Tips for Creating Simple and Timeless Photo Albums

Tips for Creating Simple and Timeless Photo Albums via lilblueboo.com

 

One of the most gratifying things for me is finishing up a yearly album.  I’m always usually about a year behind but that time allows me to make sure every photo is printed and organized.  I always seem to have random photos show up mid-year and it would drive me nuts if those weren’t in the yearly album.  Boo loves to keep me company while I put albums together because I talk about the photos as I go and tell stories:

After I did my How to Organize and Print YEARS worth of Photos tutorial I had numerous requests for a post on how I actually assemble my albums…..so I took photos as I finished 2010′s album up this weekend.  I always find that if you have YEARS worth of albums to make start with the most recent year you are ready to work on and move backwards. A few thoughts about album making before I start with the tips:

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The Extreme Cabinet Makeover

So, I’m not sure any of you remember…..but RIGHT before I was diagnosed with cancer last year I was about to embark on a big interior makeover of our house. I like to do most things by myself….I love the challenge of a project. It’s been a little over a year now and I’ve decided it’s time to start again. There are lots of projects going on here but the first big one was this week when they took away my TV cabinet to refinish it. I’ll give you a hint of where I’m headed….I’m going from all beige and browns to all greys and whites….think Restoration Hardware.

Here’s the before:

The Extreme Cabinet Makeover (Before) via lilblueboo.com
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Make a Button Art Collage

Boo and I finished her Cinderella button collage this weekend!  I made a time lapse process video filled with our tips and tricks and where to buy buttons:

(here’s the direct video link if you have trouble viewing)

 

Here’s the finished piece:

Cinderella Button Art Collage via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

 

Now we’ve got three…..I have a few others in mind right now for the next installment.

Button Project Ideas via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

Here are some closeups of the collage so you can see some of the cool little buttons we used: (click continue to read more….)

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Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – The Inspiration

So I’ve been working super hard the past few days on a big Christmas tree reveal for the Michaels Holiday Dream Tree Challenge. I can’t wait to show you some of the decor I made for it and the overall theme. Here’s my inspiration board I made for my shopping trip to Michaels for supplies:
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The Michaels Dream Tree Challenge - Inspiration via lilblueboo.comPhoto credits (clockwise from top left):
HGTV Sheet Music Trees, Pottery Barn, Lil Blue Boo, DIY Star via Grey Luster Girl, DIY Wine Barrel via Lil Blue Boo

 

Some sneek peeks to come soon…..plus a video….I have about an hour of process video that I need to cut down into a few minutes!

Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via lilblueboo.com #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size: CONTINUE READING

10 Inspiring Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Here are 10 ideas to inspire your Table Decor.

Thanksgiving table ideas via lilblueboo.com

Click “read more” below to see the gallery and links:

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Cheap DIY Fixes to Make Your Home More Livable

 

Katie White from DIY Mother is here to share some simple ideas to live comfortable on a budget!

 Budget friendly home renovation ideas via lilblueboo.com

Our first house was a serious fixer-upper: it was a small two-bedroom, and I’m convinced that there wasn’t a single thing in it—from the carpet to the wallpaper to the dishwasher—that was younger than we were. It was a pretty dismal place to live at first, but we decided to do some research and find ways to liven it up—and after some hard work, we had a real, comfortable home. Here are some of the best ideas we came up with.

Beautify your front entryway

You can really enhance your first impressions by making a few changes to your front entrance. Some of the simplest ideas include repainting your front door and exterior trim, trading up for nicer house numbers (they’re cheap), or even installing new lighting. For a quick, headache-free investment in your home, consider buying a new steel door—on average, homeowners who replace their front doors see their money back with considerable interest (5%-30%) when it’s time to sell.

Budget friendly home renovation ideas: paint your front door via lilblueboo.comKidspot

Open up your kitchen

Kitchens are busy, and it’s very easy to feel cramped and shut in if your home has a small one. Consider a few visual tricks to enhance the sense of space in your kitchen, like installing mirrored backsplash tiles, repainting in light, breezy colors, or removing the doors on your overhead cupboards. Fill the holes with putty, sand, and repaint. By pushing back the visible space to the walls, open shelving can really open up the room. Coordinated dishware makes them look even nicer.

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I Heart Organizing

I really do love organizing. If I could spend ALL day organizing I would…..but I’d bore everyone. We spent the whole weekend cleaning out the house…..getting rid of things we don’t need and organizing closets and cabinets. Lisa walked in this morning and asked where did everything go? Success!

Boo and I cleaned her closet and drawers out.  Then we moved her desk from the playroom into her room.  She was so excited….and spend a few hours organizing her desk drawers.  The horse lamp was mine….my dad brought it back from overseas when I was little:

Graffiti Spraypainted Desk Furniture via lilblueboo.com

 

I attacked the pantry and couldn’t believe how much food was expired.  Now it looks bare: CONTINUE READING

Hot Glue Gun Stencils

Instead of art journal prompts this week I’m experimenting with some art journaling techniques!

Hot Glue Gun Stencils via lilblueboo.com #artjournaling #theliljournalproject

This hot glue stencil technique is from mixed media artist Traci Bautista…..my art journaling hero. I’m in love with her studio…..click the image below to see more: CONTINUE READING

Packing Tape Image Transfers

How to make image transfers with packing tape via lilblueboo.com

I love image transfers.  It’s something I’m always using in my journals but there are so many other fun uses for them.  All you need to make a transfer is a photocopy of an image or words and packing tape.  You can also use printouts from a laser printer or magazine pages. Inkjets will not work because they are not heat based toner.  So take some photos to the copy machine or tear some pages out of your favorite magazine to get started.

 

How to transfer images (materials) via lilblueboo.com

First, take a strip of packing tape and place it over the images you want to transfer: CONTINUE READING

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