Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Polaroid Magnets

So I saw this idea online on how to take Pantone chips and turn them into magnets.  It was on a blog How About Orange.  If you haven't seen of this blog, you really need to check it out.  They post some really cute DIY ideas and they have a really cute aesthetic to their site.  I thought the idea was cool because I've been looking for some cute fridge magnet ideas now that we have a magnetic fridge but I wasn't sure Pantone chips were really my thing.  Then I was scrolling thru the pins on Pinterest and saw this link for the same idea but instead of Pantone chips she used tiny Polaroid pictures.  I knew this was the magnet project for me.  I mean what could be better than tiny little photographic life memories dotting our fridge. 

The process seemed pretty simple, she even provided the Polaroid template.  I opted to scale mine down to 1" wide, I thought it would be a bit easier to see than .8" wide.  I had a really hard time limiting myself on the photos that I wanted to use.  For awhile there I think I had 25 picked out, I ended up with 15.  I figured I could always add more over time and maybe even rotate seasonally.

Here are my finished magnets, please forgive the glare from the stainless steel, it did not like having its picture taken.  Click to see larger if you need too.

I am totally in love with these magnets.  They came out even better than I had imagined.  I love the way the color of the prints came out, it almost mimics a Polaroid shot, not that it was intentional, just a really happy accident.  I love that even though they are so tiny you can still see the photos.  I love that taking the time to paint the edges white makes them look that much more realistic.  I love that Simone likes to play with them and now wants to hang everything up on the fridge.

I love them so much that I want to share them with you, so if you want three of your own, I'd be happy to make them for you.  Just leave me a comment by this Saturday, April 30th telling me what memories you want immortalized in magnet form and then send me the .jpg files.  If you need my email address just leave that in your comment too.

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