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Make Your Photos Usable & Enjoyable


Where are all those great photos you have taken? Chances are, they are on a
photo card or on your computer. The challenge is to get them out of the
digital world and into the real world where you can enjoy them.

Studio 5 Contributor Mandy Douglass shares some creative ways to put your
photos to good use.


Clipboards – Make a collage of clipboards on your wall to show
miscellaneous pictures. I chose to take clipboards and display pictures of my
son. One clipboard / picture for every year of his life. Then decorated it with
some cute accordion circles made out of scrapbook paper.

Curtains – Often we take pictures of us eating our favorite food, a
cuisine we were proud to say we made, or enjoying food together. Create a
small window curtain collage using small pictures (2″ x 2″) and stacks of
paper cut out in circles then folded to create a 3-D effect. Use your sewing
machine to sew them all together. Then simply attach them with curtain
hangers to a rod. All the pictures are of us either enjoying food together, or
some picture of food we love! Perfect curtains for any kitchen!

Coloring Book Pages There are two ways of doing this. You can go
to Crayola.com (http://www.crayola.com/play-zone/play.cfm?
siteID=1&appID=1 – /COL
) and create coloring pages using their
automatic
uploader. Simply upload a photo of your choice and let them do the creating.
You will need a code inside a Crayola product to create you picture.
The second way is in Photoshop. Go to this link to see instructions of how to
do this!

http://content.photojojo.com/diy/how-to-create-coloring-book-
using-
photos/

Games – Many ideas online have been shown to do memory
games,
playing cards, etc using photos which make your games more personal. This
game was one that was unique to me that I found online and just thought
was so fun. I loved the game Guess Who growing up, so I just replaced those
silly pictures with 24 pictures of cousins, grandma, & grandpa in my family.
What a great way to learn more things about cousins you might not know so
well!

Quiet book – There are thousands of ideas for quiet books online,
however I have found that many of them tend to be pretty bulky to put into
my purse. This quiet book I made from a simple jewelry gift box. I made an
accordion with scrapbook paper, then attached my pictures to it. I adhered
each side of the accordion to the base and lid. My inspiration was “Brown
paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things”!. So
it is a brown box and all the things inside are of my son’s favorite things.

Antique Hangers – I ordered the hangers from
http://www.rubyp
laza.com/shop/itsnotaboutneed
. They have lots of antique
items to display in your home. I thought of using some of those beautiful
antique pictures of my ancestors to place in my office. A great way to remind
me of my heritage, and to again use photos that might just be sitting in a
box collecting dust.


Visit my blog www.mandydouglass.blog
spot.com
for recipes and even more
details!

Mandy Douglass is not a stranger when it comes to crafting. Since she was a
young girl, her nic-name was Martha! Graduating with a degree in Graphic
Design, Mandy has used her education in design, teamed up with her years of
crafting skills, as a professional in the Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting
Industry. She has worked as a Scrapbook Product Designer, and is a
Contributing Editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine. She also has a new line
of fabric coming out soon through Alpine fabrics! Mandy also has a great
love for cooking, sewing, the outdoors, and caring for her sweet husband
and two boys. She is a native of Utah and currently lives in American Fork. To
learn more, visit:www.mandydouglass.blog spot.com.

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