9 August 2008

Artwork in the boys' room

I finally got around to adding some more artwork to the boys' room. I had a bunch of Ikea Ribba frames hanging around but they were all different finishes - I had two oak, one black and one birch. A couple of cans of white spray paint took care of that - it was cheaper than buying new frames.

Then I printed two pics of the boys as 9x20 inch (25x50cm) photos and framed them in the skinny frames. The bigger ones are 20x20 inches (50x50cm) and I made them up by creating a grid collage in Photoshop and dropping in pictures I'd taken of their artwork.

Here are the shots of the boys:

Noah calls this "the cutest one"




And here is their artwork:





And here is how it looks on the wall. Daniel's bed will go back above Noah's as bunk beds and when we extend the wardrobe the white chest of drawers will go in the corner.







Update: Now available in my Etsy store - click here for the listing.


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59 comments:

  1. I really like that! Great way to showcase their art without having to frame, mat and hang each piece individually. Thanks for the idea!

    Love the light in that room too - vey nice!

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  2. That is adorable! Looks fantastic!

    - CyclingPea

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  3. That photo wall is hands down one of the best I have ever seen in truly capturing the subject. I love the inclusion of the boys' artwork! Filing for later!

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  4. What a fantastic idea! Love it. My wheels are turning ... thanks!

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  5. OMG I love it!! The photos are gorgeous! I love using white space in my layouts and paintings. And the use of their own artwork is genius! Someday when I have kids I'm stealing this idea. : )

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  6. So fun! I found your blog on 2 peas and i'm totally inspired. Love what you did with the boys room. I like the pictures and artwork. So neat to read your recipes and see all the great pictures.
    I hope you are having a great day!

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  7. Love it! Great job!!

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  8. That is so cool! What a great idea.

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  9. That is fantastic! What a great way to display childrens artwork. I love it!

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  10. OMG Jen--another amazing job! This looks so incredible--I love it!!

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  11. Jen these are so cool! I love them. So where would one who is NOT a photographer print a 20z20 print?

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  12. Thanks, everyone!

    I put the long skinny portraits at the bottom of the collages and had them printed as 20x30 inch prints at my local online lab (I'm in England, so a link won't help you) and then cut them apart when they arrived.

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  13. Mandy9:20 am

    Wow...those are great. I love all of the colors here, and how you put them up in HIS room, so he can always see his artwork and his beautiful face!

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  14. ddnbanjo9:21 am

    That is adorable! I LOVE it. I have photoshop- too bad I have no clue how to use it.
    ddnbanjo

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  15. What a great idea!!! I love seeing the kid's artwork showcased. My boys are 14 and almost 10, they still love to look at some of their older stuff that is framed and on the wall.

    Beautiful pictures of your boys.

    Cece

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  16. That frame with their artwork and their photos is one of the best ideas I have seen in ages, wow!! Well done! I'd love to copy that if you don't mind. I love your whole house, what you did with it and I can't wait to see some garden photos!

    I found your link through ILP :)

    Els (Libra76 on ILP)

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  17. I really love it. It's really well done!

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  18. WAY cute! I'm totally inspired ; )

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  19. Really nice pictures Jen and i love the boys art work!

    When/why did you move boys bed?

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  20. Wow, Jen! They look fabulous!! You've got such a lovely eye for capturing things. :wub:

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  21. I also found your blog through 2Peas. I have really enjoyed spending the day starting at the beginning and looking at your beautiful pictures, how your home is decorated, and drooling at your recipes. Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. You are like the coolest mom - EVER!

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  23. Wow! I'm in awe - I've never seen a better-looking or more creative photo wall.

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  24. i am love love loving this! absolutely adorable. the color is great. great design! wowie. i've got to do this. thanks!

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  25. So beautiful! I am showing this to my Photoshop-proficient hubby right now. :)

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  26. Darling! I love it!

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  27. I love it! Another reason why I need to go to IKEA again soon.

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  28. Jen, what you've done is absolutely beautiful! Outside of the prints, do you save all of their actual craft projects? And how are saving these large prints when you change them out? thx - found your blog through the crafty crow.

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  29. Thanks for all the kind words!

    Honeybee, I don't actually save a lot of their artwork. I do have piles stashed around that I need to go through - very NOT organised!

    I've only switched out a large framed print once and just threw out the old one. I have the digital file still, and that's enough for me.

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  30. Beautiful photographs, and I LOVE the art idea, too!!

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  31. wow! GREAT idea! I have a bunch of artwork from my daughter's preschool last year, I think I might do this with it all

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  32. Those artwork collages are totally cool! Found your blog today through Complete Organizing Solutions...can't wait to dig into the archives!!

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  33. Love Love Love this idea!!

    Georgia
    (South Africa)

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  34. This is wonderful, and a great keepsake for the boys to take with them when they move out. The work would look great with any decor. For the boys photos/frames, did you place the photos on the side, and the remainder is empty? With 7 children you can imagine the artwork that has piled up around here. THanks for the inspiration.

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  35. I photographed the boys against a white (high key) background and just cropped the photo with extra background before printing.

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  36. What a fabulous idea ; I came by via Kate form Picklebums.

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  37. such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Great idea!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. This is amazing! I definitely plan on doing this from now on.

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  40. Beautiful! Wonderful idea, and one that even I might be able to do!

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  41. This is brilliant. I am featuring this on my blog tomorrow!

    www.icandyhandmade.blogspot.com

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  42. What a great idea! I'm sure the boys are thrilled to have their artwork displayed.

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  43. i agree. brilliant. i love the displays you have created. thank you for the idea!

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  44. Thank you so much :)

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  45. thank you will store this for when my first grandchild starts producing art work

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  46. This is such a great idea...it looks great and your boys must love to see their work this way. I love your collage arrangement and the photos of the boys framed with white space...so creative. I love stuff that works out even better when you use stuff you already have, like the ikea frames.

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  47. SUCH a great idea! I'm a novice when it comes to Photoshop - is the grid collage template standard?

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  48. I made the grid collage in Photoshop - it is available as a service through my Etsy store; link in the post above.

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  49. I'm a grandma, but I think this is perfect!

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  50. Beautiful, thanks for great idea

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  51. I have wanted to do this and make a book but I love this idea, what way did you find to be the best way to photograph the artwork?

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    1. I put the artwork on a chair or the floor in front of a window or sliding glass door, hover over it, making sure the camera is horizontally over the picture or artwork and take a picture that way.

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  52. Found you via Pinterest. I just want to say this is exactly what I have always wanted to do! Thank you for showing me how!!

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  53. Thanks, everyone!

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  54. I have HUNDREDS of pictures piled up all over the house and trying to find the time to scan them all and make a book! This idea is amazing...and more inspiring to do NOW to showcase a large quantity in a decent size frame! I just made your weekly board with scrapbooking paper i've had in closet for over 5 years...thanks for the inspiration and kick start!

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