One of my/our favorite children’s musicians is Frances England. You may remember hearing her Pancake song on a commercial even. Anyway, this Holiday Family Creative Challenge came through my email the other day.

Her challenge to you is to download her new song (for free!) “Oh, how you’ve grown” and set your photos to it in a video. Then share it with your family, friends, neighbors… (and me!).  There is no real prize, but you can give yourself a satisfying pat on the back for having done something awesome with your photos (or videos). [You might score points with the grandparents too!]

If you participate, leave a comment with a link to your video. I’d LOVE to see it. I’m working on mine now. I’ll share it when I’m through. The hard part is deciding which photos to use.

If you are anything like me, you have thousands and thousands of photos in digital storage (or in shoe boxes). I’m not usually short on ideas of what to do with my favorite photos, but the cash to spend on the execution. This idea will cost you less than $10 and you’ll have wall art featuring your favorite photos.

Inexpensive Photo Wall Art
3 4×6 photos
2-3 sheets of colorful paper (scrapbook, old maps, magazine pages, etc.)
3 5″x7″ clip frames [like these]
Double sided tape or glue stick
3 Picture hanging nails

Choose your photos: Take or look for 3 photos that look great together and capture your attention. Typically these will be close-ups and photos with simple composition and background. The photos I choose were taken during the same session, so they are uniform in color and style. By doing this my final result has focus and is simple.

Choose your background paper: I found these fun geometric style scrapbook sheets at my local craft store. The colors matched the room I was decorating (in this case the bathroom), and pulled on the colors in my photos. Other options might be: old maps, kids artwork, magazine pages, etc. Use your imagination. I would advise using something sturdy and a paper less likely to fade quickly.

Layout: Practice your layout before you cut! Play with the position and arrangement of your photos and background papers.

Cut and Paste: Once you are settled on your layout, you are ready to cut your background paper. I like to use the paper insert that comes with the frame as my guide. I simply lay it against the back of my background paper and trace around the edge (be sure to use a sharp pencil so you don’t get too wide of a line). Then cut the rectangle out neatly. Try it in your frame to make sure it’s a nice and neat fit. If you are satisfied, center your photo in the middle by measuring down from the top 1″ and then the side 1″. Use a small piece of double-sided tape or glue to keep the photo from slipping around.

Clip: Place the glass back on top of your photo and clip. (Be gentle, I’ve broken these frames more than a few times when I rush.)

Hang: I am terribly inpatient when it comes to hanging things. My trick for this is to stay away from symmetry (because it never ends the way I want it to, symmetrical). In this case I laid the frames out close enough there wasn’t an awkward gap between them, but off each other’s center enough they didn’t look mistakenly hung wrong.

You are done!
Now that wasn’t too hard, was it? Can’t wait to see what you create.