When I started this project on January 1, 2012 I mentally prepared for 365 posts, following a weekday project and weekend photo framework. I seriously contemplated taking today off (2.29.2012)! Energy ran low and it seemed logical to skip the day that is usually not part of the calendar. However… I remembered my great collection of leaping photos. The girls (and their friends) are very cooperative and patient with my need to snap joyful jumping photos – no matter where they are or what they are wearing (fancy dresses? they still jump!). So how could I ruin the streak just because I was stalked by a lazy pattern in my day? The fun and functional project was percolating in my mind and came to fruition while watching Modern Family.
I started with this packet of push pins that have been in the “makeover” bin for a long time…. I decided to convert them to leap pins.
I inserted several beloved photos on a blank document in Word adjusting the photo size to be the approximate size necessary for the round one inch project. I printed the page on my desktop Epson printer. I traced the frame of each push pin on the photo image with a pencil and trimmed the image with scissors (I wish I had a one inch punch as it would make perfect circles!). Using Mod Podge I applied each image to the push pin and used it as a sealer / top coat. These put the fun in functional.