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DIY Enlarged Photobooth Strip Print

   
Images above (left to right) Martha Stewart, Design Editor, and A Beautiful Mess

Well, another thing for the home, but I promise this is more of a designy-crafty-DIY type of a thing than home renovations. I’ve been seeing these large Debbie Carlos prints around for years, online and at renegade. I learned that blowing up your own pictures really big can make for some great artwork from all my years watching early Trading Spaces. A year or so ago people started posting about how you can get your own images blown up, in black and white, cheaply at copy stores, by just asking for blueprint or engineering copies. Brilliant!

Then a little bit ago I saw this great pin about making a life size photobooth strip from Today’s Creative Blog. I think that tutorial just pieced together 12×12 prints to look like they were all one strip, but I thought “why not take it a step further and just blow up a real photo booth strip?” I called up a local copy store and they said the largest size they print is 4′x3′ for only $5. The print is like a very large xerox and the paper is pretty similar weight to a nice copy machine paper. 4′x3′ is much wider than just one strip so I figured why not do a few strips side by side.

Working on a fun project idea. Some of my #photobooth strips from over the years.
just a few of my photo chemical photobooth pictures strips

While looking through my strips I realized I liked some pictures from a lot of the different strips and decided to piece together some of my favorites of Matt and I from over the years. I scanned 3 photobooth strips to get the background right, and then scanned all my strips for the individual pictures I wanted to place over the existing pictures. They are all real photobooth pictures, just not from the same strips. You could easily just scan complete strips and have them printed as is.

3.28.13 photobooth prints

Once again, I’m not a home decor photographer, but COME ON! Look how I was able to get two adorable kitties in the shot AND both are looking at the camera! I may have missed my calling to be a pet photographer. It’s like a family portrait of sorts above. Matt and I in the print, and the cats below. I said “too bad I didn’t remove the laptop from next to the couch” and Matt said “well, that’s part of the family too!”

A few extra ideas I had while doing this project:

I scanned the photobooth strips in at resolution of 1200 so that when they were printed out that huge they would still look pretty crisp.

The print is just stuck to the wall using wall tacky, which I’m not crazy about for the long run. I doubt I’d just find any picture frame that large that is in range for a $5 print. I need to look online for some framing ideas.

Think about what else you could print large. What about a face, Chuck Close style?! You aren’t limited to enlarging photographs either. It would be really cool to scan an object (fern leaf, needlework, heirloom lace, seeds, sequins) or photograph a sentimental object (wedding rings, baseball, keys, handwriting) you have and then blow up those images really big to display in your home.

You could get an even bigger impact by dividing your image up into parts, getting each piece printed out on the largest size paper and then piecing all the prints together on the wall.

Many years ago I remember finding the site rasterbator.net, and this project reminded me of that. I was glad to see the site is still up. Rasterbator allows you to upload a picture and then set the specifications (image dimension, as well as paper size) and the site will create a multi page PDF with your image blown up in half-tone. You can then print the pages from home and piece them together.

Last minute addition. I love this idea that MyCakies shared where she blew up a print of the Eiffel Tower and then let her children go to town painting it with watercolors. Instant Art!

 

new polaroid pogo series

I’m finally getting around to share my latest Polaroid Pogo series. As you can see I’ve been working on it since the magnolia was in bloom.

At the beginning of spring when nature’s fleeting blossoms were all around, I was so inspired to start this series. After shooting some of my favorites like the forsythia I realized that just the golden flowers weren’t enough. I remembered the Found Art Tuesday “time to grow” piece and my last Polaroid pogo images, and wished there was some way to use my box of pin letters. I finally got the idea of using a branch to attach the letters, but I still was stuck on what words to use. I was so inspired by spring, and how everything is green and new and like that it came to me… fresh, everything is fresh. But fresh also has another connotation, in modern slang and terminology, Fresh is “COOL”. Aha! My next series would be beautiful images from nature juxtaposed by modern culture and design! Matt keeps singing Outkast’s So Fresh and so Clean, and I have to admit it was in my head when I made the magnolia piece.

I really love this series.

Currently I have four images in this series. The words So Fresh over magnolia blossoms, shown above.

The word awesome over new growth grass. Everyone knows how much I love grass and this picture was taken before the lawn was mowed for the first time this spring. It was so lush and green, ahhhh!

The word tight over a well manicured bush. The sky was perfect for this shot with one single little cloud.

and lastly, the word Sweet over damp earth and luscious green moss.

These petite and affordable prints are all currently available in my etsy shop. Click on any of the above images to find out more about them.