I’m on a collage rampage

Hello, all!

With the new season approaching, I’ve been inspired to change up a few things in my room.  First: wall decor.  On tumblr, I’m constantly seeing various types of collages, wether it be in a frame, on a desktop background, or on a wall.  I’ve always been a little unsure of using tonnes of masking tape to tack up pictures on my poor painted walls, however, I recently found Removable Mounting Squares by Scotch Tape, and they are my new heaven sent.  I will be embarking on a new project of my own; here’s my inspiration…

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And, here’s the beginning to my very own.

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I will update you when it starts coming along, which I’m sure won’t be too long!  I will also take this time to apologize for my absence, which has become a pretty regular thing–I’m well aware.  I am hoping to get a new video up soon (any ideas?).  Happy almost-spring!

-Liv

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DIY Chalkboard Quote Door

So, a while ago I saw two pictures…

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and this sort of happened…

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To give you a low-down of what I did, basically it was really simple and easy to do.  I transformed my closet door to an inspiration chalkboard for about $15.  I went to Michael’s, and purchased plain black chalkboard paint, which you can find here.  And then, I got paintbrushes and chalk!  You can probably guess what happened next.  I painted it and then wrote on it!  (Well, this is after you know, paying, and then driving home, and then walking in the door, and then getting to my room, and then yeah..).  So, I painted three coats on the originally white door, and it’s perfectly opaque.  When I started writing on it with the chalk, I did come across an issue, which is a bit of a downfall to this project.  The chalk is so hard on the board that it occasionally scratches the paint off, and reveals the white beneath the black.  That kind of sucks, but I guess it’s a pretty easy fix.  Aside from that, it is great!  I am hoping to change out some of the quotes sometime soon, and I’ve even seen this picture that I might try out…

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…which is the lyrics to one of my favourite songs, Drops of Jupiter by Train.  There really are so many options that you could do with this, so it’s a great summer project!  Here are a couple more pictures of my own door.

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You may be able to see that the purple Y from ‘you’ is slightly smudged, which I guess is another downfall, but, it happens!

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed seeing this little project I did a while ago, and PLEASE let me know if you try anything else like it!  Talk soon!

Pink Chalkboard Door via Happy Interior Blog//Quote Board via HelloKatyXo from YouTube//Lyrics Quote Door via the mysterious depths of tumblr

Daily DIYs #1

Hello there…fancy seeing you here.  Uhm, I haven’t blogged for two weeks.  I suck at this, huh?  To be honest with you, I have been writing a story of my own, just a personal one, so I’ve been neglecting you, and I’m sorry!  I am not stopping or anything like that!

So I really, really love crafts.  Obviously.  And I have always been very confused how to show you guys what crafts I find around the internet if I don’t actually do them myself.  I decided I am going to (at the approximate beginning of each week) have seven crafts I find that are worth taking a look at!  Because I can’t do them all, it’s a great way to showcase what amazing ideas I’ve found from various blogs, pictures, and websites.  Each week will probably have a general theme, but some weeks may just have no theme at all.  Sound good?

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Spray Painted Vases via I Spy DIY//Butterfly Wreath via treasure in an earth envessel//Spray Painted Toys via Make Ezine//Painted LOVE Bookends via ???//Polka Dot Doormat via 52 Weeks Project//Chevron Printed Canvas via The Embellished Nest//Anthro Inspired Confetti Tumblers via Radical Possibility

I hope you guys enjoyed, and I really do apologize for the wait!  Talk to you soon!

-L

PS, is this what I should call this new series?  Let me know what you think.

My “Little Things” Jar

Hello to all, and happy Saturday!  So about a month and a half ago I made a ‘little things 2013’ jar.  I saw a picture of the idea ages ago, and I love little things like this.  Writing in a journal, blogging, quote jars, memory jars, memory boxes, stuff like that.  I just adore the feeling you get when you look at something from years ago that you completely forgot about.  The idea of this is to write little things that happen throughout your day onto a slip of paper (with the date), and put them into this jar.  Once the year is over, you’re aloud to look at them again.  ‘Little things’ don’t include the big events in your life, like getting a new car, or prom, they are just the little things that made your day.  If nothing really special happened that day or that week, you don’t have to write anything.  A couple examples of mine are ‘movie marathon weekend; watched LOL, The Last Song, Friends With Benefits, Monte Carlo’, or ‘exploring the library with my english class, joking & telling stories about the books’, or ‘making it through every light without stopping on way home from school’ (yes that was a big deal because you have no idea how long it takes me to get home.  I’m so cool.).  I love the idea of this because chances are, you will forget all of the small positive things by the end of the year, so they sort of just make you smile while thinking back to your memories.

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I hope you all have an amazing weekend!  Leave a comment below telling me if you have one of these, or if you’re going to try it!  I’d love to hear some of your thoughts!

Talk soon.

-Liv

DIY Collage Desktop Background

Happy Sunday!  So a while back, I found this image of someone’s desktop background on tumblr, and instantly thought I need one…typical me.

I thought it was a great idea to have a collage of all your favourite images instead of just one.  You can do this with just about as many pictures as you want, but I went with 16.  So, I searched around, and I’ve made one of my own!

 I just have some things that either inspire me, or my favourite things on there.  It is always interesting to look at, and I can constantly make more and more, and change it up whenever I’d like.  They are really easy to make and play with in PicMonkey.

To start, go to www.picmonkey.com and click on “Create A Collage”.  Click on “Layouts” on the left, and then click on “Square Deal”.

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For mine, I chose the third option, which gives you 16 pictures to work with.

To begin placing pictures, all you have to do is click and drag them onto your desktop, and then click “Open Photos” from the “Photos” button on the left.  Choose your picture, and then drag it onto the collage.

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Repeat these steps of dragging to desktop, opening it in picmonkey, and then dragging it onto the collage, until you’ve filled it!  You can also make some pictures bigger/smaller like in the original image I showed above.  You can do this by clicking the pace around the image, and dragging it the way you’d like it.

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If you’d like there to be no spaces around the pictures (no borders), you can click on the “Spacing” slider which is found in the “Background” menu on the left, and drag it all the way to 0.

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You can of course play around with it any way you want…but I have one more important step before you save it & make it your desktop pic!  You must change the dimensions of the collage, so that it doesn’t turn out blurry.  I just clicked and dragged the sides to make it rectangular, similar to the dimensions of my desktop screen.

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Now, click “Save” at the top, and then find it in your files, and right click on it, to find “Set Desktop Picture”.  Depending on what computer you have, you may need to go into your setting to do this.

 I just grabbed a whole bunch of images I liked from my tumblr.  It took some playing around with to get them the exact way I wanted.  I considered if the picture had lots in it, which colours it was, and how similar it was to other images around it.  For example, I didn’t want to have all pink pictures in one area, and not anywhere else.  Just fiddling….

VOILA!

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They are a little time consuming to make them just the way you want them (because I’m a bit of a perfectionist), but so worth it!  I even fiddled around with the size of my desktop icons to make the bottom pictures show better…

But, they are so cool looking!  You can do it with absolutely any images you’d like, including ones of your own.  I’ve got my fav youtuber (Zoella), T. Swift, and Gossip Girl’s S & B.  I also have my painting inspo, and a few things I’m currently drooling over.  The possibilites are endless, and they turn out great….oh, and it’s free!

Talk soon!

♥, Liv

Image of computer inspo found here.  All other images are screenshots of picmonkey.com, or my own desktop image.

My New Project For 2013

Ever since my last semester, taking art has made me a little more creative and want to make art on my own time.  I did a couple of projects that I really enjoyed, and now that it’s semester two, and I don’t have art, I am going to start my own art project!  I am so excited!  The title of this post is ‘my new project for 2013’ because this is going to take me a long, long time to do.  I thought I would share my painting with you along the way of me painting it, and then show you the final result when it’s finally finished.

I re-arranged my furniture in my room a few weeks ago, and now I have a nice big blank wall beside my bed.  (I will be doing an updated room tour when I get everything finished because everything has changed a lot since December!).  I have watched arose186’s videos for about two years now, and I also follow her instagram.  I know she really loves art, and I enjoy looking through her pictures of paintings she’s completed, and just her edgy-arty style.  She posted a picture of a painting of macarons she did, and I immediately fell in love with it.  It’s been on my bucket list to paint something for a while now, and having a little experience from my class, I decided to take a huge leap, and try it!  So, I am going to attempt to paint something similar to this.

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I am not going to completely copy hers, because I do want it to be somewhat original, just inspired by this.  The reason why I like this painting so much is because I went to Paris last April, and macarons are a huge thing there.  When you go out of your continent (and especially to Europe!), it becomes a little special thing for you, and macarons are a cute little reminder of my trip.  I actually don’t like macarons very much, but they are a very pretty food…if that makes sense….(they are constantly on tumblr…), and they come in tons of colours that will match my room!

I have been searching tons of pictures of macaron stacks, and colours, and I have a bit of an idea of what I’m going to do.  I have most of the colours picked out, and I have an idea of a size of canvas, and I know I’m using acrylics, but I haven’t done any sketching, or anything yet.  Plus, I don’t have any supplies because I have never done any art really at home, just in school.  The reason why I say it’ll be my 2013 project is because the supplies aren’t cheap, and I am not always very good at art.  I’m not too worried about the painting part because I just did an acrylic painting about a month ago, but it wasn’t as detailed as the macarons are going to be.  And another issue that comes to mind is that I want the canvas to be huge, so it’s going to have to be a nice painting, and it’ll take a long time to do!  Haha, I’ve never done a painting like this, so I’m a little scared.  But for the new year I have really just wanted to set my mind to something, and do it, and this is something I really wanted to do the minute I saw her picture.  My Aunt is an artist (painter), so I’m sure I can get some tips & tricks from her.

I love how edgy the colour brings in, along with the contrast of the background.  It’s going to look awesome on my wall!  I’m thinking about turquoises, (of course), browns, purples, pinks, yellows, and maybe some periwinkle…whatcha think?

This will take me a while I’m sure, but I’d like to take you along my little “I’m-not-so-good-at-this-whole-art-thing” journey.  So when I start sketching, and purchasing the things I will show you!  And then I will post pictures of the progress of my actual painting too.  I am expecting me to start actually paint probably around May, because I wanted to get the sketches and colour scheme perfect, plus I am busy with school!

But yeah, this is my project/goal for 2013.  Do you have a goal or project for the year?  Let me know in a comment!  I’d love to hear some ideas!  I’m always into the whole bucket-listy things.  Speaking of that, I’ve started a [life] bucket list, and maybe I’ll share with you what I have so far in a little while!  Thank you to Arden for the inspiration, go check her out!  Talk to you soon.

Picture from Arden’s instagram, found here.