Making an easy photo display!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Well, hello there!   
I cannot believe that April is almost over already.  We've been busy around here- Spring Break, prepping for a new baby, and celebrating Jake's 5th Birthday.  His actual b-day is in a few weeks still but we had to celebrate early since he could actually get a baby brother for a birthday gift this year!  

I love, love, love celebrating birthdays.  Normally I stay up until the wee hours for a few nights before my boys' birthday parties making sure every.single.detail is in order.  For Jake's party last weekend though, as excited as I was, I just couldn't keep myself up all night like that so I decided to cut a few corners.  I probably shouldn't reveal what those cut corners were because if I don't tell anyone, no one would know except for me, right?  

But this is one cut corner that I LOVED...

Instead of making a photo book of Jake's last year to display at the party like I do every year, I made a super quick, inexpensive photo display.  I still plan on making a photo book since I make one every year for each boy with a typed letter to them in the back of the book {a fabulous idea from my sweet friend Michelle}.  But I ran out of time and I only order photo books when I have a coupon for a free one, which I didn't have :)  So with a few minutes and a few dollars, I made this photo display instead.  

I was so pleased with how it turned out.  Plus I think more people saw it than they would've seen had these same photos been sitting in a photo book.  

The hardest part of this display was choosing which pictures to use because he is one happy, smiley cutie pie!  I had the pictures printed at Costco for $1.65.  I mounted each one on scrapbook paper from Michael's {on sale, 7 sheets of 12x12 paper for $1}, and strung them up on my vintage chalkboard {read more about this darling here} using jute and mini clothespins that I leave up on the chalkboard ALL the time now.  I just recently pulled down all of the boys Easter artwork... I love, love having this quick and easy place to display their creations!

The balloons and lanterns were from Polka Dot Market.  I bought them for Jake's party, but I originally wasn't going to use them with the photo display.  Once I had hung the pictures I loved the display so much I decided to add some decorations around it.  Quick and easy, memorable, and it was a fun display of Jake doing some of his favorite things from this past year {hanging out at the zoo, playing with his best bud- his big brother, fun, muddy times at home, getting a hug from his current crush- his cousin "girlfriend" and more}.  

Don't you love when a last-minute, Plan B project comes together even better than you had imagined?  xoxo
Bon @ A Golden Afternoon said...

Love those balloons :)

Colleen said...

looks so cute Laurie. love the color scheme too.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

First, I have missed you and Yes- I love Luke's announcement that you blogged! ha! Awesome! Love this idea- and I agree that it is nice strung so everyone can see! I am getting very eager to meet the newest Gallamore Stud!! EEEK! He is almost baked, can't wait! :) Jen

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

I didn't relalize how much I missed your posts until right now!!

Everything looks so cute! :)

Mommy Sauri~ said...

What a great idea! Not only the display but the "year book" too.

Mommy Sauri~


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