• Home Decor,  News,  Projects

    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

  • Photography,  Tutorials

    How to Make A Photography Lightbox for (Basically) Free

    A sharp white background behind a photographed object can turn a snapshot into something more professional – even if the object is photographed with just a smart phone.  The use of a lightbox can help create a seamless white background with few shadows.  Best of all, you can easily make it with stuff around your house in a short amount of time. What You Need: Cardboard Box Box Cutter / X-acto knife Tissue Paper Tape Ruler Pencil Lamps / light source Scissors Matte poster board / sturdy paper approximately twice as long as the box depth Our goal is to create a box with three windows: one facing towards the…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Framed Prints on Clips Swappable Art

    For almost two years, I’ve had a small amount of this grey-blue drapery fabric leftover from my craft room’s curtains.  The fabric is very sturdy due to a heavyweight blackout lining. While cleaning out my soon-to-be mother-in-law’s basement, I found these two frames that were destined for the trash heap.  I immediately thought of this fabric and knew I could work with them to create an artwork display for interchangeable prints. The best part?  Everything in this project came from my stash, so there was no immediate cost.  Bonus! Supplies wooden frames (recycled) fabric (leftover from old projects) drapery clips ($1 on clearance at Fabricland) small-sized prints thumbtacks ruler (optional)…