Day 1 Class: Creative Cabins

by Camp Counselor Megan Hoeppner

Welcome to your cabin, Camper! This, the place where you'll rest your creative head after a long day of paper play, is an important piece of your camp experience. Therefore, we want it to inspire and comfort you. After all, we don't want any homesick campers. And, what better way to make your surroundings feel like a home than with a few happy projects? In this class, we'll discover quick ideas for dressing up the walls of your space, inspired by home, sweet home . . . errr, make that cabin, sweet cabin!

 

#1: Add Some Flavor with a Frame

While you're away at camp, display photos you love in decorated frames. This idea takes only minutes to do and is guaranteed to make the wall above your bunk look brighter. Simply purchase a frame with an included mat and cover that mat with your favorite patterned paper and embellishments.

 

Flavorful Frame by Megan Hoeppner

Flavorful Frame by Megan Hoeppner. Supplies Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Trim: Martha Stewart Crafts; Button and felt flower: Creative Imaginations; Frame: IKEA; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

 

Keep these tips in mind when creating your frame:

Tip: Keep the main focus on your pictures by making them black and white. Patterned paper is oftentimes colorful and bold, which will compete with colored photographs. Using B&W photos gives you a nice balance.

 

Tip: Cover the reverse side of the mat instead of the front, which is oftentimes cut in at a slight angle. Doing this, you can easily turn the mat over and use the original option if you're ever looking for a change.

 

Tip: Don't be afraid of color. This is a simple way to add a splash of color to your space without overpowering any room. Wanting some pink on the walls in my craft room, I did this with various pieces of paper, rather than painting an entire wall in my favorite hue.

 

 

framed wall by Megan Hoeppner

 

 

 

 

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creative frames
Thanks for the tips. The only layouts I've framed are a matching set; one frame holds a layout with a photo of my husband and I on our wedding day; the other holds a layout with a photo of my parents and then another photo of his parents on their wedding days! I love how they turned out! They hang in my dining room.
Pen Cups
I got that cute pen-cup shelf from Pottery Barn several years ago. I'm not sure if they still sell it or not. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and be sure to let you know if I happen upon anything similar downt the road. Thanks for the comments, all. I love that you're creating your own frames and making those walls of yours smile! :)
Looks like fun!
I have four boys and I've taken a picutre of each of them in a hooded towel around 6 months or so. They are in blk&wht, so I'll give it a go! Can't wait!
Pen cups
I love the pictures too, but what caught my eye in the last photo was the cute shelf with glass cups that hold your pens and scissors.. Where did you get those? They look awesome for any scrap room!
Memo Board
I already purchased a cork memo board to hang in my room but I never thought of covering it with fabric. What a great idea! thank you
Fun fun fun
I am going to give these to my daughter for her new dorm/apartment!
Love this room!
The wall art in conjunction with the frames is gorgeous!
Great Ideas!!!
I love the picture frames. They are so adorable! I wish my scrapbook room was that organized and clean! Great ideas! Thanks counselor!
Cork rounds
The cork rounds are for setting planters on (or hot cooking pots) so try a garden section at a home improvement store, or maybe walmart/target in the kitchen stuff area?
Any other place than Ikea for the cork???
Oh my, I LOVE the fabric memo board idea. I run a girls club and we are going on a day camp in September and I am thinking of really doing this craft with them. I have to find the cork though and the nearest Ikea is a whole hour away. Anbody know another store that might carry these round corks?
Great idea
I wish I had bought those frames in Ikea
Love the ideas
Thanks for the post about decorating with the frames. I am currently moving my SB room and trying to decide the color scheme. This will definitely help!
Good tip. Good times.
The IKEA tip rocked!! I didn't think of that!!! Thank you
Great Project!!
It is sooo simple yet sooo effective!!! thanx!!
So Inspiring!
This is gorgeous project. I cannot wait to do this project.
awesome!
I totally LOVE this!
love it!
Some paper is so pretty, i have often thought of hanging it on the wall alone
wicked cute idea!
What a cute and coloful idea for frames!
This is a great idea to use in the grandchildren's bunk room...I have been looking for somethings simple, but with a wow factor!
so very fun
so many wonderful ideas in just the first day!!
Luv the look
I love the frames. I've got some new pics of DD and me. But I've never really liked myself in B & W. Maybe I'll look better with a colorful mat.
Great ideas..
Thanks so much
Now that I found you...
I'm having so much fun. What great ideas. I want to do the frames for my granddaughters room.
So happy you're enjoying these ideas, sweet campers! Thanks for the wonderful and encouraging feedback. To answer a common question, the wall fourishes are from Vinyl Wall Art, one of my favorite sources for wall vinyl--www.vinylwallart.com. My cute pal Holly owns the business and does all of their artwork. If you get some, please tell her "hello" for me. ;)
I just LOVE how the pink pops against the neutral beige wall. I'd like to know if the white swirls are from a rub-on sheet, stamped, or hand painted? What a nice touch of accent. :)
i found it
at last i found it, can't believe how hard it is to find things!
Cute idea!!
Can't wait to try it!!
I love this!
Adorable!
VERY COOL!!
I plan to copy these ideas for my craft area walls. Thanks for the great ideas!
Great ideas
Thanks for these great ideas!
LOVE it!!!
I am going to be repainting my house here soon {one room at a time} & this will be great to display our FUN family pics! Thanks for the great idea!
Wonderful idea
Love the look of this. I need some pictures on my craft room walls and this would be a great addition!
Great idea!
This looks really fun. Can't wait to try it.
Beautiful!
Love your framed creations, Megan! I bet you're loving that splash of pink in your craft room! BTW- how/what did you use to make the neat corner flourishes?
Happy Camper
All of your ideas are making me a very, happy camper! Working on a frame right now!
Adorable
I love them all! What a great idea!
these are great ideas...
Totally love the cork!
I love the cork message board idea. I've even got some cork tiles that will work perfectly! Gonna have to try this one!
Luv it, Such a great idea. Cute Jars by the way.
inspiring
simple ideas for creativity that don't take a lot of time or money. thanks
Cabin Decor
I love these ideas. I love primitive country decor. I am thinking of making the frames a little worn looking to go with that type of decor.
Love all these ideas...

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