Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful MessHey, friends!! This morning we wanted to update you on the results of this recent contest we hosted with Canon USA, where we got to give away a new printer, $1,000, and a little visit from us. It's not every day that we get to visit a blog reader's home and help them make over a wall. We had SO much fun! 

The winner of our contest was Katie Thierjung. She's a college student with an incredible Instagram and super cute Etsy shop. We immediately loved Katie's whole aesthetic and begged her to use some of her own photos in her gallery wall. 

Here's a photo of Katie's bedroom before: 

BeforeShe made us a pin board with a lot of inspiration, and then we pitched her three ideas to choose from. One was a crazy tissue fringe covered wall, one was an abstract painted wall, and the last was a classic gallery wall. Katie chose the gallery wall and after really knowing her space, I think she made the right choice! It turned out so fresh and nice. 

Before we arrived, Katie did a few updates she had already been wanting to do, painting her walls white and replacing her bed with a sofa bed. It brightened the space up and served her function as a bedroom and workspace for her design work. 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess We started with a few fun prints from past Happy Mail boxes. Emma and I raided our stashes at home and brought a bunch of pieces for Katie to choose from. 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess  Next, we printed a bunch of Katie's Instagram photos using the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer that she won in the contest. It's a wide format printer and very useful for a gallery wall project like this. It's crazy how good the quality is when you've only seen a photo TINY on Instagram. Her photos looked incredible blown up. 

You can also see here that we used colorful poster board to trace all the frame sizes, and then we hung them in place to make sure the spacing looked right. 


Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess   Here we are halfway through the hanging process. 

Here's a video where you can see a time lapse of pretty much our whole day! 


Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess    SUCCESS! This gallery wall made a huge impact, and we had it done before sunset – wooooo!!! 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess      Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess      Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess      What a fun day! High fives all around. xx- Elsie + Emma 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Instax Mini ScrapbookHey, guys! Happy Sunday! I wanted to share kind of a random scrapbook project I made this week, just for fun!

As many of you have noticed, I haven't scrapbooked for a bit. Honestly, it's been almost a year since my stuff has been in boxes (yes, a lot of my crafty stuff is STILL in boxes), and I've been so busy with other projects I haven't given it much thought.

With that said, we made a lot of really special memories this year, so I wanted to try a new way of quickly printing them out and throwing them into a little photo album. This week I've been printing out a ton of photos from my iPhone using this really cute novelty printer. It prints your iPhone photos onto Instax film. Because as much as I LOVE my Instax camera, I hardly ever think to carry it around, especially during travel. I actually really only use it during nighttime parties (party pix vibes!) 

Instax Mini Scrapbook  So basically, you sync your smartphone with this little printer and you can print out any photos from your phone onto Instax film (the exact same film you use in the Instax camera). It comes in rainbow too

Instax Mini Scrapbook So I printed out a bunch of random memories from this past year and a half. Then I threw them all into this cute pink Instax photo album. I used a few stickers and embellishments that came from Happy Mail and Messy Box as well. 

Instax Mini Scrapbook   Here's a few pics of my finished album! 

It was really fun and REALLY easy to put together in one afternoon. However, I will say that the quality is not NEARLY as good as what I'm used to (with our Canon printers). I think it's OK since this is a novelty printer, and I have my photos saved/printed other places. It's basically just like an instant photo, imperfect in sort of a cool/artsy way.

Instax Mini Scrapbook    Instax Mini Scrapbook    Instax Mini Scrapbook    Instax Mini Scrapbook    I always love getting an album done... even when it's a little mini one like this! It'll be on my coffee table if anyone wants to see it! ;) 

Oh! And I had some extra film, so I just kept printing more and more fun/random photos and displayed them in this little basket in my living room. Feels REALLY GOOD to be filling out our home with memories and personal details. 

Have a great Sunday my friends! xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Oui FreshEmma and I are so thrilled to share our newest project with you today! On May 16th we will launch Oui Fresh

Oui Fresh     Oui Fresh will be a curated collection of t-shirts, apparel and accessories. Basically a shop full of things we LOVE and want to wear – a total dream come true for us! 

We're partnering with Hello Merch to print our t-shirts! A few weeks ago we had a chance to visit their warehouse and printing factory in Arizona to see our shirts actually being printed! Partnering with Hello Merch was a no-brainer for us. We've both been wearing Hello Apparel shirts for years and years and have always been impressed with both their level of quality and their ethics as a brand. 

Here are a few sneak peeks– 

Oui Fresh Oui Fresh Oui Fresh Oui Fresh Oui Fresh All of these t-shirts, sunnies and bags will be available on May 16th!!!!! 

Alright, guys!! If you want to keep seeing sneak peeks leading up to May 16th, follow Oui Fresh on Instagram.

Love you guys and thank you for your support! 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Wallpaper shelves (via abeautifulmess.com) Wallpaper shelves Thought I'd share a little peek into some of the decor updates I've been working on in my dining room. First off let me just say, I LOVE our dining room. It's not exactly a formal dining room in that it's not separated into its own space by walls and a door, but is rather part of a big open living area that has our kitchen, a living room, my office, and our dining room. Check out my empty home tour to get a better of idea if that doesn't make sense. 

I love that we can fit a large dining room table, seating 6 to 8 easily in this space. It's great for entertaining – I even hosted my family for Christmas this past year and LOVED having so much space to entertain in. I also love that it has a few large windows on one wall, making it feel bright and inviting (or vibe-y at night). And I love the shelves/extra counter space that we mostly use as a bar area and glass storage but could also become a small buffet counter for casseroles or other dishes at a big dinner event. 

Can you tell I'm excited to host in this space?!?Diningroom shelvesHere's a (blurry) photo of the dining room just after we bought the house. Although I loved the space, I wasn't in love with the black, distressed look of the cabinets. The upper cabinet doors weren't really my style, and the light fixture also wasn't exactly my taste either. 

First, we had all the cabinets painted white. We've done a lot of painting ourselves in the house, but I did hire a professional to paint our cabinets as they are much more labor intensive if you do them right (taking off all the doors and hardware, etc.). This made a HUGE difference to the space. But after living with it for a couple of months, I decided that I just didn't like the upper cabinet doors, mainly the arched glass. I thought about just getting new, plain cabinet doors or even having something made out of acrylic. But in the end I decided that open shelving was more my taste and worked better for us functionally because we store most of our "pretty" glassware here, and this makes it even easier for us or guests to find and grab and make  a drink. So, I had the doors taken off. The way they were installed meant losing some inside support beams, so we added support brackets under the shelves in similar colors. You can kind of see this behind me holding that birthday cake in the photo above. 

Trey and I really loved how the open shelving turned out. My only thought was that it felt a little plain. Many of our glasses and items on the shelves only took up about half of the height, so I thought about adding some kind of risers or something to create a better visual look. But then I got it in my head that I wanted to add wallpaper or some kind of painted design to the back of the shelves. 

Wallpaper shelves   It took me a while to finally commit to a wallpaper. The space we were covering wasn't large, so I wasn't super concerned about the cost. But I didn't want something too busy, or too colorful, or too trendy, or wait... maybe I do?! 

Yeah, choosing wallpaper is tough! I basically had about 10 I was considering, narrowed it down to 4, and then bought samples and taped them up in the shelves to try visualize what it would be like. 

In the end I chose Hands by Pottock that Laura also loves (see here). It is fairly busy in its design, but being black and white kind of works for our space as it helps to blend in with the white support brackets and works with all the glassware that is stored here (or at least I think so). 

Wallpaper shelvesI realized that buying a roll would leave me with quite a bit of extra paper. And I thought, waste not, want not....

Wallpaper backsplash Wallpaper backsplashSo I had the remaining wallpaper from the roll installed in the bar seating area of our kitchen – and I might like it even more than the shelves! 

Thanks for letting me share a little peek into our dining room decor. I'm still working on a few things in this space. One is I'm still trying to figure out how to best display our glassware on the shelves. Any tips? I'll share more as we finish it up, including my light fixture. :) xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)           It's no secret that I love my cats. Like, love love them. Like one-whisker-shy-of-throwing-them-cat-birthday-parties kind of love if you know what I mean. They both sleep with me every night too, which is one of my favorite things in the world (Mac, the white guy, stays close to my chest, and Charlie, the grey gal, snoozes by my feet). Since I travel rather often to see my traveling husband, I always miss my little babes at nighttime the most. So I thought it would be fun to make a pair of pet PJs to help me feel like they are always with me!

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)We teamed up on this post with our longtime supporters and friends over at Canon USA, who have just been so amazing to work with over the years. Specifically, we're using the Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer, which is perfect for crafts like this. It handles iron-on paper really well!

-iron on transfer sheets (make sure to pick the ones for light or dark fabric based on your pajamas)
-plain pajamas (I used these)
-photo printer
-Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!) First you'll want to pick which pet photos you want on your PJs. I picked two photos of each cat that were slightly different for variation but still had them mostly facing forward. I cropped the pictures close around their faces, used the eraser tool a bit to erase more (which you don't have to do if you don't have that Photoshop skill, just crop close), and copy/pasted as many photos as I could fit onto another page. Make sure to reverse the page so they look right when transferred! Print your cat faces onto your iron on transfer sheets.

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)  Use scissors to cut out your faces and place them onto your pajamas so you can see which faces you want in which spots. Flip the faces ink side down. Use your iron and follow the directions on the iron on transfer packaging to attach the faces to the material.

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)   Once the faces are cool, carefully peel off the plastic backing and you're ready to wear your new pajamas!

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)     Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)     Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)         How adorable are these pajamas (or should I say "PAW-jamas")??? They kind of have that kitschy feel of the shirts and leggings that have the celebrities plastered all over them (like Ryan Gosling and Justin Beiber) but in a much more personal way. Now I can keep my kitties with me when I travel or just double up on the cuteness factor when I'm snoozing at home. Either way, I think I'll sleep purrrr-fectly! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions


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