Tuesday, June 12, 2012

old calendar new art

frame old calendar pictures

Way back in the winter of 2009 I fell in love with the art of Paul Kenton in, well... a calendar. I had never even heard of him before I saw the cover with the pretty watercolor city on it. I stuffed all the "maybe" calendars back on the shelf without any hesitation. It was possibly the fasted home decor decision I had ever made.

2009 went by so quickly it wasn't fair. The months past before I could fully appreciate each piece. And then it was over. I searched the calendar racks over and over with no Paul Kenton in sight. Thanks to my inability to throw pretty things out I stashed the outdated calendar away for another time. I saved it for nearly two and a half years before finally deciding what to do with it.

frame old calendar pictures


And now I'm in love with this! I started by selecting my favorite pieces and cutting them out of the calendar. I cut some white sketching paper to size for a matting effect and attached the artwork with a small loop of tape. Once everything was framed I decided on a layout by placing the frames on the floor in the pattern I was after. I secured the frames to the wall with a few pieces of 3M Velcro strips - perfect for renters who can't put to many holes in the wall - and I was done!

I was dying for my own frame collage and now I have one! These frames were hanging in our hallway with some of my photo prints from high school. I decided that it was time for a change and now they are in a new spot with new art and in a new layout.

And now I get to enjoy the colorful artwork of Paul Kenton all year long for as many years as I want. Marvelous! (and cheap too!)

8 comments:

  1. I love this. It looks really great! I have a couple of old Georgia O'Keefe calendars that I haven't been able to part with for this very same reason. You've inspired me to pull them out of that drawer do something with them!

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  2. These look classy! The colors are marvelous, and the frames really bring out the details.

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  3. My awesome creative super inspirational friend!!! I love this!!! And I love you!!! Great job I can't wait to see it in person. Keep it up with the blog, I'm looking forward to reading all your posts!! YEEEEEE!

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  4. What size frames are these/what size did you cut the calendar photos down to? I love love love this idea and I'm always looking for cheap but fantastic art!

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  5. Sarah - that's great that you've been inspired to do something with your old calendars! They're too pretty to leave packed away!

    Nicole - they are classy aren't they!! Not bad for being so cheap. And the colors always make me smile : )

    Kelly - YOU BETTER COME OVER NEXT WEEK! Yes, that's a demand... Hahaha. Can't wait to see you!!

    TheFrugalCouple - thank you and congrats on your upcoming wedding!

    Erin - the frame sizes are all 12"x15". Usually I pull my hair out over getting exact measurements but this time I just took a straight edge and a razor and eyeballed it. There were a few prints that were too big for the frame so I cut them down to leave an inch of the white border exposed. Just set the photos in the frame for reference and trim them until they are the size you want. I'm so happy with how this project turned out!!

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  6. It really is great, thanks for the info!! :)

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