Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring Window Decor on Studio 5

It's time to freshen up for Spring, and your home is no exception. Today on Studio 5, I showed how to create a seasonal window treatment that will give your home a real face lift!

I started off by getting some inspiration from the owners of Willow and Wildflowers, a floral shop and boutique in the heart of Bountiful, UT.  These creative gals are known for creating eclectic and unique window displays, that draw in the customers.  Mindy, from Willow, shared three tips for creating a show stopping display:
1. Play up the color-Whether it is red, white and blue or hot pink and black, it is important to create a color scheme for your window display.  Color in the windows can create a mood and set the tone for your home. For my window treatment, I used the Pretty Party Collection from Crate Paper, which mixes soft spring colors with pops of more vibrant hues.
2. Free movement- There is something mesmerizing about watching something turn slowly in the sunlight.  Building a window treatment that is free moving gives life and energy to your display.  To keep my pieces free flowing, I tied them directly to a current rod with fishing line.  The current rod keeps them away from the window and gives them space to turn and move.  Objects that are hung freely will naturally turn as people open doors, walk through the room, or air is blown from vents or fans. 
3. Stick to a theme- Creating within a theme simplifies the process.  When you have a theme, your mind can start processing ideas and the process will develop smoothly.  A theme can be anything from 80's to formal, or Tea Party to Grunge.  I chose to go seasonal with my window decor.  Seasons and holidays create a mood and feeling all on their own, making them the perfect themes when decorating windows. To bring the Spring season into play, I created Posies and Pinwheels from double-sided patterned paper. 

Once I had developed my theme, determined my color scheme, and created a general plan...it was time to get started crafting.  I stuck to simple, paper crafted designs that could be recreated several times without being too time consuming.  I created posies and pinwheels in a variety of sizes to fill the different areas of space.

Pinwheels- If you haven't ever made a handmade pinwheel, you've got to try making one or two.  They are so simple to make, and they turn out just adorable!  All you need to create a basic pinwheel is a square piece of paper, a pair of scissors, small hole punch and a brad. 
-Turn the square piece of paper diagonally (like a diamond), and cut a straight line from each corner to the center (stop about 2" from the center). You now have four flaps.
-Use hole punch to create a small hole in one of the corners of each flap, moving around the square until there is 1 hole in each corner.
-Thread holes through brad, tucking each flap under the next until all flaps are threaded onto brad.  Stick brad through the center of the paper and open prongs on the back side of the pinwheel. 
-Voila!  You have a basic pinwheel that can be strung up or attached to a stick for spinning.

Posies- The classic accordion posy makes a great spring flower.  


Here is a simple how-to for creating the posies: (these are the instructions for creating the large 12X12 pieces, but keep in mind that you can make all different sizes by changing the size of your paper strips and the width of your fold)

1. I like to scor a complete 12X12 sheet before I cut it into strips. This saves time in scoring.  Using your Scor-Pal, scor your paper in 1" intervals alternating front and back side so the folds go back and forth.
2. Cut your paper across the scors at 6"(this will leave you with a 6"X12" strip.
3. Repeat process until you have 5 strips (2.5 sheets of paper).
4. Adhere strips together using strong adhesive (gotta love the scor tape).
5. Adhere two ends together to create a ring.
6. Press ring down so that it fans out.
7. Use hot glue in the center of the fan to adhere it all together.


Pennant Banner-To add a little space filler, I created a simple pennant banner to drape along the top of the windows.  


Creating this banner was a snap!  I simply cut triangles from my double sided paper, punched a small hole in the top two corners of the triangle, and strung the triangles together using twine.  I then spaced them along the twine so that they would fit and drape nicely in the windows.

Once all of your pieces are created, it is time to assemble.  I punched a small hole in the top of each paper piece and tied a length of fishing line to the hole.  I then tied the opposite end to a curtain rod and adjusted the height as desired for each piece.  Play around with heights and combinations of pieces until you love your layout.  I taped the pennant banner directly to the window frame to add some dimension.

Crystal Accents- Adding crystal dangling accents will make your window display sparkle in the happy Spring sunlight!  


I purchased a package of large crystal accents from the craft store and strung them through the fishing line above each hanging paper piece.  I also hung separate strands of crystals between paper pieces for some extra bling!

Your window decorations will create an inviting spirit for your home!  Have fun crafting a bit of Spring into your front room.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

From 1 to 18

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the children of some dear friends.  One of my subjects is turning the big 1 year old, the other is graduating from high school this year.  It was so fun to get out in the Spring weather and play with these two adorable people.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite shots with you.
Keeping in line with his first birthday party theme of airplanes, Owen had his photo shoot at the local Air Force Base Museum.  Despite, being just one, he did a great job and we got some really fun shots of this little guy.
This high school beauty had her photo shoot at the old Union Pacific station in downtown Ogden.  It was such a blast photographing her in this vintage setting. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pretty Party by Crate Paper

I just had to give a shout out to the amazing Crate Paper.  This month, my segment for Studio 5 is all about spring, and the Crate Paper Pretty Party Collection is going to be just perfect!

In fact, I just started thumbing through the pieces and they are so adorable. It's vintage and vibrant, how could I not love it?  All of the colors and designs are so sweet...in fact...they are almost too pretty to cut...ok...I said almost!  I just wanted to share a sneak peak of the line I will be using in my April 27th segment.  Be sure to tune in to Studio 5 that day for some fun Spring Window Decor inspiration!