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Guest Project — Make Simple Valentine’s Photo Art!!

21 Jan
Hello to everyone at Tatertots & Jello and happy Friday! 
I’m Nike (that’s Neeka) from Choose To Thrive.
 I’m thrilled to be sharing my 
Simple Valentine’s Photo Art tutorial!
Valentine’s Day at our house has been a family event ever since kiddo #5 arrived via an emergency c-section during what would have been our Valentine’s dinner. 
 So when I decided to make a photo display to celebrate this holiday, I not only thought about using pictures of me and my husband, but also to all of the people I love: 
… my children … in-laws … extended family.
And this project could be simpler ….
I began by inserting family pictures into a Word document and scaling them to the size I needed.
 
I then converted the image to black and white.
 
To add names, select Insert >Text Box>Simple Text Box. Make sure you select the No Fill and No Outline options so that your text will blend seamlessly over top of your pictures.
Select the font, color and size of your text and drag into position on your picture.
 Lather, rinse, repeat.
(To fill my large 22″ x 28″ frame, I used 58 1.5″ x 2.5″ pictures)
I printed out several sheets of pictures on cardstock and trimmed around each photo.
 For the display base, I removed the Declaration of Independence that was in the frame to start, hid it carefully from Ben Gates (ha!) and cut a piece of cardboard the same size…
… covered it with muslin and taped the raw edges to the back.
I arranged the pictures in a heart, attaching each one to the cardboard base with a photo tab.
 
To finish this project, the phrase “The greatest gift to LOVE and be loved in return” was cut from black and red vinyl on my Silhouette machine and applied to the glass.  
 
(I used the fonts JSL Ancient and Blackadder ITC which are free to download.)
A quick wipe down for finger prints and that’s it:
Easy, fast, done!
  
I love having this new reminder of how blessed I am to be loved by my amazing family.
Thank you again, Jen, for the chance to share my project with you and your readers.  Your projects and features have been the source of so much inspiration for me!
And now if you’ll please excuse me, I have a birthday party to plan for a very special little boy.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Wow – great tutorial, Nike!!  
Did you know that Nike challenged herself last year to craft without spending any money? Yes!! 
And it’s incredible the beautiful projects she created without spending anything!! 
This year she is challenging herself to make over her 1970’s home with a budget of nothing too!! I can’t wait to see what she does! 
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{ Ballard Design Knock Off Bulletin Boards out of old diaper boxes and VHS movies}
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{Ballard Design Knock Off Vase out of an old oatmeal container}
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{And old bottles into Fall Decor}
I am so excited to see what Nike does this year without spending anything!! 
Be sure to follow along too at Choose to Thrive!!
xoxo

 

PS — It’s Friday!! I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on this week.
Come on over for the WWU Party tonight. The party starts at 6 PM {MST}!!!!

P
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Guest Project — Make Simple Valentine’s Photo Art!!

21 Jan
Hello to everyone at Tatertots & Jello and happy Friday! 
I’m Nike (that’s Neeka) from Choose To Thrive.
 I’m thrilled to be sharing my 
Simple Valentine’s Photo Art tutorial!
Valentine’s Day at our house has been a family event ever since kiddo #5 arrived via an emergency c-section during what would have been our Valentine’s dinner. 
 So when I decided to make a photo display to celebrate this holiday, I not only thought about using pictures of me and my husband, but also to all of the people I love: 
… my children … in-laws … extended family.
And this project could be simpler ….
I began by inserting family pictures into a Word document and scaling them to the size I needed.
 
I then converted the image to black and white.
 
To add names, select Insert >Text Box>Simple Text Box. Make sure you select the No Fill and No Outline options so that your text will blend seamlessly over top of your pictures.
Select the font, color and size of your text and drag into position on your picture.
 Lather, rinse, repeat.
(To fill my large 22″ x 28″ frame, I used 58 1.5″ x 2.5″ pictures)
I printed out several sheets of pictures on cardstock and trimmed around each photo.
 For the display base, I removed the Declaration of Independence that was in the frame to start, hid it carefully from Ben Gates (ha!) and cut a piece of cardboard the same size…
… covered it with muslin and taped the raw edges to the back.
I arranged the pictures in a heart, attaching each one to the cardboard base with a photo tab.
 
To finish this project, the phrase “The greatest gift to LOVE and be loved in return” was cut from black and red vinyl on my Silhouette machine and applied to the glass.  
 
(I used the fonts JSL Ancient and Blackadder ITC which are free to download.)
A quick wipe down for finger prints and that’s it:
Easy, fast, done!
  
I love having this new reminder of how blessed I am to be loved by my amazing family.
Thank you again, Jen, for the chance to share my project with you and your readers.  Your projects and features have been the source of so much inspiration for me!
And now if you’ll please excuse me, I have a birthday party to plan for a very special little boy.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Wow – great tutorial, Nike!!  
Did you know that Nike challenged herself last year to craft without spending any money? Yes!! 
And it’s incredible the beautiful projects she created without spending anything!! 
This year she is challenging herself to make over her 1970’s home with a budget of nothing too!! I can’t wait to see what she does! 
[bulletin.j4.jpg]
{ Ballard Design Knock Off Bulletin Boards out of old diaper boxes and VHS movies}
[planter.20[5].jpg]
{Ballard Design Knock Off Vase out of an old oatmeal container}
[btl.3[5].jpg]
{And old bottles into Fall Decor}
I am so excited to see what Nike does this year without spending anything!! 
Be sure to follow along too at Choose to Thrive!!
xoxo

 

PS — It’s Friday!! I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on this week.
Come on over for the WWU Party tonight. The party starts at 6 PM {MST}!!!!

P
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Guest Project — Make a Thanksgiving Blessing Board!

29 Oct
Hello all, this is Heather from WhipperBerry! I am soooo excited that Jen invited us WhipperChicks to guest post today on Tatertots & Jell-o! {Giddy!}

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I started thinking it would be lovely to have a place for people to write down and display what they are thankful for at your gathering.
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So…I came up with the idea for a blessing board and here is how you too can make one…
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First, you need to find a open frame that you like.  I found this one on clearance at a frame store.  Didn’t love the color, loved the price, so I spray painted…
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…and distressed a little with some sandpaper.
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Next, I drilled holes in the inside of the frame.  I didn’t measure, I just placed holes roughly two inches apart.  I didn’t want them to be perfect because I wanted the twine to have a more natural feel once strung.
I then installed Screw Eyes in each of the holes.  I chose screw eyes so that I could restring the frame with ribbon or another material if I wanted later.
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Using heavy weight hemp twine I threaded each of the screws going back in forth.
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Now the fun part begins, embellishing.  I wanted to keep the frame rather neutral so that once Thanksgiving was over I could use the display board for other things.  Think Christmas cards, Valentines, children’s artwork or school work. 
The “give thanks” board is created with a basic precut birch wood board from the craft supply store.  Spray painted, distressed and then attached with Scotch Dual Lock Fasteners.  It’s kind of the bigger and much stronger brother to Velcro and I found that at Target.
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For the “Give” I used brown vinyl and my lovely Cricut.  The “thanks” is created with chip board letters from the craft store, glued on.  I then embellished with burlap and sweater flowers.
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Emily our paper genius at WhipperBerry fancied up some basic clothes pins with spray paint, paper and Mod Podge.  She also created a fun printable subway art tag for your guest to write down what they are grateful for.
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Voila, you are ready for your feast!
Well…at least you have a cute blessing board, you still have a lot of cooking to do!
If you would like an opportunity to win this blessing board come on over to WhipperBerry and enter our Blessing Board Giveaway!
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Thanks Jen, for the opportunity to stop by and say hello.  We are truly honored!
Kisses from the WhipperChicks!!
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Thanks so much Heather!!
I absolutely LOVE that idea!
What a great way to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving!!! 
If you haven’t been over to WhipperBerry – you really need to check them out. 
They are so creative. 
The WhipperChicks throw wonderful parties: 
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Recipes: 
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And Tutorials!
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Go over and check out WhipperBerry
You will be hooked – just like I am!! 

XOXO
PS — Check out the GroopDealz Offer today — it’s my friend Birttany from {Love Stitched}!!
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$10 for One Headband and One Hair Clip from Love Stitched ($20 Value) – FREE SHIPPING

PPS — AND, it’s Friday! My favorite day of the week. Come over and link up your projects/ideas so I can feature YOU! WWU starts at 6 pm {MST}