photo design project: shadow boxes for beautiful keepsakes
Need help turning your post-vacation keepsake clutter into a divine display? Our resident do-it-yourself expert, Ashley Campbell, has just what you've been looking for: As spring break and summer approach many families begin planning vacations and time to just enjoy being together. In my family unpacking from a trip often includes trying to find places to store or display random keepsakes we've picked up along the way. A shadow box is a great way to show off those little items in an clean and classy way. Filling your shadow box with too many pictures or items and result in framed collection of clutter. After a recent trip to beautiful Hawaii I had a few things to display and more pictures than could ever fit into a frame. To avoid the overly cluttered look I used the Alphabet Frames and some favorite pictures all with the same color tones to create the words "Hana Hou" (used in Hawaii to say "once more" or "again"). Once I had my background created I added a select few of our keepsakes.
Supplies: 12x12 Shadow Box 12x12 print a select few of your keepsakes double sided tape craft supplies (clothespins, masking tape, decorative labels, hot glue gun, etc.)
Step 1: Create your background using the Alphabet Frames templates. These are so perfect for shadow box displays since they allow you to use several photos while maintaining a simple and clean looking display. I also recommend thinking outside the box on the words you use. Step 2: Remove the label inside the shadow box and attach your 12x12 print using the double sided tape.
Step 3: Begin creating simple displays for some of your items. I wanted to include airline ticket stubs from each of the members of my family. I used a small clothespin to hold them and hot glued that clothespin directly to my 12x12 print. We had just a bit of sand from two of our favorite beaches to include as well. I used old lab beakers (turned upside down) to hold my sand. I also included little flag labels made from paper and toothpicks to designate the origin of the sand. If you can't find old beakers you could use spice containers for a similar look.
Step 4: Tilt the shadowbox and begin placing your keepsakes inside. After putting in my sand beakers, I added shells and rocks. Once all your items are inside you can close the shadow box.
Finally you can sit back and enjoy little reminders of your trip while wishing you were there again!
In February I traveled to India for 3 weeks to work with Rotary International on two projects: National Immunization Day to end Polio and the Uprala Wala Dam project in rural Rajasthan. We also toured in Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Gurgaon and rural Rajasthan (where we built the dam). We stayed all over as we traveled, including some luxury hotels, however my favorite place to stay was our tent village at the dam site. These are beautiful but rustic tents with beds, lights, and small bathrooms. We woke with the sun and the sound of the workers praying as they prepared breakfast each morning. In India, you really can’t go wrong with the food. Everywhere we ate was amazing!
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