the door: part 2 + memories

July 27, 2010

Yes, my door is finally done and hung up!
First, I have to say that when I started this project I thought it was that, just another project.
However, this project turned into a memory keeper + memory talker.

It has 15 different pictures of {three of us} from different times in our lives.
The other night, after Miss Sophie had gone to bed, B and I were sitting on the couch. Just sitting there.
No tv. No internet. No music. Just relaxing.
We started looking at the "door" and talking about each picture.
We talked about how we met and how infatuated we were with each other
We talked about going to grandpa's cabin and the "secret" spot by the river
We talked about the horses we found while 4-wheeling at grandpa's farm.
On and On. We talked about Sophie and how tiny she used to be
And then Brian started asking me tough questions,
"Out of all these memories what was your favorite?"
"Would you do any of these things differently?"
"What is your least favorite?"
We had a memorable conversation about the memories in our door.
This decorating project turned into my favorite conversation. Who would have thought?

Even if you don't have a "door" that you are keeping your memories in get out an old scrapbook or look at old blog posts with your hubby! I promise you will enjoy it!

Okay a little about the actual door...
I printed my pictures 5x7 so they were a touch bigger.
Then I mounted them on plain old white cardstock.
Next came the tricky part, the background paper. The window pains were wide than 12 inches so I couldn't use a piece of 12x12 scrapbooking paper.
I came up with the idea of using wrapping paper. I got some sturdy wrapping paper at Ben Franklin Crafts {with a 40% off coupon of course}
I used tape to stick the wrapping paper behind the windows. I am sure there is a better option out there but I had tape and it turned out fine.
Next I had Brian get out his drill and hang it up. I don't really know what he did I just told him, "higher, no lower, no right, a little more right, a little higher now...."


Sorry the pictures are a little glary but that's what happens when you take a picture of glass!
At least with my photography skills.

What crafts have you made that help keep your memories alive?
I am always looking for my next project. :)


Jenny said...

That turned out super cute! Love it!

Lesa said...

Wonderful post. I enjoyed reading it!

The pictures are great and the door looks great in person too...

Can't wait to see what project you come up with next..

Amber and Spencer Ward said...

SOO cute Kendra!! You are my example... I wish I could do such cute crafts like you! What a cute family too! :)

Amber and Spencer Ward said...

and... we DO need to do something!!! Hopefully soon!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very Cute!

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

I love this idea. It look beautiful


Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Very cute!! We have a very similar old door; it's painted nearly the same color (a deep red). My hubby put small mirrors into ours instead of photos.

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

That looks great!

Jennie said...

Oh my cutness! I have an old french door and I was thinking about doing something very similar to this. It's fun to see it all done. Great minds think alike, right? I love how it turned out! I found you over at Someday Crafts!
Thanks for sharing!

Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

Erin said...

Very cute! Isn't it great to have something large-scale like that for over the couch? I did a bunch of projects with windows if you want to check them out at

AmieAnn said...

This is such idea for upcycling your old door! Looks great!
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

What a clever way to display several pictures, I really like the wrapping paper you picked. It goes so well with the red door! Thanks for linking to A Crafty Soiree!

Gay Vaughan said...

Love this! I shared it on my FB page. Thanks for joining the party.

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