Simple Photography Print Tutorial

I finished my family room gallery wall about a week ago but I still hadn’t found the perfect something to put into a frame with awkward dimensions – 5 3/4 x 11 3/4 – what is that? I contemplated getting a picture enlarged and cropping to fit the frame or framing a piece of patterned paper to compliment my color scheme…..hmmmm……Then while toodling around on Pic Monkey I decided I would make my own very simple typography print!
I knew I wanted a black type on white look so I googled ‘white paper’ and clicked ‘Images’ and saved a piece of white ‘paper’ to my computer. You can use any color background you would like……simply google that color and save the image to your computer.
Next, in Pic Monkey open the white paper file you saved. Here you will resize to fit the dimensions you would like. My funky dimensions in pixels was 431 x 881. If you would like to create a print to fit in an 8 x 10 frame you would want 600 x 750 in pixels. I used this handy calculator to convert my measurement from inches to pixels. Click ‘Resize’ and enter your dimensions. Be sure to unclick ‘keep proportions’ and then click ‘apply.’
Now you get to enter your text! On the far left hand side click the icon that looks like a ‘P’, then ‘Add Text.’ You can play around with your font, color and sizing until you have a look you love. I didn’t get into all of the fun features and effects but I did add a little asterick for kicks. You can do the same by clicking the ‘Overlays’ icon, again located on the far left side. I chose ‘Stars’ and sized my shape for my print.
Frame, hang and enjoy 🙂
I’ll share my gallery walll later on this week but here’s a little sneak-peak!
I hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Have you used Pic Monkey to create your own print? I’m always learning and would love any tips or tricks you’ve learned!
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Nagging Tasks {Home Edition}


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about resolutions. I’ve set a few of my own that I will work on this year – big things like organizing my digital photos and eating clean. I’m also a list person……I love to check things off my list and i’ll always check the Bedroom solution! Do you?
I have a list of my grander resolutions but it will inevitably take me days, weeks and months to accomplish those tasks. I wanted to work on something smaller. I want that check mark next to my task now! The thought came to me when reading ‘The Happiness Project’ that I would like to focus on small things around my home – things that can be done in a few minutes or an hour or maybe even a day at most.
 One of the authors ‘resolutions’ for happiness is tackling a nagging task. I loved this when I read it! I immediately (at 2:00 a.m. aka ‘my creative time’) jotted down a list of tasks that were nagging me……I wrote out a three page list in a matter of minutes! Things like schedule a appointment for the dermatologist, get my daughters hair cut, floss and organize my boys schoolwork.
I thought I would take this one step further and write out a list of tasks around my home that were nagging me. I literally walked around my home with a pen and paper. Here are a few that I’ll share: (no judging, mkay?)
These french doors that let in beautiful natural light have looked like this pretty much since we moved into our home……4 months ago! Check.
This is the current state of my daughters closet. The clothes and shoes are clearly out of reach for a 3-year old, her dress up clothes have no home and I won’t even show you the other side! Serious closet makeover. This task may take longer than 10 minutes 🙂 Check.
Need I say more on this one?!? Check.
Hopefully this will help you to inventory your home and take pen to paper and list those tasks that are nagging you to no end. And then you get to check them off! My favorite part 🙂
So, what tasks are nagging you right now?
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Making Art with What You Have: Gold is Back!

So as I mentioned when putting my living room together, I am seriously purging items that I’m no longer in love with. But I could never bring myself to get rid of these frames.

I’ve hung onto them for over a decade now. They’ve graced the walls in the first three homes we lived in but then I was all, ‘I’m over this gold thing!” Bring in the chunky black frames and frames made from salvaged tin and lots and lots of easels……everywhere! That was the early 2000’s.
I’ve contemplated spray painting them dozens of times but never did it AND I’m SO glad that I didn’t because now that ‘gold/brass thing’ that we detested in 2005 is now ever so popular and amazing in 2013!
Check it:
I adore this room!! It may be a bit too much for my lifestyle with 3 rambunctous kiddos but I do use it for reference everyday when deciding how to style my living space, namely the pops of gold and brass.
I was so happy to unpack these gold treasures that I’ve hung onto for so long and they will finally be displayed proud in my living room.

Because the glittery autumn colored leaves aren’t working for me I decided to take the frames apart and glue a piece of patterned paper in each one. Most of these prints are from an discontinued Amy Butler collection and they are perfect since I’ve decided that blue and hot pink is where it’s at! (at least for this room)

 Here they are all updated and pretty.

I think that three on each side of my gold mirror would finish that wall……for now!

What do you think? How do you like displaying art in your home?

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