If you’ve been touring around the blogosphere the past few days, you may have stumbled upon a few posts about the southern California fires. As you may know, I live in SoCal. I was within a few miles of at least 3 of the raging fires that were burning simultaneously. It was one of the most raw, terrifying experiences I’ve had in quite some time. And boy, I’ve had a few in my life!
The community I live in was evacuated and one of the most sobering things I experienced was deciding what to pack and save in case our house burned down. Our evacuation order lasted 2 1/2 days and I’ve never been so happy to see our house as the day we returned. Our driveway was covered with ash and while hosing off our patio I noticed the water was black!
My family and I were safe at a friend’s house while over 2,000 firefighters were out in miserably high temperatures battling these fires. I am beyond proud and so very thankful. These men and women kick ass!
Life must go on though and things have returned back to normal. So while I was unpacking our suitcases and the countless pictures I grabbed, a DIY-light bulb moment went off and this is the simple idea I came up with…
I photocopied a ceramic tile of my kids’ handprints and trimmed off the excess. Next rub the back of the paper with your glue stick. Apply to any card stock [mine was given to me by my daughter's teacher and measures 8.5" x 11"] You can use a manilla folder and cut to the same size. You do need to use a card stock for these, as regular paper is so thin it will curl. [duh!]
I made three [the "love" script I did myself with a Sharpie marker on an envelope] and the abstract b+w was a print out from a free clip art website. Total cost: FREE!
Next slip your picture in between the clamps and hang on the wall! It doesn’t get any easier than that.