Decorate a Frame with Buttons

A few years ago, a friend of the family died and I ended up with a ton of buttons. I mean a whole lot of buttons. And I needed to figure out what to do with all these buttons. I always liked the way old and vintage buttons look all grouped together, so I started using them as an easy way to decorate frames around my house and office.

I chose to only use white buttons for these two frame since the actual frame was white. I love how even though they are all white, there are so many variations of white buttons: white, pearl, cream, gray, off-white. I also have tons and tons of white buttons.

The process is so easy; just ModPodge them on, making sure to get a variety of shades, styles, and sizes.

Another super easy project! I will also be posting more ways to use up these buttons in the near future!

Two Weeks in Instagram

This isn't much of an update I've been neglecting Instagram a bit since I've been busy with little things that don't seem interesting enough for Instagram. I don't think anyone needs to see pictures of emptying boxes and making dinner. But I spent most of last week down the shore with my parents while T was at drum camp and this week has kind of been a blur. I can't really tell you what I've spent my nights doing, because I can't really remember. Odd, huh?

But 7 hours until the weekend, and I want to celebrate it!

From left: My mom & I's ferry tickets for outlet shopping, grapefruit martinis, beach in Wildwood Crest, Sand & Boardwalk, Pina Colada in a pouch, Abbey!, T hung this picture shelf while I was at work, Abbey & T=BFF, My car had a birthday, Regal Abbey, Morning walk to the car, & my new beautiful typewriter.

Framing Photobooth Photos

Another really super simple way to get photos out of drawers and onto the walls. I had the first two of these photostrips floating around for a long time now. The first is from 2010, second from 2008/09 and the third from our vacation two weeks ago. I knew I wanted to use them somehow; I loved how they were photos of us, but not a traditional 4x6.

Then, two weeks ago, Elise Blaha (one of my most favorite blogs to follow on a regular basis, I have a little blogger-crush I think) posted this on framing photos and it showed how she framed photobooth strips in her house! How perfect...she must have read my mind.

It is so easy to do I probably should have been able to think it up myself. I followed Elise's description; bought some heavy white paper (I actually used a poster board since it was rather cheap), traced the frame insert for a template and taped the strips on using double-sized tape. Bam, done.

We are starting a frame cluster over our bar/sofa area in the living room, and this is the beginning of it. (In person, they actually look straighter than they do in this picture.) And that other print, one of our favorite new prints we purchased from Pop Chart Lab

Product Review: Stickygrams

I'm not sure how I discovered Stickygram, but when I did, I knew I wanted them. I love taking photos and having my iPhone with me at all times means that I capture a lot of moments on my phone rather than my DSLR. I'm also a big fan of Instagram and use it constantly (follow me @dcampeggio). When we moved, I knew I wanted these photo magnets for our fridge.

I have to say, ordering from them was a lovely experience. Super easy to use and they came in the mail only a few days later. I also think their logo, website, and blog are designed really well and reflect a fun, playful persona. $14.99+free shipping for nine magnets, so the price is very decent as well.

My biggest concern before ordering was that they wouldn't be strong enough to actually hold anything on the fridge. But I was wrong and they are fully functional. I honestly love this product. My only problem is that we have a stainless steel fridge (nonmagnetic) so we had to stick them to the sides. 

I can't wait to take more great Instagram photos to order another set!

Have you ordered from them yet?

Printing&Framing Instagram Photos

In the past couple of months, I have been trying much harder to document things in my life better. Having my iPhone and Instagram on me at all times makes it much easier to document the little moments in life that would otherwise be mostly forgotten. I should preface with saying that I am not a very photogenic person and very critical of myself in photos, so it's a rare occurrence that I find photos of myself that I would actually want to frame and look at every day. But now that I've been taking more photos, the chance that I would snag a good one is higher. 

I decided I wanted to print one of my Instagram photos for a square frame that I had purchased. There are really awesome websites out there that do this for you, but I thought I could figure it out on my own. Here's what I did using Photoshop Elements...

After uploading the photo onto your computer, open it in Photoshop. Open a blank canvas that is your desired size (my matte was 3x3) and change resolution to 150. 150 is a bit low for printing photos, but it's a camera phone photo and it didn't have to be crystal clear.

With the photo open, double click on Background in the layers menu. A pop-up box will appear, just click okay. You will see that Background now says Layer 0.

Using the move tool (top left in tool panel) click on the photo and drag to the blank canvas.

Using the corner arrows, adjust the photo to fit the canvas. Press enter to accept.

Now we print. Click file-print in top menu bar and you'll get a pop-up like this. Select the printer you will be using. Then select the photo paper size you plan to use (mine was 4x6). Unclick the Crop to Fit box and choose actual size for print size. You're pop-up box should look like mine above. When you hit print, you may get a message about the dpi being low, but again, this is a camera phone photo and it will be a little grainy close up. Mine looks really clear unless you are really looking at it closely.

Enter photo paper and print! Super easy way to get those photos off your computer and phone and display them. I love the square frame since most of the other frames I have are rectangular. The plan is to add this to a photo grouping that will appear somewhere in our home, but right now it sits near this purple bird cage. 

Happy creating!