Sunday, June 7, 2009

Met Monday

In honor of my daughter's homecoming from college for the summer I thought I would repeat her postcard collection from London and Paris, so here goes....
It is time again for Met Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Sorry I am so late in my posting. Some days are so much busier than others. Anyway today I thought I would give you an idea of what you can do with a poster or large postcards you collect when you are traveling. My Daughter studied abroad last summer and brought home a few souvenirs that she wanted to frame some how. Of course she asked "good old mom" to put it together for her.
Here is what I came up with.

She brought back these large postcards of London. They are different black and white with a burs of color in each of them.

I looked around Michael's, Richards Crafts and Aaron Brothers before I found frames that would work for the prints. Of course these prints were an odd size so the frame does not exactly fit the picture. The frames were on sale 40% off and were about $40 for two different frames. The paper was $4.99 for the sheet.

I kept looked around Aaron Brothers as I didn't want to use Mats that would cut of some of the print. I found something new they had there. It is similar to wallpaper but it is a extra large square, larger than craft paper or memory book paper. It is really sold to cover plain mat boards to give a more custom look. I decided I could use this paper as the background for the prints that would border the print in the frameI cut the paper to fit the frame using the glass as a guide. Then I centered each print onto the paper using double stick squares that you would use for memory albums. I made sure each was center in the frame before I added the backing to the frame. Below is the finished product hanging in my daughter's room.
I did two in one frame and one in another. The paper coordinates with her wall color and the black and cream coordinates with her bedding.
It is a custom look for a fraction of the cost. I hope you enjoyed this Met Monday, and please join Susan and Between Naps on the Porch for more exciting changes.



  1. What a great idea. I love the frames and the paper you used as the matting. They look very custom and how wonderful for her to have them framed as permanent keepsakes. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  2. Great project! Love the paper used for matting! ~Rhonda :)

  3. Love the Met Monday ! Great idea and love it on the Cheeeep side !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  4. Thank you for leaving a comment on my WhisperWood Cottage blog! This is so creative! Love that use of paper!


  5. What a wonderful project!!! I love the addition of the makes the photos pop!!!

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

  6. What a great project... these look great!

  7. What a wonderful way to keep and display her memories! Custom framing is exorbitant and and this looks great!

  8. Love the pictures in those frames - looks fabulous!