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:
I liked the curtain rod in the image above with a wreath hanging on it.
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…
How I Did It
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:
Here’s what my template looked like with paper clipped to it:
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):
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):
I also used some cute little paperclips by Tim Holtz that I ordered from A Cherry On Top:
I cut each strip of burlap in half and then ironed it. Then, I hung it on my curtain rod, here’s how:
Notice the short end in back and the long end in front. This loop is on the front side of my rod.
Bring the loop over the top of the rod and around the back.
Pull the two ends through the loop.
Take one of the clips and pull one end out so you can loop it through one of the woven burlap threads.
Continue to slide the paperclip through until the opposite end is hanging from the burlap.
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.
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.
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!
Have you used your digi supplies and/or skills for your own home decorating projects? Share them with us in the comments.