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.
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.
I first started taking photos in design school where I had to take a mandatory photography class. After finishing my degree, I ended up in the music industry doing graphic design and advertising work. The company I worked for did all of their product and artist photography in-house, and I did some assisting and shooting while working there. When the company lost their head photographer, I took over that department. When I moved to Canada in 2010, (I am German, born and raised) I somehow slipped into wedding photography. The rest is history.