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better than scrapbooking

26 Jan

When I finished graduate school, a friend made me a collage of photos, favorite memories, and inside jokes. This collage is so much better than a scrapbook, because it is a piece of art that hangs on my wall, rather than a book on the shelf that I never think to look at.


Combining art, photographs, movie ticket stubs, and peppered with tiny flip-flops and a wee knitting basket, the collage hangs in my kitchen above my favorite cabinet.  Some of the pictures are simply of friends, others have longer stories that shall not be told outside our little band of brothers.  My favorite part is the background- white paper with lyrics handwritten in fountain pen.

“Take my love, take my land. Take me where I cannot stand.

I don’t care if I’m still free, you can’t take the sky from me.

Take me  out to the black, they’ll know I ain’t coming back

Burn the land and boil the sea, you can’t take the sky from me

Theres’ no place I can be, since I found Serentity

You can’t take the sky from me.”


Photo Wall: Memories of Travel

14 Nov

As an archaeologist, I am always looking for cheap ways to craft better. Purchasing art for my walls was never an option, but now with digital cameras cheaper than ever, and many online print options that will print in larger sizes, making your own art is easier than ever. Whether family members, your favorite park, or your last vacation, printing and framing your photos is simple and cheap.

 I love to scour thrift stores whenever I have the chance. I pick up photo frames for a dollar or two. They are small enough to store until I need them. Incidentally, this is also a great way to pickup craft supplies. Vintage yarn, random zippers, buttons, beads… it can all be found. But you have to be willing to pick up what is there at the time. You will rarely ever find exactly what you are looking for. Fortunately, this is classic freestyle fashion, crafting with what you find. This is also a wonderfully eco-friendly way to craft. Reuse is the best kind of recycling.

Photo Collage of the Abbazio San Galgano

This is my photo collage of the Abbazio San Galgano in Tuscany. I took these photos in 2006 with a basic point and shoot digital camera and had them printed by an online photo service. I put the photos in frames from local thrift shops and hung them from nails. No fancy photo hooks needed. Several of the frames had cardboard stands with metal hinges for placing photos on tables. These can be removed moderately easily with the claw end of a hammer. Be careful not to break the glass! I attempted to match photos with frames that complimented them. Be creative in swarming the photos or creating a geometric pattern with the frames. Then enjoy your memories!

Outside the ruined Abbazio San Galgano

Door at the ruined Abbazio San Galgano 


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