How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)      When I visit my friends' homes for the first time, I always like to peep around (non-creepy peeping) and look at all their photographs, collections, and any special albums they may have. I LOVE IT. What's weird is that on the flip-side, I do feel sort of self-conscious displaying photos of us in our home. I don't know—it feels sorta weird. 

But after doing this project, I think I will definitely have more confidence displaying our family photos for the future because it totally changed our space! I instantly loved our entryway 10x more than I had in the past. It just feels more welcoming! 

Whether you are displaying photos of your family, or other special photos, this tutorial will help you make a plain black and white photo instantly more interesting, inviting and vibe-y. 

Today I'm here working with our longtime supporters Canon USA to share a simple method for cutting custom printed photo mats! 

How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)  Supplies Needed:
-mat board
-patterned paper to cover mat with
(I used two gift wraps from our shop and painted a large piece of art paper with watercolor paint for the third one.)
-spray adhesive or rubber cement
-X-Acto knife
-metal ruler
-cutting mat
-Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer

How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)First, print out your photos. B&W photos were pretty important for me on this project since I chose colorful mats. I didn't want it to look too busy. In addition to wanting the large 13x19 printouts, I used the PIXMA iP8720 here because of how well it captures contrast in the prints. It looks SO good! Dull B&Ws can be a real bummer.  

How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)Use your X-Acto knife and metal ruler to cut out your mat the size of your frame. Decide how wide you want your mat to be (I chose 3" for my mat) and measure that distance in from the edge of each side to create a smaller rectangle within your mat. Depending on how big your photos and frames are, you can adjust the mat width to whatever looks best. Cut out your smaller inner rectangle.

How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)   Spray the back of your patterned paper and the front of your mat with the spray adhesive, and carefully place one side on top of the other to adhere. Smooth out any bubbles.

How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)   Use the X-Acto knife and ruler again to cut away the excess paper from the mat. Then tape your photo in place behind the mat. Place the mat and photo into the frame, and you're ready to hang!

How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)     How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)     How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)     How to make a patterned photo mat! (click through for tutorial)     The cozy factor just skyrocketed in here! I really like how the textures mix and the colors work well with plants. My only regret is that I didn't do this two years ago! Thanks so much for reading. xo! Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions


Emma's (video) home tourToday I'm super excited to share a video tour of my home with you! We've been trying to find ways to be more candid and interactive with you guys, and one thought I had was, "Why not walk them through my house like I would a friend who's coming over for the first time?" And so, I did. This is sort of a different type of video for us, and I hope you enjoy it.

Throughout the video I mention a few DIYs from the blog. So I thought I'd share the links to all those as well as my past room tours:

Quotation Mark Bookends
Small Gallery Wall
Large Gallery Wall
Wooden Coffee Table
Brass Side Tables
Kitchen String Art
Dining Room Table
Kitchen Pegboard
Sleepover Headboard
Standing Desk
Macrame Curtain
Photo Decoupage Furniture
Photo Booth Strip Wall Art
Photo to Wood Transfer

Living Room Tour
Dining Room Tour
Kitchen Tour
Bedroom Tour
Home Office Tour
Guest Bedroom Tour

Hopefully, if you have a question, some of them might be answered in these posts. But, you're always welcome to ask me anything in the comments as well. Thanks for coming along for my ramble-y home tour. :) xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson.

One pot creamy broccoli pasta (via  It's official. I'm addicted to one pot pastas. It's easy. It's pasta. Dinner's ready so quick. It's pasta. Easy to clean up after. It's pasta.

Did I mention it's pasta? Guys, I LOVE PASTA!

One pot creamy broccoli pasta (via   If you haven't heard, one pot pasta is a THING. Type that into Pinterest and you'll get about 1.5 million results (OK maybe not quite that many, but a lot). I first got hooked a few years ago when I tried out this one. And I've been into it ever since. In fact, if you like red wine (who doesn't?!), you should check this one out too while you're at it. 

One pot creamy broccoli pasta (via    One Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta, serves 2-3.

9 oz. fettuccine (I used Bertolli—the fresh kind found in the refrigerated section)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups seafood stock
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
salt + pepper to taste
chopped parsley for garnish

First, sauté the garlic in the butter and olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Then add the noodles, stock, milk and broccoli. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer for 8-9 minutes. Remove the lid and allow to cook for another 8-9 minutes until the liquid has mostly evaporated/absorbed into the noodles and broccoli. Toss in the cheese during this last 8-9 minutes of cooking.

One pot creamy broccoli pasta (via        As you could probably tell from the photo before the pasta is cooked, I used a fresh (store bought) pasta. You could easily use a dry pasta instead, but you may need to cook the dish covered for an additional 2-3 minutes as fresh pasta cooks a little faster than dry.

One pot creamy broccoli pasta (via and then season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a little chopped parsley and some more grated cheese and enjoy! xo. Emma

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

How to install drawer knobs as wall hooksWhen you live in a small space, nothing beats the joy of vertical storage! I'm always finding wall space to hang things on, but typically am not fan of hooks mounted on a backboard. So I thought I would make some hooks that mount directly to the wall—no backboard required!

This project is very simple. It's easy to transform drawer knobs to useful wall hooks by changing out the screws and utilizing drywall anchors. They're cute, streamlined, and totally practical.

How to use drawer knobs as wall hooks, without using a back board. So cute and practical!Tools:
-power drill
-hammer (not pictured)

-drawer knobs (I used these big and these smaller wooden ones.)
-#10 2" hanger bolts—this size worked for my knobs, but you will want to verify by comparing the screws that come with your knobs to the hanger bolt diameter.
-12-14-16 ribbed plastic anchors (The one shown above is the incorrect size. I used the ones I linked to.)
-primer and paint (optional)
-masking tape (optional)

How to use drawer knobs as wall hooks, without using a back board. So cute and practical!Step One: Use pliers or locking vice grips to screw hanger bolts into the holes of your drawer knobs, making sure you have the right size hanger bolts for a very tight fit. These hanger bolts worked for my drawer knobs, but if they're too loose for yours, you can find larger ones at the hardware store. Also, if you're using wooden knobs, you can use a drill to make the hole a bit bigger to accommodate larger hanger bolts. Just be sure you have drywall anchors that will fit the larger hanger bolts.

Note: Be sure to only grip the non-threaded part of your hanger bolt with the pliers or you will strip the screw. If you don't have a non-threaded part on your hanger bolts, then you can twist two nuts together onto the threaded part and grip the nuts to twist the hanger bolts into place.

Step Two: If you aren't using pre-finished knobs, stain or prime and paint your knobs the color of your choice. I had considered staining these beautiful wooden knobs, but in the end I decided on a sleeker, more streamlined look that matched the trim and wall color of my room.

How to use drawer knobs as wall hooks, without using a back board. So cute and practical!Step Three: Arrange your knobs according to your liking on the wall. I attached the front of mine to the wall using masking tape, just to get a feel for how they would look before committing to their placement. Then, drill a hole ever so slightly smaller than the diameter of your drywall anchors. My drywall anchors suggested using a 5/16 drill bit.

Step Four: Use a hammer to tap the drywall anchors into the holes. If an anchor begins to crush rather than sink into place, your hole is too small. Drill it one step larger and try again.

How to use drawer knobs as wall hooks, without using a back board. So cute and practical!Step Five: Screw the knobs into the wall anchors. Because of the drywall anchors, your knobs will be very secure and will hold up to the weight of the items you'll most likely be hanging on them without pulling away from the drywall.

Just don't get crazy and start hanging 50 pound weights from these little guys.

Cute wall storage ideasThe wooden knobs I chose have a wide enough front that they nicely accommodate thicker items like jackets, multiple scarves, and purse straps. 

How to use drawer knobs as wall hooks, without using a back board. So cute and practical!It would be fun to do this project with multi-colored knobs or decorative antique knobs too! It's so easy to customize to your personal style and home. -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Spring, Valentine, and Stella from the Signature Collection.

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          If you've been swept up by the weaving craze that's taken over the Internet the past few years, then you are not alone. If you are also one of those people that has really good intentions of doing your own weaving, but know it's probably never going to happen due to skill level/time commitment/fill-in-any-other-excuse-here, then I've got something I think you'll be into. Last year I did a project that I like to call "a cheater's tapestry weaving" and made a large wall hanging for the office. I was so surprised at how easy it was and how quickly something that large could be made, so when I recently saw a pillow that incorporated hanging yarn into the design, I thought it would be fun to try the same "cheater weaving" technique on a pillow as well. Turns out, it is fun, really easy, and goes even faster on a pillow than a rug. So it's the perfect Saturday afternoon project. 

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          Supplies:
-loose weave woven pillow (I used this one)*
-thick yarn in various colors
-small crochet hook
-fabric scissors

*When finding a pillow to use, look for a weave that's loose enough to get a small crochet hook through. Something that has a textured burlap type of weave and look is probably your best bet.

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          First, plan out how you want your finished pillow to look (make a sketch if that helps). Plan out your color chunks and what angles you want to cut into the yarn at the end. Cut your yarn pieces double the length you want them to hang (with a little extra for safety). If you aren't sure what angles you want to cut into your yarn, just make them all extra long and decide after you've attached your yarn lines.

To weave into the pillow, push your hook away from you and up through a horizontal pillow thread. Loop the middle of your yarn string around the hook as shown above.

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          Pull your hook back through the horizontal pillow thread towards you about 1", or so you have a 1" loop. Place the tails of your yarn down through the loop and pull to tighten the knot. That's it! 

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          Just keep doing that motion across the pillow as far as you want to go and switch yarn colors as needed. Overlap colors by doing another color of yarn directly above a previous color, but just a few rows higher on the pillow.

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          When you're done with your blocks of color, use your scissors to trim off the ends of the yarn to create either a straight line or an angled line. If you do an angled line, I like to cut the first and last string to the right height, then cut the middle string to be a length between those two, and then keep cutting each strand longer or shorter from the middle outwards. 

The nice thing about this DIY (other than how fast it is) is that if you make a mistake or continue your line too far, you can simply pull out the yarn and no harm is done. I decided at the end of mine to add a few black pieces in the middle of the white, and it was really easy to undo those white knots and replace them with a different color.

So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)          So cute! yarn fringe pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)           I think the new colored woven fringe give the pillow such a playful vibe compared to what it looked like before. If you have more than one pillow to do, you could repeat the same pattern, do a different one all together, or reverse the pattern so they mirror each other when placed on the same couch or bed. It may look like the fringe is fussy, but if the strands do get a bit out of place after use, just give them a quick comb with your fingers in a downward direction and all is well again. I'm all for quick and easy ways to spruce up a pillow and add some personality to a cozy chair or couch, so I think this project is a win all around! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.


Check out our new product line,
Photoshop Actions and E-Courses!

Back to Top