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Creating Lasting Memories Through Art Stories

Pictures are more than mere decorations. With pictures, a story can be told that shows events in a new and exciting way. The larger the pictures, the more detail and realistic an art story can be. Art stories are essentially chronological events that are shown through pictures. These can be created by anyone and will be able to be used in homes, offices and virtually any space that needs decorating. With the holiday season right around the corner, the most interesting use of stainless picture frames will be that of the holiday surprise.
Showing the Holiday Surprise

Stainless Picture Frames Stainless frames look like real stainless steel frames, but they are made of wood. This is the perfect color for the holiday season and works well with garland, Christmas lights and any other festive decoration a home may have. However, a holiday art story can take center stage in any home. The goal is to show events as they have occurred. Here are just a few of the events that are more commonly seen:

 

  • Present Opening: From the pickup of a present to the unwrapping, this is the ideal art story that works especially well with younger kids.
  • Proposal: From bended knee to the tears streaming down her face, a wedding proposal can always be remembered through an art story.
  • First Snow: The first hint of snow can lead to a very interesting story. With animals, the first sight of snow is priceless. A story created with these pictures will bring happiness to all that see them.

Obviously, the potential for a holiday surprise story is limitless. Simply start with the most memorable moment for you and let your imagination go wild.

A Happy Couple Starts Somewhere

Wedding photo frames are great for big wedding pictures, but stainless picture frames simply take center stage. There are quite a few ways in which the love of a couple can be presented and each will be completely dependent on your own likes.

  • Wedding Day: From smashing the cake in the grooms face to the carrying of the bride into the home, wedding day art stories are both beautiful and memorable.
  • Throughout the Years: From the first anniversary all the way through the couple’s first kiss as a married couple, these stories simply resonate with the majority of people and are a testament to their love.

Wedding Story Placing a final, larger picture at the end of the story will provide prominence and allow all viewers to truly be lost in your story of love.

Moving Into Your First Home

First-Home A first home is filled with fun, excitement and a lot of packing. This is the perfect memory to put into a story as it will be the home people remember the most. While the initial hassles may want to be forgotten, the final results will always be treasured. A few ideas to get the ball rolling are:

  • Packing: From the truck to the unpacking of the final box, a story can be told of where a person has come from and where they have finally ended up.
  • Empty to Complete: A series of pictures that show the home empty and finally being filled up with all of your possessions is a fun way to add life into a living room or dining room.

Stainless picture frames also do exceptionally well with black and white photography. When adding pictures to a story, remember to keep them in chronological order and use the beauty of the frame to truly outline the moment.

 

Photo Wall

How to Create a Photo Wall: A Step-by-Step Guide

Photo walls are becoming increasingly popular in the world of home décor. Not only do they add interest and appeal to a room, but with the right display, it can turn your home into a professional art gallery. Creating a photo wall can be a bit of a challenge, but the guide below will walk you through each step of the process.

Gather Photos for Your Photo Wall

Pile pf Photos The first step in the process is to gather photos to use in your gallery. Choosing a theme can help tie your photos together and create a harmonious look. Photos from your latest vacation are a great option, or you can choose to create a family photo wall that features your friends and loved ones. Regardless of whether you opt for a theme or an eclectic mix of your favorite snapshots, you need to ensure that the pictures you choose are of high quality and clear.

Create a Layout

Once you have gathered all of your photos, you can create a layout for your wall. To avoid making a mess, try creating layouts using paper first. Measure and cut out large pieces of paper to match the sizes you have in mind. Hang each piece of paper on the wall using masking tape. This will give you the freedom to try out multiple layouts without having to damage your walls.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to create a sense of balance when creating your wall gallery. For example, a tall 8 X 10 photo can be balanced out by adding two horizontal 5 x 7 photos to the left or the right of the large photo.

Plenty of photo wall layouts can be found online, which will give you some ideas based on the location of the photo wall and the number of photos you have chosen. Once you have found a layout you love, you can purchase frames for your photos and get to work.

Select the Right Frame

The most important part of the process is selecting the right frame. Not only should it be an aesthetically pleasing choice, but one that can withstand the test of time. Café wide picture frames can add warmth and elegance to your photo wall with rich and robust colors that complement any photo style.

Most homeowners choose to mat the photos they place on their photo wall. While this is a matter of personal opinion, matting does help create a professional look that will make your photos stand out. Just keep in mind that matting will require you to place a smaller photo in the frame.

Monochrome Photo Wall Photo walls are all about letting your own creativity shine and showing off the best photos in your personal collection. Always remember that less is sometimes more and to keep some space between each photo. Even large walls can wind up looking cluttered and disorganized if photos are placed too closely together. While you may be tempted to put all of your family photos on the wall, try to limit your collection to something appropriate for the wall.

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Creating Memories During the Christmas Holiday Season

winter Thanksgiving is over. Look outside and what do you see? Lights, blow up snowmen, people rushing about furiously, insane traffic, and crazier shoppers. We all know how commercialized the Holidays have become, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in all the mayhem and forget one of most important aspects of this season — family.

This season, take a moment out of the madness to take a deep breath and prioritize. Is Christmas really about making sure you are spending enough on everyone equally, or trying to one up another gift giver by making sure you spend more. Is it about beating the shopper next to you to the last XBOX 1 or PS4? Has it become so commercial and hurried that we can’t stop for a moment and make some awesome Christmas memories? I hope not.

So, this season spend a little time thinking about how you can make some new and lasting holiday memories. Let’s take a look at some ideas from others across the internet…

White Elephant Gift Exchange

On my step-fathers side of the family we have always do a white elephant gift exchange. If you are not familiar, this is where everyone finds one gift to give from something either around the house or something under a set spending limit. The gift can either be funny or useful. I tend to lean toward the funny or gag gifts just to watch the reactions. That’s what makes the fun memories for me and everyone else seems to like smiling and laughing, as well. We wrap the gifts properly and then everyone brings their gift to our family Christmas get together and places it in the pile. Family Christmas Gift Exchange

During our gift exchange, the first person selects 1 wrapped gift from the assortment and unwraps it. The next person can then, either select a wrapped present from the pile or they can take the unwrapped gift that the previous person opened. If they chose to steal, then the person stolen from takes the next turn.

Additional Rules:

  1. A gift can not be “stolen” more than twice. Whoever steals it 2nd gets the gift.
  2. A gift can not be immediately stolen back by the person it was stolen from.
  3. All gifts must be kept in plain sight.

Get the Kids Involved

Christmas Memories It doesn’t matter if you are preparing a feast or stringing up Christmas lights and decorations to rival the Griswald’s, be sure to involve the children. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and push the kids aside and do things ourselves in the name of efficiency.  It seems there is so much to do that we don’t have time to teach or show our children how important family actually is.

Bake some cookies or make some candy and let little hands help as they learn tasty skills that they will pass on.

Involve children in decorating the home and tree. Make some decorations with your kids, or even just 1 decoration, then repeat every year to create a tradition. Stockings and ornaments are always a decent choice.

Let the kids learn from Grandma in the Kitchen. I know it’s busy, but remember Grandma won’t ALWAYS be around. This is the chance for her to spend some real quality time and pass down her years of knowledge in the kitchen. Start with something simple like rolling dough into a ball for the dinner rolls. They’ll love it.

Volunteer or Give

There are people in every community that have less than the majority of us. This brings a multitude of ways that you can help out and create new memories for your family. All you have to do is give… It doesn’t matter if you volunteer time to help distribute food at a shelter, serve meals at a soup kitchen, or just stop and ask someone if the “need anything”. Get involved and try to do something that will make an impact in someones life. You’ll be surprised how it will benefit YOU and your family, as well.

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Saving the Memories

I can’t stress the next part enough. With all the smartphones running around your household, there is NO reason to not take some snapshots to remember your time together. Capture the moments that touched your heart. Print the images. Protect them in a frame, and everyone visits your home can share in a little piece of your favorite moments. Shop for Picture Frames

Happy Holidays From FrameUSA.com!