First of all--thank you Babyangel for the wonderful idea! I always do a homemade romantic present for Valentine's and I was tapped out of ideas! All the other ideas I had took way too much time and too much money. This was the *perfect* solution.
Here's a link to Babyangel's original: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225899.0
Here's the finished product (without flash--ick):
I bought the original Rubiks cube...after searching FOREVER to find just the plain Jane regular one. They have electronic ones now, apparently.
Anywho, I didn't have a ruler, but I ended up with close to the right size on the first try for the squares. I edited some images in Photoshop and sized them down. I opened a new Photoshop document and dumped the photo in there and duplicated it in a grid. I flattened that image and copied and pasted it into another photoshop document that was letter-sized (so I could print all of them on one page!). PM me if you want the photoshop template. The size of the squares I created was .637" x .637". If you're not too good at trimming, I'd go a hair bigger (.65").
I decided that part of the fun of a Rubiks cube is the fun bright colors. I added some color in the background of the photos that I used to spice it up a bit. It's easier to tell the difference between the sides if the colors are more different than just a regular photograph, I think--which means it might be easier to solve..? Or something. Anyway, I just really like bright colors, so I put them on/in everything.
I'm also currently obsessed with Mr. Retro Machine Wash filters...and I used some for the backgrounds. There are 3 pix of just me and 3 of both of us together--funny how we haven't taken a cute pic together for a long time. His hair is now several inches past his shoulders... Here are the photos that I used for the sides of the cube:
A recent goofy pic of me that he is in love with for some reason... ?
Our first official couple picture together (taken around Christmas 2005)
The sexy retro guitar pic that was taken recently for another venture.
Halloween 2006 (I was Madonna)
My favorite picture of the two of us--New Years 2006.
One of his favorite pix of me (New Years 2006)
Once I figured out the sizing and all that, I printed this out on semi-glossy photo paper on my inkjet printer. I peeled off the stickers on the cube and used tacky glue to glue each of them down. I waited for that to dry and carefully modge-podged over each image making sure not to get in the cracks of the cube. I repeated the modge podge layer after the first was dry. After this was all dry, I used some clear nail polish (Sally Hansen Speed Dry Anti-Chip Top coat to be exact) to complete it. I didn't like the look of modge podge and the brush marks were more apparent before the nail polish.
Here's the finished product--leave it to me to wait til it's dark to photograph--no good lighting:
With Flash (ick)
The B in the middle is the start of the word "blink"--it's our "secret" I love you word. there's a letter in the middle of each side except one, which has a heart.
I Side (turned out a little dark.. )
N Side--my fav--love pink!
Heart side (I lied--this is my fav!)
Thanks for looking!