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Click HERE to see the updated room with the finished chandeliers hanging in all their glory. ūüôā

One of the greatest things about being broke all the time (or just being cheap all the time) is that it forces you to think outside the box and use your imagination. ¬†Sometimes my imagination is hard to keep up with and definitely is hard to understand so obviously when I came home with a stack of plastic placemats, wire, and a spatter guard cover and told my husband that it was going to be our new bedside lighting, he was less than enthusiastic. ¬†You’d think he’d have it figured out by now that I always have a plan and that my plans WORK…usually…sometimes…the second or third time around. ¬†Actually I’m pleased to say that this plan didn’t have too many hiccups and I’m pretty pleased with the results. ¬†If you’d like to see more pics of my bedroom (one chandelier is up, the other I’m determined to finish soon, and by the way, they won’t be hanging off of the flimsy wire from the ceiling like in the pics either. ¬†I’m working on a plan to have them coming out from the wall…ideas?) just go here.

You like?  You want?  You CAN!  Lets do this!

Cost: About $15

Supplies:

  • A spatter guard cover. ¬†I got mine from the Dollar Store. ¬†You could also improvise with anything else that is round…an embroidery hoop…a plant basket…keep your eyes open and get creative.
  • Craft wire or pre-made jump rings. ¬†I got craft wire at Walmart for about $3 and made my own jump rings. ¬†If you’d like to know how to make your own jumprings go here.
  • Fishing line or clear thread.
  • Plastic placemats. ¬†I got mine on clearance at Target for $1.35 each.
  • Crimp beads. ¬†You can buy a bag of them at Walmart or your local craft store for less than $2.
  • Kitchen shears or other heavy duty cutting tool.
  • A hanging light kit. ¬†Ikea has them for around $4. ¬†Pier1 has them for $10. ¬†You can also check your hardware store.
  • A small hole punch. ¬†I used an eyelet hole puncher.
  • Small pliers.

This project takes some time so get comfy, turn on HGTV, and start cutting.

1. ¬†Cut out your chandelier pieces from the plastic placemats. ¬†I used 4 white/frosted placemats for my chandelier and a little bit of 1 black placemat for the top. ¬†My placemats already had a square pattern on them so I simply cut them out in squares along the lines. ¬†You can do any shape you’d like, although, squares are very easy to cut with kitchen shears and easy to maintain about the same size and shape.

2. ¬†Lay your squares out and decide how big, long, full, and tapered you’d like your chandelier to be. ¬†I set my spatter guard down on the floor and laid the squares out side by side along it to see how many squares around and then decided how many squares down I’d like it to hang. ¬†I made my chandelier 3 tiered so I also decided how many squares long I’d like to have my inside ring of squares to be and the middle ring of squares as well. ¬†You might need to buy extra placemats just in case you decided to add some depending on how large your¬†chandelier¬†“frame” is. ¬†Just for reference, my outside shortest tier was 4 squares long (the squares are about 1.5″ square), the middle medium length tier was 7 squares long (allowing 3 squares to hang below the outside tier), and my inner longest tier was 4 squares long, hung off of fishing line so that the first squares in the strands were behind the bottom square of the strand above it so that only 3 squares are hanging below the middle medium tier. ¬†Wow…this is really not as complicated AT ALL as I just made it sound.

3.  Once you have a layout in mind, start hole punching.  I used an eyelet hole punch to punch holes to allow me to thread my squares onto jumprings and attach them to eachother.  Keep in mind that you will have a bottom square on every strand that will only need a hole at the top NOT THE BOTTOM since that last square on each strand will be hanging free.

4. ¬†Next, make your jump rings (see how here) with your wire, or, if you bought pre-made jump rings, start attaching your squares to eachother to form strands. ¬†*TIP* ¬†When using jump rings, don’t pull them apart, twist them to seperate the ends and to bring the ends back together again. ¬†If you just try to pull them apart you’ll have a gap when you go to pinch the ends back together again.

5. ¬†Are you done with all your strands? ¬†Now you can start assembling your chandelier. ¬†If you’re using a spatter guard it might have a handle in the middle of it like mine did. ¬†I just took it off with a screwdriver and widened the hole it left in the middle of the screen with my kitchen shears to allow for the light kit to hang through.

6. ¬†To assemble your chandelier start from the inner tier and work your way out. ¬†This is easier than working form the outside in. ¬†Trust me. ¬†As you can tell by my pics, I didn’t do this and got tangled up in my outside strands while I was trying to attach my inside strands. ¬†For my longest tier I didn’t want to make extra long strands of placemat squares so I simply made strands of 4 squares and then looped fishing line through the hole at the top square on each strand and secured it with a crimp bead. ¬†*TIP* The crimp bead will go on the fishing line first, then the fishing line through the hole in your square, then the end of the fishing line (that just went through the hole) back up through the crimp bead again. ¬†Then, I made the fishing line as long as I wanted to let the last tier hang and looped free end through the screen on my spatter guard and fastened it with another crimp bead. ¬†Basically, just hang your longest tier off of fishing line because you won’t see most of it through the other tiers, and you can make it as long as you’d like and save the trouble of making super long strands of squares. ¬†Does that make sense? ¬†It did in my head.

7.  Then, working your way out a few inches toward the edge of the spatter guard, attach your next tier of strands.  This tier I attached directly to the spatter screen with jumprings.

8. ¬†Now attach your final tier to the outer edge of the spatter guard using jumprings. ¬†(The pic below is backwards because I didn’t start in the middle like I should’ve so it only has the outer tier there. ¬†But don’t do it like this, START FROM THE MIDDLE and work your way out.)

9. ¬†Voila. ¬†You’re awesome. ¬†Now, stick your light kit through the center and hang it in your room. ¬†Your friends and family will never believe that you made it from plastic placemats!

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I have always loved black and white. ¬†I guess its the contrast and the way it always makes a room *POP*. ¬†My master bedroom is black and white, and kahki with a grey undertone, with pops of celadon green. ¬†It is entirely a work in progress, but I thought I’d share what I’ve got so far.

Heres a peak from the doorway.

And another…

I found these modern green velvet barrel chairs at TJMax for $120 each.  Perfect pop of color and so fun and comfy.

These white “end tables” I bought at Target for $15 each. ¬†The fabric that is currently sitting on top is actually a pair of pillow cases I got at Target also for $5 for the pair and will soon become cushions as I am planning on transforming these end tables into ottomans for the end of my bed.

I wanted to add some¬†luxurious¬†texture to the room and wanted to find a white flokati rug for under my bed. ¬†Nope. ¬†Too $$$. ¬†So instead I found this fluffy white shag rug in a 4’x6′ at Target for about $60. ¬†It looks and feels almost like the flokati rug I was eyeballing but for a fraction of the price.

My nightstands are actually antique tea-carts I got for $15 a piece.  I spray painted them black and silver-leafed the tops and then added plexi-glass as a protection for my silver leafing.

I made two chalkboards to go on the nightstands out of leftover MDF from a previous project. ¬†*TIP* Don’t waste the extra money buying chalkboard paint to create custom chalkboards. ¬†Just use regular black spray paint (matte or satin finish works best) and it will turn out just as well. ¬†Actually, I’ve used both chalkboard paint and black spray paint and I prefer the latter.

This is my most recent creation. ¬†The tutorial for this is coming asap! ¬†I made this chandelier out of a spatter guard cover from the Dollar Store and plastic placemats that I found on clearance for $1.30 each ¬†from Target. ¬†I cut them into squares, punched holes in them with eyelet punchers, and used jump rings to fasten them together and attach them to the spatter cover. ¬†I am in the process of making the second one and I’m pretty happy with how they’re coming out. ¬†I am planning on hanging them out from the wall (not the ceiling like is shown in the pics) with something…I’m not sure yet what. ¬†If you have any ideas let me know. ūüôā

I chose to make the chandeliers to hang over my nightstands so that I could soften up my focal wall (there were too many hard edges with the nightstands, headboard, and painting) and add lighting higher than what a table lamp would allow. ¬†The pic below shows my old lamp on the right and my new chandelier hung to about the height that it will go on the left. ¬†You can see what a pleasant difference this makes in the space. *TIP* When decorating your room, vary the height of things to keep from making your space seem “squashed” (aren’t you impressed with my fancy decorator terminology). ¬†As you can see below, the lamp on the right is too in line with the headboard and too boxy. ¬†This focal area really needed some light and tapered lighting to bring the eye up and keep it from feeling heavy and uniform.

I painted this painting with leftover craft paint and a 50% off canvas.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I like the subtle abstractness of it and the mystery it brings to the room.

I made the headboard with 3″ foam, plywood, and 2×4’s. ¬†Then I sewed a slipcover for it (with velcro on the sides for easy removal) out of old velvet drapes from our old apartment. ¬†I added the ribbon detail with grosgrain ribbon and liquid stitch. ¬†I like it. ¬†It works for now. ¬†I’m sure I’ll re-decorate in a year and make a new slipcover for it in another fun fabric.

This is the wall opposite my bed that I decked out in a collage of frames, mirrors, and shelves. ¬†It isn’t done yet as you can tell but I like the eclecticness of it and I’m excited to get it finished.

This dresser I got for $90 from an antique salesman.  I spray painted it white with black vertical stripes and changed the hardware to chrome knobs.

This was another thrift store mirror I got for $8. ¬†It was gold so I spray painted it metallic silver and then glazed it with black watered down craft paint and sealed it with a matte spray finish. ¬†I actually don’t love it in here and am working on a circle mirror to take its place. ¬†That tutorial will be coming up soon as well.

Heres a look at the room from the other side. ¬†The drapes are actually white twin sheets I got at Walmart for $4 a sheet. ¬†They are light and airy and long and puddle nicely for that¬†luxurious feel I wanted. ¬†There were so many tall windows in this room that I couldn’t afford to go out and buy or make real LONG curtains like I wanted so I improvised and I don’t think anyone has noticed that they’re actually sheets. ¬†The black inner curtains are button up roman shades that I got at BigLots for $7 each. ¬† They block out the sun, and give a nice added dimension to my windows. ¬†They look really cute up but made it too bright to be able to take decent pics in here.

And thats my room so far. ¬†Like I said, a work and progress like most things I do. ¬†I know that just when I get it all done I’ll want to re-decorate! ¬†But I guess its all about finding joy in the journey! ¬†And black and white gives my JOY! ¬†P.S. ¬†My hotel style bedding I got for a steal at $80 from Marshalls. ¬†It came with the comforter, bedskirt, 2 shams, and accent pillow and if you like it I just saw it again at TJMax as a duvet cover last week so you might be able to find it there if you would like it for yourself.

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Heres a few better pics of my little photo hall.  I actually would like to put up 3 long picture shelves eventually instead of the frames like are seen here.  I just have WAY too many photos to display.

 

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My Hall Bathroom

This is the “kid’s/guest” bathroom at my house. ¬†I barely spent a penny on decorating it but I like how it turned out…for now. ¬†Everyday I look around my house and want to re-decorate! ¬†Ha! ¬†Anyway, here are the pics.

This is what it looked like when we moved in.

And these are the after pics.

The features of this bathroom include:

РThe messy striped painted walls.  I used the leftover paint from my kitchen and simply rolled it up the wall (eyeballing the straightness) along with leftover white primer from my kitchen island.  The builder paint was a cream color and also can be seen in places coming through.

– The shower curtain and rugs were Ross finds for $5 each. ¬†I couldn’t believe how well they¬†coordinated with my walls! It was meant to be I guess.

I am in the process of searching thrift stores for some old mirrors to hang up instead of the flat standard bathroom mirror.

*TIP* Paint your bathroom with a satin or semi-gloss paint. ¬†It will be easier to clean than flat paint (which you will appreciate greatly if you are a mom of a potty-training toddler). ūüôā

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Sorry. ¬†No before pics of this one. ¬†I had instructions that we could not repaint the walls and that our budget was $300 for this makeover. ¬†We kept all the existing furniture and tweaked it a bit. ¬†I painted the once dark stained wood dresser an antique white to match the white iron beds. ¬†Also I found new “teenagery” bedding to replace the sunflower “little girl” quilts that were there and painted the mural and accents on the furniture to match. ¬†The client (who was my 13 year old little sister) ¬†really wanted lime green as an accent color so I tried to really incorporate that into the room. ¬†I think we did pretty good for our tiny budget! ¬†Heres the pics:

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I decorated a house for a family named the “Winters” in Idaho a couple of years ago. ¬†Sweetest couple EVER. ¬†And what a transformation we made in their home! ¬†Take a look:

These are the before shots of their dining room.

And these are the after shots of their dining room.

These are the before shots of the kitchen and living room.

And these are the after pics of the kitchen and living room.

Heres a look at the front room before.

And heres a look at it after.

These are pics of a spare room before.  The client wanted it to be girly for her granddaughters but comfortable as well for other company who came to stay.

And this is the after of the guest bedroom.

The Winter’s were on a tight budget so we did a lot of creative thinking and¬†re-purposed¬†as many things as we could to keep costs down. ¬†We also did a lot of shopping at outlet stores, thrift stores, and Dollar Stores and made a lot of the accessories and things ourselves. ¬†With a little research and some time and elbow grease you can really change the look of a space even if you are on a tight budget.

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Here is what my living room looked like when we moved in.

And heres what it looks like now (sorry, the photos are a bit grainy. ¬†I’ll take more next time my house is this clean…it might be a while…) :). ¬†This is the view from the front through the entryway hall.

Some of my favorite things about this room include:

-The fact that I spent less than $60 on each item in this room except for my hubby’s tv and our sofa. ¬†Its true. ¬†I’m addicted to thrift stores and craigslist and my home is almost completely furnished by them.

– I LOVE my rug! ¬†It is actually two striped cotton 5’x8′ rugs that I got at BigLots and lay together to create a big rug. ¬†*TIP* You can and SHOULD use rugs on carpeted floors. ¬†View your floor as another surface to decorate. ¬†Tie your room’s colors together with your rugs and ground your conversation areas by aligning furniture so that it surrounds (or as I prefer) or sits on top of your rug.

РThe accent chair and ottoman at the bottom right of the photo was a $50 craiglist find that I reupholstered with the help of a friend (THANKS AGAIN LINDA!).  The fabric was a steal and the whole thing only cost $110 when all was said and done.  I like to get fabric and rugs on clearance at HomeFabrics and Rugs.

– The button tufted ottoman is great and I got it at a thrift store for $20. ¬†Design wise I’d prefer a coffee table but you can’t beat the comfort of being able to kick up your feet when you’re watching TV and I especially love that I don’t have to worry about bumps and bruises on my baby’s noggins as they run around in there.

РThe two back chairs are super heavy duty Ethan Allen chairs (the Albert chair), originally $999 on their site, that I got off of craigslist for $50 a piece.  The upholstery is a bit stained (they were in a salon) so I am in the process of making some tailored drop cloth slipcovers for them.  Slipcovers are FANTASTIC for families with kids or for people who like to change their decor a lot without having to buy all brand new furniture.

РMy bamboo matchstick roller shades were $7 each from BigLots and create privacy while bringing a natural element and texture to the room.  The curtains are off-white curtains from Ikea for $12 for a 2-pack.  They soften the large windows without being to overdone.  I personally like more casual window treatments.

– The long crusty wooden bench under the window is¬†probably¬†my favorite thing in the room. ¬†It is an old church pew that I found on craigslist for $30. ¬†It took some convincing to my husband to let me bring this massive thing home but he loves it as much as I do now. ¬†The lady who I bought it from said that someone had left it in the yard of the house she moved in to. ¬†She seemed skeptical when I said I wanted it INSIDE my house. ¬†She asked me if I was going to paint it and I said, “NO WAY. ¬†I love the crustyness of it!”. ¬†Although, I did clean it¬†thoroughly¬†and sanded back some of the really crusty parts and then sprayed the whole thing with polyeurothane so that it wouldn’t chip any further and get on people’s clothes. ¬†It fits PERFECTLY under our huge window and provides tons of seating when we entertain. ¬†It is also a great place to store toy baskets for the kids since we don’t have a playroom. ¬†I’m just IN LOVE with it.

– The sofa was bought for $600 from an RC Willey Outley center. ¬†It is a wool blend dusty green-blue color (like the walls) with a small brown herringbone pattern. ¬†*TIP* Research the kind of upholstery you’d like before you buy. ¬†For example, wool blend upholstery will pill (just like a wool sweater) over time and wear. ¬†I knew this going into it and counter the problem by shaving my sofa with an upholstery shaver (you can find them at fabric stores or online) once a month or so. ¬†I also use a fabric protection spray to deter spills and grubby¬†hand prints.

– The artwork is my own original art that I swap out whenever I get that “itch”.

РI wanted to really make the fireplace a focal point so I taped off and painted a chevron (or herringbone like my sofa) pattern from the mantel to the ceiling.  I used the same paint as my entry hall color (as you can see a bit from the pic below) and my entryway tree color.

– Into the hall you can kind of see (in the pic below) my little framed up family photo gallery. ¬†I hang framed black and white photos in groupings inside and around larger empty frames that I hung off of coordinating ribbon. ¬†Below the gallery wall are 3 storage ottomans with pillows on them that we bring in when we need more seating (we like to have people over), and keep diapers and wipes in since, lets face it if you’re a mom you know, we do more diaper changing on the living room floor than on the changing table.

РThe piano is a vintage 1962 built Acrasonic that my hubby gave me for my last birthday.  It is in near perfect condition and I LOVE IT.  My hubby and I like to write music on the piano and guitar and sing so this room houses all our music stuff.  The mirror over the piano is an antique I got for $9 and spray painted white.

This is the wall opposite the TV wall that we hang our guitars and ukuleles on.  Instruments are beautiful so DISPLAY them.  Also, hanging the guitars up keeps them out of reach of the little ones.

This is the view from the back from the kitchen area.

And thats my living room! ¬†I love it, and keep changing it so I’m sure there will be more pics to come. ¬†To tell you the truth, now that its pretty much complete, I want to completely re-decorate! ¬†But I guess thats the plight of being a decorator. ¬†I just can’t get enough.

Updated: 1/28/2011

Hey guess what!? ¬†I cleaned again! ¬†ūüėČ ¬† Heres some better photos.

Haha! In the photo above don’t you just love how I have my new capiz shell chandelier (a $25 craigslist find) hanging from my ugly brass dining room chandelier in the background. ¬†Class-y.

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Many people have asked to see my decorating so I have created a new category that is ironically called “My Interior Decorating” so that you can find examples of my work quickly and get inspired for your own homes.

So, to start, here is what I’ve done with my entryway.

This was our entryway when we moved in.

And this is our entryway after I got my hands on it.  It is still a work in progress though.

I free hand painted the tree mural to accent the archway and to give a huge impact when you walk into my house.  The clay flowers I made just for fun for spring (when these pics were taken).  The tutorial for those is here.

This mirror and sconces were thrift store finds for under $15.  I am in the process of finding an old chest to put underneath for storage and a place to put keys when you walk in.

I painted this picture on what used to be the backboard of a mirror. ¬†I didn’t want to pay the big $ to get it professionally framed so my sis-in-law came up with the idea to hang it in the middle of a larger frame. ¬†I pretty much LOVE it.

 

And thats my entryway so far. ¬†I’ll post more as it comes together!

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I’m back from visiting my best friend in Maryland and I’m ready to bust out some more great tutorials for you guys! ¬†I had a BLAST at my friend’s house and took tons of pictures and even did some projects for my blog while I was there. ¬†I babysat one afternoon while her and her hubby were out looking at furniture for their new house and the kids and I had some much fun taking pictures. ¬†I wanted to create a photo-booth style photo strip for my friend of her kids being cute and silly and I think they turned out great. ¬†So, I thought I’d do a tutorial on it and share my little shooting tips and techniques and editing. ¬†So, here we go.

Cost: $0

Supplies: A couple of cute kids, or funny teens, or crazy adults… I had a friend who did this kind of thing at her wedding and hired a photographer to take photo-booth style pics of the guests. ¬†It was SO FUN. ¬†I only wish I would have thought of it at my wedding.

You’ll also probably want to hang a piece of fabric up or drape it over a table near a large window. ¬†I used my friend’s table with a white sheet draped over it in the kitchen. ¬†Heres what the set-up looked like:

I know. ¬†Super complicated right. ¬†I used natural light coming through the window as side-lighting and the overhead kitchen light to light the tops of their heads a bit. ¬†There are some really great books out there on using natural light in photography and are well worth the read if you are an amateur (or professional) photographer who loves taking pictures but doesn’t want to spend all your money on studio lighting equipment.

Anyway, I sat them down on the floor with the sheet as the backdrop and squish them in close together. ¬†*TIP* ¬†Although I didn’t do this, it might be a good idea to use a tri-pod to get consistent depth-of-field and zoom in your photos (like a photo-booth would have). ¬†I then kneeled down at their eye level and started snapping! ¬†At first they did the standard “smile at the camera” stuff but before long they got silly and the great faces started coming out. ¬†*TIP* When shooting kids, make sure you have a faster shutter speed. ¬†They’re wiggly and it will cut down on blur. ¬†Also, let them be silly! ¬†Especially with these kind of pics, the sillier the better! ¬†P.S. ¬†Once again you don’t have to have a fancy camera to take good pictures. ¬†I happen to have an Olympus DSLR but even a point and shoot would work just fine. ¬†Real photo-booth pics aren’t taken with fancy equipment either.

Here is a look at what we got.  These are unedited or SOC (straight out of camera).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And thats them. ¬†Aren’t they a crack up! ¬†Wesley is 4 and a half and Katie is 3. ¬†They are two of my favorite kids in the world. ūüôā

1. ¬†Set up your shooting area. ¬†Sit your little people down (or they can stand, but kids will be more still if they’re sitting) in front of your backdrop. ¬†Start snapping pics. ¬†*TIP* Give them direction by telling them to act serious, silly, happy, sad, angry, tough, etc. ¬†You might need to stop periodically to show them the pics (kids LOVE to see pictures of themselves, especially when funny faces are involved).

2. ¬†Once you have all the pics you’d like, upload them to your computer and sign in to Picnik. ¬†Upload them to picnik and do any “preliminary” editing that you feel is necessary: take out red eye, blemishes, crop, rotate, etc. ¬†You pretty much want to maintain a uniform feel throughout the photos. ¬†Try to keep the cropping and rotating the same as it would be if they were taken in an actual photo-booth.

3. ¬†Once you have the photos the way you’d like them, find the “Collage” feature on the Picnik home page.

4. That will take you to the collage page where you can choose from several different layouts to create your collage. ¬†Under “Basic” there is a collage layout with a column four photo style collage. ¬†This is the one I’ll be using for my photo-booth style pics.

5. As you can see at the bottom of my picnik screen there is my “Photo Basket”. ¬†If you have uploaded all your pics they will be shown there. ¬†This is great because it allows you to just drag and drop the photos you’d like to use into the alloted collage spaces.

6.  Once you have the collage pics in, you can move them around in the frame, adjust the spacing, proportions, round the edges, change the color of the frame, etc.  I am going to space mine out a bit less, change the frame color to a true black, and round the edges a little.

7. ¬†Once you get your collage how you’d like it hit “Done!” and it will take you to the editing page. ¬†If you’d like you can go to the “Edit” tab and play around a bit with the exposure and contrast and other settings. ¬†Then head over to the “Create” tab and click on “Effects” to display the effects toolbar.

8. ¬†Next make your photo black and white by clicking on the “Black and White” tool and hitting “apply”. ¬†For a digital style photo-booth picture you could be done at this point, but my goal with these are to make them into the real old-fashioned photo booth style pics so more editing is required.

9. ¬†Next, hit the next tool down “Sepia” and play with the “fade” slider to get a soft sepia tint to your collage. ¬†I set the “fade” on mine to 55%. ¬†Hit “apply”.

10. ¬†Now scroll down the effects toolbar to find “1960’s”. ¬†Click that and us the “fade” slider to adjust the amount of grain and pink-ness that is showing in your collage. ¬†I set mine to 70%.

11.  And there you have it!  Old photo-booth style pics of your cute little ones!

How fun was that!!? ¬†If you’d like to keep reading, I’m going to continue on with this tutorial to show you some additional things you can do with Picnik to your photo-booth style pics.

– Add a wrinkly paper texture to your photo using Picnik’s premium tool “Texture” under the “Effects” toolbar. This even further enhances the old-photo look.

– Give your photo a retro wash by taking your photo collage from the black and white phase and using the “Tint” tool with an acid yellow-green color faded to about 65%. ¬†Then you can further enhance the retro wash by using the “Cross Process” tool faded to about 65% as well. ¬†I also used the “Gritty” tool (a premium feature) faded to 70% at 30% darkness to add contrast and pop to the retro photo-booth wash.

 

– You can also do a high-contrast color strip by using the “Boost” tool faded to 25% and then adding the “Ortonish” tool with the bloom at 0%, the brightness at 50%, and the fade at 0%.

 

– ¬†THEN you can take that collage (from above) and give it a vintage rosy color wash by going back to you “Edit” tab, bringing down the contrast, and then using the “Tint” tool under the “Effects” tab again to tint it a soft rosy color. ¬†I set my contrast to -45. ¬†Then I set my “Tint” to a light rose color and faded it to 55%.

I could probably go on forever but the baby is crying so I’ll leave you to it! ¬†Happy picniking! ūüôā

UPDATE 2/19:  Here are some more photo booth style pics my family and I recently did.


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