July 17, 2012

Photo Collage (for the Master Bedroom)

First off, thank you SO much for your kind comments and support on Sunday's post.  I think I have the sweetest readers in the world.  Thank you.

On to today's post.  The master bedroom is actually finished, but it's not quite time for the reveal.  However, I wanted to share one wall I did a photo collage on that I'm really excited about.  On my husband's side of the bed there was a big empty wall and I couldn't decide what to put on it.  I love art, but I always end up loving photos on the wall more than anything.

So, I pinned this picture below (from HERE) and took some inspiration from it.


In the end, I decided to hang the photos in a really unique way, to create interest.  


I took some shots of all of us and I cross processed all the photos at about 30-40% to give them some continuity.  



I saw the superhero picture idea on Pinterest (originally from HERE) and had to use it, since it's so Rex.  (It reminded me of that video we did with him.)


I had to squeeze in a cheesy one of Mr. Roar and I, since it's our bedroom :)  I also took a picture of my wedding ring and added the letters to make it say "love."


I made the "We're better together" art on picmonkey.


So here's how I did it.  I knew I would have to spend some money to get that many pictures up on the wall, but I tried to save where I could.  I purchased the 8x10 frames from Wal-mart for $3 each.  I spray painted them all white.


I printed up the photos at Costco ($1.50 for 8x10s).  I used fabric scraps for some of the frames as well.

To be able to hang them exactly how I wanted to AND be able to change the photos out, there was really only one option.  I used the Command Strips for picture hanging.  They are pricier than using nails, but they are crazy easy to use and I can remove them when I'm done without leaving holes everywhere.  I felt they were worth the cost.  They have a sticky side and a side that's almost like velcro.  You put one strip on the wall and one on the frame.  Then they click together.  I used two sets on each frame.


I love that I can change out the pictures easily when I want to.


And there you have it.



I can't wait to show you the rest of the room, but it'll be a couple of weeks.  

Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow.

UPDATE:  See the whole completed room now HERE.

29 comments:

~ko said...

So crazy cute!!! Hope you dont mind if I copy you ;) I'm loving this!

Marilyn said...

I absolutely loooove this!!!!! And I love that picture of Rex sooo cute!

The Miller Five said...

That is beautiful! I love the pics of you two kissing....great idea! The superhero picture of Rex is adorable!

Ange said...

I like how you did not make a solid mass of frames, like the inspiration photo. That looks fantastic!

Nessa the Procrastinator said...

I love the picture setup! :) Very cute.

Siobhan said...

oh dear me, i love it!!!

controlling craziness said...

So cute, I love how it's different and not symmetrical. I've used those command strips before too and love them. I am sometimes scared to put holes in my walls so it's great. Can't wait to see the big reveal!

Unknown said...

We've been talking about doing a collage wall in our living room. I love the pattern you used. Very interesting to look at.

Mel said...

Hey - regarding your inspiration pic from pinterest that you mentioned, there are the links to the original sources and ideas here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/flickr-find-photo-wall-97425

Yours came out absolutely adorable - congratulations! I think I'll schedule a "silly photo day" myself ;)

Lindagirl said...

Nicely done! I like that it can easily be changed either by switching photos, painting the frames over, or just moving a couple frames.

McKenzie @ Girl Loves Glam said...

Obsessed with this!

The Simmons Family said...

You did a great job. I bought those frames for a project but tried painting them with brushes instead of spray paint. Major craft failure! I didn't even think to use spray paint.

Unknown said...

So regarding the pic monkey saying what do you use on for the backgrounds to put the words on? Every time i have tired it the resolution for the background is bad and the quote turns out horrid!
-shelly

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

I love it! What a fun arrangement!

Domestic Mama said...

Ahhhh I LOVE this ! And I need something for OUR master bedroom bare wall. I'm "borrowing" your idea and I'll link back to you on my blog when Im done !
Thanks for the inspiration...as always darling ! :)

Tennjenny said...

wonderful! Both the original idea and your take on it.

Alissa said...

Seriously?! Is there anything you CAN'T do?! You rock my DYI-ing socks right off! Lovely wall for a lovely family.

Jen said...

I love it!

Cassie said...

Love love love it! It turned out super cute! Way to go Bear! I need those photos of the boys forwarded so I can put them up in our house please!

Jess Cox said...

That is such an incredible collage! I LOVE it! I can't wait to see the rest of the room!

Аленушка said...

I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

Judith said...

You are so creative in making your house a true 'home'...

Emily said...

Maybe I'm just a dork, but what exactly is cross processing? The finished effect, whatever it is, turned out so nicely!

Curt said...

this is the BEST photo arrangement/display ever. This is one i realy want to COPY. Thank you

Steph said...

Wow, that turned out amazing! I love that you went with it being unique instead of just a big block of pictures. Awesome!

Hot Mess Housewife said...

Such a cute idea, and it looks great! Nice job!

iammommahearmeroar said...

Hey Shelly! I answered your question here:

http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2012/07/creating-printables-your-questions.html

I hope that helps!

Cheri

Unknown said...

I L.O.V.E. that layout! Your pictures are adorable, too. It's a refreshing take on the gallery wall. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Amy

Kimi Coopet said...

Oh too funny Cheri! I have been following your blog for so long & I missed this post that included my sons Superhero photo that you used for inspiration! I love it! Every child LOVES it! I ended up making it into a "card" that my son can pass out to his friends. It includes his name, number, my email and what not so his friends can get in touch. As a 4x6 print it is SO easy to hang on the fridge & looks awesome. All his friends parents LOVE it! :)

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