Now that the kids are in school, Eric and I love to take a break and go out for lunch on occassion. It was last week, when we were at the Snack Diner on South Congress, that I realized my coaster would make a perfect DIY mini album for square Instagram Photos. I discretely put our soggy coasters in my purse as we were leaving. A couple of lunches later, I had enough coasters to make my mini!
A standard size for coasters, is 4". So I knew that this would be a small album. I want to get smaller rings (these were all I had) so that this can fit in my purse. It is so fun for me to look at and it reminds me of all the good things I have in my life!
(I swear, I have to strap this kid down and hook him up to an IV to get him to hold still long enough for a photo! He's fine now which is great, and I did get some good pics out of the whole ordeal.)
I simply cut square backgrounds (the muted colors in Mr. Campy and Art Angel are perfect with the vintage effects of Instagram photos) and used some tiny type stickers. The whole book took less than an hour. (The chipboard letters on the front didn't match and so I painted over them, but with everything else going together so quickly, I didn't mind.)
Now for a story.
Jack brought me this paper yesterday. He was sad because he didn't like how his faces were drawn. All my compliments on his artistic style did not appease him.
Having raised his older siblings, I was prepared with a great solution to this problem... or so I thought. I told him about a great artist named Picasso. I told him that Picasso was really good at drawing people, but that he decided drawing things the way they really look was boring (yes I know, I am improvising here) and as the artist, he could draw them any way he wanted. Then, we did a google search together so that he could see some Picasso portraits.
I pulled up one of my favorites for him and was telling him why I liked it, pointing out how it didn't look like a "real" face when Jack burst out, "He draws faces even better than me. I won't ever be able to draw as good as Picasso."
Note to self: Don't set the bar quite so high next time!