More Inexpensive Home Decorating Ideas

Last week we looked at some inexpensive home decorating ideas. Here are some more. Use your photographs as a decoration. One way is to make a collage of photos from your family’s life. I used to have one large wall in our family room dedicated to photos of our family. Eventually it spread to two walls. You could track our family, and the various homes we’d lived in and pets we’d had, through that wall. I bought simple inexpensive frames and then rather than only put half a dozen or so photos in the allotted spots. I took the sectioned … Continue reading

Family Fun Week in Review – July 2nd – June 9h

We in the Family Fun section hope you and your gang had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. Hopefully you all spent the time enjoying the outdoors, eating good food and watching brilliant firework shows while basking in the glow of our collective independence. The family fun writers took a bit of time away from their own vacations and holiday merriment to grill up a few tasty treats for you, the reader. Lauri dishes out some last minute holiday ideas. Even though America’s birthday has past, there is no reason why her ideas can’t be put in motion throughout … Continue reading

Collage Fun

The word collage is from the French word “coller”, which means “to glue”. Collage is one of my favorite projects to do with children. Most kids really get into the project once they figure out that there isn’t just one right way to do it. At first they may glue five or six pictures that don’t even touch on the page. Show them examples of collages with tilted pictures and images that overlap. Once they get the idea, most kids almost tend to overload the page. To start you need is a board to glue things to. Pick something heavy … Continue reading

Quick Tips for Your Photos

There are always times in scrapbooking when you need a fast and fun way to display your photos. I have a few techniques that work well time and time again. Here are a few of my favorite techniques. Place the photos right next to each other. This technique works well for a few reasons. First, it allows more space for more photos because you don’t have to allow for any space between the photos. It keeps the design clean and uncluttered. You also save time because you don’t have to mat any photos. Paint the edges of your photos. This … Continue reading

Collage Tips for Scrapbookers

I’ve already discussed the art of collage, so here are some useful tips and tricks to consider as you create your collage: Use a non-permanent adhesive to stick down the different elements on the page. This way, if you don’t like the way you placed everything, you can just remove it and place it somewhere else. There are repositionable glues out there that make collage work easier. Don’t use metal right directly on your photographs. I’ve already encouraged you to either spray with a archival spray on the papers, but keep in mind that these metals can damage the photographs … Continue reading

Create a Collage (2)

While collecting your items for your collage scrapbook page, you might also with to consider and then incorporate any of the following items: candy wrappers bubble gum wrappers specialty papers (mulberry, suede, metallic, etc.) ticket stubs wrapping paper wall paper tissue paper tinfoil stationary stamps and any other flat item So, now it’s time to start gluing our collage together. When you are ready, just begin gluing things overlapping each other. Don’t worry about being perfect, or going over the background paper. You can always use your paper trimmer to cut the access off at the end. Just flip the … Continue reading

Create a Collage (1)

Scrapbooking has expanded in many ways, and the styles are constantly changing. I am firm believer in doing what you feel most comfortable with, and what you like best. Collage: n 1: a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image; “he used his computer to make a collage of pictures superimposed on a map” 2: any collection of diverse things; “a collage of memories” 3: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color. 4: A picture or design created by adhering such basically … Continue reading

Make a Collage or Montage

While the word montage generally refers to a collection of photographs combined together to make a large piece of art, it can also be the combination of other elements. A collage generally represents pieces of elements combined to make an artistic work, instead of whole pictures. However, the two can be mixed together to create a unique, interesting art piece. Choose a favorite item. It may be a trademark character that your child adores, or something less specific like horses or kittens. All you need to do is find several representations of the image. These can be just about anything, … Continue reading