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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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I love to strip for photos. No, no. That’s partly true not what I meant to say at all. I love photo strips. There, that’s a little better. Does anyone else LOVE those old black-and-white photo booth pictures you get at the beach? They’re so simple, but I can’t get enough of them. This past weekend, my fam was at the Jersey shore, and we managed to squeeze the four of us into an ancient photo booth for our not-so-yearly tradition, which I am determined to make into an annual thing. I’m starting with these:

I know I want to do something cute and fun to display these pictures, but was feeling uninspired. Cue the worldwide web. Believe it or not, there weren’t many great ideas out there, but I did find a few that got my juices flowing.
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This is soooo much fun. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to enlarge a picture of my face 70x. Trust me, too much pixelation is not a good thing for this girl.
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John and Sherry at Young House Love put all their photobooth pics (which they take on the day of their anniversary) into a glass so guests can take a look through while hanging out.
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This is a super interesting detail on a regular door at the end of a hallway. Love that it immediately draws your eye to that door. Again, enlarged photo + me = not pretty.
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This last one is definitely more my speed (again from Young House Love). So many things going on here that I adore: light walls and white frames, and organic gallery wall with photobooth strips included! I see a trip to Ikea for frames in my near future.
RIBBA Frame, white Width: 20 ½ " Depth: 1 ¾ " Height: 20 ½ " Picture, width: 19 ¾ " Picture, height: 19 ¾ " Mat inside meas. W: 11 ½ " Mat inside meas. H: 11 ½ "  Width: 52 cm Depth: 4.5 cm Height: 52 cm Picture, width: 50 cm Picture, height: 50 cm Mat inside meas. W: 29 cm Mat inside meas. H: 29 cm
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So, here’s what I’ve come up with so far. I’m not quite finished, and still haven’t decided on a location for these frames, but I think they’re coming along nicely. (WARNING: The next few pictures are very bad quality. This is what happens when one very tired blogger tries to blog way past her bedtime. Forgive me, please?!)
I started with two of these frames. I know, they’re terrible. And yes, I did have them hanging in my home for at least 3 years. I have no clue why, especially because I hate coffee.

 I disassembled the frames, spray-painted them, and then painted the mats a light blue-gray.

When they’re done, they’ll look something like this. Now, I just need to find approximately 32 more frames to complete my gallery wall. {Sigh}
What crazy memories do you have stored in your
photobooth pics?

The comments +

  1. Lauren says:

    I’m sending this link to my sister who is CRAZY about these kinds of photos! Love your idea and can’t wait to see it finished!

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