July 4th has always been a holiday about memories for me. Memories of parks and parades. Memories of family and fireworks. Embedded in my mind are the summers spent with my grandfather in the heat of Louisiana and the black and white portrait of him standing proud and erect going off to war as a member of the U.S. Navy. Recently this patriotic holiday has recently taken on a whole new meaning for my family as my brother is now a Surface Warfare Officer. I know his wife, my wonderful sister-in-law, misses him more than my entire family combined, as he is now off fighting in an undisclosed location doing undisclosed things to help keep families around the world safe. Because of that, I shed a tear at every flag that waved my way this past weekend. The fact that Cleveland is such a patriotic city with flags flying in mass down every main street and planted in most yards in the surrounding suburbs made for quite the impactful weekend.
So, in honor of the military the nation over, the perfect backyard barbeque, fireworks!, your personal best at the three-legged race or simply a carefree afternoon, my decorating sale suggestion for this week is to dig out memories from your photo box, computer or camera and frame them. Michaels Craft Store this week is offering a huge sale on frames, 50 percent off your custom frame order and 20 percent off your entire purchase – including sale items. Whether you like elegance and simplicity and prefer a black and white theme or you are eclectic and love color or a scrapbooky look, now is the time to print your photos and remember those that have risked their lives to protect you and all the fun you have had celebrating that over the years.
Do you like my suggestion but need a place to start? Look at my links below or follow this advice: Photos always look best in groups and groups always look best when there is a clear reason as to why they are there. In other words, find the common dominator that brings the collection to together. For example, if you have a handful of photos that don’t seem to have anything in common, you can group them together by placing them all in the same color frames (black or white for example) and arranging them in a random order on the wall (not all in straight line). If you have children, there is a good probability you took about 50 all at once at Suzie’s last birthday party. Take three photos (such as three angles of Suzie blowing out her candles) and hang them side by side. If you love black and white photos, place 5 or 7 of them around one single colored photo for added interest. Or, if you are unable to paint your walls but need color, fill your wall with colorful frames, colorful mats, a large poster sized photo or wrap your plain white mats in ribbon or fabric using spray adhesive. If you like to get crafty, think scrapbooking. Place stamps, 3D embellishments, or handwritten sentiments on the front of the glass for a more personal touch. Kids love seeing themselves in pictures so why not take their favorite photo, say of them holding balloons at the fair, and frame it for their room? Print two images and use one inside the fame and then cut out the balloons and using glue dots, attach them to the front of the frame for a 3D look. Or, do you have an object that you would love to hang on the wall, but cannot figure out how to make it work? Take a frame and remove everything but the outside frame, then either hang the object from the top of the frame or hang it directly on the wall and hang the frame around the object. You can also use the same method and place hooks into the frame to hang your jewelry or attach metal mesh (from hardware stores) to hang your earrings. However, I always suggest that you lay out your framed photos on the floor before hanging them so that you can put them in the best possible order. Using a book or cereal box to help you keep the spacing even, is always a good idea.
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Photo frame ideas from Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart Frame and Calendar Idea
Scrapbooking photos idea book, “Show it off” by Memory Makers Books can be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in Beachwood.