Rather than just simply framing some photos, I decided to mount them on wood plaques. First I printed copies of the photos I wanted to use at CVS. Then I used mod podge to glue them to wood plaques that I bought at Michaels, and added some additional topcoats of mod podge over each photo to protect it. To make it look more polished, I used stained glass foiling tape leftover from the photo collage project I did for Sam's stepdad to make a small frame around each of the photos. Here's one up close:
My dad and stepmom on a motorcycle trip this summer -- they ended up being fairly close to Sam's mom's lake house in Upstate New York right when we were visiting, so we went o grab coffee with them one morning and I snapped this great photo.
I also attached picture hanging brackets to each one for easy hanging:
Here are all three completed:
The two on the bottom were for my dad, and the one on the top were for Sam's dad and stepmom. I also made another present for Sam's dad and stepmom that I totally forgot to photograph: right after their wedding, I bought a clear glass Christmas ornament and filled it with items from their wedding ceremony like my corsage and strips of their wedding program. I stashed it away in my craft closet, and fortunately remembered to pull it back out almost a year later to give them as a gift for Christmas/their one-year anniversary. Gotta love when advance planning makes presents even easier!