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Picture-Perfect Projects

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

It's a snap to turn your favorite photographs into original home accents. Thanks to the ever-growing field of photo crafting, pictures can be enjoyed on throw pillows, tote bags, and more.

Images taken with a digital camera are particularly easy to transfer onto photo-ready material, including fabric and magnetic paper. But even traditional photographs -- including those that have been tucked away in a shoebox under your bed for years -- can be scanned into a computer and transformed into accents around the house.

All you need to get started are a computer, basic photo-editing software, and an ink-jet or photo printer. After uploading or scanning your images into the computer, use the editing software to format them to the desired appearance, playing with size, color, and composition. Then follow our how-tos for some simple projects below, or apply the same techniques to your own creations.

Photo Enhancements 101
Picture Pillow
Personalized Magnets and Tins
Photo Magazine Holders
Photograph Jewelry
Personalized Tote Bag

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