Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Windows of Time - A Graduation Photo Journaling Project

I am a picture buff.  I absolutely love looking a photos!  Considering the fact that we have thousands of printed and digital pictures documenting our lives, I can sometimes sit and get lost looking at all those memories.

I wanted to do something really special with our photos for our oldest daughter's high school graduation celebration. I usually put together a slide show for special occasions, but I wanted to do something really unique.

So, I pondered and thought and brainstormed, and nothing happened.  I could not think of anything unique.  I was uninspired.

Until, I pulled into our garage one evening and saw THEM.  Who knew that my inspiration had been sitting under my nose the whole time?  Actually, in my defense, I usually move as quickly as humanly possible from the garage into our house because in 1984 I saw a snake out there and I have not been the same since.

These amazing window frames definitely helped get my creative wheels turning.

I picked up these frames at an antique shop somewhere in the high hills of Wisconsin.

They were such a steal that I had to get them.  Of course that meant that I might have to ride on the roof all the way home to Florida so that we would have room for them in the van, but Music Man figured it all out.  My hero!

Each of the three frames have character.  I love that two of them even have the window ledge still intact.

So to get this photo journaling project started, I decided to print out pictures from different phases and stages of our daughter's life thus far.  I utilized each individual window frame as a display to "document" the early, middle and current years of her life.  It was fun to adorn each window with the pictures and special memorabilia from her life.

I used tabs of invisible tape on the back of each photo to anchor them to the wood on the frames.

The pictures stayed on for days, but were easy to take down in the end and they were all in pristine condition.

I absolutely loved this photo display and I really think that it honored our daughter's life story.




  1. Such a wonderful, creative, beautiful idea - from a wonderful, creative, beautiful person - for a wonderful, creative, beautiful person. You are amazing, Melissa!!

  2. oh, thank you. (: Thanks for your comment.
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  3. Thank you so much! It was fun to work on.

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    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to trying some more projects with these frames. Wouldn't they be lovely at a bridal shower or even a wedding reception to display pictures of the bride and groom?

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