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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. 🙂

 

 

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WINE, CHEESE, AND CHALK:
Chalkboard Wine Bottles

 

 

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Wedding Season: Part Three

Do you have some wine bottles you have been saving, but don’t know which project to make with them yet? Look no further! I was experiencing the same dilemma until I stumbled upon this cute chalkboard wine bottle idea. They were the perfect finishing pieces to go with my chalkboard serving tray and decorative pillow wedding gifts!

 

The idea of using chalkboard paint on wine bottles creates tons of versatility in the project. Just think with three bottles you can write initials for bedroom décor or baby showers, his and her initials for wedding showers, “JOY” for Christmas, swap out seasonal floral, and so much more! I made this set to be used as a wedding gift as well as décor for the bride’s brunch. After having completed this project, I knew I had to make a set for our home too!

 

Want to see these wine bottles in action? Check out our post, A Bridal Brunch (post coming soon!), to see more!

 

 

Materials

3 Glass Bottles

Dried or Faux Floral

#28 3-Ply Natural Jute

Chalkboard Paint

Sponge Brush

Gloves + Mask

Hot Glue Gun

Wax Paper

Chalk

 

Prep + Paint

The first step is to determine which three glass bottles you are going to use. I chose to use two varying sizes to add dimension; two of the same size wine bottles and one spiced cider bottle. Remove the labels and any residue from the glass until the surface is free of any gunk. Your bottles are ready for paint!

 

 

There are two ways you could go about painting your bottles: liquid paint or spray paint. I had some liquid chalkboard paint on hand and decided to use that. When working with either liquid paint or spray paint make certain to work with THIN coats; otherwise, you will end up with paint drips running down the sides of the bottle – darn gravity! Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate drying time between each coat. I chose to not paint the bottom of the bottles; therefore, I was able dry them upright on wax paper. The wax paper works great by preventing any residual paint from sticking to its surface when dry.

 

Note: An option for painting the bottom of the bottles is to brace wooden dowels, or something similar, to suspend the bottles upside down. I have not personally tried this method, but have seen it done. Read all directions on your can of paint before use. Remember to stir the paint before use, do not shake. I recommend wearing a mask and gloves when applying paint along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.

 

Decorate

Let your creative side shine and start decorating your bottles! You could choose to add any fun details you like such as flowers, rhinestones, metal art, bows, etc. I kept mine simple with only using jute to remain versatile for everyday décor, holidays, and other occasions. Use a hot glue gun when adhering the jute and periodically apply beads of glue while wrapping the jute around the bottle.

 

 

After you have finished decorating the bottles, break out the chalk and test out your new chalkboard surface! Arrange your bottles and finish them off with dried or faux floral. 🙂

 

 

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“CHALK TO ME”:
A Chalkboard Serving Tray

 

 

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Wedding Season: Part Two

Summer is fast approaching and that means pool parties, BBQ, and good company! All of this equals up to everyone’s favorite thing – entertaining! With entertaining comes serving ware. I was actually searching for wedding gift inspiration when I stumbled upon the idea of these neat chalkboard serving trays. I decided to give it a go and make one as a wedding gift for my best friend in addition to using the tray at her bridal brunch. I definitely fell in love with the finished product and wanted to keep it for myself. 🙂 Needless to say, I will certainly be making one for us pretty soon! If you need a great gift idea this is it!

 

Materials

1×12 Pine Wood (at 30” long)

Wood Stain

Polyurethane

Chalkboard Paint

Painters Tape

Staining Rag or Paper Towels

(2) Sponge Brushes

(2) Decorative Handles

(4) ½” Screws

Electric Sander

Electric Drill

Electric Saw (if needed)

Gloves + Mask

Wood Burning Kit (optional)

 

 

Prep + Wood Burning

Begin by either finding a piece of scrap wood in your garage, or by cutting a board to your chosen dimensions. I had managed to find the perfect size of scrap board in our garage that was left over from a previous project we had done – no cutting required! Use an electric sander to round all corners and edges of the tray. I wanted to add a unique feature to the back of the tray so I chose to wood burn my logo into the lower corner. If you would like to add a special feature of your own just follow these simple steps! Print out the image or text onto a piece of paper at the size you want. Lay the paper onto the wood and use a pencil to trace the outlines you wish to display. Press hard when tracing with the pencil to make indents on the wood. Remove the paper when you are finished and make sure all of the outlines you want are pressed into the wood. Simply trace the outlines with your wood burning kit and you are ready for staining.

 

Note: I recommend working in a well-ventilated space because the burning wood can get stinky! Please be careful when working with wood burning kits as they can burn more than just the wood!

 

 

Stain + Polyurethane

Select your choice of stain color and apply with an old rag or paper towels. Apply additional coats until you reach the desired color, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat. Next, use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of polyurethane, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat. I decided on two coats of polyurethane to be sufficient for the tray.

 

Note: Read all the directions on each product before use. Remember to stir the stain and polyurethane before use, do not shake. If using paper towels to apply stain, make sure the paper towels are not too soft and leave paper remnants on the project. Always wear a mask and gloves when applying stain or polyurethane along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.

 

 

Tape + Paint

Once your tray is nice and dry, apply painter’s tape around the edges to form the area that will become the chalkboard surface. Before applying the tape, I recommend 24-48 hours drying time depending on the weather. Using the painter’s tape, create a 1” border along the length of the tray with a 2” border along the widths where the handles will be added later. Be sure to press tape down firmly around all edges to ensure the chalkboard paint will not bleed underneath.

 

Time to pop open your can of chalkboard paint and get to painting! I must admit this is when I walk outside, find a stick in the yard, and use it to stir my paint. 🙂 I am not too sure professionals would recommend this method, but it works for me. Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of chalkboard paint to your tray within the taped off work space. When painting at the tapes edge, make sure your brush is lightly soiled with paint and paint with strokes moving away from the tape, not towards. If you paint with stroke towards the tapes edge you are liable to end up with paint under the tape resulting in an unclean line after the tape is removed. When painting the length of the area, follow the edge of the tape with your brush to ensure all strokes move in the same direction. Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat. I chose to do five coats of chalkboard paint to build up the surface some compared to the stained surface.

 

Note: Read all the directions on each product before use. Remember to stir the paint before use, do not shake. I recommend wearing a mask and gloves when applying paint along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.

 

 

Assembly

After your new chalkboard surface is completely dry, especially at the tapes edge, carefully remove the tape by pulling at a slight angle towards the painted surface. The only thing left is to attach your decorative handles! Mark off the locations for your screws, use an electric drill to make small pilot holes, lay the handles in place, and drill in the screws.

 

You’re done! Look at that beauty! Now you have a fun and beautiful chalkboard serving tray for all your summer festivities!

 

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TWO BECOME ONE:
A Handmade Wedding Gift

 

 

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Wedding Season: Part One

It’s wedding season!! Love is in the air, and what better way to show the happy couple you love them than with a handmade wedding gift! My best friend got married earlier this year and I’ll admit I was stressing about what to get her. Marriage is one of those monumental milestones in life and when it is someone you care deeply for you want to get them the perfect gift. I went round and round in my head over the standard items you would find on a registry, but then an opportunity presented itself! I was planning to host a bridal brunch at the bride’s home and what better way to knock two birds with one stone then to make something as both a wedding gift and fun décor for the brunch! Plus, I could easily ask for pictures of her place for “planning the brunch” and keep the real reason a secret! I settled on making three different handmade gifts for the newlywed couple: wedding pillows, chalkboard serving tray, and chalkboard wine bottles. Are you curious to see how the bridal brunch turned out? Check back soon to read our post!

 

I chose to make pillows with the numbers “01” and “02” for two different reasons. First and foremost, I thought of it as a modern looking alternative to your standard “Mr” and “Mrs” with its hidden meaning of two become one. Sound familiar? You got it! The inspiration was derived from Mark 10: 7-9.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.”

How cool is that?! 😀 Not to mention the other reason was because their wedding date conveniently shared the same numbers, January 2nd! Ready to learn how to make your own?

 

 

 

How to Make Wedding Pillows

This pattern makes TWO 12” x 12” decorative pillows.

Note: Wash, dry, and iron your fabrics before beginning.

 

Materials

1 yard cotton base fabric

1/4 yard cotton accent fabric

1/4 yard cotton batting

1/4 yard cotton appliqué fabric

1 1/2 yards decorative trim

Thread

Fabric Scissors

Fabric Pen/Pencil

Yard Stick

Cutting Mat

Sewing Machine (I LOVE this one!)

Note: All of the above material yard measurements are the minimum required to complete this project. I always recommend purchasing more yards of all material and trims to ensure you have enough as well as spare materials in case of cutting errors.

 

Fabric Cuts

Cut four 12 ½” x 12 ½” squares of base fabric. These dimensions include ¼” seam.

Cut two 7” x 7” squares of accent fabric. These dimensions include ½” seams.

Cut two 6” x 6” squares of cotton batting.

Cut out two sets of 4” tall numbers, 0 0 1 2, of applique fabric.

 

 

Note: I made paper stencils of these numbers using my Cricut Machine. If you do not have a cutting machine, you can work in Microsoft Word and use scissors to cut out the numbers to create a stencil.

 

Assembly

Pin the appliqué numbers 0 1 (0 2) to the 7” x 7” accent fabric square. Appliqué stitch around the numbers to attach them to the fabric. Fold and iron accent fabric at ½” border.

 

Place 6” x 6” batting under accent fabric with ½” border folded around batting. Center and pin the batted appliqué to the 12 ½” x 12 ½” base fabric that will be the front of the pillow. Sew the batted appliqué with both 1/8” and ¼” seams to attach to the base fabric. Pin and sew decorative trim around batted appliqué.

Note: Do not cut the decorative trim into separate pieces. Keep the trim as one continuous piece around the batted appliqué.

 

 

Place the completed 12 ½” x 12 ½” front piece with the 12 ½” x 12 ½” back piece of base fabric facing each other. Sew ¼” seam around, leaving a 2 – 3” opening. Refer to the diagram above for the 2 – 3” opening specifics. Reinforce the stitching on either side of the opening by sewing over the last few stitches. Use the opening to flip the fabric correct side out.

 

Iron the pillow with the front side facing down. Sew ½” seam around leaving the same 2 – 3″ opening as before. Add stuffing through the space and complete the ½” seam. Complete the outer seam by hand (blind stitch) at the opening.

 

 

 

You’re done! Now you have two beautiful and meaningful wedding pillows to give the newlyweds!

 

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