First you have to choose which pictures you will use and what sizes you want them to be. This was the hardest part for me since I have about 9988492093809889 pictures of my kids. Once they are printed, you need to mat them all. I did NOT mat them the way pictures are supposed to be matted! LOL! It's too expensive to buy actual mats and get them cut to fit each picture! I bought 1 sheet of the bright white picture mat board from Hobby Lobby. It was $7.99. Then to save time and money, I just cut the mat to fit the frame and then taped the picture right on the mat. It was pretty time consuming to do it my easy way. I can't imagine how long it would take to actually cut the mat opening to lay on top of the picture like you're supposed to! I should mention that before I even chose my pictures, I gathered all the frames I had in my house, so I knew how many pictures I should print. I didn't want to have to buy any frames! When I work on a project like this, I have to have lots of space to lay everything out.
And of course having a cute little chubby boy to help is nice!
Here's another one of my secrets....
5 of the frames I had weren't black...until I hit them with some spray paint! I already had a can of black, so it didn't cost anything! And think of what I would have spent to buy 5 new frames!
After all your pictures are matted and framed, I would suggest laying them out on the floor or a large surface to see how you want them. Then you can arrange and rearrange as much as you want until you like your design. I wanted it to look somewhat random and not symmetrical. Lay the biggest frames out first and then work your way down to the smallest.
Wanna know another secret? 5 of these pictures are matted on white computer paper!! Haha! I'll betcha $100 bucks you can't guess which 5!
Now it's time to transfer to the wall. I MAY or MAY NOT have left the pictures sitting on the island in our kitchen for 3
I found the center point of the wall and went from there. While I didn't want my arrangement symmetrical, I still wanted it even on the wall! One by one, I added the photos. I am somewhat happy with the finished project, but now that it's on the wall, I see that I need 1 more picture on the top right and maybe a couple small ones in between. I'll be working on that. I also realized a few pictures are hanging crooked. Those have already been fixed! I HATE crooked pictures!!!
So what do you think?? Any suggestions? Do you have a picture wall in your house?