Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Make a Photo Wall


 {Warning: photo heavy post. Pun intended.}

When Roger went to his father's funeral last summer, he returned with a bag full of photos.
Lovely, time worn treasures that begged - nay DESERVED - to be displayed and enjoyed, not stuck in the back of a drawer for ever months.

Hypothetically speaking.

Grandma & Grandpa all gussied up for Senior Prom

And what about all those not-so-old photos that've never made it out of the computer to see the light of day?

Behold my penitence.






I tasked my husband with the job of scanning the images {read: the quickest part of the whole thing}. NO ORIGINALS WERE INJURED IN THE MAKING OF THIS WALL.



Snapfish gives you your first 100 prints free AND THEN there was an "everything on the site 55% off" on top of that. We ended up using about 280ish photos, making the grand total of this project $16.*

*tape not included




I ordered the "lustre" finish to keep them from looking too shiny and to hide fingerprints. I wish I could say there was a formula for placement. Maybe there is? The look I was going for was a bit more casual, something that could easily be updated, and for Heaven's Sake NO GRIDS. To see those photos lined up like soldiers in straight lines would kill me inside.


Hanging them up is a piece of cake, albeit time consuming: just a loop of tape on each corner and pop them on. The photos at the top got cut (very crudely) on a diagonal with a pair of scissors. The chalkboard finish of the wall was perfect for blending in the space where there are gaps and the background shows through. Obviously if you were doing a normal shaped space, this wouldn't be an issue.

Me and my two favorite Lizs.

{facial recognition is a great exercise for kiddos with autism}

After everything was finished and we lived with it for a few weeks, I maaaay have swapped out a few photos for a slightly embellished version. Not only because it's awesome, but because I want to see how long it takes Roger to notice, now that he doesn't study them all as much when they first went up. So far he hasn't.
If any of you squeal to him and RUIN THE EXPERIMENT I will hunt you down.


Nacho-ooooooo!



P.S Before you point out the obvious, NO this would not work in a household with toddlers. Maybe if it were just above a chair rail?? At only a few cents a piece for a replacement should a spot get ruined, it may be worth the risk.




25 comments:

  1. How fun is that?!?!? You come up with the greatest ideas and then you actually do them! I sometimes think of these things, well not actually this idea, but you know what I mean, then I don't do them. This does give me a great idea for a post on my blog about my "wall of fame" in my office. Will have to get on that.
    I do love your wall and I really love how you 'embellished' some of those pictures. Great job all around!

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    1. I wrote up a post that was inspired by yours. Watch for it to go up on October 5th. I've linked back to your blog and this post. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    2. Would it make you feel better if I admitted that the idea was in my brain for almost a YEAR before I pulled the trigger and actually DID it, rather than just thought about it? Motivation and inspiration striking at the same time is rare indeed :)

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  2. It looks awesome! I really love it. And your embellishments are hilarious... are you taking bets on how long it takes Roger to catch on...?

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    1. HAHA! I totally should! They had to be included in the post, so when he *does* notice and claims I must have JUST put them up they'll be evidence that proves otherwise. For now? Shhhhhh...

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  3. I love this idea! What a great way to display memories. One could spend hours reminiscing. In our household, it would be my husband doing the embellishing and the kids taking bets on how long it would take me to notice them😜

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    1. Aren't you a tidy mama? Surely you'd notice when you dusted?? ;)

      Not only are the memories displayed for our family, but we went the extra mile and uploaded them to FamilySearch. Bonus points for family history, right? I'm totally counting it!!

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  4. What a beautiful and meaningful wall. Actually, the whole room is so warm and inviting. Your family is precious and the pics of you are beautiful!

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  5. Gasp, choke, exhale. WOW!!! So so wonderful. High five. I don't even know you, but now you are my most favorite person, ever. Phenomenal job with the additions.

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    1. Yay! I'm someone's favorite person. A refreshing change from being on my children's "Least Favorite Person" list! ;)

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  6. Rebecca!!! This is awesome! Looks so good and I am so proud of you for printing those photos!!! You will never regret it. :)

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  7. Growing up we had an "open concept" kitchen/family room that had the upper cabinets hanging down in everyone's sight line. My mom put cork board up and then did this on the back of those cabinets. Such a conversation starter- everyone that came in the house loved looking at the phot wall. Of course, we did not have the awesome "enhancement" capabilities that you have employed here! Super wonderful! You're making me think of some way to do this at my house!

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    1. That is AWESOME!!!! Your mother is brilliant - what a great use of space!

      (and for the record, light years before digital pictures and photoshop there was still photo "enhancements" happening. I remember cutting out photos to glue onto other photos way back in 7th grade because it made me laugh. Some things never change, eh? HAHA!)

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  8. What a lovely idea, Rebecca. I think it’s one of my favorite posts on how to share and display your memories…BRILLIANT! Thanks a lot for the post and for the trick! :D
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  9. Hi Rebecca, discovered your blog through Pinterest. Love your posts, such wonderful recycling and the way you write is such fun. I plan on covering a coffee table in family photos soon and I love the idea of the hidden/embellished person in the photos. I will be adding that and secretly waiting until someone spies them. Off to add you to my blog feed. Oh and love your craft room, that is how I got here.

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    1. A coffee table would be FABULOUS! Send me a picture of the finished product - I'd love to see it!!

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  10. Your photo wall is just beautiful. I want to make that on my room wall too.

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