Polaroids – the easy way


As well as the Pom Poms, our polaroids have been pretty popular and received a lot of comments from people wanting to know how to do these after our wedding featured on Rock My Wedding.

Since it was Pete who made these, I asked him to write up a little how to…

Well, I guess the easiest way would be to use a polaroid camera, but here’s how to adapt your photos into cool vintage polaroids.

These polaroids were great as personalised placecards and as hanging decoration.

Here’s a simple how to.

You need:

  • Lots of photos – get stalking Facebook!
  • Poladroid
  • Something to edit your photos – I used the built in Preview on the Mac but Windows Live Photo Gallery or Paint will do just as well.
Instructions:
1. Preparation
  • If you’re creating lots of polaroids, arrange your photos into folders – this helps you to sort through the polaroids for printing later on.
  • Open Poladroid and set the preferences – I preferred it without blur effect to give crisper photos, having stripes on the paper gives it the proper polaroid feel and vignetting puts the faded border round the picture that gives that instant processing look.
  • Finally, set it to save your polaroids in the same folder as the original file, then all the organising you’ve done won’t be wasted
2. Get snappin’
  • Start dragging in your photos. Poladroid only takes ten at a time, then you’ve got to shut it and reopen the program again. If you get bored waiting for the photos to process, you can shake them about on the screen to speed up the process, just like a real polaroid!
  • Now to check how your photos turned out. If your polaroids all look fine, you’re done! Otherwise if a couple need editing, carry on to part 3.
3. Editing your photos
  • The majority of my pictures came out fine, but a few needed editing – the image that comes out of a polaroid camera is almost square, so if you’ve got portrait oriented photos that are taller than wide, it may end up chopping people’s heads off! Similarly if you’ve got photos where the subject isn’t in the middle, you may need to edit those.
  • Here’s one that has a lot of background to edit out. Open your original photo in your editing program, select an area slightly higher than it is wide, and crop the photo – it doesn’t matter that it’s not the exact shape of the polaroid, Poladroid will sort that out for you. Save your photo and pop it back through poladroid.

You’re done! I made around 150 of these, and it took me a couple of evenings.”

Thanks Pete x

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Simple but so effective! My Pom Pom tutorial.

Since having our wedding featured on Rock My Wedding (twice! In Part 1 and Part 2 – actually think this deserves a post on its own as I am pretty excited about this!), there were loads of comments and I received a few emails asking how to make the Pom Poms. Didn’t I say they were easy, looked ace and everyone loves them!

So I decided to write a little ‘How to’…

You need:

  • Eight sheets of tissue paper per Pom Pom (I used paper of size 75cm x 50cm but you can use any – this just determines the end size of your pom pom, the bigger the tissue paper, the bigger your pom pom!). You can use sheets of the same colour – or you can do a multi-coloured one if you like!
  • Florist Wire (I just bought some off the internet although I reckon string tied nice and tight would do the same job.)
  • Scissors
  • Nylon Thread (if you want them to look like they are floating! If not, string will do)
Instructions:
1. Get foldin’
Lay the eight sheets of tissue paper together on a flat surface. Starting at one end, fold the paper (all sheets) to roughly 3.5 to 4cm wide (this doesn’t have to be that accurate). Continue folding the paper like this, one way then the next, into concertina folds.
2.Get securin’
Once you have your paper all folded, wrap the florist wire or sting around the centre to secure it.
3.Get snippin’
Get you scissors and trim the ends so they are more rounded than square – you might get sore hands a little doing this as it can be a bit tricky cutting through the thickness of the folded paper! Don’t worry either if it is  not super neat as you can’t tell once they are all puffed out.
4.Get puffin’
Start in one side of the centre tie and open the folds out – a bit like a fan. This just makes the next bit a little easier.
Gently peel each layer of tissue paper open, away from the next layer until you have completed one side.
These can tear really easy – don’t worry too much though as you can’t see small tears once all the layers are puffed out.
 Do the same for the other side.
                                               
5.Get hangin’
Once all the layers are puffed out and you have made some final tweaks to the layers (imagine a hairdresser fluffing with your hair!) you are ready to tie the nylon thread or string where the centre is tied (I have used a purple ribbon in these photos just so you can see it better) – this is were florist wire might be easier to use.
Your pom poms are now ready to hang up!
I often find videos easier to use when it comes to tutorials, so here is the video that I used to help me make these the first time around – Making Martha Stewarts Pom Poms:

Tartan Toppers

I’m busy making some (very rushed) cake toppers as I have the girls coming over tomorrow to celebrate my friend Lindsay’s 30th. I have yet to make the cakes… I actually wanted to make similar things for cupcakes made for our wedding, but made little flags instead out of scraps. Pretty simple – I have added a very amateur ‘how to’ below.

Lovely Linz - cake topper and for real.

But, turns out, after the exciting events of this evening, we have another celebration! One of my best friends has just told me she is engaged! Woop –  didn’t I say I loved a good engagement, I can’t wait to hear the story.

After being with her partner for eight years (I think! It has been so long I have forgotten), she has had plenty of time to think about how she wants her wedding. And, having been friends since we were 11 (that’s a mighty 19 years, jeeze!) I think I know her pretty well so  I think hearing what she has in mind might not come as too much of a surprise but I still can’t wait!

I think it will be a different style to ours but I hope she still lets me make the tartan bunting we have previously discussed (I didn’t get the title ‘Creative Director’ amongst our group of friends/hen-do organising committee for nothing you know!).

How to make simple cake toppers

You need:

  • Cocktail sticks
  • Fabric Glue
  • Fabric – I used tartan – in keeping with the Scottish theme for the B2B (bride to be) and felt.
  • Scissors
I ended up making two different types: one for Linz and another for Laura.
Instructions:
  • Cut desired shape of cake topper – I used hearts cause a) we love Lindsay and b)engagements are obviously all about love. (You need two per topper)
  • I had printed some pictures of Lindsay’s face which I cut out and stuck on top of one of the pink felt hearts. I did the same for the tartan hearts, only this time cutting and sticking a heart shape piece of tartan fabric instead of the picture.
  • Then using the fabric glue, just sandwich a bit of the cocktail stick between the two bits of felt, leaving enough of the cocktail stick to poke into the top of the cupcake.
(Told you it was amateur!)

Tartan Toppers