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Taking the Leap and Learning As I Go https://blog.eastonjulie.com Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:02:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.18 https://blog.eastonjulie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/girl.png Taking the Leap and Learning As I Go https://blog.eastonjulie.com 32 32 29171503 Instagram Party Selfie Frame https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2015/09/21/instagram-party-selfie-frame/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2015/09/21/instagram-party-selfie-frame/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:14:30 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=784

My daughter recently turned 12 and wanted an Instagram party. Of course, the first place I went for inspiration was Instagram. I found lots of ideas but also didn’t want to spend a fortune on props knowing that I could easily create them myself. So, I set off to create files that would not only be useful for her party but also for others to use for their special events. Most of the files that I found on Etsy cost $40USD or more so I created my own version that I printed at Walgreens one hour with excellent results.

I built the template in Photoshop but will also make them available for edits in PowerPoint so those of you who don’t have Photoshop can still edit the files.


Frame Size: 5x7.5, Photoshop resolution = 240.

Printing: I was able to use this to create a finished product of 20x30 (board print) and it was a high-quality print. You should be able to create other sizes with similar resizing proportions. The cost was $34.99 but they typically run specials and I believe I got mine much cheaper. Other stores like CVS, Sam’s Club, Costco, etc. should offer the same services and may be less expensive.

Fonts: Helvetica Neue Regular and Gotham Book; if you don’t have these fonts installed, I would suggest going with free Google Fonts…they have a ton that are amazing and very similar to both of these (I would suggest Roboto or Open Sans…both have condensed versions as well).

Cutting out the Center: I just used a box knife and ruler to cut out the center. Easy peasy.

I believe I had originally limited the download (my apologies) but it is open to freely download now.

Step 1 — Download the Photoshop file from here (note this file is pretty large due to the images): DOWNLOAD PSD
Step 2 — Open thePhotoshop file
Step 3 — Follow the instructions in the visual below
Step 4 — Upload the image to a print shop, like Walgreens. Mine cost about $29 for a 20×30 posterboard.
Step 5 — Using a box or Exacto knife, cut out the gray box
Step 6 — Enjoy your new Instagram photo frame!


Step 1 — Download the PowerPoint file from here: DOWNLOAD PPT
Step 2 — Open the PowerPoint file
Step 3 — Follow the instructions in the visual below
EDIT FROM A USER ON STEP 4 BELOW: Click the ‘file’ button, go to ‘save as’ and where it says ‘save as type’ you want to select the ‘jpeg interchange format’ and then click save. This will then prompt you by saying ‘do you want to export every slide in the presentation or only the current slide’ you need to click ‘current slide only’, this will save the whole image to your photos and then you can upload it where you want to print it
Step 4 — Upload the image to a print shop, like Walgreens.
Step 5 — Using a box or Exacto knife, cut out the gray box
Step 6 — Enjoy your new Instagram photo frame!


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Color + Texture = Happiness https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/10/color-texture-happiness/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/10/color-texture-happiness/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:56:42 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=773 I absolutely love rich hues in my home. I am not sure what it is, but it just screams “welcome, please come in and stay for a while.” I shop the home improvement stores quite a bit and I always take a trip through the paint area to see if they have any “oops” paints for sale. This past week I came across couple of cans that I decided to purchase at the Home Depot. I pretty purple color for Peyton’s room ($9 for a gallon) and a nice blue color ($7 for a gallon) that I am not sure what I am going to do with yet…maybe my bathroom or bedroom.

Those purchases really got my excited to start putting some color on the walls. I had already picked out a color scheme for my dining room and since it is the first room anyone sees when they walk in, I thought it would be the perfect place to start. So, a trip to Lowes to pick up a gallon of Valspar Signature Colors Sandstone paint in Cottage Red. This product is both fabulous and really tricky to work with due to the gritty nature of the sandstone so you have to be committed to taking your time.

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Make a Necklace Holder from a Shirt Hanger https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/07/make-a-necklace-holder-from-a-shirt-hanger/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/07/make-a-necklace-holder-from-a-shirt-hanger/#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:27:02 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=769 I got the idea of creating jewelry hangers from Pinterest and held on to it for a while until I was out shopping with a friend one day and she was looking for a new jewelry hanger for her necklaces. We looked around and she really didn’t find what she wanted so I told her about an idea I had seen and thought it could be a quick, easy and inexpensive way to organize her necklaces. She agreed and our next crafting adventure began a few days later. I finally made one for my daughter to hang all of her owl necklaces on…not sure if she has quite enough of them!

This may be one of the quickest DIY crafts to do that is functional and keeps your necklaces and other jewelry accessible and untangled for when you need to grab it and go!

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Make Your Own Rain Barrels https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/06/make-your-own-rain-barrels/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/06/make-your-own-rain-barrels/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:12:32 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=752 I got the urge a year or so ago to take some classes through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to learn more ways to be self sustaining. The first class I took was on making rain barrels and since then have made several more with a friend. I only have one at my current house and plan on making several more this Spring. This is a great way to provide rain for your gardens and plants. Rain barrels fill very quickly and are very helpful during droughts. Purchasing rain barrels can be very expensive but making them is pretty easy, fun and can be done cheaply. It is important to use food grade barrels when building rain barrels due to leaching in the soil and plant.

The class was a lot of fun but I really enjoyed spending time with my friend and making several at a time (I think we cranked out six or so one evening while I was hanging out in Oklahoma). Let’s get started!

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Craft Tables DIY https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/05/craft-tables-diy/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/05/craft-tables-diy/#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:03:49 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=727 I have always had WAY too much crafting supplies (or at least that is what I am told by my husband) so when we moved I resolved to get some of it organized. My craft room will be in what is now our unfinished basement so most of my organization thus far has been in the way of building two long craft tables for me to hold some of my crafting items on. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on them so I went with a really simple design and used a things around the house to finish it off.

I am pretty happy with how they turned out and know they will get a lot of good use over the years with my daughter and I doing crafts together. My supplies listed below are to make one table. I always have Home Depot cut my long pieces and will use my miter box/saw on the smaller pieces. I just got a new compound miter saw for Christmas so excited to use it on a project soon!!!!

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Upcycling a T-Shirt Into a Scarf https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/04/upcycling-a-t-shirt-into-a-scarf/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/04/upcycling-a-t-shirt-into-a-scarf/#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:58:22 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=714 I have really been trying to be more deliberate about not just throwing away items that we can find a new use for. So for today, I am going to complete a super easy project that gives an old t-shirt a new lease on life. The first t-shirt I turned into a scarf was one my daughter tie dyed but no longer fit. This is yet another fun craft you can do with your kids that teaches them to find a secondary life for old things.


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TV Stand Thrift Store Fixer Upper https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/03/tv-stand-thrift-store-fixer-upper/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/03/tv-stand-thrift-store-fixer-upper/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:48:41 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=697 I shop pretty frequently at thrift stores and antique stores to see what kind of great treasures I can find for crafting and DIY projects. Recently, I stumbled across a TV stand at the local Goodwill that would work great in my guest bedroom downstairs and at the bargain price of $18, I was sold! The stand itself has a swivel top, a great shelf for putting media onto and is a really solid piece of furniture. The only thing about it was the excessive amount of ugly brown paint that the previous owner had tortured this lovely wood piece with. It was so dark that you have a hard time even seeing the shelf and the beautiful piece that it will become.

I am all about leaving wood in as natural of a state as possible. I get this from my father who built homes and was a lover of the natural beauty of wood. I guess I never really appreciated it as much until I moved to Indiana where they paint anything that resembles wood.

So, you can guess that the first thing I did when I brought it home was put on a layer of wood stripper. After going through this process, I definitely now have my favorites and not so favorites. The first stripper I used was Citri-Strip Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel…worked okay but didn’t quite do the trick. So back to the Home Depot I went to find my next product, Klean-Strip KS-3 Premium Stripper, and man did it quickly strip all of the remaining coats of paint seamlessly off of the TV stand. You can get it in liquid or spray form … I got both and used the spray in the hard to reach crevices with a wire brush.

Here are the before pictures when I was stripping all of the hideous brown paint from the piece:

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Easy-to-Make Birdseed Wreath https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/02/easy-to-make-birdseed-wreath/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2014/01/02/easy-to-make-birdseed-wreath/#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:13:02 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=626 I have always loved the outdoors. From gardening to bird watching, I love everything about spending time in nature. So, as the weather turns cold, it is a great time to provide food for our feathered friends while also making gifts for friends and family for the holiday season. I found several recipes on Pinterest for how to make birdseed wreaths but the recipe below was by far the most successful. I hope you find the time to make a few of these for your backyard paradise.

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Halloween Haunts https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2013/10/14/halloween-haunts/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2013/10/14/halloween-haunts/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:03:54 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=593 Since this is our first official year to live in a community where we will have trick-or-treaters, I have decided to begin creating Halloween decorations that we can use for years to come while adding some store bought items into the mix. Because we live in a neighborhood where there are still houses in construction, there is plenty of great scrap wood just sitting in piles calling my name. This weekend I found several great scraps of 2×10 and 2×12 to use for a gravesite. I would still like to add another four or so (maybe next year). I wanted to use wood instead of styrofoam for its durability.

I took inspiration from Pinterest and searching ideas across the internet and made my first found tombstones: the Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, Dracula and a random person (Peyton pointed out that although she loved it, I failed because the obvious choice was Davy Jones and then asked if Daniel was his father…lol…FAIL!). In addition, I found a great piece of drift wood to create a cool Zombie Crossing sign.

This is a very easy project but I made several attempts on my first tombstone before I came out with a clear picture of how to make it last. Most of the other tombstones I have seen were all painted on which is great but I decided on using my trusted Dremel to really create a realistic effect on them. I kind of like the gnarlier pieces of wood like on the Corpse Bride but really any scrap piece will work great.

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Making Your Own Pine Cone Wreaths https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2013/10/12/making-your-own-pine-cone-wreaths/ https://blog.eastonjulie.com/2013/10/12/making-your-own-pine-cone-wreaths/#comments Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:20:00 +0000 http://blog.eastonjulie.com/?p=584 I love this time of year when the heat starts to dissipate and the crisp morning air takes your breath away. I love the warm colors of Fall, especially the orange and brown hues in nature. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the vision of pumpkins and wreaths in all of the wonderful Fall colors adorning houses. A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I took the kids to a local farm, Kinsey Family Farm, to pick out pumpkins to decorate for Halloween. Being new to Georgia, I have no clue where to go to find the best things but I continue to venture out to find those amazing little hidden gems…any boy, did I strike gold with this one. This is a working farm with the most beautiful heirloom pumpkins that you can’t just find anywhere. They have a huge nursery and trees as far as the eye can see. There are so many things to do including feeding the animals, hay rides and the list goes on.

While we were there, I found the inspiration for my Fall and Winter wreaths and I have to say, they are so much more unique and beautiful than what you will find in the stores. I hope this inspires you to get out and spend a little time in nature, pick some pine cones and other found items and make some great pieces for yourself. On my treasure hunts at Lake Lanier, I also found great pieces of drift wood to use on upcoming projects including a “ZOMBIE CROSSING” sign for the yard. For now, I will just show off my new wreaths and tell you how easy they are to make.




  • pine cones of various sizes, from really small to large
  • 12 inch straw wreath
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Large Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Other filler like acorns, etc. (optional)


Once you have all of your items, it is an easy, time-consuming process. You will need to heat up your glue sticks in the glue gun (you will go through a lot of glue during this process). If you are creating a multi-colored wreath, separate out your pine cones into how ever many colors you plan to use. I kept a lot of pine cones natural to mix in.Protect your floor with trash bags or a tarp and begin to spray your pine cones several times until you get the desired effect.

Once they are completely dry, you can begin to assemble your pine cone wreath. I began by situating larger pine cones onto the straw wreath first. You will want to make sure you use plenty of glue so they stick but try not to have too much showing. The wreath looks a little odd as you are starting so don’t get frustrated. Start filling in gaps with medium and smaller pine cones to your liking. This is a very free flow process so eyeball where you think looks best! As you begin to fill out your wreath, you will get a sense of shape and be able to modify as needed from there. It is very difficult to remove the cones once they are affixed and if it isn’t perfect, it will be perfect.

For my Fall wreath I used the following Krylon ColorMaster Spray Paint colors: Pumpkin Orange, Leather Brown, Burgundy and Bauhaus Gold. For the Winter wreath, I lightly sprayed with a white spray paint and placed acorns around the wreath. Both will be attached with a lovely ribbon when the time comes.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did. I made a trip back to Lake Lanier to get more pine cones to take for on a trip next week to make with a friend. Next up will be the zombie crossing sign…I bet you can’t wait! My inspiration for these comes from The Sawdust Girl.


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