A few months ago I saw an ad for a personalized product where you put in the dates and locations of where you met your spouse, proposed, and got married.
The result is a physical print that can be hung. I liked the idea but thought I could approximate an electronic-only version myself, so I did so for my wife for Valentine's Day.
I used Google Maps, a publicly available piece of clip art, and copy/paste functionality.
I met Sheryl when she attended my high school (De La Salle in New Orleans) bonfire/pep rally as the date of my childhood friend, Lee Case. To this day, I am in Lee's debt for introducing us. Lee, Sheryl, and I all lived on Donelon Drive in Harahan, LA.
Sheryl and I had been dating for about 6 years (2 years of high school and 4 of college), so we went engagement ring shopping in our senior year of college. We went to Leonard Krower's department store in Metairie, LA. As an unemployed college student, I had a budget of $500 but spent $600 because Sheryl was worth it. She still is.
Sheryl's parents moved to Galveston, TX during our senior year of college. In June, when we both graduated from the Unversity of Louisiana at Lafayette, Sheryl moved to Galveston to live with her parents. I moved to Phoenix to develop software for Honeywell. In August, I flew from Phoenix to Galveston where we got married. We honeymooned for one night there (I had 0 vacation days), and then both of us flew to Phoenix to start our lives together as a married couple.
Once I had these screenshots from Google Maps and dates:
CROP and COPY/PASTE SIDE BY SIDE
I cropped each image to be 2014 by 1804 pixels so they would line up.
FIND A HEART, PLACE ON RED BACKGROUND, MAKE CENTER TRANSPARENT, DUPLICATE
I searched for heart clip art, found one, pasted in on a red background, selected the center, and made it transparent. I created one heart overlay (a third the size of the final image) and duplicated it two times so all three hearts would be identical and in the center of each of the screenshot maps that they were going to cover.
COMBINE OVERLAY AND SCREENSHOTS
After combining them, all I had left was to add the text to get the image at the top of this blog post.
I love how it turned out, but more importantly, my wife loved it.
Valentining is alive in the lab,