Turning Small Mementos into Large Works of Art

Turning Small Mementos into Large Works of Art

Guerrin Gardner
Feb 7, 2011

More often than not, treasured postcards, photographs and unique vintage finds live permanently in keepsake boxes or scrapbooks – and mine seem to only see the light of day when I fish through them while procrastinating during an organization session. Thanks to online resources, you can turn these into enlarged works of art with a click of a button – and they make for unique (and non-cheesy!) Valentines Day gifts.

With Valentines Day approaching, I knew I wanted to give my boyfriend something unexpected and cool - not always an easy task when you're dealing with a Holiday that produces some potentially cringe-worthy gift giving scenarios (just say no to the grocery store Teddy Bear!). Like an offering from the flashback Gods, I suddenly remembered a story from Blueprint in which the editors enlarged an antique envelope, brilliantly turning it into a chic and personalized work of art.

I scanned a hi-res image of a page from a much-treasured, quirky journal my boyfriend procured at a flea market, and sent it to the folks at ezprints.com, which produces prints in a 30x40 size for $35. I mounted the print on gator board, but many sites such as largeformatposters.com and Shutterfly will stretch your image over canvas for an even more upscale finished product. If you are looking to both print and frame, marthastewart.com suggests pictureframes.com as a one stop shop for enlarging.

The tears and coffee stains of the piece make it truly unique and I was so happy with the result, I couldn't resist gifting it a few days early! Do you have any treasured keepsakes that would make for chic, inexpensive wall art?

For more enlargement ideas and to read the original article from Blueprint, click over to marthastewart.com

Image: Guerrin Gardner

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