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A Quick Fix

by Meghann on April 8, 2011

Remember that YHL photo frame collage I created last week?


Well, I’ve been slowly chipping away at it.


I purchased the much needed photo frames to fill in the gabs and began filling the frames with a good mix of photos that incorporate both mine and Derek’s family as equally as possible.

There’s Ben’s proposal.


A favorite photo of Derek’s parents.


The fur members of our family.


My siblings (excuse the unfocused photo)


And – of course – a photo of Derek and I.


My Mom and Dad were here last weekend and immediately noticed they were missing from the collage. Don’t worry Mom and Dad! I promise to get you guys up there soon! I’m also saving a spot for Derek’s future niece, who should arrive sometime in June. πŸ™‚

I was saving the largest frame for a favorite photo of mine.


Remember this little beauty?

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After months of having it in my ‘to print’ folder, I finally knew what to do with it!

Unfortunately I got a little too excited when ordering the large print and accidentally ordered a size short for the frame.




Luckily, instead of ordering another print, my Dad had a quick (considerably less $$) fix of double matting it.


I simply matted the 11×14 photo to the black matte and matted the black matte to the original white matte that came with the frame. (Is that enough mattes in one sentence for you?)


Not the most glamorous solution, but it worked! Thanks Dad!


I <3 my photo collage. Maybe one day I can expand it to cover the whole wall.


One day. πŸ˜‰

Derek came home lunch around 11:30 (approximately an hour after I had breakfast), so I made him an extra meaty sandwich with a side of peppermint brownies and sent him on his birthday way. I should of took a photo. I plated everything on a heart shaped plate and was standing by the door holding the plate when he walked in. I think he was impressed. πŸ™‚

For my own lunch, I made a roasted vegetable/ marinara sauce dish three hours after his.


Roasted vegetables consisted of tempeh, broccoli, asparagus, carrot, radishes, and okra (basically everything I had in my fridge.


Toppings included marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, rosemary, salt, and pepper.


With two slices of pumpernickel bread.


My eyes were bigger than my stomach and half of the bread and veggies when to Maddie – who surprisingly finished off the dish like a champ. πŸ™‚

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1 Kaitlin April 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love the collage! and it’s great that you guys can compromise and settle on something you both love.

Also, thumbs up for pumpernickel!
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2 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

that is such a classic photo! πŸ™‚

3 Freya April 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

The photos look GORGEOUS!! I love that final one of you and Derek – classically romantic.
Happy birthday to him!
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4 Jess@atasteofconfidence April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I love the collage, and that picture!
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5 Amy April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Love love love it, especially all the B&W’s!
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6 Kara April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

You are setting the bar high for yourself with that birthday service! πŸ™‚

I love the photo collage, I can’t wait to see how nuts you go when you one day have kids (I didn’t see any Maddie pics up, is she getting her own framed pic?)
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7 Meghann April 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

She’s up there! She’s the middle fur-baby πŸ™‚

8 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Happy Birthday Derek!

Love your collage! I have lived in my place for 10 months and don’t have any art set up! I think when we get our wedding pictures I want to do a nice collage, GREAT idea πŸ™‚
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9 Alaina April 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Great collage. I love that picture of Derek dipping you! Very pretty. πŸ™‚
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10 Molly April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

i love love love the photo collage! i have been wanting to do something similar for eons, but am waiting until we live someplace more permanent where i don’t have to put it up and take it down all the time.

ALSO – in our engagement photos, we have a very similar fave to your doubly matted beauty πŸ™‚
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11 Ashley P. @ The Vegetable Life April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I LOVE your phot collage! Its unbelievable good!

12 kate April 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I love that photo of you and Derek!
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13 Sarah for Real April 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

The photo collage looks awesome!

14 Hope April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I love the collage! That is such a good idea. That picture of you and Derek is absolutely stunning! I love it! πŸ™‚

15 Dori April 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Love the double matte!
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16 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

The collage looks wonderful! I especially love the photo of you and Derek by the fountain πŸ™‚

And his B-day lunch looked scrumptious.
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17 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

All the pictures in my house are from my apartment…so I have basically no pictures of Matt’s family. Oops.

18 Lisa @ I'm an Okie April 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

It’s well on its way to looking great!

19 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Meghann – the photo collage looks great! I really like that idea (and all of YHL’s ideas!)

20 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life April 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Such gorgeous photos!!! I love it.
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21 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm

wow the collage looks FAB!! I am so going to do this when we have our own place πŸ™‚

22 Maryanne April 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

You gave Maddie and entire slice of bread?! Wow!

23 Meredith April 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm

love the collage – it looks great! Don’t you love do-it-yourself projects!
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24 Karolina April 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I love the photo collage, and especially the awesome and beautiful picture of the two of you! It’s really a great picture:)
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25 Sana April 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I adoreee that picture of you and Derek!!

26 Kelley April 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I had to laugh at the comment about the size of the ikea frame. You didn’t print it the wrong size. The Ikea frames are not standard to american sized prints. They don’t sell them in the right aspect ratio. This can be very frustrating. But I think it ended up looking great! Nice job! πŸ™‚
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27 Shannon April 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Love the picture collages!!!!!!! So cute and creative!!!
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28 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I love the collage – it’s so awesome!
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29 Ashley April 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

The collage looks great! Happy Birthday to Derek. I’m glad he liked his bday lunch.

30 Kiran April 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Love how the collage turned out! And that fix worked great πŸ™‚
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31 Sarah K April 9, 2011 at 12:10 am

Those pictures are great, love the black and white! And the one of you and Derek is really cute.
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32 Amy April 9, 2011 at 12:11 am

I love, love your photo wall collage! It looks awesome!
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33 Ezzie April 9, 2011 at 1:34 am

Such a gorgeous photo! And that pumpernickel bread looks diiivine~!
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34 Phoebe April 9, 2011 at 2:32 am

That’s a great photo collage! A question for you, Meghann, or anyone else who knows – where do you go to get digital pictures printed out? I have some I really need to print out but have no idea if you can do that somewhere like Kinko’s or if you need to go to a camera shop, and if you should have them on CD or a flash drive or what.

35 Crystal April 9, 2011 at 7:05 am

Your photos look amazing.. You are totally inspiring me to do something to my naked walls- we have lived in our house for over a year and a half and I think we have 2 pictures up- lol!

36 donya April 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Oh, I’m a YHL lover as well. You did an awesome job with your frame wall! Love it!

37 Reenie April 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

It looks great…… LOVE the double matting pic.

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