Here is a look at the whole wall. I have one little spot on the upper right side that has room for something else, so I'm on the look out for something to go there. Six of the 10 items I actually made/crafted myself (with assistance from the hubs) so I'm pretty happy about that.
Here is a look at the left side closer.
The chalkboard sign you've already seen, the P was purchased at the craft store, its one of the cardboard letters that they have in different sizes. I painted it with a base coat of this spray paint with a few layers of this one sprayed randomly on top. The photo of Simone above it was one I took with my iphone and edited with a few different apps, it's a favorite for sure. The shadow box was purchased at Home Goods and I filled it with a few souvenirs and do-dads from around the house. Simone added one too, can you guess which one? I also left some space so I could set something on top of the shadow box at a later date.
In the center of the wall is our most recent family photo. I purchased a groupon at the end of last year for two photo canvas' and this was one that I did and I just love the way it turned out. Above it is another version of the embroidery I did recently in my Project Life album, seen here. It's done right on a 10x10 canvas that I stained with some random stain we had laying around. I framed out the top of the canvas with some balsa wood I purchased at the craft store. It was painted with the same paint I used above on the P for the second coat and I just hot glued it to the top of the frame.
One of the things I wanted to do with this wall was have a place to put some photos and change it out here and there. I've seen several different types of photo hangers out there but wanted to make one myself. I purchased this frame at Ikea and we painted the backing piece with the same spray paint I used on the P for the first coat. My husband drilled a few holes into the interior molding and ran three lengths of copper wire for me. We reassembled the frame backwards so the glass would be on the back instead of the front so I could have access to change out the pictures. Super easy project that can easily be done in one day.
Here are some photos of the process;
this is the interior piece that he drilled the holes in for the wire.
Here is a look at the wall from the right hand side. I purchased the silver gilded tray at Home Goods as well. I plan to add flowers to it instead of a candle. The chalkboard tray below you've seen already and the map below it was a last minute edition that I made Saturday evening.
I really wanted to add some sort of map element to the wall and couldn't find anything that wasn't really large. I had initially laid this out in Photoshop to fit a 12 x 8 frame I had on hand, but in the end I wanted a more hand made look so I decided to try to cut the map out with my Cameo. There is a map image in the Silhouette store but the states all fit snug together and I wanted just the state outlines. I ended up having to make this myself and it took quite a few hours to get it right and quite a few starts and stops because things weren't working for me. After a few not so good attempts I finally got it to cut and lift off the mat in one piece and I was so happy with how it turned out.
I cut it out of textured white cardstock, and picked another piece of gray cardstock as the background. I didn't want the whole thing stuck tightly to the backing paper so I only put a bit of adhesive randomly, mainly in the areas that had larger sections so it would stick. One trick I've come up with for adding adhesive to really tiny areas is to lay a piece of waxed paper down and roll my dot roller over my items while they're on top of the waxed paper. The extra adhesive sticks to the waxed paper but still allows me to lift it off. I covered three Studio Calico veneer hearts with three coats of Red Glitter Zing embossing powder and placed them on the map to represent where our family lives and ourselves too. I printed the quote on a piece of vellum and cut the banner shape myself. Even with the veneer hearts I was able to reassemble the frame with the glass and it closed up just fine.
Here are some close ups.
I do believe this is now my most favorite item I've ever made and I'm beyond thrilled with how it turned out.
I had a lot of positive responses on Instagram the other night when I posted it and several asked for the file. So if you want it, I'm happy to share. You can download it here.
I did add both Hawaii and Alaska to the file but will say I have not cut these myself and seeing as so many bits of these states are tiny I cannot vouch for it working for you. However the mainland states will cut but I would advise slowing down your cutting speed, not using super thick paper and taking your time lifting it off your mat. I did a fair amount of clean up with an exacto knife after I got mine off the mat.
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you love the file.