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We just returned from an nontraditional Thanksgiving vacation in Orlando that included Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We went to a different theme park each day during the long weekend. B said it was the best thanksgiving ever. I have to agree with her! I love spending quality time as a family with no other obligations. It was a great time to test out my new phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Our 5 year old calls my phone my camera, as a blogger it is true I use my phone as a camera all day long. So many of my favorite features of this phone are all about the cameras that include two 12-megpixel cameras with different focal length lenses, so you can do wide angle and close up photos. The low light dual pixel camera, allows you to keep capturing memories even when it is dark. The dual camera with live focus. The Note 8’s camera also lets you mimic the blurred background that you can get with a larger, DSLR camera. And videos in 4K.
My husband is the master at Black Friday deals. He has a great system setup to track the deals to make sure he is getting the best price. Thanks to him we are already 90% done with our Christmas shopping. We both LOVE Target so I was especially excited about the current promotion on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. I got a new phone as an early gift and we both got $300 to spend at Target on gifts for our family.
For a limited time only, receive a $300 Target GiftCard™ with Purchase and Activation of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ in-store at Target! Valid 11/19/17-11/27/17 and 12/3/17-12/9/17 only.
I love the idea of creating personalized gifts especially during the holidays. Since we have so many fun photos from our trip I thought it was the perfect time to experiment with the best way to create photo luminaries. I have seen a couple of different methods so picked the three most popular and tried them. My favorite method is using velum paper. I used Our Best Bites, Flowing Photo Luminaries as my guide and added in more details based on my experiments.
- Velum paper – This is see through paper. You can get it at a craft store or online.
- Double sided tape
- Scissors or cutter
- Jar containers – recommend using square or round containers with no text on them. It is has a tapered edge do not wrap that section.
- Tea light or candles
- Washi Tape – to cover the seams
Pro Tip: You could also use Mod Podge to make it more permanent. I like the idea of switching out the photos often so we used double sided tape.
Vidoe: How to Create DIY Photo Gifts: Photo Candle Holders
How to Create DIY Photo Gifts: Photo Candle Holders
- Measure the height and width of your glass container.
- In Photoshop create a new project the size based on your measurements. Then open the photo you want to print. Take the view to 100% and copy the entire image. Paste the image into your project that is the correct size. Select edit, then transform, then to scale. Hold down the Shift and move your cursors until the image is the size you want.
- Print on velum paper.
- Cut to the correct size.
- Use double sided tape to secure the picture.
If you don’t have Photoshop there are a number of programs that let you edit the size of the image.
Want more inspiration for other DIY projects like photo tags and tips for traveling with a toddler, click here.