I made my Mom's birthday gift last week and couldn't post the project until after I gave it to her. As I've written before, I have these great vintage picture encyclopedias and have a lot of projects planned for them.
My mom and I traveled around Europe together in April of 2006. Going through the encyclopedias, I was able to find all the cities/towns we visited and decided to create a collage of these images as a reminder of our trip.
After finding all the various locations throughout the five volumes, I trimmed each image and then laid them out on the frame I was planning to use making sure that all the city names were visible. I also took photos to remember the final layout.
I had some leftover white cardboard I used for school projects and trimmed it down to the size of the frame. I then pulled out the modge podge and started gluing down the larger images.
Once I had all the images pasted, I then adding a thin layer of modge podge over the entire piece to seal it. I choose a matte finish as I didn't want any bubbles/wrinkles (if there were any) to stand out. I was pretty worried as this layer of glue actually caused additional wrinkles to form but they disappeared as the glue dried.
And here is the finished product plus a close-up of some of the images. My mom was really touched and thought it was a great gift. Price-wise, this was a pretty inexpensive project as I recycled a frame I already had (which had been on sale) and owned the rest of the supplies used.