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Re-Pin-Creation – Travel Memory Frame

April 15, 2015
This simple and inexpensive travel memory frame is a gorgeous way to display all those little trinkets and papers you collect while on vacation

This simple and inexpensive travel memory frame is a gorgeous way to display all those little trinkets and papers you collect while on vacation

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.

The original pin

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.

This is the first one I finished, from our first trip to Mexico,
Super simple DIY travel memory frames
I think it turned out pretty well, so I made another one from our trip to Florida earlier this year.

Simple DIY travel memory frame
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.

The Breakdown
Time to make – 45 minutes
Cost to make – $17 ( print + frame)
Failed Attempts – 0, success first try.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Diana @ Soulful Necessities April 20, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I LOVE THIS!!!! LOVE LOVE. The cutest idea ever. I can’t wait to one this year after our family vacation in Orlando. Pinned.

  • Reply Minh April 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for this idea. We’ve traveled quite a bit and I always keep little odds/ends that would be perfect for this type of project instead of buried in my drawer as I can’t seem to throw them away! I’m going to definitely give this a try.

  • Reply Shannon April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love this idea!

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