Valentine’s Day Round-Up

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love that such a sweet holiday snuck into this awful time of year. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up in February – the holidays are over, and it’s not spring yet, so Valentine’s day is the perfect thing!

I decided to hunt down a bunch of freebies to share with you. I know I’ll be using some of them in my Project Life spread this Sunday, and thought you might like to as well!

Let’s get this party started!

First up, a lovely 4×6 filler card from Little Musings. This link will actually bring you to a BUNCH of free cards, all of which are super cute! This one happened to be my favorite, so I splashed it on here, but make sure to take a look, there are a lot more!

Project Life 4x6 card with pink heart on a brown background

 

 

 

Next up, this cute 8×10 from the Persnickety Prints Blog. You can find it living over here.8x10 Printable that says "Love you" with a heart for the O in Love

 

 

 

Up next is this pastel perfection from Pixel Paper Designs. I am slightly obsessed with the camera one! You can find this great set here, as well as a bunch more freebies on the blog which is here8 free printable Project Life filler cards with a Valentine's Day theme

 

 

 

 

Moving right along, Ashley over at Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night had this really sweet idea to write a note a day from Feb. 1 – Feb 14 to her husband and kids. Then she put all of the notes in their Project Life album. I’m sure they will all love looking back on those notes! She created this freebie to write her notes on, and shared it with all of us. Make sure to take a peek around her blog, there’s a lot of great stuff there!

Project Life journal card that says "Just one of the many reasons I love you so much" with journal space below.

 

 

 

And last, but certainly not least – this great chalkboard freebie from The Diary Of Dave’s Wife. I love the style of this one! You can find the download link over here.

Chalkboard style printable that says "love was made for me and you"

 

 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, and a lovely Valentine’s Day! Make sure to check back on Monday to see this week’s PL spread!

 

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Amazing Wall Art in 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back!

It’s time for that DIY magic that I alluded to yesterday! If you were paying close attention to my Project Life pictures, you may have noticed the “Before” and “After” cards, and the pictures next to them. There’s today’s DIY 🙂

I really wanted to do something – anything – with the wall over our desk. There is just so much blank wall that it’s getting a little depressing in here!

DIY Wall Art-2

I had seen this great post over at The New Domestic that really sparked my interest, and wanted to re-create something like it, so off to the craft store we went (yup. Dragged Chris with me)

I had this vision of breaking it up into 3 pieces. We easily found the canvases I wanted, and then Chris picked out a color blue that he liked. We stopped at Staples on the way home and picked up some tape to tape off the sections. I was SO excited – and convinced this was going to go exactly as planned. Chris started placing the canvases on the floor while I got the tape open and ready to go:

Measuring the spacing of art canvases

art canvases laid out on floor

This, of course, was right about the time that we discovered the tape we had bought didn’t even remotely stick to the canvases. At all.

Stellar.

So, I came up with plan B. Real fast.

I decided that we were going to ombre the 3 canvases. Fully spray painted, to barely there. And it was gonna look awesome, dammit!

Chris likes graffiti and all things spray paint, so he took over.

Spray painting the canvas

Zoe wanted to help, but I figured I’d be less annoyed if we didn’t have blue paw prints all over the apartment.

dog watching person spray paint a canvas

She wasn’t so thrilled that we didn’t let her in on the action.

boxer dog with 1 ear flipped over

Chris did an awesome job painting the canvases. They were pretty much perfect.

Man spray painting canvas

Man spray painting a canvas

Once they were dry he hung them on the wall.

man hanging blue canvas on wall

Ta Da! All done!

DIY Wall Art-16

Before and after of wall with art added

So, DIY wall art in 3 easy steps:

3 steps for wall art    Measure                                     Paint                                           Hang

In reality it took a few more steps than that, but honestly it wasn’t very hard – granted I was only taking pictures. From start (going to the craft store) to finish (hanging on the wall) the whole project took 6 hours. The paint dried really fast, and was water based (KEY!) so clean up was a breeze.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. It makes the room SO much more interesting, and gives me room to grow if I want (I’m thinking some portrait oriented canvases in gray on either side.) The total cost wasn’t terrible either – $35. We bought the canvases and paint at Michael’s – do yourself a favor and go to their website. They almost always have a 40-50% off coupon. We split up the purchases so that we each had an expensive item to use the coupon on. It saved us a bundle!

Hope you enjoyed this! Have a great hump day, and I’ll see you back here on Friday!