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If you know me, you know I lovepersonalizing gifts for the people I love. Most times, this means a good DIY craft session. I’ve even snuggled a bit closer to my sewing machine lately. ;-D However, I don’t always have time for the completely custom projects on my idea list, so it’s always great to find a semi-DIY project that uses some ready-made products to cut down on the time and effort, but NOT on thought or meaning. (Think Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee – and yes, I think it’s cocktail time!) Bonus points if I can go full-on MacGyver by utilizing things I already have on hand, like I did for the personalized map frame I gave my husband for Valentine’s Day last year – check it out here.
This is why I was so excited when I received one of Hallmark’s latest Pics ‘n’ Props kits in the mail for me to review. It was totally up my alley and arrived just in time for me to share it with you as an idea for Mother’s Day. AND…. I’m pleased to partner with Hallmark for a giveaway with prize packs for THREE of my readers!
*Photo courtesy of Hallmark
Introducing, the “We Love You Because” Pics ‘n’ Props Frame Kit by Hallmark. This adorable kit comes with a chalkboard and chalk, plus a frame with 4 spaces for 4″ x 6″ photos (see update below!). Simply take photos of a person/group holding the chalkboard with their personalized special message written on it. Pop the photos in the frame and BAM – the gift is ready! You could easily have this project done in under an hour if you print the photos at home, and just a little longer if you plan to take advantage of your local pharmacy’s one hour photo counter.
This frame would be perfect for kids to give to grandparents, especially if they live far away. It would also be great for a dad on the run who might have let it slip his mind** that Mother’s Day is almost a week away… ;-D Really, this versatile frame would fit any occasion to let someone know all the reasons they are loved. Head to your local Hallmark Gold Crown store to purchase, or order online here.
**If you are one (like me) who might SOMEtimes have important things slip your mind, you will definitely want to check out my post on Hallmark’s great online calendar/address organization tool – My Hallmark.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The packaging for the frame says that the openings are 4″ x 6.” However, I thought they looked smaller than that, so I measured and the sample photos on the paper backing were 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and get cropped a little further down to 3 1/4″ x 5 1/8″ when the matting is placed over the photos. That’s a big difference! Definitely a good thing to know so you can crop/print the photos properly BEFORE you try adding them to the frame. Make sure you have enough room around the important elements in the photo so nothing gets cut out.
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