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July 1, 2013

DIY Magazine Picture Frame

DIY Magazine Picture Frame

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If you are looking for a fun way to personalize a regular picture frame, check out how to make this DIY Magazine Picture Frame! This frame is an easy (and fun!) project to do, and it can really bring your picture frames to life! Best yet, it’s practically free to make! Most of us have some kind of magazine subscription, or you could even use sales flyers! All you need to do this project is a picture frame (I grabbed mine from the dollar store), tacky glue (make sure to get the clear kind) and some magazines!

Here is how to make this DIY Magazine Picture Frame:

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Step 1: Choose your color palette. In the photo I chose for my frame, my little girl is wearing a dress with pink, blue,green,red, and yellow. So I made sure to pick out some magazine pages in those same colors, along with some whites to break it up. Tear pages out, and cut them into different sized strips, from about 1/4 of an inch, to about 1 1/2 inches.

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Step 2: Once you have your stips cut, you will start to roll them. I found that wrapping the pieces of magazines around a bobby pin seems to work well. You want to make sure that you wrap them tight so they will not be big, and will stay together.

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Step 3: After you have rolled up a piece of magazine, glue the flap down. Use a thin line of glue, and press down with your finger. Do this for each strip of magazine you have. Set them aside until you have glued them all.

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Step 4: Time to assemble your DIY magazine picture frame! I suggest starting at the top and working your way down. You will glue the rolls seam side down onto the picture frame. I would glue them in rows across the top, while making sure to alternate colors so it doesn’t get blokey. If you have some pieces that are too long for the sides you can just trim off the excess once the glue is completely dry.

And that’s it! You’ve made your own DIY Magazine Picture Frame!

This project was fun, and easy and it really made a boring picture frame into something fun to look at!

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June 28, 2013

How to take better pictures with your phone

How to take better pictures with your phone

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Want to learn how to take better pictures with your phone? Keep reading! Most people nowadays don’t even have cameras. With the camera technology used in phones today, why would we? We can take quality pictures using our phones, and we don’t have to lug a camera around with us everywhere, just in case there is a perfect photo opp. So here are some of my tips and tricks on how to take better pictures with your phone! 

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How to take better pictures with your phone: General Tips

1.Use both hands- Now I know phones aren’t particularly heavy, but you will get much better results by holding your phone with 2 hands, and letting your elbows rest on your chest when taking a photo. This will make your photos more clear, because there will be no shaking! Also make sure to stand still while taking the photo!

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We were taking a walk in this photo and found such a cute photo opp, so I stopped walking, used both hands and snap! Perfect picture!

2. Know your photo subject! Taking a picture of a great view, or a yummy meal is going to be completely different than taking a picture of a concert or a energetic toddler. It might take more than 1 snap to get the perfect photo of something (or someone) in motion. The shutters on camera phones are going to last, so while taking pictures of things iin motion, snap a lot of pictures,  then go through them to find the best couple of photos, and delete the rest.

3.Step into the light! Good lighting on a picture is almost as important as the subject of the picture. If you have really bright light, you might not see anything in the picture, or everyone in it looks like they are glowing like a light bulb. If you have really low lighting, everything tends to look grainy and well, dark. Neither are good! You don’t have to be outside to get good lighting either. Open a window or a door and that should bring a good amount of natural light in to make your pictures perfect!

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This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter, simply because she is standing next to an open window and her eyes are so bright and shiny 🙂

4. Play with Angles- While taking pictures, don’t stand still! Move around and take multiple shots of the same image at different angles. You will be amazed at how different the same picture can look at different angles.

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This was taking during our recent visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World, I took several pictures like this at different angles, and I’m glad I did, in a front facing shot of this, all you could really see was half my daughters face and a giant hand. I moved over slightly and got this super cute picture!

How to take better pictures with your phone: Editing Tips

1. Use Apps! Apps are awesome for all sorts of things, including editing photos. Now I don’t mean using an instagram filter for every photo you take, that makes your pictures LOOK edited and fake. But, using an app like Camera+ (you can get this in the app store for like 99 cents I think) can make your pictures look clear and crisp!

photo8This is an example of the Camera+ App that I use, and a few of the different things you can do with it. You can also crop out unwanted area of your pictures, adjust the lighting, add borders, and more!

2. Don’t have a phone with apps? Use free editing websites! Free photo editing websites like picmonkey.com or photobucket.com are great for those that don’t have apps on their phones (or don’t want to pay for them) and are free to use! They have everything from a text adder, filters, and even teeth whiting tools!

3. Don’t over edit! I hate seeing a perfectly good picture ruined by to much editing. You know the ones, they have a blue overlay, stars in the sky that were put in, and a big frame around them. Sure, those kind of photos are fun for holidays, scrapbooks, or just fun. But don’t do that to every photo! Sometimes natural photos are the best!

The last tip I have on how to take better pictures with you phone is this: Have fun!! Don’t stress out about getting the perfect picture every time, or you will miss out on the occasion you’re photographing. While taking a picture of your little one blowing out their birthday candles, you might miss it all together!

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This is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. This is my little girl running up to hug my husband after his first skydive of the day. Is it perfect? Nope. But it’s perfect for me, and in the end, that is what matters right?

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