Thursday, August 18, 2016

Photo Gallery Wall

A few weeks ago when I posted about the Mini Boden fall clothes I kept going back to this picture of my sweet little Boo-Boo and our pup Walker.


All three of my kids have a very different bond with him, but since Boo-Boo doesn't have a brother I think the two of these have a brotherly bond if that makes any sense at all.  They wrestle, play tug-of-war, chase each other, and just genuinely love one another.I loved that this picture captured such a sweet moment between the two of them that I decided it needed to go on my photo wall so I made it black and white and added it to the wall. 

 


When we moved in our house a few years ago I started on this project because I had wanted to do it for years.  I collected lots of different black frames to add to some that I already had and then went through old photos to select the ones I wanted to print.

To get an idea of how things would look I spread out all of the pictures out on the floor and then moved them around until I had them the way I wanted it positioned.  Then I just sort of went for it and we started hanging.  There was really no rhyme or reason to it...I just tried to mix it up and I LOVED the outcome.  It's one of my favorite things to look at and I often catch the kids looking at the pictures, too.  It's like a walk down memory lane.


It's on the wall leading from our mudroom to the kitchen/foyer area (and directly across from my desk area), so I see it all the time!



A few notes if you want to do a similar project:

*I started with the center and worked my way out.  I really didn't stress too much about placement or measuring, I just held it up and did what I thought looked right and because it isn't all in straight lines it really doesn't show any imperfections in my hanging skills.  I tend to take more of a "that looks good enough" mentality when it comes to hanging these.

*I only started with about half of the pictures that I have up now. I purposefully left plenty of room so that I could add to it as I had new pictures I loved and wanted to display.

*I have frames from everywhere!  Target, Wal-Mart, HomeGoods, TJMax, Tuesday Morning, Michaels, and pretty much everywhere else.  When I find black frames on sale I'll pick them up and save them until I have more pictures to add to my wall.  Because none of the frames match, I'm able to keep adding to this wall.

*Some of these pictures are professional ones (taken by the one and only Jen during her photographer days) and others are just pictures I took.  I convert the ones I take to black and white using iPhoto on my computer and print.  I haven noticed that sometimes when I get them printed they look more blue or green than black/white. Jen suggests trying to print from Costco for the best quality in black/white and I could tell a big difference on this last picture I had printed.  I did one at a drugstore, but it turned out so green that I re-printed it at Costco.

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