I have no photo-editing software, but over the years I’ve learned how to do a lot of magic with just Word and Paint. So using Word, I swapped the photos over to black and white, and adjusted the contrast. I copied and pasted them into Paint, cropped them, and saved them on my jump drive.
I knew the hardest part of this was going to be finding a frame. I had very limited time (started this project at 10AM and was supposed to help them move at 1PM) so went to Target where I printed the photos for only $1.45. Didn’t find any five-picture frames there, but ironically I did find this:
See? I told you these things were in. I thought maybe I could Mod-Podge the photos over those tiles if I couldn’t find a better frame. The price was a bit high and I really didn’t like the idea of cobbling this together with Mod-Podge but, as my momma always says, beggars can’t be choosers.
I hurried to Michael’s and hit their framing section. I literally went up and down each aisle three times re-checking, to make sure I didn’t miss a frame. I would have even taken a six-picture frame – the McKays could have added a photo of them or their home in the last spot. But no dice. So I started looking at long, skinny frames and decided on this floating frame, for half the price of the PEACE frame:
Thank goodness they have a short last name! It would have been very difficult to give this gift to the Christoffersons.
With little time to spare, I drove to the new house and used their sidewalk to assemble everything.
Yay, it worked! And they loved it too. It’s sitting in the window until they can find a hammer and nails. Actually looks kind of good there! They’re both CU alums, so they especially loved that all of the photos were taken in Boulder.
This project: so easy a monkey could do it. So no excuse for you not to try it!
Photos of Macky Auditorium windows, my bike, Freaky’s on the hill, Tulagi’s on the hill, and a tree on Norlin Quad.