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DIY Summertime Instagram Display Wall!

Are you on Instagram? I have to say that it's my newest passion. I just love capturing everyday moments with my kids and also sharing behind-the-scene updates on projects. I have been wanting to make a photo board to  show off these pictures for quite awhile. My friends at Michaels contacted me a few weeks ago and shared some SUPER exciting news. They are now carrying fabric!! Isn't … [Read more...]

DIY Hanging Frames Tutorial!

  Hey there! It's Jess and Monica from East Coast Creative and we have another super simple way to dress up your walls on the cheap! I'm in the middle of re-doing our kid's bathroom and for five years there hasn't been one single piece of wall decor in that room. Now, I'm one step closer to well-dressed walls with these hanging frames! Isn't that cute? I went to a World … [Read more...]

Project Life Special on HSN and a Project Life Giveaway!

I'm not a traditional scrapbooker, but I love taking pictures and documenting our family's adventures with Project Life. I think the thing that sold me on Project Life last year was how simple and easy it is!   The kits come with everything I need to create amazing pages. All I need is my pictures and a pen to create memorable albums. I can even print out my Instagram pictures and use them in … [Read more...]

Make a DIY Lighted Marquee Letter Heart! #LowesCreator

This month for our #LowesCreator challenge we were asked to make something for our Valentine's Decor. I love these challenges because they really make me stretch my creativity. I wanted to make something I could use year after year in our home.   I've been inspired by marquee letter projects, but many have been made from materials like foam core and poster board. I wanted to build … [Read more...]

Best Lenses to Capture Summer Fun (photography tutorial)

  There are few things better than photos of kids having fun, and there is no better time than summer to have fun!  Using the most appropriate lenses makes all the difference in your photos.  I love using a long lens when capturing candid photos.  I like standing far away enough from my subject that they don't really know I'm snapping photos of them.  PAPARAZZI STYLE!! I recommend 2 … [Read more...]

Phone Photography: What’s Your Favorite Camera Pic?

I've been using my phone for snapshots for a long time. I'm trying to get better and compose even my snapshots like a pro -- as if I were carrying my Instamatic. But I've always been frustrated at the cameras built into my phones. So when  Microsoft offered to send me a new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone with cool photo features, I was excited to try it out and I've noticed that I've been taking … [Read more...]

Make Lace Glitter Crowns!! (perfect for photo props or birthday parties)

I'm not usually excited about trends when it comes to photography. I'd rather the focus be on the people in the photo rather than what they're wearing or what kind of crazy editing has been done. But when I first saw these delicate crowns on a newborn baby, I knew they would fit right in to my style. I knew I could buy them through several Etsy vendors but I wanted a whole slew of different … [Read more...]

Family Picture Wall — Your Questions Answered!!

Thanks for all of the sweet comments on my Family Picture Wall. To tell you the truth, it is maybe my favorite project ever. Why? I love the scrolly frames for their different shapes, I love the pops of YELLOW -- so bright and happy, I love the little table I spray painted at the last- second, I adore the bright subway art, but most of all I ADORE the pictures and seeing my cute little family. I … [Read more...]

Family Picture Gallery Wall — Reveal!!

Happy Tuesday!! I finally finished my family gallery wall -- woo hoo!! It all started with these unfinished frames from Cut It Out Frames. I had a hard time deciding what color to paint the frames. In the end I opted for white that matches my trim because I wanted the fabulous pictures my sister Wendy took of us to shine through. Here's a tip that can save you a lot of time and … [Read more...]

Life in a Snap — 4 Tips for Shooting the Real Moments of Life!! (photography tutorial)

Are you one of those people who hauls their "good" camera out during special occasions? Birthdays, holidays, graduations, weddings? Is your hard drive full of images of the kids blowing out birthday candles, the day your brought the new puppy home, and the first days of school? That used to be me too. My camera used to only see the light of day during special occasions, spending the rest of the … [Read more...]