies home, 
I wanted more.  For baby #1 and #2, I kept inking their little tootsies and keeping them in their journals.  


For baby #3 I went bigger with this footprint art project.



For baby #4 I want to go even further and work with plaster.  
Stay tuned for MORE baby footprints coming down the line here at the Nest.
PS -- 10 days and counting and she will BE HERE!

How do YOU capture those tiny baby prints??





Quotebooks (If you make ONE THING from this series, make THESE!)

The Journals (yes, these are different than the quotebooks, but just as easy!)

Footprints and Handprints (CAPTURE those tootsies!)

A Gallery Wall (PRINT and DISPLAY those photos!)

Life Sized Cork Board (A solution for ALL those art projects!)

TBALL Photos -- A Better Way (I KNOW you are sick of them too!)

Book Canvases (...for the mom who needs some art motivation)

SCHOOL Pictures  (An improvement on tradition!)



 If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!

26 August 2013

The History Keepers ::: Gallery Wall Basics

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 Photographs.  The hallmark gold standard of history keeping for years and years (at least until the invention of video for the masses).  I still cling to photography as my favorite method of history keeping and feel there is something captured in the art of photography that video simply misses and glosses over.  

A photograph captures the history we feel but somehow can't touch without putting a freeze on life.

So I take photos.  Many photos.  I share them online, use them in blog posts, and I used to take them for clients.
You know what else I do with photographs?  PRINT THEM.

You know you are guilty of this mama.  There are files after files of beautiful digital photos on your computer -- perhaps they are even edited, but they are NOT printed out.  What happens when your computer dies?  When the internet eats your pictures?  When your backup harddrive collapses?  Please, please, please if you get nothing else out of this series, please go order some prints, ok?  Cheap prints are fine!  At least you have a 4x6 of THAT MOMENT.  Better yet?  Print a few copies and GIVE them to people in your family.  Lose your copy and the history is still not lost.  

By any means and all means, GET PRINTS.


Once you jump on the print bandwagon, those pictures in hand will start to call your name and before you know it, you are going to be wanting a gallery wall to hang all those photos.  I am here today to show you HOW.

This post is chock full of photography and design content that you will NOT want to miss, sponsored by Shutterfly.
Gallery walls have been a hot topic for a while in decor and for some might even be getting a bit passe. However, when you are a family photo aficionado, gallery walls are your new best friend.  They are striking and interesting and can fill up an ugly blank wall in a heartbeat!

The problem?  Gallery walls can be quite expensive and I did NOT have an expansive budget to work with.  They require a good amount of photos to make an impact, and even more cost prohibitive are the frames.  If you are purchasing matching frames for a full set, it can get extremely pricey.  The solution?  A mixed media gallery wall full of photos, art, canvases and more!  Join me today as I walk you through our basement stairway gallery wall!


The entrance to our basement is a basic stairway with these HUGE white walls extending up to the stratosphere it seems.  I painted the bottom half of the wall to break up the white a bit, but I still had a gigantic white space staring me in the face everytime I went down the stairs.  I knew that this would be a perfect place for a fun gallery wall.  The walls needed some life and it was a small, pass-through space that wouldn't overwhelm the eyes constantly.

I thought about the view going down the stairs, as well as the view going UP the stairs (see photo below.)  Consider all angles of your gallery wall as you start to place pieces, making sure the look is pleasing from all angles.


Now back to the budget.  Remember how I told you that I didn't have an expansive budget for this project?  I decided to use various mixed media, all in shades of black and white, for a cohesive look that cost less than a classic gallery wall.   If you decide to go the route of mixed media, pick a solid 2-3 color scheme and STICK WITH IT!  Otherwise, you will just end up with a hodgepodge of photos.


When combining pieces, I try to think in contrasts.  For example, the prints are small and "busy" for the eye to take in, while the charcoal canvas silhouettes (tutorial HERE) are large and utilize white space.  Combining the two gives a nice contrast.

Another way to save money is to spend it.  (Huh, what?!)  Instead of spending an average amount on everything, spread out your dollars unevenly.  By far, the most expensive piece is the large canvas pictured below.   However, it is by FAR the most striking piece of the gallery.

5 canvases this size would be cool, but that would cost a LOT.  Mixing a gigantic canvas with cheap prints (they cost pennies!) keeps the cost reasonable and the impact high.

I utilized the following:



To make the most of your "killer" piece of artwork, place it in the "t".  What is the "t"??  This is a classic design strategy that retailers and designers use when planning a space.  The natural eye is drawn straight ahead, up and to the front right and left  when you enter a space.  You typically ignore what is below, directly above and to your peripheral left and right.  So when planning a room design or art display, focus on that front and center "t" before moving on to less important areas.

In this stairway, my large canvas stands front and center where you cannot miss it, while smaller, less impressive prints are to the lower left.


See what I mean?


 In the photo above, you might notice a really cool product in the bottom left hand corner.  I had never seen these acrylic prints before, but I ordered one from Shutterfly just to check them out.  They are WAY cool.  Printed on plastic, the photos take on a shiny, almost metallic finish and the print is attached directly to the wall using the provided metal screw/bolts. (see below - they are easier than they look!)  If I would have known how cool they were, I might have ordered my giant piece as an acrylic as opposed to canvas.  Try ordering a small acrylic print to see if you like it and then splurge on a biggie (that's MY plan anyway!  Are you with me?)


I don't have the budget for huge canvases!  Help!

Another cost saving strategy is to use prints in unique ways.  Prints are so cheap that you can use them out in the open without resorting to expensive frames.  Order doubles if you are worried about losing your photos for eternity!!

I utilized several DIY display methods for my prints including an old crib frame (from ALL THREE of my boys!!), an empty frame with basic wire and clothespins as well as simple prints attached to the wall with washi tape.



My washi tape (a silver and white diagonal stripe to accent the black and white photos) held pretty well, 
but you can always place a tack into the photo and then cover with a decorative tape.  

I used a blue tack below for demonstration purposes:


So whether you decide to go with all prints to save a few bucks, or splurge for one or two grand pieces, remember to fill the "T" first, consider unique display ideas and keep those colors simple for a mixed media display.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Again, thank you to Shutterfly for sponsoring this post!  They were a pleasure to work with and I am more than impressed with the products provided (particularily those acrylic prints -- WAY WAY cool!)


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Quotebooks (If you make ONE THING from this series, make THESE!)

The Journals (yes, these are different than the quotebooks, but just as easy!)

Footprints and Handprints (CAPTURE those tootsies!)

A Gallery Wall (PRINT and DISPLAY those photos!)

Life Sized Cork Board (A solution for ALL those art projects!)

TBALL Photos -- A Better Way (I KNOW you are sick of them too!)

Book Canvases (...for the mom who needs some art motivation)

SCHOOL Pictures  (An improvement on tradition!)


Portions of this  post have been previously published on the Shutterfly blog. Some photo Supplies have been provided by Shutterfly. Without these supplies, these project ideas and craft ideas would not be possible, so THANK YOU to our sponsors!

The History Keepers ::: Gallery Wall Basics

Pin It

 Photographs.  The hallmark gold standard of history keeping for years and years (at least until the invention of video for the masses).  I still cling to photography as my favorite method of history keeping and feel there is something captured in the art of photography that video simply misses and glosses over.  

A photograph captures the history we feel but somehow can't touch without putting a freeze on life.

So I take photos.  Many photos.  I share them online, use them in blog posts, and I used to take them for clients.
You know what else I do with photographs?  PRINT THEM.

You know you are guilty of this mama.  There are files after files of beautiful digital photos on your computer -- perhaps they are even edited, but they are NOT printed out.  What happens when your computer dies?  When the internet eats your pictures?  When your backup harddrive collapses?  Please, please, please if you get nothing else out of this series, please go order some prints, ok?  Cheap prints are fine!  At least you have a 4x6 of THAT MOMENT.  Better yet?  Print a few copies and GIVE them to people in your family.  Lose your copy and the history is still not lost.  

By any means and all means, GET PRINTS.


Once you jump on the print bandwagon, those pictures in hand will start to call your name and before you know it, you are going to be wanting a gallery wall to hang all those photos.  I am here today to show you HOW.

This post is chock full of photography and design content that you will NOT want to miss, sponsored by Shutterfly.
Gallery walls have been a hot topic for a while in decor and for some might even be getting a bit passe. However, when you are a family photo aficionado, gallery walls are your new best friend.  They are striking and interesting and can fill up an ugly blank wall in a heartbeat!

The problem?  Gallery walls can be quite expensive and I did NOT have an expansive budget to work with.  They require a good amount of photos to make an impact, and even more cost prohibitive are the frames.  If you are purchasing matching frames for a full set, it can get extremely pricey.  The solution?  A mixed media gallery wall full of photos, art, canvases and more!  Join me today as I walk you through our basement stairway gallery wall!


The entrance to our basement is a basic stairway with these HUGE white walls extending up to the stratosphere it seems.  I painted the bottom half of the wall to break up the white a bit, but I still had a gigantic white space staring me in the face everytime I went down the stairs.  I knew that this would be a perfect place for a fun gallery wall.  The walls needed some life and it was a small, pass-through space that wouldn't overwhelm the eyes constantly.

I thought about the view going down the stairs, as well as the view going UP the stairs (see photo below.)  Consider all angles of your gallery wall as you start to place pieces, making sure the look is pleasing from all angles.


Now back to the budget.  Remember how I told you that I didn't have an expansive budget for this project?  I decided to use various mixed media, all in shades of black and white, for a cohesive look that cost less than a classic gallery wall.   If you decide to go the route of mixed media, pick a solid 2-3 color scheme and STICK WITH IT!  Otherwise, you will just end up with a hodgepodge of photos.


When combining pieces, I try to think in contrasts.  For example, the prints are small and "busy" for the eye to take in, while the charcoal canvas silhouettes (tutorial HERE) are large and utilize white space.  Combining the two gives a nice contrast.

Another way to save money is to spend it.  (Huh, what?!)  Instead of spending an average amount on everything, spread out your dollars unevenly.  By far, the most expensive piece is the large canvas pictured below.   However, it is by FAR the most striking piece of the gallery.

5 canvases this size would be cool, but that would cost a LOT.  Mixing a gigantic canvas with cheap prints (they cost pennies!) keeps the cost reasonable and the impact high.

I utilized the following:



To make the most of your "killer" piece of artwork, place it in the "t".  What is the "t"??  This is a classic design strategy that retailers and designers use when planning a space.  The natural eye is drawn straight ahead, up and to the front right and left  when you enter a space.  You typically ignore what is below, directly above and to your peripheral left and right.  So when planning a room design or art display, focus on that front and center "t" before moving on to less important areas.

In this stairway, my large canvas stands front and center where you cannot miss it, while smaller, less impressive prints are to the lower left.


See what I mean?


 In the photo above, you might notice a really cool product in the bottom left hand corner.  I had never seen these acrylic prints before, but I ordered one from Shutterfly just to check them out.  They are WAY cool.  Printed on plastic, the photos take on a shiny, almost metallic finish and the print is attached directly to the wall using the provided metal screw/bolts. (see below - they are easier than they look!)  If I would have known how cool they were, I might have ordered my giant piece as an acrylic as opposed to canvas.  Try ordering a small acrylic print to see if you like it and then splurge on a biggie (that's MY plan anyway!  Are you with me?)


I don't have the budget for huge canvases!  Help!

Another cost saving strategy is to use prints in unique ways.  Prints are so cheap that you can use them out in the open without resorting to expensive frames.  Order doubles if you are worried about losing your photos for eternity!!

I utilized several DIY display methods for my prints including an old crib frame (from ALL THREE of my boys!!), an empty frame with basic wire and clothespins as well as simple prints attached to the wall with washi tape.



My washi tape (a silver and white diagonal stripe to accent the black and white photos) held pretty well, 
but you can always place a tack into the photo and then cover with a decorative tape.  

I used a blue tack below for demonstration purposes:


So whether you decide to go with all prints to save a few bucks, or splurge for one or two grand pieces, remember to fill the "T" first, consider unique display ideas and keep those colors simple for a mixed media display.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Again, thank you to Shutterfly for sponsoring this post!  They were a pleasure to work with and I am more than impressed with the products provided (particularily those acrylic prints -- WAY WAY cool!)


Follow on Bloglovin


Quotebooks (If you make ONE THING from this series, make THESE!)

The Journals (yes, these are different than the quotebooks, but just as easy!)

Footprints and Handprints (CAPTURE those tootsies!)

A Gallery Wall (PRINT and DISPLAY those photos!)

Life Sized Cork Board (A solution for ALL those art projects!)

TBALL Photos -- A Better Way (I KNOW you are sick of them too!)

Book Canvases (...for the mom who needs some art motivation)

SCHOOL Pictures  (An improvement on tradition!)


Portions of this  post have been previously published on the Shutterfly blog. Some photo Supplies have been provided by Shutterfly. Without these supplies, these project ideas and craft ideas would not be possible, so THANK YOU to our sponsors!

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