The photo gallery wall–step by step DIY

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Hello beautiful people.

Ahh..the photo brag wall…

For some, it is an easy knock out….some frames and nails and out pops a well put-together collage of family memories.

But for others it can be an overwhelming task that they dare not try.

SO…here are some easy DIY tips that may help some of you that fall in to the second category.

1.  Don’t be afraid

This is your house, your wall, and there is NO RIGHT OR WRONG to this.

2. Largest picture first

Pick a point on the wall that you wish to be the focal point of your photo frame collage.  Then select your largest picture and hang that one in that spot.

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3.  Closer the spacing the better

Working from the largest picture out begin hanging your photos on either side.  Space them close to each other….this will promote the feeling of a “one-piece” collage, rather than just a bunch of pictures on a wall.

4.  Go high and don’t forget to go low

Give your photo wall collage height, but don’t forget to hang pictures low as well.

5.  Interchange horizontal with vertical in frame direction

Mix your direction of the frames to give your collage interest as well as movement.

6.  Mix species of frame material

I have had an all black frame photo wall.  I changed it because it lacked interest and variety.  Mix gold frames, ornate frames, light and dark wood frames…it will bring out the different colors of your room and add an artistic element to your collage.  If you desire some consistent theme…choose all black and white photos or all color photos if you’d like.

7.  Use nail/hammer alternatives

If you feel like you are just going to make too many holes in the wall doing this project, you may want to consider alternatives to nails such as Command strips.  They have a ton of products that can uphold the weight of any picture and are gentle on your walls.

8.  Enjoy your wall!

Leave room for more pics (as shown here) if you think necessary or call it complete and change out the photo in the existing photo frames…totally up to you.  Post script….this wall has one more step…it is recommended that the wall vent be the same color  as the wall…I have some painting to do!

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Happy hanging!

dcb

Pretty Paper….liven up your workspace

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In my house….where there is a computer….there is a kid.

Noticing an awful lot of pen marks, finger smudges and Lord knows what appearing on my desk surface as of late.

So down the paper goes….cute scrapbook paper I have in my stash.  I put in directly on my desk and used scotch tape to adhere the edges (to each other, not the desk).  No sprays or decopauge…this way you can keep redoing it when it starts looking a little too loved.

Who says Mom’s work space can’t be cute?

Have a good week’s end…..dcb

What’s in your box?

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Hello lovely people….

Wanted to take the opportunity to give a big shout out to the folks at UMBA box.  If you haven’t heard of this concept…well, you should listen up.

Two gals….one bright idea…sort of the wine of the month club meets crafty-artisans and cool stuff kinda thing.  If you click on their web site  here or down on the lower right hand side of this page…you will be introduced to a subscription based company that will send you  the most ADORABLE box of crafty items each month.  It makes a great gift and definitely a super surprise each month for those of us who appreciate hand made goodies.

I upcycled the above coasters (they have a letter pressed calendar on the opposite side) which was part of the December Umba box in 2012.  They are from Sugar Cube Press--they do an amazing line of hand pressed stationary and calendars.

Anyway…check them out and tell them the Highnote sent you!

dcb

 

Is there a Thanksgiving “Season”? Three ways to make the most out of November.

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We are busy.

I was corrected the other day when I exclaimed, “I can’t believe it is November already!”

The woman within earshot of my comment quickly jumped in and touted, “No, you can’t believe it is Christmas already…”

It is true.  The time between Halloween and Christmas goes quick.  We stop only for a brief moment to take a day off, stuff ourselves with Turkey and now, unfortunately, use the day to trample over our neighbor  to get the deal on the big screen TV.

Not for me.  Not the way our family rolls.

Why not take the time to prepare for Thanksgiving?

Just like for Advent/Christmas, I think the busy weeks heading up to Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reassess family and personal goals, list blessings, think about the needs of others and truly get ready to come together and “give thanks”.

How?

Here are  a couple of ideas you can do at home.

1.  The Family Mission Statement

Our family did this some years ago, but it has been a life saver for us.  It is a way to give our family purpose and above all helps me explain to our children why we do the things we do…..”it is a part of our mission”.

Over dinner have each person answer these three simple questions:

 *When people describe our family what do you think they say?

      *If we were a famous family what would be most known for doing?

       *Say three words that describe our family

These questions will get the conversation going.  Write down the results and then try and come up with a catchy sentence that can serve as your overall mission statement.   Then, hang that baby up on the wall! family mission  statement

This statement encompassed a bunch of things for us….how we treat each other, how we treat others, hospitality, neatness, faith, fun and so on.  This took ten minutes to make and an old frame…..

2. List Blessings

Ok.  The most thinking that goes on in my house is well….

in the bathroom.

The picture doesn’t show the exact location of this, but a simple board and pen where family members can list what they are thankful for can help slow things down and remind us of the abundant gifts we enjoy in our daily lives.

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It is also a way for other family members to read the list and feel cherished.

And in my house, it makes potty time a bit more cerebral…..

3. Of course, do a Thanksgiving Craft.

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For this cute place card I downloaded an image of a Turkey (or you could do the ol’ trace the kiddo’s hand turkey cut out), covered a clothespin with scrapbook paper and viola….a  template to write notes of thanks.

Now here is the secret…

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THANKSGIVING DAY TO DO THIS….! Have these at your family table now, so that on Thanksgiving Day you will all have a complete “Thanking Turkey” to adorn your table.

Wishing you a very mindful Thanksgiving Season….dcb

Candy here!…..DIY Halloween sign

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Hello fine people….

So love this time of year!

Working on these cute signs to hang about until the fright night itself rolls around.

It is actually a variation on the boo blocks of last year, but with added wire attached and used ephemera for the background.IMG_7813

I used the  Letter M press app for the letters and pointing finger…..I printed directly on the antique dictionary page and distressed with stamping ink.

Have a “sweet” rest of your Sunday!

Spanish Olive Oil Press Mat—a Re-use

Hello sweet people….or should I say, “Hola”……travels to the Catalonia region of Spain have brought many wonderful memories, artifacts and of course…..craft ideas back to insert in my little blog to share with you all.

If I had any international business acumen, I would figure out a way to import these little beauties I found while staying in the countryside of Eastern Spain….olive oil country….rich with generations of olive oil production and traditional methods of oil making.

The press above, lies virtually untouched after many years of retirement in the garage of our friends who so graciously let us stay in their home in a small village named Gandesa.  Their “garage” was filled with many artifacts that American antique lovers would have swooned over.

I notice these “mats” everywhere….similar to a wicker rug….that were used to press the olives and separate the solids from the liquids.  They were washed and dried and apparently left for someone like me to think they were worth crafting with.  In their pure form they looked like this:

A few were generously gifted to me and stuffed in to my already overloaded suitcase.

Of course, there are many practical non-olive-oil-pressing uses for these babies.  A small rug, a centerpiece placemat, a garden mat….or,

a wall hanging……

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A bit of ribbon and ribbon-covered clothes pins and I had a neat way to display some of my pictures from the adventure to Spain.

Enjoy!

DIY cards for that Special Teacher—free printable!

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Happy Thursday….

My kids are a week away from their last day of school…..shouts of joy for summer break and for the pure bliss of not having to wake up and make lunches for three whole months….

For the end of the year teacher gifts….

You might have guessed I’m not the give-a-gift-card-to-the-Gap kind of gift giver.   Each kiddo has picked out something special for their teacher and I always encourage them to write a nice note telling them how that teacher made their lives better for the year.  

SO…

Here is an easy DIY card you can make for that teacher who has put up with your kid  taught your child so unconditionally this year.

Supplies:

*child’s artwork or other background ephemera 

* photo paper (optional)

* blank card or gift tag

*tape runner or other adhesive

*scissors and/or paper cutter

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I have been scanning my children’s artwork and saving it on my computer quite a bit lately.  You can easily take photos of school art and save them on your computer as well.  This is a wonderful way to preserve those memories that otherwise will decay in a box over the years…..and, free up precious storage space for you!

Using your computer software of choice (I used Microsoft Publisher) take the saved document of your scanned artwork and set it as your background.  Choose a quote in a cute font for the sentiment that will go directly on your background image.   HINT:  Use the brightness function on your program to brighten up the background…..It will allow the quote to stand better.

Once you have the complete image and the size you want, print out on photo paper (I like because of the gloss) or paper of choice.  Cut to fit blank card or gift tag.  Adhere with tape runner or tape. 

And there you go!

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These are also great projects for Father’s Day cards and cards for Grandparents (they love this stuff).

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Leave a comment here and you can have either one or both of these backgrounds as a free printable!  I will email upon request!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!  dcb

Upcycle clothing tags and button envelopes

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A good Tuesday to you….

I’m not sure about you, but it is very hard for me to throw away the often large and decorated little button envelopes that come with a new piece of clothing.   I have had a growing collection of the little beauties until recently when I began upcycling them to use on my hand made cards.

And those high end tags!  The “now-I-know-why-this-was-so-expensive” tags….

Nope.

Can’t throw those away either.  

My Montana gal pal,  Lesliann, knows this about me and often sends me extra tags from the boutique she works in…and I love her for it….

So…don’t throw those tags and envelopes away!  Here are just a few upcycling ideas!

Scrapbooking:

Use the button envelope to:

*a place to put special momentos on your page

* Baby’s first tooth, or lock of hair

* Ticket stubs from a memorable event

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Labels/Tags

*Backpack, luggage, lunchbox, sportbag tags for your kiddos

Buy the metal fasteners at your local hobby store (in the leather making section). Usually they cost around $2.00 for a pack of 50.  I would laminate any tags used for luggage to make them wear better and last longer!  I used a regular label maker to print out the label to cover the brand name on the tag.

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Card Making:

*Cut off brand name and embellish to use on front of a card

*Use button envelope to hold gift card or money and affix to the front of a card

*Decorate the outside of button envelope and stick a special note inside.  Tuck in your husband’s briefcase/sportbag or in your child’s lunch box.

*Cover the brand name of a tag with stickers, stamp, and affix to the front of a card

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The possibilities are endless!

Don’t hold out on me if you have more ideas!  And, if you have tags/envelopes you don’t want to upcycle….don’t THROW THEM AWAY!  I will make sure and find a good home for them.

Happy Day.   –dcb

And the winner (s) are…..

Hello sweet people….

Loved all the comments of congrats and support I received in the last few days!

The winner of the big 1 +100 package giveaway  was selected at random……

 

Congrats to Southern Circuit Lady!

 

Check out her blog and all the wonderful paper musings she has going on!

I have to also give a little something to my faithful email followers:

Colleen

Kathleen

Valerie

Trisch

Congratulations to all and here is to another year and 100 more followers!  dcb

1 + 100 = a BIG thank you give away!

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The High Note is celebrating one year and over 100 followers!

A big thank you to all of you for supporting this fun adventure….

And as a very small token of my gratitude I am giving away a package of some of the goodies the High Note has done this year!

Shredded Antique Sheet Music

Custom Note Cards

and

a Music Wrapped Candle

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Like this post and/or leave a comment here to enter!

Winner will be announced Monday 4/22!

 

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Gilbert K. Chesterton