Lights, camera, action! The first step in making our own home theater.

Well hello everyone!  Yes, yes, it has been a while since my last posting.  Needless to say the last month of my life has been more hectic than I could have ever imagined.  Both Dan and I have started new jobs, we bought a house, sold our previous home (twice!) and, to top it off, I am finishing up graduate school in the midst of it all.  And while I would love to give you an update of how everything in our house is going, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer.  At least until we finish with the basic upgrades.

However, I have severely missed my craft time.  So tonight I made my way over to my favorite craft store and fought the desire to blow my entire paycheck.  Luckily, I was successful.

As you know, my decorative style is quite rustic.  However, upon buying our new house we decided to kick it up a notch.  One of our favorite things to is host movie nights, and I have always dreamed of having my own home movie theater.  While that may be a long time in the making, I have officially made my first step in the decorative process.

Admit One: Ticket Shadow Box

As many of you may know, I am a very sentimental person.  I cannot tell you how many small trinkets I have held onto over the years simply because they help some small amount of emotional significance for me.

Lucky for me, a midst our moving I stumbled  upon a treasure trove of such memories when I found all of my Harry Potter movie tickets (nerdy I know, but I am proud of it!).  These sparked my interest and served as the inspiration to DIY our first decoration for our eventual home movie theater!

As with all of my Hobby Lobby trips, I go nuts over their 50% off sales.  Fortunately enough for me, everything I purchased tonight was on sale, making what would have been a $40 trip only $20!  Armed with only a shadow box and some scrapbooking supplies, I was ready.

Because our basement is red and black, I decided to keep with the theater colored theme.  I used a red velvet scrapbook paper to create a contrasting backdrop and add noticeable depth to the shadowbox.

After tracing and cutting the paper to fit the frame, I used sewing pins to attach the paper to the frame.  This eliminated any damage tape may have caused in case I someday decide to change the background.
After placing all of my old movie/concert tickets inside the shadow box, I added some last minute touches using some scrapbooking decorations.


Needless to say, the final product turned out great!  No longer will my old tickets sit gathering dust.  After only spending ten minutes working on it, I now have a fabulous shadow box to house those sentimental items while, at the same time, serving as a beautiful decoration to start my home theater.



Be on the lookout for more updates on our new home, jobs and life!

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