I have seen this project idea all over Etsy and Pinterest and fell in love with it. However, certain stores on Etsy were starting at $75 for the size I wanted or for around $25 you could get the print with the lyrics and your picture, but then you would have to go buy the frame still. So I thought I bet I can do that for much less.
The first thing I did was pick out the frame. I waited until Hobby Lobby was running their 50% off wall frames sale and then, I went frame shopping. I thought a 16×20” frame with an 8×10” picture would be too big and I would not have enough lyrics to fill the mat, so I decided to go with this 15×17” frame with a 5×7” picture.
Once I got home, I decided how big I wanted my words to be printed on the frame. I decided about a ½ inch would be enough room for me to write the words big enough to read and enough to fill up the mat. So, I marked each ½ inch all the way down the mat on both the left and right sides and down the middle very lightly in pencil.
Then, I started off writing the lyrics very lightly in pencil as well. But I could quickly tell that plan was not going to work. The pencil was smudging all over the place and once it smudged it did not erase as easily, so I scrapped that idea shortly into the project.
I erased one word at a time and then rewrote the word with a fine tip scrapbook pen. Since it was a scrapbook pen, it was acid free and should not harm the picture over time, so my grandkids should be able to enjoy this little project.
Here is a picture of the mat once I was done adding all the lyrics:
I made so many mistakes writing those lyrics. I had forgotten the word “falling.” However, I noticed it by the time I had only written one more word, so I thought it couldn’t be that bad if I whited out just one word. And unless you get up close and personal with the frame, you can’t really notice it either.
Then, I missed the word “swimming.” You think I would have learned my lesson after the first time! But this time, I did not notice it until I had written, like, an additional 3 whole lines worth of words, so I decided to live without swimming. We will just have to deal with, “You’re like a pool on an August day,” instead. It is still the same idea and looks better than 3 lines whited out.
And, I am a little upset with how the lyrics written on the part of the mat where the picture is cut out turned out. My straight lines get all sorts of funky during that section. So a tip for those of you trying to recreate this project would to be mark ½ marks along the inside of the mat where the picture cut out is too.
And then, towards the end, the chorus repeated itself, so I got confused where my place was when I was writing the lyrics and wrote the wrong chorus, but it turned out for the better because it helped fill out all the mat with lyrics.
So after I finished with the lyrics, I taped my picture to the back of the mat with four pieces of tape. I used scrapbooking tape because it touches the picture so you want to make sure your tape is acid free, so it doesn’t ruin the picture overtime and you can keep this project for years to come. And then, I put it in the frame.
When I turned it around to look at it, I realized I had made yet another mistake and one that is definitely noticeable to everyone and not just those who know the correct lyrics! I used the entire mat when writing the lyrics on it; however, a slim amount of the mat is covered by the frame when it is in the frame, so a part of my lyrics are halfway covered in certain spots! So if you are going to try this project yourself, please mark how much of your mat is covered when inside the frame, so you do not make the same mistake!
So here is the finished project:
And here is the budget breakdown:
15×17” frame-$14, regularly $28, but they were having a 50% off sale
Scrapbook pen-free, already owned
Total: $15.50, much less than what they were going for on Etsy!
I am a little upset with how it turned out. I still like it because it reminds me of our lovely wedding day and how much time we spent rehearsing our first dance, but I wish part of the lyrics weren’t covered. If it starts to bother me too much, I can always go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and buy a piece of mat board and have it cut down to the size I need and redo the project. And even if I buy more mat board, it will still be less than what it would have cost on Etsy! I think I will live with it for a while and see how much it still bothers me overtime before I redo it.
What do you all think? Should I redo it? What do you all do with your wedding pictures to display them? Do you do anything special or just a wedding album? What was your first dance? Ours was Michael Buble Everything! Love that song!
*You can check out how I saved sentimental items from our wedding and put them in a shadow box here.