Written on May 31, 2012 at 5:30 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Our little home was built back in 1920. It isn’t fancy, has all the simple necessities, and nothing more. It needs a lot of love, which requires a bit of cash. Since we’re not rolling in the dough, we try our best to decorate and update our home on a small budget. This means many DIY’s and thrift shopping. One of my favorite little wall decorations: my wall of plates in the kitchen. I’m continually adding to this wall. Each time I’m out thrifting and spy a sweet little plate that I love, I buy it and add it to my wall.
Inspired by this BHG plate wall (see below), I created a wonderful chalkboard plate. Before I had my daughter, I used to make and sell these things online. Even if you don’t have a plate wall, it’s cute to have this chalkboard plate to write love notes to your family.
- Chalkboard paint
- A plate of your choice
- Painter’s tape
- Plate hanger
- Clean up your plate, make sure you don’t have any dirt or oil on it.
- Use your painter’s tape, to tape off the whole section where you’d like your chalkboard to be. Don’t worry about making a perfect circle, that’s what the blade is for.
- Use your pencil to mark where you’d like to cut the circle. I did this free hand (just following the shape of the plate), but you can use a small dessert plate or something else to trace. Trim the marked circle with your blade, peel back the tape, and you should now have a taped off circle.
- Paint a layer of primer, and let dry 24 hours (or, whatever your primer directions say).
- Now, it’s time to paint the chalkboard! My plate took 3 coats of the chalkboard paint (2 hour waiting periods in between).
- Let dry for 1-2 days before using any chalk on the plate.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on May 17, 2012 at 5:30 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Have you ever wondered how to create your own digital silhouette? I absolutely love this Better Homes and Gardens version of a family tree, and I want to share how you can create a silhouette family of your own, using photoshop!
There are many ways to make a silhouette (tracing a shadow on paper or using tracing paper to trace around a photo shape being the most popular). BUT, I prefer to make mine using photoshop. With the right adjustments and lighting in your photo, you can create a silhouette with any photo edit program (free edit programs can be found online).
How to take a silhouette photo: take your photo in front of a window or a white background (flash turned off). Unlike a normal photo, for a silhouette you light the background of your subject, rather than the front.
P.S. When photographing a 2-year-old, a little candy bribery may help.
2. Using a photo editing software, turn the image black and white.
3. Use the levels layer (or brightness and contrast) in your photo editing program to adjust your image. I needed my subjects to be a little darker and the background lighter. You can sharpen up the edges of your silhouette using a pen tool set to a black color.
4. Optional: Use the liquify tool to smooth out your silhouette. I had a hard time getting a photo of my 2-year-old. And, the image I chose cut out her pigtails. So, using the liquify tool you can add to and adjust your silhouette. I added a little hair curl flip back in.
5. Using the select tool, select and delete the background behind the silhouette.
6. Set a new layer behind the silhouette, and pick whatever background color you’d like. I went with a lovely teal.
7. Optional: if you’d like a white silhouette instead of black, set a clipping mask layer just above your original silhouette. Set that layer color to white.
8. Save and print your image out. I prefer to use acid free heavy card stock paper. I printed my images at home, but you can also head to any print shop to get your images printed for a low price.
9. Put your images into frames, and arrange on your wall.
A little penny saver tip: instead of putting all your money into the frames, save a bit of cash by finding your frames at a thrift shop. You can keep them the way you find them, or spray paint them all the same color for a cohesive look. I spent $11 on 5 frames, plus $10 for spray primer and paint. My total cost: $21. Pretty darn awesome.
See, easy and fun. A unique piece of artwork to celebrate your family. I hope you create your own! I love mine. Let us know if you try this out for yourself, in the comments below.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama