inspired diy project: collage display

Design Aglow is delighted to bring a fabulous and fun project from Ashley Campbell. Bring out your crafting supplies and prepare to be inspired! From Ashley: I am back to share another round of diy projects using the fabulous Design Aglow products. I chose to focus on the Old School template. I really love the whimsical look of the frames and wanted to incorporate them into a couple projects that are more on the fun side. So here is a glimpse at the two projects: 

The first project I'll go into detail is the corkboard display. I will share one way to do it, but you could customize this numerous ways using the same method. Okay, onto the basic method. Supplies: Corkboard, Old School template, home printer, wood burning tool I know you're thinking “wood burning tool?” You can purchase a simple one from most craft stores for around $10.00. They usually come with a few attachment options. 

Step 1: Create & print your design. If you are using a corkboard that is larger than the paper size of your printer, you will need to crop and print your design in sections. 

Step 2: Cut excess paper.

Step 3:Tape your design to the corkboard.

Step 4: Using your woodburning tool begin tracing the design. The tool is designed to burn wood, so it will easily burn through your paper leaving an outline on the cork. For wide lines use the wide end attachment, for smaller lines use the fine tip attachment. If you prefer, do this step outside. 

Step 5: Once you have your outline on the cork, you can remove all the paper and tape. At this point you will fill in areas and burn each section darker. I recommend doing this outside. If you do it on your front porch with sweet tea you can pretend you are a southern grandpa. 

Some ideas for how to use this in your business include:

• An easy to change out display for photos, business cards, notes, etc.

• Turn the cork sideways, use one frame and make it an Open/Closed sign for your studio. 

• Give the supplies & template to seniors as a gift to take to college with them. Let them make it.

• Draw 12 small frames and use to display the first year photos of newborn clients. The second project I am going to share involves the Old School templates and again can be customized to fit your studio needs. Supplies: Scrapbooking paper, small wood clipboards, 4—6 photos (works best if the photo is primarily a face), BLACK dry erase markers. 

Step 1: Select the frame you would like to use, change the lines of the frame from white to black. Step 2: Open a new document that has dimensions just a bit smaller than your clipboard. Create a 4—6 rectangle. Place your frame and play with the scaling of your frame. You want the frame to fill the document, but the inner lines of the frame should overlap the 4—6 rectangle. Step 3: Delete the 4—6 rectangle layer. Flatten image. 

Step 4: Print images onto scrapbooking paper.

Step 5: Using an exacto knife, cut out the center of each frame.

Step 6: Cut the outside edges of the frame to fit onto the clipboard. 

Step 7: Laminate the paper frames. Most office supply and teacher stores have laminating machines. It cost me $.25 to laminate all three frames. If you can't find a place to laminate your frames, you can use clear contact paper.

Step 8: Cut the excess laminating paper. Leave the center of the frame laminated.

Step 9: Place on your clipboard with photos behind the frame. 

Step 10: Enjoy drawing on your photos with BLACK DRY ERASE MARKERS! Avoid using various colors of dry erase markers, there is something in the ink that makes it difficult to wipe away. 

When you are done drawing, just wipe away and start over. 

Some ideas for how to use this in your business include:

• Take a few funny face pictures during the session. Provide the laminated frames with printed funny face pictures to clients as a gift when they pick up their print package. 

• Have a few in your office with various faces underneath (Elmo, Spiderman, Disney princesses, etc.) While parents are talking with you, kids can draw on the frames. 

• If you wrap up family sessions with some couple shots of the parents, you could let the children draw on these as a distraction (older kids are better so they don't get marker on their clothes)




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