Vacation Memory Collage

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Not all vacations are created equal. There are some where a souvenir t-shirt and/or magnet is all you  need for memories. But, there are some vacations that are so amazing, so memorable, so once-in-a-lifetime that they require something special. For me – that would be a childhood trip to Hawaii, a trip with my family to Vancouver and Whistler for an awesome ski trip, and of course – my French honeymoon with my husband!

Well, we had such a great time on our London/Scotland trip in June that I have been wanting to do something special to commemorate the trip. I decided to put a little photo collage together and show you how I did it.

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You’ll need: Paper cutter, colorful paper to back the photos, vacation photos, photo corners, scissors, puffy tape, double sided sticky tape (I had tons of these squares leftover so I used them), memory box frame (not pictured), and a large sheet of paper for your background (see below).

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Start by mounting your background paper. I suggest a map of where you were or a print that reminds you of the location – I found this sheet of London paper at the Paper Source, it’s a little busier than I would prefer, but I thought it was perfect to help commemorate our trip.

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Mount the paper by folding the edges and taping on the back. Don’t forget to cut your corners so it folds smoothly.

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No mount your photos. I used photo corners because I like the look, but you could just tape your photos to the paper. I start by putting the corners on just 2 corners of the photo (these photo corners just stick when dampened, so easy) and then add the last 2 to make sure they are straight. I used a paper cutter to trip the paper and just left a very small margin of red paper around each photo.

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Voila! Repeat with each photo you’ll use. I like to use a few different sizes of photos to keep the collage interesting.

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When you’ve mounted all your photos, lay them out on the background paper and when you like the set-up turn the photos over and put the puffy tape on back, flip over and tape on.

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Last, I hand-wrote a little sign with the trip dates.

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Put the frame back together and hang on your wall. What a great vacation memory!

PS. The beautiful Scottish Highlands are not represented in this collage because we had a couple amazing photos that were framed up on our frame collage wall all on their own!

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