Now that you have a collection of wonderful photos of your wonderful family it is time to enjoy them around the house!
What can you do with your priceless photos?
- * Put them in albums good enough for the coffee table
- * Frame and hang them on the walls
- * Frame them in little frames around the house see How to Make Any Photo Fit Any Size Little Frame at the end of this post
- * Print them on a shower curtain! (I saw that somewhere in a magazine!)
It can be hard to arrange your photos on a wall. I struggled with this over the years and finally learned a few things in the process.
Here is an example of a wall gallery going up stairs, which happens top be a nice place to display your family memories.
Go ahead and fill up a small space with photos, a space too small for furniture will work! Or fill a small space in a very small powder room!
This gallery has mixed shapes, sizes and colors!
A few things to keep in mind
- * Anchor the arrangement with large frames and then fill in with smaller ones
- * You can keep the frame color similar but it is not necessary
- * It is OK to mix black and white and color images
- * Add an occasional mirror or ‘art’ to mix it up
- * Try mixing in a round or oval frame to add interest
- * Hanging frames above and below eye level in a grouping
- * Switch out your photos periodically to update them
My good friend Deanna is so talented and has such a knack for decorating!
Here are her family photos going up her stairs:
Other galleries in her house: This is a great solution for the ‘big’ wall in the den. She actually has nice wall sconces on either side of this gallery adding light.
I love how she mixes the shapes and sizes…that really makes this wall arrangement work.
I like using little frames instead of the larger ones because I can have room for more! These are little 2-4 inch size frames. How do I get the photos to fit in those little frames? I use my wonderful StoryBook Creator software to create a custom project; it is so fast and easy and works great… (see more instructions below).
I love the way these photo frames are hung in the bookcase! A decorator friend of mine put them there and it really works.
I also like the way she put this frame on a stack of books and used the photos to accessorize the bookcase.
Little Frame Photos
How To Make Any Photo Fit Any Size Little Frame
Have you ever tried to get a photo to fit in a small store bought table frame? Some are 4 x 6 and are easy but I love the little frames and they can be hard to make a photo fit.
This is how I easily do it:
- Open a new project in StoryBook Creator and choose a blank 4 x 6 print size
- Import your images to the image gallery
- Create photo boxes the exact size of your frames on your custom 4 x 6 page
- Drag your photos in
- Save and print
- Cut the photo out when you get it and pop photos in the frames!
I fit 3 little photos on this 4 x 6 size custom project: one each of 2 x 2, 3 x 3 and 1 x 1 inch
The whole photo fits in the frame, just a perfect small size!
This works great for small key rings, Christmas ornament frames, and lockets etc…
Camera Mom Tip: Put your precious photos out on display to enjoy! A home full of family photos is so warm and special – – my children feel very loved having their family photos out and they love their photo books too. I always keep a family photo by their beds so it is the last thing they see when they go to sleep. I think it helps their sense of belonging and offers a special ‘I love you’ if they have had a bad day. Don’t worry about having to many photos around…it is YOUR house and YOUR family..what else could matter!
Enjoy the works of photo art that you are creating for your family!
Where to buy:
Large Frames: Kirkland’s (nice matting and inexpensive)
Small Frames: Hobby Lobby
Photo Books: Creative Memories StoryBook Creator go to http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/melaniehempe
Shower Curtain: Google photo shower curtain! Curious about doing one!