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1st Day of School Teacher Gift

This week is officially prep week for back to school. I can’t believe how fast this summer went; I’m a little bit in denial that fall is almost among us. The kids and I have spent this week so far getting school supplies, new clothes, and backpacks and lunch boxes. Of course, that is the best part of going back to school, all the new fun things. But what about those 1st-day jitters? We have a lot of mixed emotions for next week, as this will be a new school for them. I don’t know who is more nervous, the kids or myself? Being the new kid on the block, I wanted to do something for the teachers to show our appreciation for this upcoming year. 

Plus, I’m hoping this gift will even out any trouble my kindergarten may get himself into! 


This is a simple DIY that anyone can do! I filled the reusable tote bag with items I think any teacher or anyone for that matter would love. These are my favorite relaxing essentials, and we all know a teacher needs a little R&R after a long day with young kids!

S U P P L I E S

Canvas Tote
Paint
Brushes
Tape
Chalkboard White Marker

G O O D I E S

Coffee Mug
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath
Herbivore Calm Bath Salts
Flowers

 

D I R E C T I O N S

Tape off a rectangle in the desired location you want to put the name. You can also get creative and do different shapes like a circle or a triangle. Make sure the tape is tight and press firmly to assure its on there good! You don’t want the paint to bleed thru.




Next, with your brush lightly start to paint the inside of your taped shape. I did two coats. After the second coat, slowly and carefully take the tape off. Let the paint dry for about an hour. 

I used Martha Stewart Paint in Terra Cotta.


Probably, this last step is the hardest. An alternative to hand writing the name is to use stickers. I wanted to give it a try and see how it would turn out. I first used a pencil and wrote the name to my liking. Mine is nowhere near perfect, but that’s the fun in gifting hand made gifts. Now if you mess up, the best part is you can easily paint over it! Using my chalkboard marker, I went over my pencil draft. Let it dry and give it a couple more coats to make sure you don’t see the pencil marking anymore. 

There you go!

I’m sure any teacher would love to receive a little R&R gift on the 1st day of school. I know I want one for it being the end of summer… hee hee!

xx

Abby

 

 

 

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By on August 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Wedding Spotlight – 10.11 Makeup

Can you believe it’s the last day of July?!  Well I couldn’t end the month without doing a spotlight on one of our wedding vendor friends!  This month’s is another great one in Erica Beukelman, owner of 10.11 Makeup.  I met Erica for the first time when she did my makeup for a maternity session through The Fox and the Sparrow Sessions.  Right away she felt like a friend and I could sense how genuine she is within a few minutes of being around her.  

Erica is extremely talented, honest and makes you feel at ease being around her, all things you want from your hair and makeup artist.  She is one of the first people we recommend to our brides for this reason.  She also has the best puns known to man, you literally can’t leave her presence without laughing your butt off.  I admire so many things about this woman including her drive in her business, her friendships and of course how she is as a mom.  Keep scrolling to learn more about this talented lady in our Q&A and to see her beautiful work! 

Tell us a little bit about you…

 I am a wifey to my hot baby daddy, and a mamma of three boys.  If you were to describe me based on the most common things people tag me in it would be : whales, puns and hallmark movies.  I think that really sums it up.  I have an admittedly weird obsession with humpback whales.  If I wasn’t doing hair and makeup, I would 100% be doing something where I could make puns for a living, like naming nail polish?  And I start listening to Christmas music and looking for Hallmark holiday movies starting in about May of each year.  I live for bad tv and movies that were made for 14 year old girls.  I love rosé out of a can and chips and salsa.  I’m kind of a homebody, and love lazy days and spending time with friends and family.  I also love to travel and explore, and I could probably write a book on how to eat your way through the coast of California and Hawaii.

How and when did you start your career in hair and makeup?

 I have always wanted to be a hairstylist. Like I lined up my barbies and styled them all, teaching myself to french-braid on a Barbie head. Right out of high school I wanted to go to cosmetology school, but my parents encouraged me to go to college first. So after completing my Masters program, I enrolled in a cosmetology program, and started 10.11 while in school.

I attribute a lot of my success to the amazing relationships I’ve established and the vendors that refer. I used twitter back when that was a thing (don’t tell my husband I said that because he loves the twitter) and I really put myself out their inorder to build my portfolio. I was very particular with who I worked with and began to define my niche in the industry.

We are more known for a natural beauty style, so I intentionally aligned myself with those I thought would have clients that would prefer that look. I don’t advertise, so all of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals from those relationships with vendors. It’s been pretty incredible to see the growth and evolvement of my company and team. I’m extremely particular with my Artists and have been so thankful to have such a professional and talented group of girls.

What do you love most about working with brides on their big day?

 Honestly, I think it goes for any of our clients (bridal or not),  I love helping them recognize their beauty. Watching a client feel comfortable in their own skin, not needing to look like someone else, but seeing their natural features highlighted and brought out, is a beautiful thing. I love the emotion in weddings, the excitement, and it’s special getting to be a part of one of the biggest moments of their lives. Sometimes I get back in my car after a wedding and I’m a little emotional because it’s over and that client feels more like a friend.

I also think that because the majority of our clients come as referrals they trust us to do what we do. Plus I’m kind of a crazy person when it comes to being on time, so I think they really appreciate that as well, and it’s fun for us to get to enjoy the day with them.

What advice do you have for bride’s out there who are looking for a hair and makeup artist for their wedding?

 Hire a professional, this is an investment in your wedding. Specifically, hire a professional that specializes in weddings. Skill matters just as much as understanding the importance of timing on a wedding day. Also trust the person you hire and the advice they give. But be honest if you don’t care for something, and don’t overthink it- what you want matters more than what other people want to tell you you want ;) 
 
Do a trial with the person, make sure they have a contract, and if you’re going to be making any changes (hair color, length, etc) plan for that prior to the trial date. 
 
Lastly, be prepared. Have an idea of what you want or don’t want for your wedding look, and then allow your artist to create something for you. 

Talk to us about setting goals for you and your business… I know you set a big goal this year and achieved it!

 At the end of /beginning of each year my hubs and I have a conversation just reflecting on the year prior and then I always say out loud one goal that seems totally crazy that I have for the year to come. One year I said I wanted work on TV, one year it was to be published in a national magazine, and this year it was to have work up on a billboard… every year I have hit that goal.

I think it places a fire inside to say it out loud and it is motivating.  I have to talk myself out of doubt and discouragement, but it’s almost like saying it out loud resets focus and makes dreams come alive. If you tell yourself you are capable, I think you can achieve anything. I have always loved goal setting, I used to make giant poster-size dream boards haha.

 What is your favorite project you’ve done with Beijos?

 All of them, duh! But really, I love all of the shoots we do. I love the tutorials. But I would say my fave was probably when we did the “If I were to get married now what would I choose” hair and makeup looks for some of my favorite mamas in the industry!

What are your top 3 beauty tips?

 Take care of your skin. Honestly I think when it comes to skin, less is more. I don’t understand big nightly routines of using 85 products. I think the less you put on your skin, making sure the products are pure and clean, the better. So I’d say for skin and face:  cleansing your skin daily, washing your pillows consistently, and changing out your mascara every month will help keep bacteria away.
 
For hair, I love hair masks for hydration and clarifying shampoos to get out any buildup. I would say don’t overwash color treated hair- invest in some dry shampoo, and use a heat protectant in order to help maintain the integrity of your hair.

What are your top 5 beauty products you can’t live without…

Well personally, if I named 5 products that would be my personal makeup bag in its entirety haha. 

 Mascara, always. 
Beauty blender 
Facial oil- I love jojoba oil, as well as Beauty Counter’s facial oils.
Rose water spray
Sea salt/ ocean spray

Bonus, lip gloss also from Beauty Counter. Its THE best gloss I have ever tried… and no I dont sell it :) 

You have made some amazing friendships through this industry, talk to us about that and why they are so important to you… 

 I have made lifelong friendships in this industry and I am so grateful. I think its so important to have healthy, non-competitive, friendships with others that share in the same passions as you. I love that quote “comparison is the thief of joy”, because it’s true.  It’s hard, but it’s a major truth bomb.  There is so much work to go around, there is no room for cattiness, but always room for celebrating others’ successes and victories. Surround yourself with people who can be cheerleaders as well as teachers. So I have a lot of incredible makeup artists/ hair stylists friends that I value so much.

I also think its incredibly important to surround yourself with people who will challenge you and inspire you to become a better person (we always have room for growth). For instance, I know I am a better businesswoman because of some of the women I have surrounded myself with that have strengths I did not. Relationships are a big thing for me, genuinely caring for people on a personal, not just business, level, and I am so grateful for this industry and the lifers I have made :) 

Thank you Erica for being so inspiring and sharing your story with us!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on July 31, 2017 in BEAUTY, HAIR, MAKEUP, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Monica Vinader – An Interview with our own Jacquelyn Kazas

I recently got the amazing honor of modeling Monica Vinader jewelry in honor of their pop up shop in Orange County, or as it’s so lovingly referred to – The OC.  I met up with a few of their amazing representatives at one of my favorite spots in Orange County, Lido Marina Village.  We drank some wine and talked about everything under the sun and took some photos.  

They shared them on their site a few weeks ago, you can see the interview on their site here, but I wanted to share the interview with all of you!  Keep reading to hear all about how I got started in the events industry and a few of my favorite pieces from their beautiful collection.  I’ll give you a hint, it’s EVERYTHING!!!

You are the go-to for event planning in the OC, how did you start out? 

I started doing event design & planning after my own wedding in 2012.  I fell in love with the design and planning process.  After my wedding I was almost depressed that the planning was over, haha!  I also had a great planner for my wedding, Tori Hendrix of Sitting in a Tree, who helped pave the way for me.  She advised me when getting into the industry and introduced me to great vendors and contacts.  Tori passed away last year and I’m forever grateful to her for inspiring me to take a jump into this field.  She continues to inspire me every day.

What keeps you going in such a hectic industry?

I have always been a hard working and determined person.  I’m also quite competitive, I played soccer competitively for years and it’s just in my nature a bit… Almost to a fault because I can be pretty hard on myself.  So that definitely keeps me going.  I also think my family drives me, especially my husband and my sons.  I want to do my best for them and be successful to inspire them as well.

What about for those of us just wanting to throw a fabulous party? What are the key elements to a memorable event?

It definitely depends on the event, I’d say the most important thing is being true to your own vision and style.  The next is to make a plan, don’t leave things to the last minute.  You want to enjoy yourself at the party and make it easy on yourself and be attentive to your guests.  Good food and drinks are always memorable, along with gorgeous florals and great music!

Surprise is an element we often associate with parties, can you share with us a surprise you helped engineer to perfection?

Well, I’m actually working on a surprise 30th birthday party that will take place this weekend!  This is a special one as it’s for one of my favorite photographers I’ve had the privilege to work with.  She has definitely become a close friend now.  I’m really excited for this one as we have some sentimental surprises, which of course are the best kind!  When you’re planning a party for someone you know, the key thing is to think about them, not yourself.  You want to wow them and make it their style, something they would love and plan for themselves.  I think this one is going to knock her socks off!!

What’s your perfect party outfit in the Orange County (for both the planner and party goer) and what jewelry do you incorporate?

When I first arrive to an event to set up I love wearing something comfortable and easy to move in.  Also, pockets are key!!  Lately I wear my Lulu Lemon pants with pockets, they are my favorite.  While the event is going on I’ll change into a dress.  Most of the time I love a good maxi dress, but I’ll definitely do something short if it’s comfortable as well.  Again, pockets are nice to have to carry anything I may need. 

For guests I think the best thing to wear is something fun and colorful.  Don’t get me wrong, a good classic is always nice, but we live in sunny Southern California, so embrace it and go bold!!  I guarantee, the photographer at the event is more likely to notice you that way as well!  As far as jewelry, I love wearing rings no matter what I’m doing, whether I’m working or attending.  They are functional and as a mom of a 10 month old, they don’t get tugged or pulled on!

Since becoming a mom, you’ve made children’s birthday parties your forte. What do you enjoy most about planning these and has there been a party that stands out in your mind?

I do everything from weddings to corporate events to showers or adult birthday parties, you name it.  But kid’s birthday parties have to be one of my favorites!  What I especially love is that there is always a different and fun theme to play with.  Sometimes they are a challenge, which I love, but it’s not just your average event.  Plus, they are a bit less stressful in the sense that everyone is just so darn happy to celebrate those kiddos.  It’s hard to pick one that stands out, but I would have to say planning my friend Tori’s daughter’s mermaid themed birthday was the most special.

If we are planning on celebrating in the OC, where is a great place to kick up our heels or sink in the sand?

There are so many fun spots to celebrate in the OC!  I love Lido Marina Village, there are some great restaurants and the views are great being right on the water.  It’s a great place to go with your family or on a date night.  I also love Laguna, there are so many great places to eat and grab a cocktail there!  Basically anything by the water is good in my book!

What jewelry style do you think is synonymous with your Californian style?

There are so many Monica Vinander pieces I love, especially the pieces you can layer.  I try to keep my style looking effortless.  I love the idea of having my jewelry be pieces I never take off, like they are a part of me.  Something I can wear from day to night, from the beach to an event.  Layering the friendship bracelets with any of the siren pieces, specifically in amazonite or rose quartz would be my favorites.  I love the color in the siren pieces, they make them pop and I love that the friendship bracelets are casual but luxe.


If you could plan a party for all your friends and give Monica Vinader gifts as party favors, what piece would you choose and what would you engrave on it?

I’m a huge rose gold fan! I love the Fiji Friendship Bracelet, I’d do it in rose gold for all my best gals and I’d probably do something specific to each person.  Something that reminds me of them so they know I thought of them.

What would you engrave on your own Monica Vinader bracelet and why?

For my own bracelet I’d probably engrave my husband and my wedding date or the coordinates for where we got married.  We are celebrating our 5 year anniversary this year and I feel like all of my recent engravable purchases have been about my kids.  It’s time to give him some love!  

You need to check out Monica Vinader ASAP!  I love their pieces because they are feminine and delicate but also have so much personality!  I know you all will love them!  And if you are in the OC area be sure to check out their pop up shop!

Happy Friday guys!!

XX

Jacquelyn

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By on July 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Wedding Spotlight – Carlie Statsky

I’m excited for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight because I just had the pleasure of hanging out with this beautiful lady.  Carlie Statsky was one of the first photographers we worked with.  Right when we started, our first styled shoot!  I reached out to her because I had admired her work for sometime and considered her one of the best.  Lucky for me, she was excited about our mood board and concept we had for our shoot.  At the time I was so new in the industry I was just so excited she said yes to us!

Now years later we are all lucky to call Carlie a friend.  We’ve done some really fun projects with her, big occasions for her family and amazing trips for us.  The best part is getting to know her incredible family along the way!  At our first shoot when she strolled in with her husband Gabe, all of us were in awe of this beautiful couple.  We have since dubbed her husband Gabe the Babe.  Her kids Myles and Kaia are beyond cute and sweet and just as talented as their Mom & Dad.Carlie’s work is nothing short of beautiful every single time, and I really think it’s because she takes so much pride in it.  Working with her I see her take time to get each and every detail, something I so appreciate as a stylist as so much time is put into each project or wedding.  She’s easy to work with, always patient and handles everything with a smile.  We truly can’t say enough good things about this talented lady, so we just had to share her with you today.  I know you will fall in love with her like we have, and her whole family.  Keep reading for our Q&A with this talented woman.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I’m a wife to Gabe, a mama to Myles, (who’s almost 13) and Kaia, ( who’s 10) and a photographer and workshop host living out in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I was born in San Francisco to an artist and an entrepreneur, both of whom have hippy hearts and aren’t afraid to take risks in life. Our family moved to Australia when I was in elementary school and I spent all of my high school years there, as well as some post-college years too, so I consider myself both American and Australian. Growing growing up in both of those countries, plus my time spent living in Barbados and New Zealand, have shaped who I am…  Someone obsessed with travel, family, good humor, good design, people’s stories, moments of joy, documenting meaningful moments, new experiences, and all things personal growth related.

You can usually find me editing photos in the rad little office that my husband Gabe built for me while listening to This American Life, The Good Life Project , Jess Lively or Ted talk podcasts, going for runs along Westcliff with Gabe while our kids bike beside us, traveling to some of Northern California’s most beautiful spots to photograph weddings with Gabe as my amazing second shooter, making beds and cleaning up after my kids because clutter and messes hurt my eyes, making time for girls’ night out, or dreaming up some new idea for a photoshoot, a workshop or a trip away. I feel incredibly grateful that I get to have a creative and fulfilling career, while raising our family close to our family and lots of nature. Life feels both grounded and expansive, which is what I crave on the daily.

How and when did you get into photography?

 I first fell in love with photography when I was a teenager growing up in Australia, because my babysitter, (who I thought was the absolute coolest) was into all things creative; especially photography. She taught me the basics and then took me on my first overnight backpacking trip to Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. It was such a beautiful and inspiring experience for me, and I loved how my photos from that trip kept all of those special memories and positive feelings so alive and tangible for me.
 
Then shortly after that trip my brother and I were home for Christmas holidays, (our summer vacation) and this huge hail storm hit, so the cold ice hitting the hot earth created a huge layer of steam all over the ground, so I grabbed my camera filled with sepia film and ran all over our country property taking photos of my brother silhouetted in the steam. I’ll never forget the feeling when I went to pick the film up, and the photos somehow completely captured the magical, eery and enchanted feeling of that day.
 

From that moment on I knew that I wanted to be a photographer, so when I left Australia for college in the US I applied to do an independent bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, combining all of the photography from the art department with all of the journalism, social documentation and anthropology courses that I could, with dreams of telling stories with my photos for a living.

What do you love most about shooting weddings?

 
I am still so obsessed with witnessing and documenting the total joy and love shared between people in such intimate moments, in such beautiful places on a wedding day. I think that positive and powerful energy is contagious and my husband and I always leave a wedding on a high that leaves a real impact on our daily lives. We always end up getting to see the most beautiful sides of people, their families and their relationships, and those characters and connections often leave us feeling inspired to be better partners, parents and friends ourselves. How do you stay creative outside of photography? We love to travel as a family, (everything from little stay-cations to big international trips) and that always provides a fresh perspective, but I also just love to document the small, beautiful and meaningful moments of raising our family in Santa Cruz just using my phone. I like to think of each photo as a little declaration of gratitude, and I think that most of my art is really inspired by the moment of love, beauty and connection in the world around us.

 
I also really love to collaborate with other creative professionals in the wedding and event industry to do inspirational shoots each and every year, so that we can dream up new ideas and try new things. I’ve also been shooting a lot of film again on my medium format Contax camera, because that feeling I get when fresh scans arrive in my inbox totally reminds me of those same feelings I got when I first started loving photography.

You are a busy mom of two, how do you balance having your own business and being a mom?

 Oh that ever-elusive work-family life balance! If that actually exists, I don’t think that I’ve found it yet, but I think that we can all find our own sweet spot somewhere close to it. :) Having an office that’s separate from my house has really helped me to be more focused and productive when I’m at work, and more present when I’m home with the kids. I also schedule one weekend off a month so that I don’t miss out on all of the weekend fun with the kids, and we never do back-to-back weddings anymore.
 
I have to say I couldn’t do it all without the amazing support and help from the 4 grandparents who are actively involved in our kids’ lives. Having them around means that I can be away for weddings and not be riddled with mom-guilt because I know that they’re in such good hands, and when we miss sport games etc we’re getting play-by-play texts, photos and videos sent to us so we feel like we’re almost there too. I’ve found that it’s so important to ask for help when needed, to delegate tasks that don’t inspire me and slow me down, to set boundaries for myself on when it’s time for me leave work behind, and to keep working on myself as both a business owner and a mom. Some days I’m in that sweet, almost-balanced spot, and some days I’m not and just have to try again the next day. 

What’s your favorite shoot or event you’ve shot with Beijos?

 Oooh that’s a tough one …. if I’m allowed to count one I didn’t shoot but one that we worked on together it would definitely have to be my 40th birthday party in Palm Springs! That was a weekend I’ll never forget and you ladies went above beyond to make it such a perfect evening for us all!
 
Then I have so many favorites that I’ve shot, but 2 are tied for the top spot: One was the Reach workshop that I hosted with Allison from Engaged and Inspired at Holman Ranch. It was so rad to have all of the attendees sitting down and enjoying a meal together at the beautiful, colorful fiesta-inspired table that you ladies helped design, and then head up the hill for a sunset styled shoot with the most inspiring couple, wedding-day details, and Carmel Valley views to capture.
 
The second was our recent Beijos Girls’ getaway trip to Guerneville. It was so much fun to explore all over that cute town with you 3 and then stay up late drinking wine and talking by the campfire outside our Autocamp airstreams. I love how you ladies continue to innovate and create such inspiring and beautiful content for your readers, and how you’re all hard-working and creative mamas. All 3 of you can effortlessly whip up the prettiest tablescape, outfit or cocktail recipe, all while holding a baby on your hip and looking like a babe! I’m already looking forward to our next photoshoot adventure together…  What 3 words describe you best? Sentimental, (aka sappy AF) excitable, and adaptable


What are 3 things that people may not know about you?

 1. I have very eclectic music taste, from folksy girl power type artists to full on gansta rap. My friends would make fun of me for knowing all of the lyrics to both the Indigo Girls and Eazy E. :)

2. After college I drove all the way around Australia by myself with my camera and my surf board in an old 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser that had a sofa that converted into a bed in the back. I’ve had close encounters with sharks, crocodiles, stonefish and crazy people. I’ve also have close encounters with some of the most beautiful people and places too, and I’m just happy to be alive to tell my kids the stories!

3. I was actually living in Sydney, Australia when I met Gabe. We met through mutual friends at a graduation party and we were inseparable for the next 5 days. After only 5 days of knowing him, I decided to move country for him. I’ve done some crazy things in my life, but that was probably the craziest – I’m so glad that my intuition proved me right and that things worked out, as we’ recently celebrated 13 years of marriage!

On an ideal weekend off where would we find you and what would you be doing?

 Any weekend off is an ideal weekend in my book, but I love going on little trips with my family and close friends to all of the amazing places where we usually work, like Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Napa or Tahoe, and just enjoying all of the good food, wine, views and pools/hot tubs that they have to offer. I’m not one to sleep in, as I’m always too excited to see all of the pretty places and do all of the fun things. I usually need a weekend off after my ideal weekend, because they’re kinda exhausting, but you won’t find me complaining one bit. I’m always down for some quality family time and an adventure…

We feel so honored to have worked with Carlie and to call her our friend.  Thank you for sharing a little bit more about you and all of these gorgeous photos!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 26, 2017 in PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Father’s Day Photo Album Box

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Dad for Father’s Day, the only way is to aim straight for the heart. My hubby has the biggest heart in the world. Add patient, understanding, loving, and we got ourselves one big softie! And of course a hunka hunka, duh. Truly, the best Dad I could ask for! The kids and I try each year to aim higher in the tear scale. Last year, we went less teary and more practical with a fun leather catch-all for all his crap, to put it blunt. See it here, I highly recommend this DIY as its super cute, practical and makes any amount of coins or receipts look cool. The year before, had the bar set high. You might remember the wooden signs each of Beijos ladies did in which we had the kids tell us why they love daddy so much… see that here.

This year, since my husband has been living in a different city from us since January, the kids and I were certain that we wanted to incorporate pictures for him to look at. I picked out pictures starting from when they were babies to current. He has no idea what is about to come to him. That tear scale will be weighing heavy this year.

This simple wooden photo album is a great DIY that you can make with your kids! And also any important man in your life!

I do have to say the only thing to look out is that spray adhesive! I had a total Clark Griswold afternoon after using that stuff!

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M A T E R I A L S

1 Wooden Box
1 sheet of  White Poster Board
1 Package of Full Sheet Label Paper or Printed Photos (cut to 3 inchs)
Pencil
Metal Ruler
Double Stick Tape
Spray Adhesive
Washi Tape
X-Acto Knife

Walgreens is having a sale on all prints and ends today! If you enter code: PICSWITHDAD you get 40% off, how could you NOT take this up! Just remember you will have to cut your pictures down to 3X3.

I N S T R U C T I O N S

S T E P  1
Using the ruler, mark off 3.5″ wide strips on the paper. You can cut as many as you like- you’ll connect them later to make the final accordion strip. Each photo square will be 3.5″ long so you can multiply that by the number of photos you want to put in your album to calculate the total length you need.

S T E P  2
Cut out each strip and mark 3.5″ squares down the length of each strip. Fold accordion-style, at each 3.5″ mark. You will have to press firmly since the poster board is heavy.

S T E P  3
Connect the strips to each other using a glue stick or double stick tape. Add a strip of tape  (your choice of color) down the center of the strip, leaving a little folded tab of tape at either end to make it easy to grab. This will give a seamless look if you are doing more then one strip.

S T E P  4
Put your choice of photos into a word doc and size them to be 3″ square. You should be able to fit 6 to a page. Or have them printed out at Walgreens in a 4X4 and cut down to 3″.

S T E P  5
Print out each page onto the label paper and cut out photo. Press the photos onto each square of your accordion strip. Place the strip in the box. Or you can print out at your local photo store and cut to measure 3″ and simply adhere with spray adhesive. Be careful, it is SUPER sticky! No one wants a Clark Griswold moment like me! Place all together in box. Meghann Miniello used her handy work and we labled this little box, “Life with Dad”.

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Shop the post here and get it all in time for Father’s Day!

xx

Abby

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By on June 6, 2017 in DIY, FATHER’S DAY, Uncategorized

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