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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blue Print Photos!

I found this great idea off of Pinterest no less!  I took my ideas from this site.  I love pictures and I always want to have larger prints displayed but cannot always afford them so this was a great option!

Every year I TRY to get my boys to cooperate for a small photo shoot.  I usually have to prepare them 2-3 days ahead of time that "mom is going to take your picture so be prepared to be nice to each other for about 2 hours."  This year we went to about 3 different local places I had been wanting to try out.  The tracks and grafitti are some of my favs! 

Ok back to the enlargements...First I made these images into black and white copies.  Put them onto the flash drive thing and took it to Staples.  I called the guy first to make sure this "blueprint project" was an option at our Staples, it was.  (you never know)  BTW this, the blueprint thing, can only be done in black and white.


Love their logo!  I spent about $15 on 2 poster size prints (24x36), 3 18x20, and 1 11x17 color

Already had this adhesive.

Covered my craft table in brown paper.  I did this inside...glue fumes yay!

These are foam core boards that were on sale at Hobby Lobby for 30% off and used one 40% coupon total about $15.  I didn't look to see measurements but they are back in the photo department with the mat boards.  I got 2 large ones and 2 smaller ones.

I just sprayed the adhesive onto the edge of the foam board and lined up the photo.  Then I smoothed out to get started, then continued to unroll photo and spray adhesive and rubbed and smoothed out/down the paper w/ my hand.  This paper is just about as thin as regular printer paper so do not use a paint on adhesive like ModPodge b/c you will have a mess.

This is a nice encouraging photo!  I used an exacto knife to cut the edges so no worries about being straight!

If you look closely these are a little "liney" not a real word I know but they were not grainy from enlarging the photos I really think the copier at Staples was not super clear b/c those lines were the same on all of the prints.  I really didn't mind b/c these are a little "out-doorsy" and I liked the way they turned out.

I thought I was going to put this over the fireplace but turned out this was way better!  I love it.

These are the ones in Riley's room.  He wanted them to seem official so he signed them!  Too funny-
BTW the 11x17 color copy was only about $2 so I will probably just use Staples in the future for enlargements b/c I like to change them so often I feel guilty when I pay big bucks for a print and then change it after a year or so.  Just a little personal note!

let me know what you think or if you have any questions about the process! :)
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  1. Paige....this is AWESOME! I am going to have to do this for the boys. Just a note to you...when they start getting blemishes they are even less cooperative with pictures. If you can believe that's possible :)

  2. I love it! I totally want to do it too, but I can't figure out what picture I'd like to use.

    We're just starting a link up party and love it if you'd share there (if you are interested):