Confession time: I am a picture junkie. Everyone in my family jokes about the fact that I always have a camera of some sort on me. If we’re at the park, I’m capturing that moment when the swing reaches it’s highest peek. At home, I’m all about candid shots at unexpected moments. And during the holiday season? Well, I’m always ready to capture those special moments that I will treasure for years to come.
So needless to say, taking the perfect picture has never been my problem. However, remembering to turn that picture into something amazing has been a little more difficult for me. You see, I take all these amazing pictures but somehow I forget to print them out. Then the next time I’m out taking pictures, I realize my memory is full on my phone and sadly delete the shot that was perfection in order to make more room for that next image that I just have to capture.
But this holiday season, I’m doing things differently. After taking perfect shots that I’m determined to turn into amazing gifts only to discover that I can’t find them later, I’m switching things up and not only capturing moments that are memorable but turning them into perfect canvas gifts that rival the expensive ones you order in stores at only a fraction of the cost. And did I happen to mention they’re oh, so much more fun to make?
Before I could turn my perfect pictures into amazing gifts, I had to figure out an effective way to get them off on my phone or tablet. I knew that most of the special moments I capture aren’t in my home where I can quickly run to my computer, download the image and send it to my printer. So instead of risking losing those shots, I found the perfect way to print them immediately with my fabulous new HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner from Walmart!
After picking up my amazing printer in the electronics section, I headed home to let the hubs install it in my office and get it working properly.
I have to say I was expecting installation to take a lot of time and put a hold on my crafting fun but within ten minutes, he had the printer up, loaded with original HP ink which prints twice as many high quality print as generic ink and ready to go.
After his installation was complete, all I had to do was download the HP app onto my smartphone, wait for the perfect moment to present itself and click away! In that instant where my kids were actually getting along and looking quite cute if I do say so myself, I was able to not only snap the perfect shot but also send it directly to my new printer without waiting to get home!
Seconds after pushing the print button a beautiful, bright picture began to come out of my printer and I knew I had found the perfect way to stop losing memories on my phone and instead turn then into something amazing!
Once my image was printed out, I couldn’t believe how great it looked and how simple it had been to take a memory from my phone and turn it into a print that was visually stunning. But I wasn’t done with my transformation yet. Because as I looked at my phone and looked at my print, I just knew that this picture could become the perfect wall canvas to gift to grandparents this holiday season.
I quickly grabbed out a variety of canvas sizes and some Mod Podge Matte and got to work turning my picture into an wall worthy work of art. To start with I covered the entire surface of my canvas with a thick layer of Mod Podge.
Next, I selected the image that was the appropriate size and placed it on top of my canvas.
I pushed my picture down gently to avoid any air bubbles and then I repeated to process with my other pictures, allowing them to dry completely so they were securely attached to the canvas.
Once my pictures were dry, I needed to do a little trimming. While I had tried to match the sizes of my canvases as closely as possible, there was a little overlapping so I just flipped my canvas over and used a razor to trim away the overlapping pieces.
With my pictures perfectly prepared, I added another thick coat of Mod Podge over each picture, keeping my sponge strokes all going the same way. I wanted to ensure that the image would look fabulous for years to come so I really went thick with the Mod Podge knowing that it would dry clear.
Next, I wanted to give the image a textured look (much like prints that are actually on canvas look) so I took a second canvas, flipped it over and laid it over the top of my wet image.
After pushing it down gently to ensure that I was able to achieve texture over the entire image, I gently removed the blank canvas and was left with a textured look in my wet Mod Podge.
I left my images where they were and allowed them to dry for about five hours so that they would be completely sealed.
Once they were dry and didn’t feel sticky to the touch, I used some black paint to cover the sides of the canvas, creating a uniform look that completed my craft perfectly.
I let the paint soak into the canvas a little and didn’t worry about making it perfect so that it had the rustic feel that I have adored in canvas images for so long.
After allowing my paint to dry, my picture canvas was complete! Boasting the clarity that only the HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner delivers, my image that would have been lost on my phone was saved to perfection in a form that was perfect for gifting or keeping myself.
Since my original goal had been to give the grandmas an unforgettable Christmas gift, I added a bow to each of my canvases along with a printable gift tag and set them under the tree.
Now I know that on Christmas morning I’ve got the perfect gift that will help both grandmas remember a moment in time when my boys were filled with the Christmas spirit. And because they can easily display these beautiful pictures on their wall, even as my kids age they will be able to save a special memory in an unique way.
This holiday season, I encourage you to turn your memories into something magical. Start by printing them out on the HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner from Walmart and then get creative and turn them into a perfect way to save and display favorite memories for years to come. If you’re anything like me, once you start rescuing your favorite memories from getting lost in your phone and begin turning them into beautiful prints you can enjoy for years to come, you might just discover you need more wall room to display all the precious moments!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m turning my favorite memories into something special, I’d love to hear how you would use the HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner to create a memorable Christmas gift!