Wednesday, November 21, 2012

engineer prints.

I wanted a unique and inexpensive way to display some more of my photos in our home.  There are always great deals on photo enlargements, but its hard to find huge photos without paying a lot for it.  I saw on pinterest, how several people were going to Staples and having photos printed as engineer prints.  I could purchase a 3 foot by 4 foot print for 6 dollars! I quickly converted some of our  favorite photos to black and white and rushed to have them printed!

How to prep that giant photo for wall hanging:

For a surface to mount your photo on, I would suggest using either luan plywood (its lightweight and smooth, and you could easily build a frame around it), or foam insulation board (its super light, you can paint it, and you only need an x-acto knife to cut it!

For this project, I went with the foam option! One sheet of foam insulation board cost about $8.00 and I had enough to mount 3 photos.  

I measured out the exact size of my photo with a ruler, and used a metal t-square to assist me in my cutting process. Try lining up the ruler with your cut, and cut towards the t-square while firmly holding it in place.  You will get a cleaner cut this way.

I then painted the edges of the foam board with black acrylic paint and let dry.

To glue onto the board, I used rubber cement.  I worked from one side of the photo to the other- applying rubber cement to the foam and smoothing it out with my hand. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

diy photobooth.

 It seems that the latest craze is having a photo booth at your wedding or event.  I love this idea and think its a fun and relaxing activity that everyone has fun with! I created my own using items you probably already own!
Things you will need:
*Digital Camera with self-timer or remote
*backdrop (any fabric or tablecloth will do)
 To give my photos that photo booth look I put them into a photo editor, you could use a free one like Picasa by google and add borders or create a photo collage or strip!
 For easy props, I grabbed a few items that I had around the house... an old frame, scuba mask. And then found these packs of mustaches and glasses for $1 at Target. I then attached them to wooden skewers for easy handling!

 To hang the backdrop we tied each end with twine and attached to two nails that were already supporting our lights!  The tripod and camera was set up right in front of this and all our guests had to do was press the remote to take the picture!

fall party.

 Before the cold weather truly arrived, we had some friends over for a fall frolic! We carved pumpkins, roasted s'mores, and even had fun with a diy photo booth!