A photo is worth a thousand words

In keeping with yesterday’s color challenge, today I’m sharing a lovely idea I got from Teneale Williams. I saw this in one of the Artisan Design Team Blog Hops and I knew I had to make one.

I actually ended up making two :), one for myself and one as a gift for my mom.
So the first thing you will need is a 18 x 24 cm (7 3/4″ x 9 3/4″) frame. I wanted to see how it would look with both a thick frame and a slender one so I got one of each. The silver one is a Ribba frame from Ikea and the black one is from my local Jysk store. Nothing fancy, just regular (inexpensive) frames.

Next you’ll need six 5 x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) photos. To get these tiny photos I used the Collage feature on PicMonkey. This is a fantastic (and free) picture editor which I use all the time.

I’ve made a few Print Screens of the process to help you get the general idea. But once you play around with PicMonkey you’ll see it’s very easy and user friendly.

Once you’re on the site you want to click on the Collage option:
A window will pop up to allow you to select which photos you want to upload:
Once uploaded your page will look like this:
Since we want a 10 x 15 cm (4″ x 6″) overall size you have to set it to 1800 x 1200 (make sure you unlock the boxes by clicking the little lock icon).
Now it’s time to drag & drop your photos. You will also see a menu of options on the left. Make sure you set your spacing to 0 when you don’t want a white border around your photos. For other collages you might but we don’t in this instance.
Keep adding photos by dragging & dropping:
When you’re done with your collage click save:
Save it to your computer and you’re done:
Then all you have to do is print the photo and cut it into squares.

The other little squares decorating the first layout are from the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack, but you can use any scrapbooking or designer paper you have (just cut it to 5 x 5 cm). In the second version I made some of my own squares using vellum, sequins, stamps, designer paper etc. So you can make it your own.

I do hope you give it a try. It’s super easy and makes for a great home decor piece!