Pointless Project Time!

It’s Sunday night, and I’m watching old episodes of The X-Files and trying not to snack.  This scenario is nothing new — I’ve found myself in these exact circumstances a shameful amount of times since high school — but I’ve recently developed an excellent method for dealing with said snacking problem.

I call it POINTLESS PROJECT TIME!

Pointless Projects are crafts that require the use of my hands and a small amount of concentration — not enough to distract me from Agent Mulder’s tantalizingly pouty lips, of course, but enough that I’m able to banish the visions of cookies dancing in my head.  I thought I’d put together a little photo tutorial of tonight’s project in case anyone else is having difficulty keeping their hands out of the cookie jar.

May I present, The Fake Polaroid!

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Yeah, I know, my dad was a babe. Gross.

Ages ago I made some nice colour copies of a few of my favourite old family photos.  You know, those classic 70’s/early 80’s ones that were square with the round edges?  Well, over years of love the edges of said copies got a bit dog-eared.  Instead of throwing them out, I thought I would try and make them displayable again.

Want to join in?  All you need are some old photos, a piece of thick-ish white paper, scissors and glue (actually, Mod Podge is the best).

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Grandma was a rolling stone.

Cut your photo into a square shape.  When that’s done, you’ll want to cut the white paper into a rectangle that’s sliiiightly wider than your photo and a good deal taller.  See above.

Once you’re finished cutting, get out your glue/Mod Podge.  Flip your photo over and slap some on there.

Don't eat the glue! What do you think this is, kindergarten?
Don’t eat the glue! What do you think this is, kindergarten?

I confess that after this nice tidy photo of me using a brush to unsuccessfully spread the glue,I decided to try using my fingers.  This method was more successful, but resulted in a rather … sticky situation (GROAN!).  Whatever glue-spreading technique you choose, just make sure the glue is spread on every bit of the paper so that you don’t get flappy edges later.  And then wash your hands, or that photo is going to become a permanent appendage.

Before the glue dries up (but after you wash those hands!), flip the photo over, carefully line ‘er up like a Polaroid (even spaces on the sides and top, bigger space on the bottom) and stick ‘er!

Is it just me, or does this photo make it look like grandma's lifting up her skirts and showing some leg?
Is it just me, or does this photo make it look like grandma’s lifting up her skirts and showing some leg?

Let it dry for a bit, and then, if you’re using Mod Podge like the cool kids, give it a light glaze for that Polaroid shine!

She bought this bike in her 50's, possibly to embarrass my dad into quitting racing...
She bought this bike in her 50’s, possibly to embarrass my dad into quitting racing…

And there you have it, kids!  Once you’ve found a suitable place to display your photos (locker door, bulletin board, refrigerator or similar), you can do what I did — cover your hand in Mod Podge and peel it off!  Rather than posting a photo of that (it’s as disgusting as it is fun!), I’ll leave you with a picture of Mulder’s aforementioned pouty lips:

Great, now I'm hungry again...
Great, now I’m hungry again…

Happy Pointless Projecting, friends!

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