Using Digital Scrapbooking Supplies and Skills in Home Décor

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First off, I want to clarify; I am not an interior designer. Outside of taking an Interior Design class in college, working at a linen store that same year, reading lots of magazines, and pinning stuff I like on Pinterest, I don’t know very much at all. I do know what I like, however.

I do LOVE using my digital scrapbooking supplies and skills in my home décor though. I will often see something I like and try to figure out if there is a way to duplicate the look using Photoshop and some digi supplies. I found some pins on Pinterest that inspired the look I’m going to share today. Here’s a look at the images, linked to their original sources:

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I liked the curtain rod in the image above with a wreath hanging on it.

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I loved how many photos were displayed in the image above.

Then there was the summer window display at a store in my mall (not sure which store) where they strung oversized Polaroids across several clothes lines (totally kicking myself for not taking a picture).  I love the look of Polaroids and knew I needed to use them somehow in a feature for one of my walls.

All of those were the jumping off point and inspiration for this…

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How I Did It

I did a Google search for the dimension of a Polaroid and found this site. I made myself a template based on those measurements (the template has been uploaded for members).

I grabbed One Little Bird’s Vagabond kit and decided her white paper would be perfect to use for the Polaroid frame. I brought the paper into Photoshop and shrunk it down to the size of the Polaroid frame (using the transform control corner anchor points). Then, I duplicated the paper layer twice and clipped them as well.  I adjusted the colors on two of the papers so each was different. Last, I flipped and rotated each paper so the distressed edges looked different on each frame. Here’s what my layers pallet looked like:

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Here’s what my template looked like with paper clipped to it:

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I cycled through each paper layer making one visible and turning off the others as I added different photos. I ended up making an action to add photos to the template and save them.

My template was created on a 4×6 canvas so I could just upload and print 4×6 without any adjustments at all. After printing came the trimming (and lots of it since I had 88 Polaroids printed that needed trimming):

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I used three packages of this burlap ribbon by My Minds Eye that I purchased at my Local Scrapbook Store (LSS) (it came to around $12 for all three):

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I also used some cute little paperclips by Tim Holtz that I ordered from A Cherry On Top:

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I cut each strip of burlap in half and then ironed it. Then, I hung it on my curtain rod, here’s how:

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Notice the short end in back and the long end in front. This loop is on the front side of my rod.

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Bring the loop over the top of the rod and around the back.

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Pull the two ends through the loop.

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Take one of the clips and pull one end out so you can loop it through one of the woven burlap threads.

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Continue to slide the paperclip through until the opposite end is hanging from the burlap.

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Hang a photo and repeat all the way across the top row. I did not measure to make sure everything lined up perfectly because that was not the look I was going for. I do understand that this look might drive others crazy though, so feel free to measure if you want.

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The bottoms of my burlap wanted to twist a little bit, so I put some heavy clips on the back, hidden by the Polaroids. Over time, the weight will retrain the burlap and it will lay flat.

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Total cost for this project was under $30 because the curtain rod needed a new home (a.k.a. I already had it).  I’m super happy with my faux Polaroids on burlap and have had several compliments on the feature already as people have come to visit. I can’t wait to try out my next project!

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Have you used your digi supplies and/or skills for your own home decorating projects? Share them with us in the comments.