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Poster Frame Collages
In the last few years, I’ve made picture collages for myself and some friends using magazine pictures and the poster frames you can buy at places like Walmart. I loved having them in my dorm room in college (plus they’re way cheaper than regular posters!) They look great in my bedroom now too. This year for Christmas, I decided to make one for my brother and document the process.
Pictures/Close Ups of Previous Collages:
- Cut out any images you want from magazines, etc. - My brother is a big IT fan, so he got a Steve Jobs/Apple Computer collage (see below).
- Remove the plastic cover from your poster frame and arrange pictures, as desired, on the paper insert that comes with the frame. (That’s the fake picture that most people remove when they add their own picture/poster.)
- Glue images down. I find a glue stick leads to the smoothest results.
- Reassemble frame and enjoy!
5|365: Sweater Cups
I still have sweater left overs from the pillow I did yesterday and so what better use for the extra sleeves than to make cute little sweaters for my cups and such.
You just slip the sweater sleeve over the mug, cup, or even bowl, mark where it’s to be cut and cut it. You can then experiment however you want to do the rest of it. You can cut out a circle piece and sow it to the bottom, flipping it inside out when you’re done. I didn’t have any extra sweater left, so I cut out a little circle out of a paper plate and hot glued it to the bottom of my sweater cup. For the mug, I cut out the part where the handle was and fixed a rubber band on the inside of the sweater covering so that I could stretch it over the handle when I put it on. Easy peasy! :)
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Burlap Banner How-To
About a month ago my daughter had an idea for a prop she wanted to use in a maternity shoot for this adorable young Clayton couple. They’re expecting their first little bundle of joy any day now!
She wanted to go for a natural look, so we used burlap from my beekeeping bin. I use this material in my smoker when I’m working with my bees. You can buy it for practically nothing at any hardware store in the form of sand bags. We cut ours into rough strips and left the odd red line in one of them for character:
Don’t forget to protect your work surface with newspaper or craft paper!
Using Word Art I sized the letters in Word and printed them on card stock:
Then we cut them out on a cutting mat with an exacto knife:
After watering down our paint slightly so it wouldn’t be too saturated, we centered our letters and dabbed on paint with a foam brush:
Although it does look saturated here on the table, when it’s held up to the light it almost disappears. She had to keep this in mind when shooting, making sure not to get too much or too little backlight.
And this is why we used paper under our project!
I didn’t even bother to sew a pocket at the top for the string. We just folded it over and pinned the letters over the string with safety pins. I love the backlight catching the letters on the burlap and the beautiful winter backdrop of oak trees.
I also created this “mock ultrasound” for this shoot using card stock. All of her ultrasound pictures were different sizes and colors, so I resized and reprinted four of them in black and white into a more uniform strip.
And I had to throw in my personal favorite. I don’t remember looking this cute when I was pregnant!
To see the complete Inkspot Photography blogpost on this shoot, click here.