Get Creative With Your Family Tree

August 12, 2009 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

Summer is the hot season for family reunions and other gatherings, and a great opportunity to get creative and decorate!  To help you get the ideas flowing, Christina Stark, Uppercase Living’s creative diva, created a quick and easy “family tree” design that includes a number of unique ideas you can use for any occasion. All you need is a few minutes to create your own version of this using our all-new MyDesign Suite™.  When your order arrives, you’ll have the perfect design for an eye-catching welcome as guests walk through the door!

To begin her design, Christina opened the MyDesign Suite, which can be found on my website under the Products tab.  She first prepared a Blank Surface using the drop-down boxes at the bottom of the screen, matching the color and dimensions of her on-screen “virtual wall” to those of her actual wall. Then came the fun part—adding expressions! She formed the foundation of her design with a 22”x42” Majestic Tree (item #16500; Part 1: Antique Bronze; Part 2: Shoreline Blue) from the UL Exclusive Expression list. Next, she added a personal touch with three short custom expressions. First came her chosen family surname, “Parker” (Murray Hill, 5.5”, Antique Bronze), followed by “Family Reunion” (Souvenir, 2”, Terra Cotta) and the event year, “2009” (Souvenir, 3.5”, Shoreline Blue).

Now for her favorite step of all—photos! To make her design special and memorable for every guest, she selected 7 high-quality family photos and used UL’s elegant Scalloped Frames (4496004, 4”, Terra Cotta) to frame each photo on her tree. She wasn’t able to upload the photos into MyDesign Suite, but it was still easy to create the look she wanted with just the frames.

Wow, that was fast! After only a few minutes, her on-screen design looked just the way it does in this picture. After printing the design for reference, she saved the design and ordered it.  When the order came in, she used her printed layout as a guide to help her apply the designs to her wall.

Every expression Christine created in MyDesign Suite is applied separately, so she started with the tree (starting just below the table top) and then applied her custom expressions. Before applying her photo frames, she sized and printed her photos so that the photos’ edges were slightly larger than the frames’ inside openings. Next, she peeled off the backing paper of each frame and placed each photo face down on the vinyl. The frames could then be applied to the wall with the photos in their proper place. With a few finishing touches—a classy lamp to balance out the height of the tree and a few decorative twig globes—her design was ready for the family gathering.  Isn’t this awesome?  The great part is anyone can look this creative with the MyDesign Suite!

There are many ways to use this kind of design. Turn your child’s room into a forest with a number of differently sized Majestic Trees. Use any UL Frame to display your favorite family photos or your child’s growing years—whether for a birthday party or for a permanent home design. The possibilities are endless, so take what’s provided here and make it your own!

*Make sure to use either duplicate photos or high-quality photo copies (not originals) that are of light-weight material (not cardstock) for this project.


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