Hello taidye readers! This is Tai's seastar Dora and I am feeling super honored today to be featured on Tai's craft-tastic blog! I'm starting to feel star struck around her now that taidye has an amazing 100 followers! WOOT!! Just so you know - I think you all rock like fraggles!
A little about me, I'm a married 27 year old mother of two INSAINly adorable toddlers. My son, Tyler is 4 and my daughter Rachel is 2. I've recently developed a love of Alphabet Photography and am making my own collection of letters. I've done live, laugh, love, and family - but then decided I needed to go all out kid style. Here's my first Kid-Alpha-Tography result!
Here is what I did: First I painted cardboard in nice bright colors. I found tools that looked like letters and took pics of the tools on the cardboard. I used Gimp to do the editing because you can saturate by color, I saturated the background of each pic so it was nice and bright. (Gimp is just like photoshop, only a free download, love-love-love it!).
The photo plaques I used are a 5x7 (I couldn't find 4x6 - but on the yard stick i think it looks good). You have trim the pics because the plaque itself is 5x7, the mounting space is a bit smaller. You can find the plaques in all shapes and sizes these came from Joann's but you can find them anywhere, hobby lobby, michael's... Anywho - I distressed the plaques with small crowbar and a hammer, then stained them with ebony stain.
I had to lightly sand the finish off the yard stick before I could stain it. I only coated it enough to make it look 'dirty'. I evenly spaced the photo plaques on the yard stick, drew a pencil line and applied wood glue. Then used some finishing nails (2 on each plaque) to add extra security. It's heavier than it looks.
After they were attached I put mod-podge on the plaques and attached the photos. VOLA! I've debated putting hooks on the ends of the yard stick and hanging it with some 'industrial-ish' chain. Haven't decided yet... <3 ~Dora
sooo...Like I said, she rules. I take NO credit here. I will be sure to pass along and comments or questions you have for her though so dont forget to leave some love!