A good friend of mine is excepting her first this spring, and myself and another friend had a few baby shower duties, including the games. We came up with a few easy word games, and I thought they might be useful to others so I’m sharing them here. There is a pink themed set for girls and a blue one for boys (sorry, no gender neutral options currently). The download includes a word search, a word scramble, a nursery rhyme quiz, and a blank layout in both themes, as well as the answers. Enjoy!
The first week of 2013 is already on the books, and if you’re like me and have a blank space on your wall and no calendar, this DIY is for you.
Since I’m Instagram obsessed, I printed out some of my favorite shots and attached them to my calendar using washi tape. I got my prints from Prinstagram, but Pic Plum also has great quality prints. I printed my calendar on white card stock because that’s what I had at hand, but I was tempted to pick up some fun neon paper, or black and print the calendar in white.
Download the calendar template and have fun. You can use Instagram prints, or any other photo, doodle or memento will do. Have fun!
I really liked the photos of the Cherry Blossoms I took when I was in DC a few weeks ago, so I decided to get one printed to hang up. I wanted to keep this project on the cheaper side, so I took some inspiration from here and here, and got to work.
Here’s the photo I started with.
The original was way underexposed. Some of my other shots were better straight out of the camera, but I liked the composition of this one. so I used Lightroom and Photoshop to lighten it up and play with some effects. I wanted it to look a little vintage-y, and this was the result of my tinkering.
I uploaded the photo to mpix, and for about 25 bucks, including shipping a 20 x 30 print was on it’s way. I choose mpix because they’re supposed to print more true colors on higher quality paper than some of the other sites like Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc. The print arrived looking AMAZING (A-MOZZ-ING), but a little darker than what it looked like on my monitor. mpix used to sell a color calibration kit to ensure that what you saw on your screen would match the final product, but it looks like they discontinued that offering. Despite the difference, I was still super pleased with the print.
Next stop Michael’s, for some foam board and adhesive spray. I chose this glue because it says it is photo safe and and is perfect for bonding light weight materials. I sprayed the back of the print and the foam board, then slapped them together. I recommend having an extra set of hands help when trying to mount a large print because it’s really hard to get the corners lined up while keeping the rest of the print from gluing itself wherever it wants. I used these picture hanging strips to hang it up.
I hung the finished product in my powder room, and since I was feeling super industrious, I also hung a print I framed months ago that had been leaning against the wall in my living room. (Please pardon the crooked iPhone shots.)