Today I'm trying out something new for fun - I'm pulling back the curtains and giving you a behind-the-scenes view of the craziness that is Design Improvised!
While I love coming up with simple DIY projects for you guys - the journey from the initial idea to final step-by-step tutorial is anything but straightforward. Throw a 3 and 4 year old into the mix and the process is often downright comical. ;)
So today I'm sharing the inspiration, trial and error, and messy process that went into a recent DIY - my neon sticker back-to-school balloons!
You know I love balloon DIYs so I'm constantly thinking of new things I can slap on a balloon! I always keep couple packs of bright office supply labels on hand - they are handy for kids' crafts, decorating packages, etc. I first tried them out on balloons months ago for a photo shoot for the girls' outdoor playroom, but it was too windy that day so we had to scrap them.
I had initially tried the large rectangle labels (they reminded me of giant sprinkles on the balloon!). Once I saw that they worked well I picked up a couple different sized neon dots at the office supply store. I kept this idea on the back burner for a couple months until I realized they would be perfect for the back-to-school season.
One of the hardest parts for me isn't coming up with an idea, but getting a great shot of the final product (my photography is a constant area of improvement). For balloons in particular, I have a hard time finding a good background. I thought a chalkboard backdrop would be fun for these back-to-school balloons, so I decided to try the only chalkboard surface in my house - the side of my file cabinet:
Unfortunately this required tearing apart my whole office in order to pull out the file cabinet to get enough light and have enough room to shoot the photo!