Thursday, January 8, 2015

Autographed Concert Ticket Art

Another commonly autographed item at concerts is concert tickets.  So, as I continue to clean out drawers, I wanted to do something with my concert tickets to declutter but still keep them safe.  With few exceptions, most people print their ticket out at home making the tickets 8.5" x 11".  This works perfect for framing, but even if you printed in color concert tickets are not exactly eye catching.  However, I have a solution to this problem.  As mentioned in my previous post, CD Cover Art is very eye catching.  Also, incorporating it into your project will let anyone who sees it more readily identify who the autograph is from.  I bought a document frame with room for a picture from Michael's (use a coupon if frame aren't on sale).  I turned the frame so it was portrait and placed my tickets in the correct opening.  Then, I took the CD Cover from one of the artist's albums (the same album as the tour if possible) and placed it in the picture opening.  It looks great on the wall, and I'm happy that I no longer need to worry about my tickets being ruined in a junk drawer.

Is there something you want to frame, but don't know how to frame it?  Comment and I'll be glad to rack my brain for you!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Autographed CD Art

In my concert going heyday, I ended up with a lot of autographed stuff.  Since that time, it has been sitting in piles in drawers just gathering dust.  One of the easiest things to get autographed at a concert is CD inserts (because this was before everything was bought in mp3 only).  CD inserts are already pretty artistic and an autograph makes them even better.  So, I thought why not turn them into wall art?  It will help me decorate my walls and will help me declutter a drawer.  What made this project even easier is that Micheal's has CD Display Cases for purchase.  Now, I smile when I see my favorite bands or past and present on my walls and feel relieved to have one less thing in my drawers.  On to my next decluttering project!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last Minute Present: Personalized Ornaments

Did you just realize that you don't have a present for a friend or family member?  Christmas tree ornaments are easy to make and personalize all in a short period of time.  Unless they read this blog, they will think you thought long and hard about a meaningful ornament for them, and what they don't know won't hurt them.  Here are two easy to make ornaments that will be perfect for all the people in your life.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chalkboard Stocking Wall Hanger

We all know the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" that tells us to hang our stockings by the chimney with care for Santa.  But what if you don't have a chimney?!  Where do you hang your stockings with care?!  Before you have a Christmas melt down, you can easily create a stocking wall hanger to hang your stockings on.  By using a chalkboard, you can personalize the message from year to year, write names above specific stockings, and even leave it up year round if you want to.  This wall hanger allows you to turn your stockings into a work of art and avoid a potential fire hazard.  Pretty soon, even your friends with chimneys will be asking you how to make this chalkboard stocking wall hanger.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stocking Embellishments

I love Christmas stockings.  They come in so many shapes, sizes, colors, etc.  Whatever your decorating theme is, you can find a stocking that fits.  However, I have a few problems with stockings.  First, I like to personalize stockings and personalization options are pretty much limited to color and embroidery when your have a store bought stocking.  Second, if you bought stockings to match a decorating theme and you change your theme a few years down the road, you have to buy all new stockings.  If you have either or both of these problems with stockings, I have the solution of you!  Simply buy plain stocking for everyone in your family.  Then, add removable embellishments.  This allows you to personalize your stockings and change them when necessary with having to buy new stockings.  You can get really creative and make the embellishments into what you like.  If you like mine, keep reading to find out exactly what I did.