Have you guys seen this video? I almost spit coffee all over my screen the first time I heard it.
I mean, its like shes singing my life! If you haven’t watched it already, go, Ill wait here…
I usually have three or four “works in progress” going at any given time. I am currently crocheting a blanket, making some tissue paper stars, growing a DIY veggie garden in a DIY greenhouse, lets just say I may have a bit of a Pin-diction. Starting a project is never the hard part, but finishing it often is, most of my works in progress are destined to remain that way forever, or at least until I harvest them for supplies for my next crafting fix!
This project however, I finished in a single sitting ( unheard of, I know).
I think its partly because travel is one of my favorite things in the world to do, and I love looking back at our trips, at photos and little trinkets that we collected on our adventures, but I hate that most of them are stored away. I wanted to find a way to display my little memories, but without clutter.
I hate clutter in the same way I love travel. So when I came across this pin, I knew I would try it.
Unfortunately, when I tried clicking on the Pin for instructions, I ended up in a never ending series of redirects.
So I was on my own to figure it out. Not having Photoshop made the lettering (with the little photos inside) a little tricky for me, until a friend sent me in the direction of This PicMonkey Text Wrapping Tutorial,
It was actually quite simple once that was figured out. In PicMonkey I started a custom design 3300 x 4200 pixels, which is the right size for an 11 x 14 picture. If you want to make a different size, Here is a great guide showing what pixels you will need for each size photo.
I think these frames would look great in a gallery at almost any size, or even a mix of larger pictures for longer trips and smaller ones for weekend getaways, but I had some bigger pieces that i wanted to display, so I chose 11 x 14, which is big, but not overwhelmingly so.
Once I created my text wrap, I sent them to Walmart for printing.
Then it was as simple as glueing my little pieces on to the picture. I did a little mock – up of what i wanted before gluing, took a picture with my phone, and then started attaching the pieces. I used plain white glue for the paper pieces, but the heavier pieces, like the feather and coins, needed contact cement to keep them in place.
Once everything was glued, I left it to dry for an hour, and then put them in frames. If you have thicker pieces, you could use a shadow box frame, but I just used plain black $10 frames from Walmart.
Its so nice to have all these little trinkets and papers out of their boxes and up on the wall. I plan to make one for each of our getaways from the past few years, and I cant wait to see how they all look together in a gallery.
Time to make – 45 minutes
Cost to make – $17 ( print + frame)
Failed Attempts – 0, success first try.
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