Well, as a person... I still believe that! However, I realize that in reality, sometimes there are things that need to happen first. Bills need to be paid. I still think it's a worthy goal to save for: seeing beautiful images of your loved ones is proven to boost your mood (it can dull pain as well as give you a burst of adrenaline). But in the meantime, you can still get that natural high without forking out the big bucks.
First, trust your gut. Put your great snapshots up anywhere! Anything that makes you feel happy counts as a great shot. Be creative. It's all about having fun. One of the lessons I have learned this year is to print pictures. Just print them, the rest will follow.
Also, this is a professionally printed canvas (the background, tape, and Polaroid look are all created in Photoshop):
If the idea is too good to be true or tries to say that it is "just as good" as a professional product, it's not. But there are still a trillion good ideas. One thing I get complimented on all the time at my house are these frames:
This window was found at the ReStore for a couple bucks:
Now that I have knocked pinterest, I do have to say that there are many great ideas there! I've seen ideas as simple as sticking pictures on a wall in the shape of a heart. I have always found that the ideas that are simple look the best. Some of the best tools are washi tape, sticky-tacky and clothes pins!
The bottom line? Don't be afraid to print what makes you happy and get it up where you can see it! The results are good for the soul.