I have been making these picture collages for my Hub-E and I every year we have been together. Not only does it let us look back on the memories we’ve created, but some day when we are older, they may serve as story telling to our kids as well. 🙂
I also stared completing them for all of the places we have traveled to. I find those are the hardest memories to recall; where you went to eat, what activities you did, the names of the places you saw.
Parts and Pieces:
Frame: Target 11×14 frame (picture is only 5×7): I have purchased these in bulk in case they decide not to sell them, BUT currently I’ve been in luck over the last 6 years! I have kept these frames consistent from year to year and just keep adding them to the wall.
Collection of Memories over the year: You have to be good about taking business cards, menus, programs, coasters, napkins, wrist bands, ticket stubs, anything that has a restaurant name or activity, that will remind you of what you’ve done or where you have been. Matches used to be a great one, but restaurants and companies have obviously moved away from those. As examples below, I have pictured a coaster and a business card.
What you’ll need:
- Frame with large mat (smaller picture)
- Double stick tape
- The memories you’ve collected
- Black & White picture of who you want in the frame
Step 1: Remove the mat from the frame, start to layout your memory cards. Place them on the mat where you think they will look best. If we took mini-trips or weekend getaways, I tend to group those in the same area of the mat.
Step 2: Once you have everything laid out, start to cut away excess paper
Step 3: Put the tape on the back side of the memory card and place it on to the mat. One suggestion, sign and date the mat in a small location, just so you don’t forget the year. 🙂
Step 4: Repeat this until your mat is complete
Step 5: Put the black and white picture in the mat and put the frame back together. I hold this in place with a small piece of tape. Don’t forget to clean both sides of the glass before you re-frame.
Travel Examples: I didn’t keep these frame identical like the yearly frame. Just ensure you get a large enough mat to put all of the fabulous memories that helped create a wonderful trip! If you are having a harder time filling the travel mats, put a map of the area behind everything. Don’t let the 1/2 painted wall distract you…HA!