DIY: 50th Anniversary Shadow Box

20140607_161527My husband’s grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer and when we were planning our wedding, I heard that they didn’t have a copy of their wedding certificate. Now, honestly, I have no clue where ours is and it’s only been a little over four years, but I was able to hunt theirs down at the local courthouse. For theirs, I created a nice shadow box to put it on display which also doubled as an anniversary gift. Really, I need to this for my own when I hunt it down. This gift can easily be created for a wedding, anniversary or really any other occasion and could easily be used for a birth certificate, diploma or any other piece of paper you wish to display.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A 12×12 shadowbox (This may need to be bigger depending on the size of your certificate)
  • 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (Preferably two contrasting shades or patterns)
  • Decorative straight pins (Six came with the shadowbox)
  • Plain straight pins
  • Double sided tape
  • The certificate you wish to display
  • Other decorative items you wish to include (I used a photo and a little sign I created with Photoshop)

Start off by hunting down the certificate you wish to display. Birth and marriage records can be obtained from the local courthouse. Finding the marriage certificate I used was actually fairly easy. I had both of the names (important) and took them to the courthouse of the county that I knew there were married in. The clerk easily looked it up and helped my find the right one among the gazillions of paperwork they had on file. They made a photocopy and I was on my way.

20140607_155056Next, I picked up my shadowbox (I found mine at Target) and bought my scrapbook paper. I chose a gold patterned piece, since the 50th anniversary is typically the golden anniversary, and a piece of gold glitter paper.

Once home, I created a little sign using Photoshop and printed a photo that I had on file. I don’t love the picture, but it was the most recent one I had. I then used plain straight pins and affixed the patterned piece of paper into the back of the shadowbox, using one pin in each of the four corners.

20140607_160257I then trimmed my glittery paper using the sizes of my certificate, sign and photo as a guideline. I made the glittery paper slightly larger (about an inch and a half on each side) than each of the items to allow the glittery to create a contrast between the item and the background. Using my double sided tape, I affixed each item to its corresponding glittery paper.

Using the decorative pins, I pinned each item into the box, starting with the certificate at the top and then the photo and sign under it.

20140607_164432After adding back the piece of glass (this shadowbox worked like a photo frame and not like some that I’ve seen that open on hinges) I wrapped it in tissue paper, put it in a bag and was on my way.

So there you have it. A nice, personalized gift that someone is sure to love for their anniversary, birthday, graduation or more. 20140607_161527

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DIY: Fourth of July: Glittery Frames

20140627_232751I’m still counting my way down to the fabulous fourth, so here’s another festive and fun DIY project to get you in the mood for hotdogs and fireworks.

In my first post I showed you how to make a festive door hanger. Now, I’m going to show you how to make some awesomely festive glittery picture frames.

You will need:

  • Two 5×7 picture frames (I already had these thanks to a large set I purchased a few years ago at a Target Black Friday sale, but any 5×7 frames will do)
  • One piece each of red and blue glittery scrapbook paper (I found mine at AC Moore for 99 cents each, but most craft stores will have some variation on it in their scrapbook section)
  • 20140627_231242A paper cutter (I have the Fiskars 12 Inch Portable Cutter and I love it! It has rulers on both sides so you know how large the piece of paper you’re cutting is, plus guides on the cutting board itself so you can easily see if you’re creating a 5×7, 4×6, etc. As a little side tip, I had the Cricut 12 Inch cutter before purchasing the Fiskars one and it never quite worked right)
  • Glue or scrapbook paper adhesive (I like the EZ Runners. Each craft store usually has their own brand that is similar, or you can buy a two pack for $9 on Amazon. Each has about 28 feet of tape so they last a while)
  • Two 4×6 printable designs (I got mine free from Hostess with the Mostess, but there are tons out there. Just google “fourth of july printables,” design your own or search Pinterest)
  • White card stock (Amazon has a pack of 100 sheets for $9)
  • Computer and printer

Instructions:

  • Start out by printing off your chosen designs. Make sure you print them 4×6. Two should fit on one piece of card stock.
  • Using your paper cutter, carefully cut out your designs and set them aside.
  • Using your paper cutter, cut each piece of glittery paper into a 5X7 rectangle. Be sure they measure exactly 5×7 or they won’t fit in the picture frames and will require additional trimming.
  • 20140627_231535With your first design, which you’ve cut into a 4×6, center it on the 5×7 glittery rectangle. Adhere it to the rectangle using glue or scrapbook paper adhesive. I used scrapbook adhesive, running it around all of the edges of the back of the 4×6 design. It takes more than a few dots to make it stick to the glittery paper.
  • Repeat the previous step using the second 4×6 design and the second 5×7 glittery rectangle.
  • Once both designs have been attached to their glittery counterparts, open the photo frames and place each design in them. Note, the frames may need to be cleaned first with glass cleaner as new frames are sometimes fairly dirty inside.
  • Close the frames, wipe off any fingerprints on the glass and place each in the perfect location around your home.
  • Viola! Another fun, festive project complete.20140628_000727

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I got my 310 pictures in the mail today from snapfish. Sadly they were in no particular order so it took about an hour to get them straight. Oh well. At least I used a coupon code that dropped the price down to one cent each. The rest was all shipping. Still $25 for 310 prints isn’t bad. Its way cheaper than printing them all on my vampire HP.

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I guess Fall is really coming. I can’t believe tomorrow is already Labor Day. Where did the summer go? I feel like it really flew by. At least I’ll get a little bit of a prolonged summer when Ron and I go on vacation later this month. And I like Fall, I really do, except for the fact that it leads to Winter, which I’m not a big fan of. I like the holidays, but I could do without the cold. And the snow. At least Fall and Winter offer plenty of scrapbooking opportunities and pretty papers, like this one.

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This is what my living room looks like when I’m scrapbooking. I was trying to organize my stickers in the process. I need a new way to store them because the box I have has gotten too small. Any suggestions?

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I finally got around to making some new magnets for summer. Finally I can take down the Valentine’s Day themed ones. And, I got to use my Cricut, which is always a plus. Now if I could just finally get back to my scrapbooking…

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I was finally able to print some pictures for my scrapbook tonight. I had to go out and buy a new printer this weekend. My Kodak, which I absolutely love, fell sick and never recovered. It kept doing something called banding, where basically on photos it creates lines and in text, the lines are so large that it takes out half of the letters. I tried every type of troubleshooting imaginable, including cleaning the print head, nozzles, etc. Nothing worked so luckily, Target had an HP on sale. It’s alright, but I don’t love it like the Kodak. I feel like the photo quality isn’t as good. However, it was the first time I’ve printed anything other than text so I’m sure if I mess around with the settings, I’ll be able to get it to print at a higher quality. If not, Target is getting their printer back.

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The last scrapbook page I completed was one of a trip Ron and I took in July 2009. I’m so behind. I need to catch up, but it’s hard to find time to do it. Especially when my next spread is six pages long of an annual beach trip. I have the pictures printed out and the paper picked out. Now I just have to find some quiet time to actually sit down and put it together. I feel like once I get that one done, I’ll pick up momentum because it’s the longest. The rest are probably two page spreads at the most. I need to get some friends together and start a scrapbooking group, otherwise known as a crop. Friends, scrapbooking and food. Does that make me sound ancient? I also want to join a book club. I expect my AARP card  to come in the mail any day.