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How to hang straight pictures

Now, I know this might seem like a silly post, but I have found a simple way to fix those crooked pictures!  You see I have a gallery wall in the basement. That same wall is also is home to 2 doors into storage areas that are used daily.  Every time the doors open and close another picture tilts, and it drives me bonkers.  Similar scenario in the bathroom, so I found a quick and easy way to cheat.  It’s kind of my little secret and have since done away with hammer and nails completely to hang small items on the wall.  Want to know if it really works?  Here’s a sample of a recent wall hanging frustration made better.

The trick is these handy dandy 3M strips

Simply put them on the back of the picture.  The remove easily without wrecking the wall or your picture.  No measuring, no crazy nail holes all over your walls.  Simply attach them in a hidden place on the back of whatever you want to hang.

Take off the paper backing and place it on the wall. If you make a mistake you can always remove without leaving a mark! It’s pretty nifty.  Not to mention my husband loves that I’m not leaving nail holes all over the house every time I change my mind.  Less to patch up later 🙂  I believe each tab can hold up to 15 lbs.  I’ve used them to hang garland (with the clips) around windows and some metal art on the gallery wall with success.

Hope you find this little tip handy.  Best of all, the 3M strips are pretty cheap.  Michael’s sells them for less than $10 for a pack of 48.  Add a 40% off coupon in there and you should be set for a while.  Let me know if you try.  I’d also like to hear what other tricks you might use to hang pictures or use these little adhesive strips for. Do Share!

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Tissue Paper Wall Art

I had seen this technique years ago when a friend printed pictures of her kids on to tissue paper and glued them onto tiles as coasters.  I thought I’d try the same technique for some wall art in my bathroom.

For this project you’ll need:
tissue paper (I used white)
canvas
Mod Podge or similar adhesive
paint brush
printer
plain white printer paper
Scotch tape

Optional:
Pearlizing Medium
sand
polyurethane spray

To start find an image or clip art online that you want to print.  Play with your print settings to make the image fit the page. I ran a test print run on regular paper a few times until I got the size that I wanted.  Then, using the scotch tape, tape the tissue paper onto the plain computer paper making sure not to cover any of the area that will be printed with the tape. Again you might want to have a few extra sheets of tissue paper handy in case they tear or smear.

Carefully remove the tissue paper from the computer paper.  Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the blank canvas and lay the tissue paper print over the top.

Cover the top of the tissue paper with a thin layer of Mod Podge.

The ink color was a little too drastic for me so I added a layer of Americana Pearlizing Medium.  This tamed down the ink colors, and gave some depth to the texture of the tissue paper.

Then because I was curious, I painted some Mod Podge around the print and added a little sand for even more texture.  I like it on the sand dollar, but not so much on the coral. Oh well, can’t love them all, right?! To keep the sand on the canvas and not all over my bathroom floor, I sprayed a layer of Polyurethene to put a clear finish on it.

Hang and enjoy!

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Words of Inspiration {Handmade Gift}

This time of year it’s easy to get sucked into the commotion of the holiday season.  Elaborate gifts, an abundance of decorations throughout the house, a food spread fit for a king….all in all it always seems like there is an abundance of stuff.  For me it’s helpful to have inspiration reminders to focus my energy.  Hence the inspiration for this project.

I’m participating in a handmade gift exchange thanks to Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.  My gift exchange partner happens to have a little lust for the written word, Yellow and blue make her happy, and is drawn to the word Simplify…hence the inspiration for this project.  I too tend to believe in SIMPLIFY your life, your stuff, your calendar and often this time of year need to be reminded of that “more doesn’t equal better.”

Supplies needed- although a change of plans on the buttons, added some paint and fabric to really throw a loop into the plan.


(yes these are foam stamps from 2002)

To start I painted some modge podge onto a blank 8×10 canvas.  Ripped up book pages and randomly placing them to cover the canvas and painting a layer of modge podge ove the top to smooth out the surface, and avoid curling of pages.

Repeat 17 or 29 times until your canvas is covered to your liking, and then maybe a few more times to cover any mistakes.  I used paint and foam stamps for my lettering, purely because I wasn’t in the mood for clean lines and vinyl. So hello paint- colorful, affordable and ready to use when I need you!

I smudged a few other colors of paint to add some dimension, and some fabric scraps for character and give it a little more festive appeal.  Punched a fancy button through the fabric and adhered it all to the canvas with a little heart-throb of mine…E-6000.

“Simplify-ed Word art is a nice gift to offer some inspiration words to friends family, maybe even a new idea from the monotonous teacher gifts…all within $10.

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And the Winner is…

The Winner of the Uprinting Canvas Print is (drumroll please)

Tara Marsh:  “ I would put a picture of my children together up on the wall finally, its been 6 months already.”

Congratulation Tara.  Thanks to all that entered the giveaway, and to Uprinting for their generous giveaway!

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UPrinting Canvas Giveaway!

Please Note: This giveaway is now closed

I am SUPER excited to have an awesome giveaway for one lucky reader!  UPrinting is offering a 16 x 20 rolled canvas giveaway to one of my readers. I am super excited about this for many reasons…

1.  Canvas prints are all the rage. They add some fun style and texture to your wall decor.  It’s a great option for a family favorite photograph to keep a vacation, portrait or inspirational photograph at the forefront of your home.

2. I have Framing tutorial up my sleeve.  Ever notice the price difference in rolled canvases versus framed canvases… it’s huge.  So what a great way to get a high quality art piece and I’ll show you how to frame it 🙂

3.  Who doesn’t love free stuff that doubles as art?!

Here’s the details:

One of my readers will win (1) 16″ x 20″ rolled canvas print.
The winner gets to choose if they would like a 2-inch border or no border.
1 Business Day Turnaround *Free shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only, cannot be a previous Uprinting giveaway winner within the past 6 months

How do you enter to win?
1. Leave a comment below stating what you would do with a 16 x 20 canvas print (required)

To receive additional entries:
2. Like Little-d-Tales on Facebook, come back and leave a comment
3. Like Uprinting on Facebook, come back and leave a comment
4. Comment on UPrinting’s Facebook Page that Fostering a Creative Life sent you, come back and comment below that you did so.
5. Share about the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog and come back to leave a comment for each place it was shared

That’s quite a few ways to enter.  The giveaway will close on Friday, September 9th at Midnight.  The winner will be announced Saturday night 🙂

Disclaimer: This canvas printing giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given  for hosting. Check out UPrinting.com for more details about photo canvas.

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