A present I gave to my husband for our anniversary, I was able to make this framed piece of family history in a couple days. 
It took me longer to select 25+ photos to choose from to place on the mat than it did to actually put this personalized portrait together.  I had to go through a few years of photos to get ones that had small enough faces to fit on the actual size of the mat.

The frame was free (more in Step 1), the photos were $0.19 each (after a few hours of looking for them on the computer,) and I spent about three hours coming up with the Power Point file to print.

The original idea came from here: Pinterest The thing that tugged at my heart strings was the very last line ~ what a difference a day makes. I've got nothing to say to top that.

You don't have to put the photos on the mat.  I did that because I wanted to but it's totally optional and would certainly save time if it didn't get done.

If you’ve got a handle on power point, hopefully this framed art work will be easy for you and all you have to do is type in your family's info. If you don’t know power point well, I’ve tried to make the Instructable as clear and simple as possible, BUT, you may run into a snag or two where I assumed that the person reading this knows how to use power point, “enough to get by.”

Here's a run-down of the steps in this Instructable:
Step 1 - Materials, Equipment and Tools Needed
Step 2 - Change the Color of the Frame (Optional)
Step 3 - Download the Power Point File
Step 4 - Create your own Power Point file to make a Personalized Dates Printable
Step 5 - Add photos to the mat (Optional)
Step 6 - Put it all together  The main photo shows a flash spot over one of the dates. 
I tried taking a photo without the flash, but just couldn't get it right.  I think you get the idea though....

Step 1: Gather Materials, Tools and Equipment

My situation is unique as I used a frame I got after a grandmother's passing.

The frame originally had a wedding photo of my husband and I and I still remember seeing it hanging in her home.

Materials & Tools
Large frame with mat and 8x10 opening - the one shown is an 11x14 (28x36 cm) photo frame with an 8x10 (20x25 cm) mat opening
computer with Microsoft Power Point
color printer and paper (I have an ink jet)
A minimum of twenty (20) to maybe twenty-five (25) photos to choose from (Step 5)
scissors and/or photo cutter
double-sided tape or photo splits

Equipment & Tools (if you are changing the color of the frame like I did)
newspaper or other paper to cover your work surface
black (or your choice of color) spray paint
painters tape
clear acrylic spray paint to seal it
Great Christmas idea if you tweak the sayings and photos to include sisters!
I love it! Make it your own! =)
Very sweet gift idea - I love it. :) Something to have for many years...
Thank you Holly! =)

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