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Decorating with Portraits at Ruffles & Stuff

Hi new friends!
It’s fantastic to meet you, I’m so delighted to be at Kristen’s beautiful blog today. :O)
Wow. Are you kidding me with these portrait ideas I’ve been seeing here this month? Where do these women come up with this stuff?? I absolutely love that they all have such unique and creative thoughts. I was feeling pretty good about my idea, but after looking at theirs, I’m thinking “umm…”. Haha. (Story of my life!)
Ok, so to tell you truth, when Kristen was kind enough to ask me to contribute to the Decorating With Portraits series, I reluctantly turned down the opportunity simply because I didn’t have any portraits to decorate with. I am one of those shamefully negligent picture-hangers, with heaps of wonderful intentions and…bare walls. :O/ It was really an act of goodwill for Kirsten to encourage me to use any old photos I have to create some family artwork!
Here’s what I came up with:
I bought a poster-sized (26″x34″) frame and filled it with lots of horizontal wallet sized photos…

But before sending the photos to be printed, I gave some of them a dreamy, pink cast. The others, I added a darker, brownish cast.

Then I laid them out so that the darker photos make a letter “P” for our last name! Simple!
I almost left them all the dreamy pink color because it looked so pretty.
If you’d like to try this yourself, upload your photos to Photoshop and cover each one with the rectangle tool in a pinkish hue and lower the opacity until it looks right to you.(Here is an example with #FFBFB4 color, 35% opacity:)

That’s it! Piece of cake. :O) 

And If you don’t have Photoshop, no problem! You can definitely try it with colored/black and white photos instead of pink/brown.

Kristen, thank you so much for inspiring me to take the photo-decorating leap! I don’t think I could’ve done it without you ;o) Now I can’t wait to start using some of the other ladies’ ideas!

Have a really wonderful day, everyone!

Disney, I love what you came up with! The “P” for your last name was very creative, and I really like the texture of a handmade collage vs. the digital collage that is so easily done these days. Turning the colors to similar shades helps make the image all very cohesive, as well.  You can find Disney at her cute crafty blog, Ruffles & Stuff. Check our her basic sewing tutorials for the beginner sewer, and lots of other fun tutorials! You can also find her on facebook and pinterest.

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  1. Oh I love it! The pinkish cast is so dreamy and what a fun way to display pictures!

  2. LOVE this idea! I am thinking ahead to Christmas present for son’s girlfriend. Thank you for a wonderful idea, and so early in the year….lot’s of time to take pictures of them!

  3. I love the discrete P

  4. This is so cute! I love the idea! Thanks Disney & Kristen!

  5. This is great! If you don’t have Photoshop, you can use Aviary or Picasa as well! Both are free, and Picasa is particularly user-friendly. Aviary is a whole lot like Photoshop so if you’re familiar with the technical side of editing, you’ll love it.
    I’m trying this!
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