Girl takes lots of pictures.
Boy leaves for war.
Girl misses boy.
Girl gets creative.
I have the best boy.
I really do.
I am often blown away by some of the sweet unexpected things he does for me.
While he was home on leave, we went to the Sprint store to get his phone fixed. When we walked in, the lady that was working remembered him (he's had several problems with his phone and spent quite a bit of time in that store). It was near closing time, and she happened to have an HTC Evo phone that someone had failed to pick up that day. She offered it to J. Now, you have to understand that this phone is HARD to get. In fact, I've been on a waiting list for one since they came out. So immidiately my mouth dropped. J asked the lady to check my account and see if I qualified for the phone, and sure enough, I did! Without hesitation, he got the phone for me. When my mouth dropped again (I had finally managed to pick it up off the ground from the previous drop), and J quickly explained, "it's for your birthday".
My birthday was in June.
Told you I have the best boy.
So all of this story is to say that I have this new phone. So while J was home on leave, we were playing with it a lot. I downloaded an app that would take polaroid-looking photos and I was slightly obsessed. So we took about 10 million fake polaroids while he was here.
Fast forward to today.
Mom and I went to check out the 99 cent store that recently opened right by our house. We actually went in looking for leashes for the dogs, and instead, I found these really super cool picture frames! So of course, I walked out with 7. Because really, when is one enough?
I got home and it was craft time! I pulled out some old magazines, glue, and scissors. I also happened to have just printed off several of those photos from my phone. So I pulled those out too... and I went to work.
Here is what I ended up with (photos taken with my phone :)
These frames were perfect for the square polaroids that we took with my phone! And I LOVE how they came out! I think they look so cool... individually and all together.
a close up of one of the squares without a photo:
"You are my favorite" is something that J and I said to each other before we said "I love you". We still say it. I love this saying. It still gives me butterflies every time I hear him say that :)
These were pretty easy to do. A little time consuming, but easy.
For the white frames (the first ones pictured), I just went through the magazines and ripped out sections with solid colors. Then I ripped strips of those and arranged them on the squares so it covered the entire area I was working with... the whole background. As I went through the magazines, I also ripped out any cute sayings or words I saw. Then I arranged the photo and words and glued them down. And that was it!
The black ones were even simpler because they were mostly photos. I arranged the photos how I wanted them, and then I picked a couple of squares to fill with mini collages. Then I repeated the process I did with the first ones.
These frames will hang on my wall, but I am also planning to use these and other creative framed photos for our wedding. I don't want to do the typical clothesline photos, I want something unique and funky. So I plan to arrange photos in different areas. I am hoping the venue we choose will have some large empty wall spaces so that I can hang things on the wall too :)
So now I want to hear from you!
What unique things have you done to display your photos?