Pinterest Worthy Senior Photos

It’s that time of year high school oldies, senior photos! It can be hard to come up with original ideas for pictures or poses unless you have a competent photographer. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you so that you can make the most of your photoshoot.

Balloons
This will be your favorite if you’re a fan of Disney’s Up. Blow up a bouquet of different colored balloons and snap some photo of you holding them. You can jump up with them and it will look like you’re flying away towards your future. Pull a Mia Thermopolis from Princess Diaries and pop one leg or simply sit cross-legged with them bunched up next to you.

Numbers
I’m not saying write out your phone number and take a picture of it. That could get weird. Grab some wooden letters or those big block ones, paint them, make them all cutesy and have fun with them! Lay them out next you, try to hold all them in your arms, hang them from a tree. It makes it easier for the forgetful family members to remember your graduation date.

Best Friends
This can be your human best friends or your pet best friend. It’s a great way to capture your friendship and to remember your senior year together. Hold hands and skip down the road or jumping on a trampoline. Another favorite is laying on your back, legs in the air with you hair falling off the side of the bed.

Confetti
This is one you could do with your best friend or alone. Buy some confetti, preferably all different colors for a better effect, take a handful, and blow them out of your hands. It will be Pinterest worthy!

First grade photo
This will probably by your mom’s favorite photo because she probably took your first grade photo. Blow up your first ever school picture, if it isn’t already, hold it in your hands stretched out in front of you. It’s a great way to compare first and last year of school!

College Mascot
If you are pursuing an education at a university that has a mascot, try to get some photos with it! It will get you in the spirit of going to college, if you’re not already excited, and make you the coolest cat around.

Hobby
I’m not talking about sports. Reading, shopping, movies, baking, running, and more are all great activities to have represented in photos. Get an action shot of you running, pile up some books behind up and lean against them. There’s multiple ways to portray your favorite activities. But of course if you play sports and that’s your hobby then by all means, take a photo.

What are some of your creative senior photo ideas?

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Mason Jar Madness – Get Your Craft On

With fall comes indoor activities a.k.a crafting! Whether you’re into the rustic look or not, mason jars are cute and functional. Here are three easy ways to utilize them while making them look fabulous at the same time.

Tumblers
What you’ll need:
- Mason jar
- Rubber grommet
- Straw
- Electric drill
- Stencil design on your choice
- Paint
- Paint brush
- Modge Podge

Craft on:
- Place the stencil design on the mason jar wherever you’d like
- Paint over the stencil so that the design appears on the jar
- Once the paint is dry, paint a coat of Modge Podge onto the jar so the design doesn’t rub/wash off
- Once the Modge Podge is dry, drill a hole into the lid of the mason jar. Either centered or closer to the edge depending on your preference
- Place the rubber grommet into the hole so that it holds the straw better
- Insert the straw into the hole and voila!

Salt and Pepper Shakers
What you’ll need:
- Two mason jars (preferably the small ones)
- Electric drill
- Salt
- Pepper
- Paint with chalk finish
- S and P letter stencils
- Paintbrush

Craft on:
- Place the letter stencil on the mason jar
- Paint around the P stencil so that the letter appears on the jar unpainted
- Repeat this process with the letter S on the other mason jar
- Let both mason jars completely dry before continuing
- For the pepper shaker, drill five small holes into the lid
- For the salt shaker, drill one small hole into the lid
- Fill both mason jars with respective spice
- If you’re feeling European, switch the salt so it’s in the mason jar with multiple holes and the pepper in the mason jar with one hole

Desk Organizer
What you’ll need:
- Three large mason jars
- Two smaller mason jars
- Hot glue gun

Craft on:
- Hot glue gun and place the three large mason jars next to each other
- Once the glue has dried, hot glue gun and place the two smaller mason jars on top of the three
- Make sure all five mason jars are facing the same direction
- Once all the glue is dried, place the mason jar pyramid on its side and start filling those up with pens, markers, and whatever else you’d like

If you do not think you’ll need that many, try doing a three mason jar pyramid with two large ones and a small on top.

What are some creative ways you reuse your mason jars?

 

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Embracing Fall Decor When You’re Stuck In Summer

It’s already the middle of September which means it’s time for those bright candles and bamboo chairs to be switched out for fire pits and plush pillows. Here are some great ways to embrace the fall season by drinking pumpkin spice lattes and updating your home decor.

Curtains
Curtains can be an eye catcher or a way to act like you care what your living room looks like. We go for the eye catcher! Patterned curtains are a fun way to bring extra color to a room and make it more interesting. If you want the classic fall look stick with the oranges, browns, and reds. If you’re wanting a more modern look, go with the slick grays and blacks. Maybe throw in a deep shade of purple.

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Thanks to Pinterest, wreaths are sprouting up like weeds, only pretty, all over homes. A popular one is made of burlap bows and fall leaves. Turn your kitchen into a craft room and make a wreath for your bedroom with sunflowers, twigs and your initial with a wooden letter. If your family is really into football, make one out of your favorite teams’ colors. Nothing says fall like football season!

Candles
Walking into a candle shop is usually overwhelming and results in a headache. Avoid that feeling by buying the same scent instead of switching room to room or at least floor to floor. Some favorite fall scents are vanilla, pumpkin, pine cone, and apple spice. If you’re not wanting the clunky candle style, get some bronze and gold candle stick holders for that cozy medieval ages look.

Pumpkins
Pumpkins are completely underrated because they’re typically only used during Halloween season instead of all fall long. Make your neighbors jealous by infusing your home with fun pumpkin designs. Hot glue gun some painted numbers onto stacked pumpkins on your front porch to use as your home address. Glitter a bunch of small ones and line the mantel with them to bring a little something more to your chimney.

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Leaves and Flowers
Fall’s most recognized change is the color of the trees. So it only makes sense that you would bring those colors into your home with leaves and flowers. Dress up that dinner room table with an arrangement of dried leaves but make it over the top with twigs and long stemmed flowers. If you’re into the pumpkin ideas, try sticking flowers into it. Like a disco ball only with flowers and a pumpkin.

 

 

What are some of your favorite fall decorations?

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Update Your Home Decor with Canvas Prints

Canvas prints are a great way to liven up a living space. They add
warmth and visual interest to the walls, and help create a homey vibe.
Whether you?ve just moved into a new apartment or house, or you?re
updating the space you?ve called home for years, canvas prints are an
easy and fun way to decorate.

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Incorporating Canvas Prints into Your Home Decor

Redesigning your home decor can be costly, but canvas prints are a cost
effective way to jazz up a living room, bedroom, or even an entryway or
hallway. When you can choose the image on your canvas print, it?s easy
to incorporate prints into any color scheme or aesthetic. Decorating a
kid?s room or play area? Choose bright colors and fun photos featuring
family and friends. Decorating a living room or bedroom with a subdued,
modern twist? Apply sepia or black-and-white filters to your favorite
vacation or landscape shots and turn them into avant garde canvas
prints.

Snag Tips from the Experts

If you ever watch home design shows on TV or read design magazines,
you?re probably familiar with terms like ?balance? and ?symmetry.?
Learning from home decor experts is a great place to start when planning
a redesign of your space. With personalized canvas prints, you have the
power to choose the size of your prints, as well as the images on them.
Have a long hallway that needs some brightening up? Consider hanging a
series of same-size prints across the length of the wall. Experiment
with asymmetrical pairings and visual weight. For example, hang a single
large canvas print on the left side of the couch, and two smaller prints
on the right side. The two sides balance out and complement each other.

Involve the Family

For truly personalized home decor, involve the whole family in designing
a personalized canvas print. Does your family have a favorite photo from
a vacation or graduation? Put it on a canvas! Looking through photo
albums or long-forgotten computer photo files together is a fun way to
spend an evening, and will give you tons of ideas for personalizing a
new canvas print. Can?t decide between several well-loved images? Hang
four or five canvas prints in different sizes together as a wall
collage.

Kids love to see their artwork on the wall. Making a favorite doodle or
finger painting into a canvas print is a great way to brighten a living
space and preserve a memory for years to come. Personalized canvas
prints can warm up any room and make a house a home.

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How to Create A Deconstructed Gallery Wall

Empty walls leaving you feeling uninspired? Do you live in a rental or
temporary apartment and want more flexibility with taking down and
putting up art? Do you have a collection of small objects you want to
display along with your artwork? Learn how to arrange a creative
deconstructed gallery wall with depth and visual interest by clustering
a collection of canvas prints.

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Though gallery walls (a number of different-sized artworks, arranged in a cluster) are currently one of the biggest trends in home decor, we think the deconstructed gallery wall is even more compelling. It combines the ease of switching out artwork with a totally unique arrangement that’s both effortless and polished. Here’s how to create your own:

  1. Gather your collection of art pieces. For this project, we’ve used canvas prints because they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, can be printed with whatever artwork you like (making it easy to conform to your home’s color scheme), and because they add depth to the arrangement.
  2. Find your location. We like using a long, low surface like a credenza or sideboard, though any small side table placed along a wall could work for a smaller arrangement. This way, you don’t have to install anything onto your walls in order to display the pieces. However, you could also install a pre-made picture ledge for a more permanent solution. Make sure there is enough room for all of your items to lean comfortably, with space in front of them.75626928 How to Create A Deconstructed Gallery Wall
  3. Play with different arrangements. While traditional gallery walls only allow you to place one item in each location, one of the great things abut creating a deconstructed gallery wall leaning on a surface is that you can place smaller canvas prints in front of larger ones, adding depth and creating more of a loose, collage-inspired effect. Take a few moments to play with different arrangements, and don’t be afraid to partially obscure larger pieces by letting smaller ones sit slightly in front.
  4. Add personal touches. One of our favorite things about using canvas prints for this purpose is that each stretched canvas creates a small ledge, allowing you to display small objects that wouldn’t be at home on a traditional gallery wall. Try resting small figurines, vintage letter shapes or any other treasured objects on your canvas print. Make sure that the item isn’t too heavy, or it may distort the frame over time. Stick to items that are lightweight and have a flat bottom that will balance easily.

That’s it! Now you have a completely customizable, changeable deconstructed gallery wall that suits your home decor.

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Tips for Decorating Dorm Rooms or Small Spaces

Whether they’re returning to college or on their own for the first time,
collegians can use all the help they can get. Dormitory rooms are
typically cold and sterile, with institution-style furniture and beige
walls. A dorm room doesn’t have to feel like a barren cell, however.
Students can transform their rooms into appealing and efficient spaces
for studying or hanging out if they familiarize themselves with these
design considerations.

Layout

Assess the layout and the placement of the furniture. Push desks
together, move dressers into closets and loft beds to maximize space. If
a bed isn’t lofted, push it lengthwise against a wall and add a few
throw pillows to transform it into a couch during the day. Personalize
the room with DIY throw pillows made from photos printed on fabric.

Light

Nothing says cell block more than overhead florescent bulbs. Turn them
off and use desk and floor lamps as space permits. Strategically placed
mirrors enhance window and lamp light without adding fixtures.

Furnishings

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bedding. Choose fabric and patterns that hide stains well and are easy
to wash. use floor cushions (aka, poufs) to do triple-duty as seats,
ottomans and coffee tables. Personalize dorm furnishings with washi tape
(colored paper tape), which removes without residue.

Storage

There’s never enough storage in tiny dorm rooms. Consider bed risers to
create under-bed storage. Stack belongings when possible and take
advantage of home improvement store items, such as hooks, wall-mounted
shelving, baskets, crates and see-through bins. Edge shelves with washi
tape for a personal touch.

Walls

Painting dorm walls is normally forbidden with a capital F, so dress up
walls with one or more of the following:

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  • Adhesive decals give a room a personal touch in minutes, come off easily and don’t leave a sticky residue behind.
  • Find printable art and create a gallery wall.
  • Put art and photos on gallery-quality canvas by creating of friends, family, pets, favorite vacation destinations, events, etc.
  • Use giant posters or create your own printable wall mural at a co-op center or office supply store that offers large engineer prints
  • Find removable peel-and-stick wallpaper.

 

Windows

Window treatments have a variety of uses. They let light in or out, and
offer a degree of privacy. Creative college students can use them as
closet doors, bed canopies and wall decor.

Floors

Warm cold, hard floors with plush area rugs and/or personal DIY versions
using old T-shirts.

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How to Use Your Instagram Addiction to Create Incredible Home Decor

More people than ever are photographing their lives on a regular basis.
Only five years ago most of us carried pocket cameras or DSLRs for
holiday snaps, portraits, and photos of special occasions. Subsequently,
they would languish on a laptop hard drive never to be seen.

The Smartphone Camera Revolution

These days, most folks are more likely to reach for our cellphones. Long
gone are the days of grainy pix elated camera phones; modern smartphones
can produce images that are more than a match for most point and shoot
cameras, and even some DSLRs. Image processing software and apps such as
VSCO Cam, Snapseed, and Instagram have made it exceptionally easy to
produce photo quality that was previously only possible with extensive
technical knowledge and experience. As a result, it has never been
simpler to create great-looking photos and share them online in an
instant through social networks like Facebook and Instagram.

Offline Sharing

There are some pretty cool ways to share photos offline, too. Making
canvas prints of your favorite smartphone shots could transform your
home space into a totally unique mini art gallery – a great way to wow
friends and family alike. An Instagram pic taken on a smartphone with a
10-megapixel camera can look good even on an 18″ canvas. There?s
certainly no need to spend thousands on expensive camera gear to create
impressive results.

From Instagram Pic to Canvas Masterpiece!

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the person taking it. An artistic eye, good composition, and
understanding of the rule of thirds are fundamentals to good
photography. However, that?s not to say that the equipment doesn?t
matter. These three factors will also play an important role in
determining which Instagram image looks good on canvas:

1. Resolution: For optimum quality, the image should be at least
180 dots per inch (DPI) to provide sufficient resolution for
printing. Smartphones with more megapixels will allow you to create
larger prints.
2. Lighting: Instagram photos taken in good lighting or with a low
ISO setting have less chance of looking grainy on canvas. Photos
taken at night will often come out looking grainy and blurry unless
taken on a flat surface to avoid camera vibration.
3. Sharpness: Sharp images look better on a larger print. This can
be achieved by making sure the subject is in focus and well lit.
Soft and blurry pics look worse when enlarged.
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Fun Photo Ideas that Capture Your Family’s Style

Great family photographs are elusive creatures. However, gorgeous shots
that capture your troop’s spirit and style don’t have to be so
difficult. With a little planning, some thoughtful styling,
prop assemblage and a patient friend or neighbor to serve as
photographer, you can freeze priceless memories of the ones you love in
time.

1. Reflections

- Kids can sit posed together opposite of the parents, while the
parents pose and hold a mirror that reflects the kids.

2. Silhouettes

- Hang a bed sheet. The family stands behind the sheet with their
backs to the sun. The photographer shoots in front of the sheet.
- Shoot at sunset in an open field or favorite landscape. The
photographer shoots into the sun, with the subjects standing
directly in front of the sun.

3. Props

- Use props pertinent to the family, such as books, bikes or sports
equipment. Shoot the family in action with these props.
- The family sits against a wall in a row. Each member holds a
favorite book open in front of his or her face, revealing the face
from only the eyes up.
- The family stands in front of a large chalkboard on which a message
has been written.
- Incorporate handheld chalkboards with messages into a photo.
- Family members hold record album covers in front of their faces.

4. Backs

- The photographer shoots from behind, with the subjects facing away
from camera, walking toward the ocean, a lake, or pond. This way,
there’s no worries about smiles, squinting, closed eyes, shadows on
faces, grumpy husbands, mud-smeared clothing or toddler meltdowns.
- The family faces away from the camera, walking through a field or
down a lane.

5. Hands

- The family holds hands, making a human chain, playing
follow-the-leader through a field, on a beach or across a street.
- The family holds hands in human-chain silhouette.

6. Feet

- Sometimes feet can be just as expressive as hands. Try focusing on
feet only.
- Shoot a feet-only shot of a child dancing on top of a parent’s or
grandparent’s feet.
- Take a shot of the family’s feet in the background, capturing their
shadows in the foreground.
- The family lies on a white or simple bed cover. The photographer
takes a black and white shot of the bottoms of the family members’
feet.

7. Jump

- The family members simply jump into the air in unison.

8. Lie Down

- Lie down in opposing directions or in a circle while looking up.
- Create a scene with sidewalk chalk, incorporating the family in the
scene.

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Display Ideas for Family Photos:

- Make canvas prints
- Create a gallery wall
- Crop one photo into four high-impact wall posters
- Compile a holiday photo album
- Make photo books online
- Print photos on pillows, key fobs, coasters or smartphone cases

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Back To School Photo Contest!

Submit your best Back to School pic and win a FREE canvas print!

Follow the easy steps below to enter.

  1. Upload a school themed photo.
  2. Provide a description of the photo.
  3. Spread the word to family and friends to increase your chances of winning!


Enter our photo contest here or on our Facebook page. The entry with the most votes will receive a free 16″x20″ canvas print!
Enter our photo contest here or on our Facebook page. The entry with the most votes will receive a free 16″x20″ canvas print!

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The New Trends for Canvas Artwork

Melting crayons with a blow dryer on a canvas was quite the?fad a while back and let’s face it, nobody could actually make it look good. But what are some of the new trends going around now? We’ve done that research for you and pulled together some of our favorites!

Quotes

Anyone who has been on Pinterest in the last five years has probably noticed that quotes have large repins among wedding and fashion pins. That’s because people love being inspired! What better way to do that than by putting some of your favorite quotes or words on a canvas. Here’s?one DIY that we’ve seen the most.

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What you’ll need:
Fabric
Canvas
Paint
Paint brush
Staple gun
Letter stickers

  • Pick out a fabric that you like, preferably with a pattern
  • Wrap it around a canvas, make sure to stretch the fabric so that there’s no wrinkles
  • Staple the fabric to the wood on the back side of the canvas
  • Use letter stickers to write our your quote onto the fabric
  • Paint the whole canvas whatever color you’d like
  • Once the paint is dry, remove the stickers and voila!

Instagram

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This social media outlet is blowing up and people want their artistic photos at home now. A cute way to display your photos is to hang them in a frame or make a collage of them to paste onto a piece of wood. There’s plenty of great ideas out there including this one! I would try to explain it but the video does a much better job than what I could.

Painting

This one is my personal favorite because you can paint whatever you want and it’ll still turn out cool! Follow these simple steps and channel your inner artist to create this awesome canvas art.

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photo credit: Ooh I Like That

What you’ll need:
Canvas
Colored paint (any colors you’d like)
White paint
Paint brush
Masking?tape

  • Paint whatever you’d like on the canvas. You can do brush strokes of all different colors, swirls, shapes, anything you want!
  • Let the canvas dry completely before moving on
  • Place the tape on the canvas in a herringbone?pattern leaving a border between the pieces of tape
  • Paint over the gaps between the tape with the white paint and let it dry
  • Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel away the tape to see your masterpiece!

Home State

Here’s a popular one especially among college students. It’s a great way to remember your best friends who might be going off to a different state. Whether you live in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, or even a different country, you can do this one! This also makes for a great gift.

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photo credit: Pure and Noble

What you’ll need:
Canvas
Paint (one or two colors based on your preference)
Paint brush
Outline of a state

  • Draw the outline of the state you chose on the canvas
  • Paint everything around the outline a color of your choosing
  • Paint a heart or star wherever the city you live in is

If you want to paint the state a color instead of just leaving it white, follow these same steps but paint the state before painting the heart or star.

Know of any other awesome canvas artwork DIYs? Please share them in the comments section!

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