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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Living Room Wall Art

I'm happy to say that digital scrapbooking has helped me to be a better home decorator.  Several months ago, I realized that my natural decorating style (as far as wall art) was to place random pictures and decoration on every distinct wall area in my home.  The space above the couch:  that's a wall area, put a picture there.  The space to either side of the dining room entry:  those are wall areas, put a picture in each one. And similarly all through the apartment.

Here you can see the lone print on the large living room wall, and the strange collection of frames on either side of the dining room entry.  I'm embarrassed to show these, but I'll just be brave and do it.

It's not very pleasing to the eye to have all these spaced out lonely pictures.  Just like with scrapbooking - it's generally more pleasing to have items grouped in a focal point as opposed to scattered across the page

Why it took me so long to figure this out, I have no idea.  In the recent weeks I've been looking around my home, seeing how I could create groupings, recycling the frames I already have. I left the living room print where it was, and added next to it the larger frames that were flanking the dining room.  I made up three new prints to place in the frames (using my digital scrapbooking supplies), and here is the result.

The heart was made from a ton of different paint platters in kits by Gina Marie Huff. The spider (for Miller) and the flowers are by Julia Makotinski. I think both kits might be retired. I had toyed with the idea of a picture of beer (for the scientist), but dismissed that idea in the end. The cream colored mat looks a little off, and I'm thinking I might try spray-painting it a light gray color. But this is such an improvement from before, I'm happy to leave it as is for now.

It's an interesting study of human psychology to ask what was the motivation to get this project done ... next week I'm hosting Book Club at my house. That was the motivation. Didn't want all those mommies to see my hideous home decoration.

Here are a couple layouts from the last week or so.

These are pictures of the space houses that I've built for Miller, to accompany his Imaginext toys. I got a kick out of the comments I've received on these layouts. Everyone thinks that I scrapped these in Miller's voice. But the truth is that I'm the one who loves to build these things, and I actually was scrapping in my own voice. Miller loves these buildings in a different way. Once built, he will not tolerate any changes or improvements. I, on the other hand, am constantly looking for ways to make them a little better or more "useful" for the astronauts who live and work in them.
Simple Album Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Simple Album Templates by Scrapping with Liz

This was my last layout made for The LilyPad, with the September Build Your Own Collab products. It was just pictures of a park expedition from earlier in the year. I had read this line in a book many months ago: "Take care. You carry my heart with you." I have been wanting to use it in a layout for a long time.
End of Summer Papers by Jenna Desai
Little Pockets and Sprinkles V4 by Valorie Wibbens

The LilyPad ladies graciously allowed me to stay a couple extra weeks on the guest CT, to round out the month of August.  So even though I keep saying that I'm on this scrapping break, it was really just a farce because I was constantly tempted by new products.  But now that my guest position has ended I really have been slowing down a bit.  Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. That is my favorite LO of yours ever (yet). I love, love, love the quote and your stamp work and everything is just so perfect.