Monday, July 9, 2012

Engineer prints, meet Lalaloopsy

Hello again! Hope you had a great weekend.
I know I did, when Trueblood's on you just know it's gonna be a good weekend.
When there's sexy vampires and werewolves you know a good time is going to be had by all. 
Let's talk more about my weekend.
We did our usual thrifting, watched a few movies: 
New Years Eve- why? Because we have a special place in our hearts for romantic comedies. 
Just maybe not this one. It stunk.
Hesher- I suggest it, if for no other reason than to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt in tighty whities.
Last but not least, we saw The Help, and we were pleasantly surprised. 
Yeah, that's all I've got.
Did you see any movies this weekend?
Mimi's been wanting to see the Katy Perry movie, but we're waiting on that one.
She's growing up too fast for my liking.
Which brings me to the topic of this post, finally!
If you've been on pinterest lately you've probably seen some pretty cool things 
that people have done with engineer prints.
If not, this is what I saw.

So I followed the link on the pin which eventually took me to Sugar Bee Crafts
Where Mandy, the blog creator shared her instructions on how to do it.
It seemed easy enough so I thought I'd give it a try.

The first thing you have to do is get a high resolution picture.
If the picture is too small, it'll come out all pixely.(is that a word?)
You get the picture. (har, har) 
If you have a DSLR camera, you should be fine.
I decided my engineer print was going to go in Mia's room.
So I went into her room and took a few pictures of things I thought 
she'd like and eventually picked this picture:

Next, all you have to do is change your picture to black and white, save it onto a flash drive, stick drive, memory stick, usb drive, or whatever you call them in your household and take it to Office Depot, Staples or any office supply store that does Engineer Prints.

We went to Office Depot and our print was done in about 20 minutes. 
We were in awe about how huge it was 48" x 36" (also 3ft by 4ft)
and it turned out being around $5 and some change.
Next stop was down the street to Home Depot for some foam board. 
It comes in 4ft by 8 ft sheets and costs about $14, we thought we grabbed the $7 one so at the register we were in for a surprise, however the nice cashier gave it to us for $7 since it was in the wrong spot.
Lucky us!
Also, if you don't have a truck (like us) you'll have to cut the foam board in half at the store to fit in your car!
Here's how ours fit. 

(Luckily Mimi was with her aunt and uncle or else this would have never fit with her carseat!) 

Finally we were home so I spread the print out across the board using Levi's shoes so I could take a quick picture. (You're welcome)

Luckily, the foam was already pink so we didn't have to paint the edges.
So we did the good ole' spray adhesive, roll the print down combination and 
made sure there was no air bubbles by using a card to smooth it all out. 
I didn't get to take a picture of that part because there were no empty hands.
But here's the picture that comes after that!

So we cut the extra boarder of foam board off then it was time to hang it.
We used some cute gold nails to hang it above Mimi's bed.
 Here are the before and after pics.

There it is, Mia thought it was cool.
I got the "Thank you for my new picture, can I go play now?"
Either way, it was a cool project for under $20 and keep in mind the foam board 
you see up there is only half of it.
We still had half of it left and were planning on using it for another print in our living room
until we found Mia sitting on it stabbing holes in it with a pen.
So there goes that idea. 

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