Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Special Blue Monday & Meta Monday Photo Makeover!

Two "Meme Shares" in one post today!
Meta Monday will be part II of this post!
First, My Blue Monday Post!
Today for Blue Monday I'm sharing the blue sky back drop for this photo I snapped at a flower garden center yesterday. The posie is an "Edgeworthia Chrysantha", a deciduous plant that grows up to 6 ft. tall. It is very fragrant and blooms in the winter months. She's a beauty~

Be sure to click on the Blue Monday logo above to slip on over to Sally's once you're done reviewing my Meta Monday post so you can see everyone else's Blue Monday post!
On to Part II, Meta Monday...

Welcome to Meta Monday!
Today I'm using an example of how to use Photography
when y0u want to customize a special gift.

This is a gift I made last year for my Beloved's friend since childhood:

I'll show each letter one at a time first and then you'll see them lined up on the Mantel to spell the name "Cavy". I've included what I purchased to make it and the steps I took below the final picture.










The items I purchased or used to make this gift:

*4 paper mache alphabet letters from Hobby Lobby that spelled our friends nickname
*1 can black flat spray paint
*4 Laminate Sheets
*Black & White photos
*Plain paper cut in the same shape of each letter
*Scissors
*Glue Stick
This is what I did:
*Spray painted letters on all sides and allowed to dry thoroughly. Once done, I then took the plain paper and cut a pattern in the same shape of each letter. I then took the pictures I'd collected and decided which pictures I wanted to create a collage on which letter. I made duplicate copies of pictures just in case I messed one up, and this was very helpful since I was going to be cutting them smaller in odd shapes. Once I decided how I would cut and assemble the pics, I used the glue stick to attach the photos to the paper pattern of each alphabet. Once all letters were completed, I used the laminate sheets to laminate both the front and back of each alphabet, making sure I trimmed them in the shape of the letter as well. Once laminated, I then attached each one to the black paper mache alphabet with strong double sided tape.


This was a fun project and our friend loved it!


Slide on over to Susan's at "Between Naps On The Porch" to see other terrific Meta Monday Posts!

~CC Catherine


37 comments:

Susan said...

what a neat idea..and what a thoughtful gift to give your friend!

Susan

Gollum said...

This is totally awesome!!! If Martha Stewart sees this, she should have you on her show. What a great gift, one that has meaning.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Thank you for sharing this great gift idea. This will be something they will keep forever!

blessings
mary

marty39 said...

Such a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Great idea and very creative. Hugs, Marty

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi CC,
Love this great idea! I will have to copy this for my two sons! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I agree with Gollum, if Martha sees this, you may just hit the big time! Try to remember us little folks! :-)
Got your note about your niece. I will be happy to oblige. :-) See ya soon.
Your friend,
Alisa

ellen b said...

How creative that is! Fun. Happy Blue and Met to you!

Shelia said...

Hi Catherine! Oh, this is wonderful! How cute and I've never seen anything like this! It would blow someone away to receive this!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

playsdolls said...

what a wonderful gift Idea,hope you want mind if I borrow your Idea to make for each of my children of their kids,they will love them.

I love the beautiful flower in your Blue Monday post it is a beautiful yellow.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What a great idea! Loved the photo too! ☺

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful flower with the blue sky backdrop! Neat gift, too! Thanks for sharing...

Happy Blue Met Monday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

xinex said...

Wow! Very creative and this looks fabulous! I bet your friend was so happy with it, it's so personalized. Love the flower too!...Christine

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love this idea. I love letters anyway, but yours are truly special with all the wonderful photos.

Vintage Soul said...

Great idea. Its a great way to share memories. More interesting than a photo album too. Have a wonderful week.

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Catherine, Happy Blue Monday! Great post, great CAVY letters! Wishing you a lovely day....
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)
Jacaranda Cottage.

Cynthia said...

Hi CC,
I love this idea, you are so darn creative! Your friend is a very lucky gal to have you as her friend. Cindy

Shirley said...

What a unique and creative idea for a gift. And that flower is gorgeous.

Bo said...

Hi...talk about a one of a kind gift...this is it! I'll bet your friend was thrilled with it! Thanks for the info on how you did it... ;-) Bo

Smilingsal said...

I do love the blue, blue sky! Your project is creative and fun.

Honeycombmama said...

I love it! It's such a great gift to give to someone. HAve a great Blue Monday:)
Gina Jo

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I love this idea...thanks...you did a beautiful job...

preppyplayer said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

Chandy said...

Cool idea! Great choice for today! Happy Monday!

Momovthree said...

What a special gift! You did a wonderful job on them.
~Michelle

imjacobsmom said...

This is a cool idea - thanks for sharing it with us! ~ Robyn

Mrs.DD said...

Great idea! You have inspired me! Have a great day!

Raggedy Girl said...

Catherine:

I have sent you an e-mail as you are the winner of the Bunny Basket at Little House In The Desert.

Roberta Anne

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Love that little poesy! Beautiful gift for your friend! Have a great day!

Sherrie

JudyBug said...

Well Girl, you are cooking today! I think this is the neatest idea!

JudyBug

TRES BELLE said...

What a great project!I'm sure that your friend loved this gift! It is these handmade gifts that touch the heart of the people we love.

Kris

Sweetie said...

The blue sky and the Edgeworthia Chrysantha are beautiful. Also, a great gift. Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

Susan S. said...

What a great project.....I've seen other re-do's on the letter theme but I like the photo's added...nice touch!

Linda said...

Cute idea, the photos , Catherine.
I love photos and photo gifts.
Linda Q

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Brilliant! That is such a special gift. I love it. laurie

Elaine said...

Catherine...these are so cute. They'd make such great gifts or I can think of a hundred ways to use them in my rooms. I really like them! Thanks.
Elaine :)

Linda said...

Such a great personalized gift! Looks so cute! Linda

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Catherine...what an amazing idea! You are sooo creative...bet your friend loved this! Susan

Lisa (aka) French said...

What a great idea!!! and such a personal gift to give! Thanks for stopping in your visits always make me smile;) French