I'm so excited about this project! I didn't think I'd get to work on it for a while since it's just hard to find time to do big projects like this. But Cooper has pink-eye, so he's home from school and I'm home from work because of it. So I was able to go pick up my decals after his Dr. appt. and actually put UP my project today while he was/is taking a nap!
I got the inspiration for this from many things over the course of the past few months. I saw wallpaper with handdrawn-looking picture frames on it in an old issue of Blueprint (I think old) at the doctor's office (of all places) and was like, "THAT is cool. I want to do this in Campbell's room, but hand draw the picture frames myself directly onto the wall." I was also feeling inspired by the latest issue of Blueprint (and last i think!) of their clipart they enlarged and used on home decor pieces. I spent alot of time searching for vector art (that is easy to enlarge big!), especially in the Dover collections, but couldn't really find what I wanted.
Then I somehow got to thinking about vinyl wall decals, wondering if maybe I could find photo-realistic picture frame decals somewhere. I think I had seen something like that at Urban Outfitters at one time, and sure enough, they had, but weren't carrying them any longer. POO.
So then I started doing some hardcore internet searching and still couldn't find anything. The only thing similar that I could find was this picture frame tape (which is a really cool idea by the way). But THEN I was reading one of the many design blogs I read and they were talking about the trend of using vinyl wall decals and how everyone is on the bandwagon creating them and selling them, and how some are really cute, and some.. not so much. And that really, you can create your OWN for much less money and that it's easy!
So I was like, "YES! i can do this MYSELF!" LOL. So I started searching stock photography sites a few weeks ago, found what I wanted, found a local sign shop, emailed my files to them, and picked up the finished product today. And put them up in less than an hour. HIZZAH!!! (can you tell i'm a wee tad excited?) And I'm just so stoked about the outcome. And I'm not actually done, but I wanted to go ahead and take some pics of it in-progress.
I am going to buy bulldog clips (not sure if i'll get colored ones, or just the plain metal... probably plain) and nail them to the wall where 5 picture frames are, and hang an art print from each clip. I've already purchased this, the boy print of this, and this. I also purchased this book in which I'll scan in 2 more images, print them and hang them. I'll leave the remaining smaller picture frames empty b/c i like the look. I liked the idea of having all headshots/portraits for the prints. I might even have a "headshot" of Cam in there. ;-)
I'm so happy about revamping Cam's room slightly to give it some new life. It literally has stayed the same room (Coop's old nursury) since we found out we were having a boy and still even has "COOPER" in big wooden letters hanging up. SO SO SO SAD. BAD BAD MOMMY. But at least Cam doesn't seem to mind. ;-) So this lights a fire under my butt to put up Campbell's letters and tidy up the room.. maybe decluttering it a bit. The "retro cowboy" theme will still stay, here and there, but luckily it's not a very "themey" looking room that hits you over the head with an idea. So the new wall decals fit in nicely.
So i'll take some more photos when everything is done! And thanks for all of the sweet comments on the Valentine's day treats! they were so much fun to do, but i have to admit that I'm glad last week is over. What a busy week!
Here are the pics! There's some glare from the overhead light shining on the walls.. and the room is very small so i could only move back so much to take a pic. ;-) Need that super wide angle lens i've been wanting!.... And if you're wondering, this WAS an inexpensive project when you think about how much $$$ you'd spend on buying decals from someone else. To print them was a little under $100. Then you add what you spend on the stock photography, which I can't remember, but you can find royalty-free images for fairly cheap on some sites. Then the cost of art prints which is very reasonable at places like Etsy.com. :) I actually changed the color on the red one and blue ones.. they were originally a garrish yellow and pink or something... lol! Gotta love Photoshop! The "Happy Trails to You...." I handpainted on there around the entire room, before Cooper was born.
***edited to add: Let me clarify that these are *vinyl wall decals* printed at a vinyl sign shop. They weren't printed on normal paper. They were sticky back and go up just like any vinyl wall graphics.***