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PICTURESQUE WINDOW:
A Window Picture Frame

 

 

As many of you may know from my Storytelling Fireplace, it took me weeks to figure out how to arrange the treasures on our fireplace mantel. One piece in particular that seems to capture attention is our black and white window frame photograph. The size of the photograph in addition to its classic black and white charm is what makes it a statement piece on the mantel. My husband and I were dancing at our close friends wedding when the photographers sneakily snapped this photo of us. This picture is near and dear to my heart and I am forever thankful to those photographers for having captured this moment. People say a picture is worth a thousand words and I am inclined to believe them, for this one says everything about us and our marriage. 🙂

 

After having several people ask me how I printed out this picture, I decided to write a tutorial on how to enlarge and print a photo to fit seamlessly into a window picture frame. In the tutorial below, you will find instructions for four different software programs in which you can use to accomplish this task. Let’s get started!

 

Materials

Window Picture Frame

Printer Paper or Photo Paper

Photograph

Printer

Scissors

Ruler

 

Software (Choose One)

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

 

Photo Prep

First, select the photograph you wish to display in the frame – this is the always the hardest part in my opinion! I recommend using a digital file of your selected photograph for optimum quality. If all you have is a physical photograph, simply scan the picture and save as a file on your computer. When scanning your photograph use a minimum of 300 dpi. Remove the back panels of the frame and use a ruler to measure the individual panel sizes as well as the width of the frame margins between each panel. After a few trial and errors, I discovered the frame margins have to be accounted for; meaning the portions of the picture that fall at those margins will not be visible – refer to Diagram 01. My frame has awkward measurements because it was made for 4 x 6 photos with excess glass surrounding each photo; therefore, my measurements are 6 x 7 ½ with ½” frame margin.

 

Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop

The process for enlarging and printing the photograph is the same for either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. Begin by starting a new file and set your artboard or canvas size to include all of the photo panels and frame margins.

 

Example:

Photo Panel Size: 6” x 7 ½”

Frame Margin Width: ½”

Artboard/Canvas Width: 15 ½”   (7 ½” + ½” + 7 ½”)

Artboard/Canvas Height: 19”   (6” + ½” + 6” + ½” + 6”)

 

Next, refer to Diagram 01 below and place guides to divide each space according to your measurements. Go to View – Rulers – Show Rulers and place guides by clicking and dragging the ruler onto your workspace. Go to File – Place and insert the selected photograph into the file. Scale the photo to fit the entire artboard or canvas. Your photo may have to be cropped some to fit depending on the frame dimensions. Refer to Diagram 02 below and crop down the artboard or canvas to one of the photo panels. Print the cropped image to actual size on the appropriate page size you are printing at (8.5 x 11, 4 x 6, etc). Undo the cropping to revert back to the original artboard or canvas size. Repeat the crop, print, and undo steps for each photo panel.

 

Diagram 01: Set Guides to Measurements

 

Diagram 02: Crop and Print Each Panel

 

Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Word

The process for enlarging and printing the photograph is roughly the same for either Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Word; Microsoft Word requires a couple of extra steps. Begin by starting a new file and set your page size to include all of the photo panels and frame margins. To adjust the page size, go to File – Page Setup and set a custom page size with no margins. Ignore any messages saying the page size exceeds printable areas; we will be cropping the images down to fit. Press OK to continue with the custom page size.

 

Example:

Photo Panel Size: 6” x 7 ½”

Frame Margin Width: ½”

Artboard/Canvas Width: 15 ½”     (7 ½” + ½” + 7 ½”)

Artboard/Canvas Height: 19”   (6” + ½” + 6” + ½” + 6”)

 

Next, refer to Diagram 01 below and place guides to divide each space according to your measurements. PowerPoint: Go to View – Guides – Static Guides and add new guides by holding Option (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) while clicking and dragging the existing guides. Word: Go to View – Publishing Layout and add new guides by clicking and dragging the ruler onto your page. Draw lines over the guides and set their wrapping to be in front of text. Return to View – Print Layout.

 

Go to Insert – Picture (From File) and insert the selected photograph into the file. Scale the photo to fit the entire page. Your photo may have to be cropped some to fit depending on the frame dimensions. Refer to Diagram 02 below and crop down the photo to one of the photo panels. Open a new file with the appropriate page size you are printing at (8.5 x 11, 4 x 6, etc). Drag the cropped image into the new file and print from here. Undo the cropping in the original file to revert back to the original page size. Repeat the crop, print, and undo steps for each photo panel.

 

Assembly

Trim off any excess paper around each photo and place them into the frame. Remember to clean the glass before filling in your frame with photos – you don’t want any pesky smudges! Display your beautiful window frame and reminisce in those captured sweet moments of life. 🙂

 

 

What did you think of this tutorial? Have any questions? Let us know below!

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THE FIRST ROSE:
Flower Preservation

 

 

Do you want to cherish those heartwarming feelings you got when your special someone brought you your first flower? I know I did when my darling husband, then boyfriend, brought me my first rose on Valentine’s Day. To make it doubly as sweet, my husband began a tradition with this single flower. Every year he adds a rose to the bouquet he brings me to signify how many Valentine’s Days we have shared together. Each time I look at that single rose I am reminded of the days of our blooming relationship, his sweet smile as he stood there holding the brilliant red rose, and the beautiful memories of our first Valentine’s Day together. 🙂

 

The First Rose continues to be one of my favorite projects to this day and beautifully resides on our Storytelling Fireplace mantel. This shadow box is the perfect addition to our homes living area for it serves as a conversation piece as well as a visible daily reminder of the wonderful husband and beautiful life God has graciously blessed me with. 🙂 Are you ready to preserve your own special moments?

 

You can find written instructions below; however, I do not have pictures of the process for making this shadow box since I had made it some time ago. If you would like some visual aids along the way, check out my other post, Treasured Shadow Box.

 

Materials

5” x 7” Shadow Box

Decorative Scrapbook Paper

Dried Floral Arrangement

Decorative Ribbon

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Scissors

 

Background Panel

A Treasured Shadow Box and this project follow the same basic process: you begin with the background first and then move forward towards the glass of the shadow box. The first step is to select a decorative piece of scrapbook paper that compliments your dried floral arrangement. Cut the paper to fit the back panel of the shadow box and use a glue stick to attach. Using a glue stick for adhering the scrapbook paper will prevent any uneven or warped surfaces.

 

Dried Floral Arrangement

Cut and arrange the floral to your satisfaction if adequately dried and ready for use. Take care to test the placement of your floral so it does not interfere with the 1/8-1/4” lip of the framework when assembling the shadow box. Attach your floral arrangement to the previously assembled background panel with a hot glue gun. To make for an easier assembly, place small beads of glue in multiple locations to stabilize your arrangement. And now for the finishing touch! Cut and tie your ribbon into a bow and attach to the base of your floral arrangement with the hot glue gun.

 

Note: Follow these steps if you are unsure of how to dry your floral. Wipe off any excess water from the stems and hang them upside down for a few days to a week until dry – I have tied mine onto a cabinet knob or clipped them onto pants hangers. I recommend hanging them in a well-ventilated space to help them dry quicker in addition to not getting icky. Keep in mind that if your floral is not completely dry when worked with, it will continue to dry over time and change color. The greenery in this project continued to dry after assembly and became less green over time than when I first made it, but that is okay, because I actually love the way the colors work with the background!

 

 

Assembly

Before you go and eagerly assemble your new shadow box, first spray and wipe down your glass! You do not want to find fuzzes or fingerprints on the interior glass after careful assembly… ask me how I know this. 😉 Now you may assemble! Very gently set the back panel into place on the shadow box and close the latches. It’s time to display your beautiful arrangement! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and use your shadow box to always remind you of life’s sweet moments! 🙂

 

 

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A STORYTELLING FIREPLACE:
Starting Conversations

 

 

After weeks of trying to decide how to tackle this mantel, I have finally come up with a solution and I am absolutely in love with how it turned out! Originally, the mantel was none other than where the television resided along with the cable box and, of course, the Xbox. I know what you’re thinking – that sure is a statement piece when you walk in our home, isn’t it? 😉 We decided to change up the layout of our furniture, which meant we were able to relocate the TV and free up the fireplace mantel for a more welcoming entryway. The problem was I had no idea what to do next. College apartments are not known for housing cozy fireplaces and now that we have one I wasn’t sure what in the world I was supposed to do with it.

 

I wanted our mantel to be decorative and inviting, but to tell a story at the same time. We had several items I wanted to be placed on the mantel, but the challenge was which pieces and how to arrange them. For example, I had no clue how to display or hang my awesome biscuits and gravy banner that I was possibly way too excited about – thanks Kristen! I thought of just using plain nails; however, I decided to use leftover upholstery nails from another project of mine, Guest Cottage Valance (post coming soon!). The upholstery nails do the job of hanging up the banner, yet adds a finishing look.

 

 

For the storytelling portion I chose to include a few different pieces of conversation starters. The first and most prominent piece would probably be the chainsaw carved bear – isn’t he too stinkin’ cute?! Yes, you read correctly, he was carved entirely by chainsaw! No hand tools were used in the making of this bear. 😉 We had a hard time grasping the idea too! Our chainsaw bear came from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where we took our first vacation together. He represents the fun memories made at one of our favorite vacation spots.

 

Next, I selected some decorative books on Texas A&M University to be placed beside our chainsaw bear. These maroon books complimented our bear nicely by playing off of the red tones of the cedar, all while displaying our Aggie pride of the school where we met. 🙂

 

As you can see my fireplace mantel is home to a few different projects of mine, one of which is The First Rose. This particular project is very dear to my heart being that it displays the first of many flowers my husband has given to me. Placing this flower on the fireplace mantel was a must because it serves as a sweet reminder of the beginning of our life together. 🙂

 

 

My mom gave me this cute mason jar vase and off to the craft closet I went to find some dried floral to place inside! I used some floral left over from another project of mine, Wine, Cheese, and Chalk, and decided on a cotton arrangement with brown dried wheat. I LOVE dried floral because it creates a natural, neutral, and rustic look. All I had to do was trim down the stems of the wheat and arrange as desired! Tip: use the excess stem pieces as filler in the bottom of the vase to help keep your arrangement in place.

 

The last project here is one of my favorites, Picturesque Window. I am beyond thankful for the photographers who captured this photo of us while we were dancing at our close friends wedding! We had no idea they snapped this photo, but I am so happy they did, as it is one of my absolute favorite photos of us. A picture really does say a thousand words, for this one says everything about our marriage. 🙂 If you are interested in the tutorial for how to size and piece your picture into a window inspired frame be sure to check out our post coming soon.

 

 

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