As you know, our formal pictures are in our formal living room. For the Family Room, I wanted something more casual. I've seen several ideas about cutting boards and Mod Podging on photos so they look like they're on gallery boards or canvas, etc. I was going to do that, but then it evolved to all the pictures being on one board - I LOVE it!
First, I took down my curtains from my family room (seen at the bottom of this Post About Curtains) and rigged them up outside so I could take pictures with them as the background - I knew the pictures would match the room that way! For the casual feel I went with some crazy faces and some not - just take A LOT of pictures so you have options. The hardest was to get my just-turned-2-year-old to make crazy faces on demand - I ended up making faces at him and he would mimic them back. I made 8x10 prints (through MPix - so impressed with them).
To start, I painted a thin board (it can't be too heavy because it'd be trickier to hang on the wall) black - obviously, color choice is up to you. I had the board cut to 36 inches by 40 inches - I have 12 pictures with 1.5 inch gaps between everything.
Then I put mod podge on the back of the pictures and stuck them down where I wanted them.
Then I put a generous coat of Mod Podge over the top of everything - this helped seal down the edges of the pictures and give some texture (like canvas) to the finish.
We went with exposed hardware and put a screw and washer in each corner. Trevor found some rubber spacer things and used those behind the board (kind of hard to see - it's black) to make the board sit out from the wall - I love that.
It fills up the wall behind the couch. This view is standing in the family room looking back into the kitchen:
The kids love having their "crazy faces" hanging on the wall. I love the impact and personality it adds to our family room. You can do this - it's just spreading glue on a board - go try it!
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I saw the Sew Alongs for the Amy Butler bags and knew I wanted to join in - I tried to get the book from the library but I was WAY down on the wait list - after seeing the fabulous bags everyone was making, I couldn't take waiting anymore and ordered it via Amazon. But it wasn't going to ship til April - what?!? That's what I get with free shipping - so I canceled. Meanwhile, my aunt ordered her copy and somehow ended up with two - it was meant to be.
So I just got the book this week and figured I wouldn't participate in February, but then I really wanted to make that bag, so I just did! I liked the idea of using it for a craft tote (that picture in the book where it's filled with yarn) - the "shopper" bag didn't really appeal to me because (and don't hate me) I like getting plastic bags - we use them to wrap up stinky diapers, so the kids can empty trashcans into manageable sacks, etc.
Sorry for ANOTHER sewing post this week - it seems like I go in crafting spurts - all sewing, all repurposing, all paper, etc - anyways, I've been on a sewing kick. For you non-sewer, stay tuned because Monday I have an awesome photo board craft for you.
I made a few changes to the pattern -
--first, SOOO glad I looked through the flicker groups before I started - I saw that a lot of people divided the pocket and I thought that would be most functional for me. I also saw that someone added a ruffle to the front pocket, which I loved and copied:
--actually, maybe I should mention this first - I cut down the size of the whole bag. The pattern calls for a lot of fabric - I made this last-minute and used what I had on hand, so I had 2 pieces of Amy Butler Fabric that were 1/2 yard each. I made it work. The bag is still plenty big - especially since I don't want it to be a "shopper". The secret is that for the lining where you need more fabric than the outside (for the handles and outside pocket) I didn't have enough so half-way down I used plain fabric (fabric - sheet - - it's all the same - you know I love using sheets!)
--I didn't put any pockets on the inside - since it's half plain I knew I wouldn't be reversing the bag. So I added a pocket to the outside - the one on the back doesn't have a ruffle because I didn't have enough fabric.
Anyways, I LOVE my bag - you should make one!!
I made a smaller version for a little book bag - the girls picked their fabric and helped sew it - here's the neighbor, who LOVES hers. And a picture of my daughter, who sewed her own (I did the bottom - that part's a little tricky - the rest is just straight seams).
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Lauren @ Creatively Crafty Baby
the mother of the two cutest kids in the world… sorry… its true
in love with James Bond… (seriously… im married to James Bond)
a lover of music… Its as necessary as breathing.
a lazy blogger at Creatively Crafty Baby
from the ghetto of southern california, living in a town with more cows than people… and I LOVE it…
a flip flop wearing, beach loving girl living where it is winter more than half the year… But I wear my flip flops anyway… (havent gotten frostbite yet)
addicted to creating… If I go for stretches without having a creative outlet I get a little cranky.
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