As I mentioned in my Quebec City post, Rick and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. It’s been quite a year, with a lot of change and a lot of growth, but I can truly say it’s been one of the best years of my life. That said, there’s still a little part of me that wishes we hadn’t had to put off our honeymoon.
See, the plan was to go on a once in a lifetime trip to Tokyo, Japan. In lieu of tradition gifts we’d even set-up a honeymoon registry so that our guests could contribute directly to our trip. But then the Tsunami happened. And we quit our jobs. And I decided to start a business. And, and, and…
But now that we’re on a little bit better financial footing and things in Japan seem to have calmed down, we’ve set a tentative date for our trip of Fall 2013. To keep us focused on our goal, I’ve decided to start making little bits of art to commemorate every week we stick to our budget and hit our savings goals. This week I put together a little framed piece of a doodle Rick made me when we started brainstorming our trip. Since one year is also the “paper anniversary” it doubles as a frugal anniversary gift Rick can keep on his desk at work to keep himself motivated and focused.
Here’s how I did it:
First up, gather your supplies. You’ll need a memory (could be a doodle, a ticket stub, a receipt, or any other piece of paper that holds significance for you two), a pencil, scissors or a paper cutter, double sided tape or a glue stick, a cheap frame, and depending on the size of your frame, some decorative paper or fabric to serve as a background.
Use the pencil to trace the size of the glass onto your background and cut it out using the paper cutter or good sharp scissors.
Trace the back of your memory with double sided tape or your glue stick, being careful not to go too close to the edge.
Line up your memory over the background, using a ruler (or your eyeballs if you’re lazy like me) to make sure the background space is even on all sides. Carefully smooth down the memory and place your art into the frame.
Ready to display and inspire!