Celebrate and Connect

How To Design a Holiday Gallery Wall

Happy Monday!  I am grateful to Thirty One for sharing these holiday ideas with us.  I may be crafty but I definitely “flop” when it comes to organizing photos or wall art.  Mine never seem to blend which is why I usually wait for my daughter to visit to help.

Whether it is for your own home or as the perfect personalized gift, switching out seasonal wall art makes for a festive holiday home – in a snap!  I would never think of doing this but it makes so much sense!  We decorate the house for the holidays, why not change out the pictures too?  The Statement Canvas Wall Art is available in two sizes and can put a little holiday in your halls.
Cheerful holiday colors showcase this wall art as something special – and seasonal. Mark a little one’s first Christmas with a gorgeous custom gift or share a sweet holiday sentiment filled with joy.  More ideas: Think of Christmas-themed songs, hymns and poems for inspiration, or pick a fun phrase.

  • Get your jingle on
  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas
  • Joy to the world
  • Comfort & Joy
  • Holly Jolly
  • Dear Santa: Define “good”

Thinking of leaving things up for the winter instead of just for the holiday season?  Pick cool blues and frosty hues to personalize your home décor for winter. Messages which celebrate the season make great gifts for families of any background and have the greatest longevity for displaying each year!  What is your favorite (or theirs) holiday song?You can find inspiration in a section of lyrics from a classic winter song:

  • In the meadow we can build a snowman
  • Fa la la la la (la la la la)!
  • Merry & Bright
  • Jingle all the way
  • All is calm, all is bright

No matter where you call home, you can welcome your guests (and Santa!) with customized wall art which speaks to you and your family. Are you a military family?  We have some awesome suggestions on how to keep “your home” close to your heart and showcase to your friends.  More phrase ideas:

  • Home for the holidays
  • Santa’s Workshop
  • [Name]’s Christmas Tree Farm
  • Santa, stop here!
  • All hearts come home for Christmas

We know the reason for the season so why not display or gift a beautifully printed Bible verse as a keepsake for Christmas.  Use their favorite verse, or inspire someone who is struggling.  Here are some more ideas:

  • Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced
  • Luke 2:10 Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people
  • Luke 2:12 Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger
  • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given

Whether you need a seasonal display or are going to leave it up year round, Thirty One has somethings to fit all of your needs.

Thirty-One is NOT just totes and purses.  We have a variety of home décor you can customize for even the most difficult person on your holiday list.   You can also customize throw pillows, decorative tins and rustic wood pieces (Close to Home tray).

Need help with the perfect gift?  I am happy to help.  Have a budget?  Let me help you find the best deal.  Who is the hardest person to buy for on your gift list?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Home Organization

Let’s Organize Your Photos

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Do you have stacks of photos crammed in a closet? Is your digital camera overloaded with images you’ve yet to print? Do you have a “junk drawer” full of pictures?  Do you wish you could remember dates, places and who are in some of those pictures?

I am old school so I have LOTS of pictures floating around.  Since we moved (8 years ago) some are in those dreaded rubbermaid containers, some are in boxes while others are just scattered in drawers.  These tips will get you started – remember baby steps

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Are you like me with print pictures, try this:

  • As soon as your photos are developed, sort them.  Toss out duplicates or bad shots.
  • Place photos in envelopes labeled with the month, year and the event.  This is easy peasy.  You can even put little notes on the back to help you remember things that you might otherwise forget.

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  • Store by the year or by event in a safe dry place.  Moisture, humidity or extreme temperature will most likely ruin photos over time

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Are you a digital person?  Do you only print pictures when you need them or want to share them with someone else?  Honestly, do you know where they are on your computer hard drive? Here are some tips for you:

  • Put all of your pictures on a CD or flash drive so that you can save it.
  • Label photo cd’s or create separate files on your computer that are labeled. It makes hunting for things so much easier.
  • For the techies, there are photo websites that you can use that have unlimited storage as long as you keep your account active (usually with purchases).  Sites include Kodakgallery, Shutterfly and Snapfish

Don’t try to conquer years worth of pictures in one shot.  It can be overwhelming and you may find that it consumes your whole day especially when you start going down the memory trail.  You now have a system in place so  you can keep on track as new photos come in.

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Now that you know where to find your pictures, you can share them with family and friends.  Wasn’t that the original plan?  Choose some favorites and use mini albums with sleeves or paper corners to show off a special event or trip. Digital photos can be emailed to family and friends. Or shared on social media.  It is a great way to keep grandparents, relatives and friends in the loop.

Once you have a system in place; you are ready to go back in time and begin the process for years past. Remember it is much easier to deal with a season (or a pile) at a time rather then the entire year.

What is your best tip for organizing photos?  Are you a digital person or a print person?  Love to hear your feedback.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!