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The aftermath of a vacation: Memories

September 15, 2015

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl


       Memories are an intangible treasure which is well hidden in our brains, and we guard it with holiness. Whether pleasant or tearing apart, memories are what we have left from a moment in life. Being the keepers of our life story they remind us who we are and where we come from. Comparable to a complex time machine they repeatedly take us back in time giving us the chance to “re-live” those special moments. Sometimes they are the sweetest escape, and sometimes they eat our heart out. Memories are probably one of the best gifts we could have because a moment existed as long as we remember it, and because with time the only thing we have left are memories of where have we been, of our sweetest minutes, whom had we loved, and how had we lived. Nowadays we are lucky to have the technology that helps us to preserve our dearest moments in life. Like that we can review them not only within our heads, but also share the images with family and friends.  Decorated picture frames or photo books are great ways to archive your special events, and if you chose to craft it yourself it will only add value to that moment. Here is my version of a personalized photo frame along with a short tutorial.I hope you will like it, and maybe it will inspire you to test your crafting skills.

You will need:

  1. Picture/painting
  2. A Picture Frame
  3. Paint
  4. Abrasive paper
  5. Brush set
  6. Super Glue
  7. Shells, stones, sand.

Set up your tools. Make sure to choose a work place where if you spill paint or glue  it wont be a big of a deal,  and start playing.

Knowing that I want to personalize the color I chose an old frame, but it is not mandatory 🙂 First, with the abrasive paper scrap the old paint from the frame. This procedure is to assure that your new color will lay perfectly when applied. Then, with one larger brush paint the frame. Let it dry for a while, depending on the chosen paint/brand.

Then I thought that some red would add contrast,  and it is my favorite color 😉 You can replace colors according to your needs or preferences. Using duct tape(to have even lines) and a smaller brush I colored the inside of the frame. Here is how  it came out…

After it dried, I decorated with the shells, stones, and sand collected by me on vacation. At the end, I applied wood finish to give it a bit of gloss and to secure all small pieces glued on the frame. Let it dry and after few hours the frame is ready to host your memories, adding to it your personal touch.

At this moment, you can use your creation to decorate your living room, kitchen , bedroom, or whichever place you feel like.


Now, every time your eyes will come across your creation, a smile will brighten your face remembering the moment caught in the frame and the fun you have had decorating it.

Stay happy and I’ll see you next time,



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  • Elizabeth July 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    That’s brilliant! I’m going on a beach vacation this summer and I definitely want to do this when I get back!

    • Victoria July 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I’m glad you like it! I enjoyed making it and definitely brought some memories back. It a cool way to keep memories alive! Enjoy your beach vacation!