on a whim, last year, i grabbed an empty photo frame that I had laying around. I still hand’t found the right photo to place in it, but I really liked that it had an oversized matte.

I found a photo of the birthday boy, stuck a mustache on it (because it was a Mustache Bash, you know!), and asked people to sign as a keepsake. (yes, i fully recognize that i was not the first person to think of this!)

you can kind of see it here, on the bottom-left.
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well, after the event, i put it in the frame, put it on the wall in our great room, and i love walking by it every day.

this was a must-do for Birthday Number Two!
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this year, i used the party invitation as the photo in the frame.

if you are planning a party, i highly recommend this as a fun (and easy!) momento.

Hints: for the autographs, layer your items in the frame as such:
– frame
– matte
– glass
– photo
– frame backer

this works well, because once the matte is in the frame, you don’t run the risk of someone writing their special message on a section of the matte that will ultimately be covered by the frame. also, by placing the glass under the matte and on top of the photo, you are adding a substantial backing to the matte for autographing, while protecting your beloved photo from stray marks.

once complete, switch this so that the glass is on top of the matte and photo and hang away!

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