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Make This | Gold Foil Art in PSE

Man! I have been a little behind on blogging this past week, huh? All I can say is it’s been a little bit crazy around here. But, have no fear, because we are back and I’m sharing a super simple way to make Gold Foil Art in Photoshop Elements over at Teal & Lime! 

Make This | Gold Foil Art in Photoshop Elements

Gold foil has been my jam lately but DIY versions can be a little tricky. I even tried this a DIY version with this cheeky faux gold foil art last Christmas but I wanted to create an even easier technique! So, head out to Teal & Lime for the full tutorial! Seriously, it’s crazy simple!

Don’t have Photoshop Elements? No worries! By hopping over, you can also score a free printable of this cute “Hooray!” print! I made it just for you. :D

make this | simple color block art

Today is not just your average Tuesday. Nope, it’s actually a very exciting day! Today, I make my little debut as a contributor for Teal & Lime! I met Jackie, the creative awesome-ness behind Teal & Lime, at the Haven Conference last year and we immediately became friends. I’ve been a fan of her modern and colorful style for a long time and meeting her in real life was a little nerve wracking, but once the introductions were out of the way, we had what seemed like an effortless conversation that didn’t end until the conference was over. Being chosen to be a monthly contributor for her site was definitely a pinch-me moment!

Every month, I’ll be sharing a simple and graphic project over at Teal & Lime and I’m kicking off the series with this crazy-simple DIY Color Block Art.make this | simple color block artSeriously, you can not mess this up, and once you pop it in a frame, it looks totally swanky! Head over to Teal & Lime to see the full tutorial!

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make this | cheeky gold foil holiday art

The time to decorate the Christmas is so close I can taste it! In a surprising twist of events, I’ve agreed to not decorate the holidays until after Thanksgiving. I mean, I’m totally pro-conserving Thanksgiving but I really really love to decorate for Christmas. The month of November is basically an internal battle of Christmas versus Turkey Day. It can get intense, y’all. But today, I wanted to share a tiny piece of holiday decor that totally works for both!

I was majorly inspired by this gold foil art by Read Between The Lines.  They are actually a group of local artists and their prints are sold in the cutest little shop in our neighborhood. Instantly, I was in love. Josh, not so much. I guess it was a little too sassy for him. Plus, it’s actually quite a large print and I don’t have any frames laying around to house a seasonal print for two months out of the year. So, I decided to recreate my own little faux-gold foil art with the same cheeky saying.

make this | cheeky gold foil holiday artI love how graphic it turned out. The metallic gold is even more festive in person. This version will take you a little more time than buying it, but this technique is a great way to recreate that luxe gold foiled look.

make this | cheeky gold foil holiday artThe first thing I did was print out the outline of my phrase on white card stock. For the sake of the tutorial, I went darker with the outline, but I’d definitely recommend going fainter, but still visible. That way, if you miss any little edges, they won’t be conspicuous.

Next, painstakingly cut out each letter with a sharp Xacto knife. Actually, it didn’t take too long. Mostly due to the fact that I used a very simple, non-scrolly font. Feel free to use whichever super cool font you’d like, but know a fancier variety may make the project a little more tricky.

Lastly, I cut a sheet of gold metallic scrapbook paper I picked up at Michael’s for $2.00 and secured it to the backside of the card stock with masking tape. Nothing fancy, just function in the back, baby.

cheeky-holiday-art-tutorial-7Pop that bad boy in a frame and you’re done! I’m so in love. Right now, it’s sitting on our bookshelf next to our gilded pumpkin until I get out the rest of the Christmas decorations. I was thinking about possibly hanging it right by the door, but Josh felt like it would be insulting him everyday as he left! Personally, I like to start my day with a healthy dose of cheekiness, but he’s more of the coffee type. Eh, I’m still totally into him.

What’s your philosophy on holiday decorating? Do you wait until each holiday has passed to move onto the next, or do you just go nuts? Share below!

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make this: #instagram art

So, Instagram.It took me a while to get into it, but now I love it. But I don’t just want all those fun pictures I take to stay inside my phone forever! So, I decided to create some cool Instagram style art. diy-instagram-art-promo

There are a couple ways you could put together a project like this. The first way to is print out individual photos and adhere them (permanently or temporarily, depending on your MO) to a white background. The second option, which is the route we went, was to edit all the square photos into one large JPEG and have it printed on poster size paper. I think there are merits to both methods, but the ‘one-giant-photo’ tactic worked out best for me. I didn’t have to painstakingly measure and affix all those tiny photos down, which would have added a lot more time to the project. I did, on the other hand probably spend a little bit more money for the poster size, but it’s all about priorities, right?

diy-instagram-art-2All, I did was measure my square frame (NYTTJA from IKEA) to figure out the poster size and how many rows/columns of photos I could have. I will say that working with a square frame made this a lot easier.

Actually preparing the photos was the most time consuming. I used Photoshop Elements to resize each photo and drag it onto the poster-size image. By utilizing the “grid” function, I was able to line up photos very easily, so definitely do that! It’s just like with home projects; always measure, eyeballing things is tricky!

Once I was happy with the photos and their layout, I took the images to Staples to get them printed. These didn’t fit their pre-made poster sizes, so they did have to be cut down. But for two full-color 16×16 posters, I spent less than $30.00. Not too shabby!

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And, here they are above our purple couch. I used the Instagram art to flank a bright blue floral canvas we purchased at this year’s Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. We fell so hard for the bright colors in it, that we just had to take it home.

Of course, you could put your own Instagram art anywhere, but I especially love it in the living room. This is our primary entertaining space when guests come over, and the photos make such a cool conversation piece. Plus, we included photos from major events and travels in our lives together, so it’s fun to relive those memories on a regular basis.

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Girly Guest Bathroom Makeover

Okay. It’s time! Today, we’re debuting the transformation of our boring, beige bathroom into this colorful oasis of girly-ness! Since this little spot mostly as my early-morning-beautification area, I figured I’d go all out and make it frilly and feminine! One quick note; this room gets absolutely zero natural light, so the photos are a little weird, but maybe it’s a good thing to shield you from the full affect of all the girly I’m about to unleash.guest-bathroom-makeover-after-1I grouped a fun little collection of art above the towel bar. By far, my favorite piece is the striped print from Pencil Shavings Studio on Etsy. It says “I’ve never met a color I didn’t love” and it makes my heart so so happy! Next to some repurposed packaging art in my DIY floating frame (which is tough to shoot nicely because of the glare), the whole collection sets a colorful tone for this little nook.

guest-bathroom-makeover-after-4I kept the black and white striped shower curtain because I still love it and it adds a graphic pop. And, beside the vanity, I added my fun (and crazy easy) DIY bulletin boards! I love how this project turned out! It’s fun and youthful, and best of all (you know what’s coming), it was totally free! I only used what I had on hand! (Really, will I ever get tired of saying that?? I’d bet on ‘no’)

custom-painted-bulletin-boards-tutorial-20A few extra girly accessories like books and a giant pink bloom pull this “room” together.

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I used an upcycled glass votive and jar to store q-tips and cotton balls. These little accoutrements look so lovely perched on this red mini cake stand I snagged on sale at Target a few months ago. I also set some paint chip art I made for our previous apartment on the vanity just in case there wasn’t enough pink. Lord forbid, there’s a pink shortage!!

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We can’t conclude a bathroom post without a mirror selfie right? Wait, you can? Well, I didn’t get that memo….

Do you have a girly oasis somewhere in your home?