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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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TREASURED SHADOW BOX:
A Gift of Memories

 

 

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Not sure what to do for someone you know who has lost a loved one? You’re aching to do something special for them that has real meaning, shows them you truly care, and possess the deepest sympathy during this life changing time. We know exactly how you feel. My husband and I experienced these same feelings one year ago.

 

On this day last year, we lost a dear friend to a tragic accident when a car from the opposite direction lost control and crossed over into their lane on an undivided highway. He was one of my husbands best friends growing up, a groomsman in our wedding, and a man with the warmest smile you will ever know. When he was called home, he left behind a beautiful wife and two precious babies. They had just welcomed their son into their then complete family only two weeks prior. The whole family was in the car at the time of the accident that left his wife in critical condition and his babies safe. When my husband called to tell me the news I remember falling to the floor and praying that God would bring his wife to full recovery, their babies needed her. This wonderful family has already lost a husband and dad; they could not lose their mom too.

 

We had sent care packages with items for her and the babies, but we still felt that there was something more we needed to do for them. Desperately wanting to do something special for his wife, we asked her if there was anything she wanted or needed in particular. Her response was simply to share our memories of her husband to help keep his memory alive. After going through a few different ideas, I felt I had finally come up with the perfect idea; a memory box. My initial thought was to make a scrapbook, but like most scrapbooks, they end up on a shelf and pulled out on occasion. A memory box would allow for many sweet and funny moments to be on display in their home where she can reminisce in them each day and share those stories with her children. I have to admit my heart was overjoyed with how it turned out and watching his wife open our handmade gift for her and her babies.

 

How to Make a Treasured Memory Box

 

Materials

8” x 10” Shadow Box

Decorative Scrapbook Paper

Solid Cardstock Paper

Branch or Twigs

Wooden Letters

Acrylic Paint + Brush

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Scissors

Pen

Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine (You can find them here!)

 

Background Panel

This project and The First Rose follow the same basic process: you begin with the background first and then move forward towards the glass of the shadow box. With that being said, let’s start with the background. It’s time to hit the box of scrapbook paper! I chose to go with a printed background and added detailing. The detailing was done by cutting decorative strips and phrases out of scrapbook paper. You could use pre-cut scrapbook edging or stickers as well. For these elements use a glue stick for your choice of adhesion, this will prevent any uneven or warped surfaces. Cut and glue the background paper onto the back panel of the shadow box. Next, glue and add your detailing. Lastly, I chose to add his initials in wooden letters. I painted the letters with acrylic paint and adhered them with a hot glue gun.

 

 

Note: Be sure to take into account the 1/8-1/4” lip where the back panel sets into place when gluing down your detailing, otherwise you might end up with some detailing being blocked by the frame (like my “S” on “Moments” 🙁 ). Yes, I am drawing attention to my error in order to help you not do the same! 🙂

 

Pieces of Nature

Time to venture out to the great outdoors (front yard) for some branches! You can use branches or dried floral like I did in The First Rose. Cut and arrange your pieces of nature while making sure to test their placement does not interfere when assembling the shadow box. Use the hot glue gun when attaching these pieces to your previously assembled background panel.

 

 

Note: If you are wanting to dry your floral, wipe off any excess water from the stems and hang them upside down for a few days 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 make sure they do not get icky, plus they will dry quicker. Keep in mind that if your floral is not completely dry when worked with, it will continue to dry over time and change color. I noticed the greenery in The First Rose 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!

Memory Tags

Now for the final step! For the memories, I did a combination of paper tags and descriptive words cut out from a piece of scrapbook paper. I chose two different paper colors and used my Cricut to cut out two sizes for the paper tags. Choose your favorite memories to share, write them down, and arrange them to your liking! Use two drops of glue from the hot glue gun on each tag to adhere them to the branches; this will keep the tags in place and not move around.

 

 

Assembly

Before final assembly be sure to spray and wipe down your glass! No one wants to find an interior smudge after careful assembly… ask me how I know this. 😉 Very gently assemble the back panel into place on the shadow box and latch into place. There you have it, a very special and unique handmade gift to show someone you are there for them during this time and forever. 🙂

 

Alternative Ideas

You could use this same concept to create a treasured shadow box of vacation, college, children’s sports, or life memories, etc!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have found inspiration in this tutorial and can bring happiness to a loved one! Please feel free to leave comments, I would love to hear from you!

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