After nine long months, and almost a year of staying in Arizona, my boyfriend and I finally got to travel out of the state.
My boyfriend and I love to travel and explore the United States. We have been together for nearly two years and we’ve been blessed enough to visit the Grand Canyon, Portland, LA, and finally San Diego together.
How did it take almost a year to travel out of Arizona again?! We have the worst luck, ever sometimes. There were two vacations that were cancelled due to personal emergencies. And since I work in retail, the holiday season usually involves black-out periods, where we cannot use any PTO.
Therefore, I was READY to visit San Diego, even as I was battling a mild cold. “Nothing could stop me!” and it didn’t. Our vacation was fantastic and I wanted to commemorate our time together.
Remember scrapbooking as a kid? I do. Here's how to do the adult version.
Living in a house with few photos of yourself will get to you. Now, I know that most of us store our photographs on our phones and computers, but there’s something so sweet about having a physical object to remember special moments.
Therefore, I applied the rules of scrapbooking to a large photoframe to create a collage we can show off to our family and friends. This idea was fueled by Michael’s Craft Stores having a killer frame deal this week, too!
All of these photos were taken in-the-moment with our Samsung Galaxy Phones. I have the S9 Plus and he just got the S10 Plus. We love how great the photographs come out!
What Supplies You'll Need for your Framed Photo Collage
- Photographs! I printed mine from my mobile phone using the Walgreens Photo App (and you can almost always find a coupon!)
- A large poster frame. My timing was perfect – Michael’s Craft Stores just started their 70% off sale!
- Zots (or preferably, glue sticks) – I was trying to be fancy.
- Scissors to crop your photos the old-school way!
- If you are a planner nerd, you’ll probably have scrapbooking paper, stickers, and washi tape lying around to make this a more personalized photo collage
How to Make Your DIY Framed Photo Collage
The first thing you’re going to do is flip the marketing paper over – voila, instant blank slate!
Go ahead and spread out your photos to see what you’re working with and begin laying them out until you have a collage you like.
Feel free to cut photos that have a lot of “dead space” or unintersting use of the space. I personally did this to a few; many of our photos captured the moments shared together.
Captured! Looking at the physical copies of the photographs I had printed from Walgreens.
Lay out all of your photos the way you want. Only then, can you start gluing them onto your collage masterpiece!
After selecting photographs and laying them out to my desired outcome, I began gluing them down with Zots. Those were actually tricky, as the photos started sliding if I didn’t add multiple – so I’d recommend a gluestick.
Next, I began customing the photo collage with my scrapbooking paper, washi tape and select Ban.do stickers!
Once I was complete, I added the final touch with GLITTERY AF Letter Stickers!
“San diego 2019”
Now, we can always look at photographs from our vacation to be transported back to the great week we had, there! Now to catch up with creating photo collages for the rest of our travels!
How do you make your memories last?
I am a very sentimental person. I’ve always had several hobbies that I’ve worked on at a time, so making a DIY framed photo collage for our vacations just made sense. It’s also a great way to decorate your home on a budget!
Will you try this or stick to instagram to save your memories? Let me know in the comments (or somewhere in the socials!)