The need for this project became painfully obvious the day I moved in to my new apartment several months ago. As I put away the contents of the last of my freakishly organized boxes, they stared me in the face: BORING. BLANK. WALLS.
You just might have a few in your house right now, bleak expanses of concrete or plaster screaming for you to put something (anything!) on them or they’ll eat your soul. Why don’t you try what I did and make a photo clothesline?
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If you have hundreds of vacation photos sitting in your hard drive and want to make better use of them, try turning them into cartoon postcards! It’s quite simple to do if you have some basic drawing and Photoshop skills.
In my aunt’s case, she had a niece with a lot of free time. Below are three of eight postcards that I made for her a few years ago (she needed them for a personal project). Click on the thumbnails for a bigger view.
I used photos from her trip to China, choosing those of her standing in front of different tourists spots with very few other people in the background. Those are the best types of photos for this kind of project.
Here’s a rundown of how you can make unique postcards out of your travel photos. One caveat: This is definitely not a tutorial. It’s more of a detailed idea for you to play around with.
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My old high school barkada (Filipino for “clique” or “group of friends”) got together for our annual holiday dinner last night. It’s been getting harder and harder to schedule our gatherings, because everyone’s so busy these days. A couple of our friends weren’t able to make it, but we still had a great time just talking and catching up on each other’s lives.
As we talked about what we’d been up to the past year, what our plans were for the near future and how silly we’d all been in high school, it hit me—we’re all grown up! When did that happen?!
Anyway, we always get each other little tokens for Christmas, but since I’m dead broke (having recently spent all the allowance money I had saved over my last year in college on a brand-new, work-appropriate wardrobe) I had to be creative with my gift-giving this year. My solution? Custom wall calendars:
I simply modified one of the calendar templates from Microsoft Office Online, personalized it with my own artwork and had several copies printed on glossy poster paper for a few bucks each. I topped them off with matching gift tags and voila! Cute and inexpensive gifts!