Guest Canvas…inspired by Pinterest

I have to admit I am a bit of a Pinterest addict.  I think its because it’s a visual medium.  I like that you don’t have to think about what you are looking at.  If you don’t like something you just keep scrolling.  If you do like something or think it will come in handy later, you just Pin it and add it to your collection of boards.  That’s it. You don’t have to do anything right there in that moment because it will always be there later for you to come back to.

I always go to Pinterest for inspiration when I am looking for ideas.  It has everything you can imagine. I have thousands of ideas pinned for future reference.  I am happy to admit that I don’t just pin and never come back.  I regularly revisit the ideas that I have pinned and attempt to create my own master pieces from my pins. If you would like to have a look at all my pins look me up….krisy5.

This post is about one of my recent successful Pinterest projects.  For my daughters Christening last year, I painted a canvas that looked like a tree and everyone stamped their fingerprints as the leaves. It turned out great but it was a bit messy on the day.  Plus a lot of people were hesitant to stick their fingers on an ink pad.  I have no idea why?! (I had wet ones ready to clean it off.) This is it…

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So, this year when it came to  my sons’ Christening I wanted to do a canvas too but not with finger prints.  Queue Pinterest.  These are the two Pinterest ideas that I really liked and used as my inspiration.

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On the day of the Christening it was a lot easier.  My brothers girl friend kindly went around and asked everyone to write their name on a pre cut circle.  No ink, no wet ones and no one hesitated.  It was important for me that the guest write their own name so as to record the individual hand writings. 

Then a month after the Christening, I finally got around to making the canvas. I used the hot air balloon idea teamed up with the balloons.  I completely hand drew the basket then painted the background and the basket and glued on the name circles.  One thing that I didn’t plan was what was going to go in the basket.  At first I thought that I would leave it empty but it looked strange. So, I put the project away and thought I will come back to it when I work out what I was going to do.

By chance, the next week I was at my local fabric shop and as I was walking out the iron on patches caught my eye.  There was a little dog in a pocket.  It was perfect. Just as I was thinking it’s a shame it is not a lion (my son’s name is Leo) and there it was. A Lion poking out of a pink pocket behind the dog one.  It was perfect.  I took it home, cut the pink pocket off and stuck it to my canvas.  It was like I painted the basket to fit the lion.  This was a complete fluke but perfect.  A tip for anyone who wants to do something like this, I would recommend a bit of planning because the chances of finding something to fit a hand drawn basket again is definately slim to NONE!

 Add a few fluffy cloud stickers I scored on an online garage site and some thickers….Done!  This is the finished canvas.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  Success!

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Another thing about Pinterest that I love is the Pinterest fails.  Go and Google it.  You will laugh.  Even my husband, (who knows nothing about Pinterest except that I am often trawling it while he is sitting on the opposite couch yelling at the football on Tv on a Friday night) really enjoys the fails.  This is our favourite and we often bring it up at random times and laugh.  I think its the teeth that just make it.

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Here goes nothing…..PUBLISH

A bit of back ground and my aim. This year I turned 31.  I am no longer in the category 30 or under.  What I mean is 30 is just the last year of the 20’s right.  Its the end of the 20’s decade. Just as 20 is the end of the teens.  Anyways, I decided that because 31 sees me in the next stage of my life, I wanted to document it in a way that I haven’t done before.  I wanted to record something about me. Yes, I wanted to include all the things that make me me…kids, husband, parenting, crafting but I wanted to look back after I turn 32 and say yep that was me. Plus if it turned out any good I might continue it in the following years.

So with that in mind, a few weeks before my birthday which happened to be on the 31 March (another reason 31 seemed an Ideal place to start), I sat and wrote a list.  A list of things I wanted to do in the year I was 31.  The list included things like…document me, be happy, be a great mum, have another baby and start a blog.   I guess looking back at my list, its like a New Years Resolution list but starting in March.  I am determined though, not to fail unlike many New Years Resolutions I promised to stick to and didn’t.

I love taking photos so why not use this to document me.  Don’t get the idea that I am a Professional Photographer. I am far from a professional.  This is my photography style…Yes, I own a DSLR camera and more than one lens. I also have a point and click Olympus camera in the kids nappy bag that I carry around everywhere. I like to pose my children as well as taking natural photos but I like to keep editing minimal.  I really don’t like over processed pictures. I have only done one course on “How to get more from your camera”, I still have the cheat cards in my camera bag but have not looked at them since the moment I left that Course. (Maybe that’s something else I can add to the list of what I want to do this year.) The truth is,  I like things to be easy.  Editing is a lot of work.  I was given an Iphone 5c for my birthday and now that is my go to camera. I have a few editing apps that help me adjust the light and straighten wonky images but thats it really. Now that I have established my photography style as…. lazy, lets get back to what I am getting at…Documenting me.  I want to take photos that represent me and where I am at. Not necessarily photos of me but photos of things that make me, me.  I was going Project Life – ME.  Project Life is a style of Scrapbooking made popular by Becky Higgins, ( www.beckyhiggins.com).  It is a easy, fuss free style of scrapbooking.  So, on the day that I decided I was going to document me I decided I was going to call it “This is me @31”. I went and purchased a new album cover and started an Instagram #krisys31 and drafted my list of things I wanted to include.  This is what my ideas looked like at that stage.  My ideas come together on my phone as it is portable and I can record things while feeding the baby or supervising outside toddler play, so I feel that this snapshot really sums it up.

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Since starting my “This is me @ 31” album, I have discovered there are a few people tackling this style of life appreciation.  One in particular that I now follow and enjoy reading is Give a Girl a Blogs – Kellie Winnell (kelliewinnell.typepad.com).

 Actually, documenting me was not the first thing on the list.  Starting a blog was the first thing on my list.  I thought I had a few weeks I could get organised and start it on my birthday then I would begin my blogging life at 31.  Well, that didn’t happen.  I love reading blogs, I love getting glimpses into the lives of people with interest I share so I wanted to share me and my experiences.  Easy.  Nope.  No where near as easy as it seemed.  Where do I start, how do I start, what do you write in your first post? 

I spend the next few months thinking about it…and I mean thinking.  I was even dreaming about it. I was reading posts, emailing my favourite bloggers about where to go and how to start.  The message they all gave me.  Just Start.  Write your first post and hit Publish.  Once you’ve started you’ll be hooked.  So, here I am almost the end of July and I am going to do it.  Better late than never. Finally…I am going to hit Publish.