Friday, July 30, 2010

lasting souvenir idea

Want a keepsake from your vacation that’s not a cheap cheesy souvenir that you’ll toss out soon?

Let me tell you about something I tried the other day you might like.

It all started when I rearranged my bookcases on each side of my entertainment area and it got my creative juices to flowing. On one of my shelves sets a souvenir from a recent Alaskan trip that Cigar Man and I took. This adorable little bear was crafted by a local Alaskan artist who fishes in the summer and creates during the long winter months. I fell in love with him. Isn’t he adorable! The platform he’s standing on is fashioned from stone from the area and his rust color goes so well in my room.

alaska bear

I had an idea to place a picture of Alaska in a frame behind it. You know the kind where you’re smiling real big and a majestic snowy mountain juts out of your head. Yea, you’ve been in those. J

So I went to my computer reminiscing over our vacation pics and playing around with ideas. I ran across a postcard texture from Shadowhouse Creations and the wheels started turning.

postcard copy

Over my scenic photo, I layered Shadowhouse Creations’ Texture ABT2 at 35%. Next, I layered the postcard also at 35% and then placed the photos of Cigar Man and I in digital frames with Photoshop Elements. Lastly, I wrote a message and the date and place the photo was taken, printed and placed it in a frame.


I know. You’re thinking that’s not such a big deal. And it’s not. Just a simple idea to make a vacation souvenir a little unique and something you can display and enjoy for a long time.

Sharing this decor idea with some other great ideas at Funky Junk Interiors, SNS.


Debby said...

Very cute. I like the postcard and love that bear.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great idea and one that could be used in many different ways.

erin said...

brilliant it! shadowhouse creations is so great, i have used a few of his textures, but have never thought of something like this!
have a good weekend, marsha.
p.s. the weatherman said it is going to "warm up" next week. i did not know it could get any hotter!!

podso said...

I'd say this is brilliant. It's the layering that I have a hard time with. Does this mean you are using Adobe? I'm impressed!

sissie said...

Great idea and I agree with Ruth that it can be used for many different projects.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

I think it is a good idea! I know what you mean about all that "other" stuff. Think the last thing was a t-shirt at Dumplin's in Franklin - don't know why I did, cause I don't normally buy things like that. It did not fit right, so gave it to one of the Grands to sleep in. :)
Have a great weekend.
Looks like no break in the weather any time soon.
Have a great weekend.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Love what you did with the picture. It looks great with your bear and makes it all more personal. Love & blessings from NC!

Dianne said...

I love hearing your ideas--please keep sharing them. You are so creative.