When my husband and I were first dating, he asked me to the university’s homecoming dance. I’ve always loved dances, so I got SUPER fancy with my roommates. I felt gorgeous. It helped that my sweet boyfriend couldn’t stop staring at me. We danced the night away (neither of us are any good, but we had fun), and the very last song of the evening was “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. I love that song, and as it turns out, so did he. As we slowly danced back and forth to the beautiful melody, Adam serenaded me in my ear every lyric to the song. It was so romantic. That immediately became “our song.”
Several weeks later, Adam and I were going on a walk near campus. There was a running trail along the river that I frequented on my morning jogs and I wanted to show it to Adam. We came across a tree with a swing on it. I had never noticed it before. Adam and I ran down the hill to where the tree stood and took turns pushing each other on the swing. It was like being a little kid again. It was so sweet and fun and romantic. That became “our spot.”
Fast forward to when we were just about the get engaged (I knew he had the ring – I picked it out). Adam led me on a scavenger hunt via texts until I ended up alone at my apartment. Exasperated, I texted, “Where are you?!” His response was a picture of the swing hanging from our tree, with a caption that read “Somewhere only we know.” I just about melted right there. I ran to our spot and replied with an emphatic “yes” when he asked me to marry him. I’m so happy I have him.
We took several engagement pictures by that tree and on that swing and years later my amazingly talented friend Kent drew a picture of the proposal. I needed to do more than just stick it in a normal frame. The proposal held so many more memories than that. So I came up with this idea: why not draw attention to the fact that this is our spot and makes us think of our song? So I got to work.
-a large frame with a wide mat
-printed song lyrics, repeated several times
-invisible tape, about 1″ wide (make sure it is completely transparent)
-paper trimmer (or scissors if you’re super skilled)
- Trim each line of lyric.
- Starting at the top of the mat, begin by placing the first line of the song lined up to the corner, and tape it down. Finish the first line at the end of the mat and trim the excess.
- Use the overhanging excess to start the second row. Continue in this way, taping as you go. The sides are a little more tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it.
- When you’re all done, cut a longer piece of tape and tape the overhanging lyrics to the back. Wrapping them around has a cool effect.
- Put the mat, photo, and backing back together and hang it on your wall!