how to create a gallery wall

Gallery walls are a great way to fill a big empty wall and add interest to your home.  Right now we have a very small “gallery” above a console table in our living room.

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Step 1 – First I ordered some prints, most of these are from Society 6.

Step 2 – I ordered frames to fit the prints from here.

Step 3 – Decide on a layout.  I wanted some balance so I made sure to put the smaller ones on the same side as the larger print, and went from there.

Step 4 – Decide on spacing.  Notice that the outside edges don’t all line up.  Instead I made sure that the spacing between all the frames was about equal.  It’s easiest to lay your frames on a bed or the ground to figure out how you want them to be configured first.

Step 5 – Hang them up!  I started with the larger one in the corner.  I like to put them up against the wall where I want them and then make a small mark with a pencil at the corner of the frame.  Then I measure the back of the frame from the corner to the middle of the hanger.  Then I can just use a ruler to measure over from my small pencil mark to mark where the nail should go.

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We have lots of room to grow on the wall we selected; it’ll be easy to add a couple every now and then.  Next I think we’ll do some DIY art so we’ll just need to buy some frames – easy and affordable!

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yearbooks

I take lots of pictures throughout the year and I used to print them all off and put them in photo albums.  I began to realize that at the rate I was going I was going to need a whole lot of space to hold the big clunky albums I had.  Then I saw this idea on Young House Love and loved it!

I use My Publisher.  You download the program (only takes a few seconds) and can choose to either have the program make a book for you or make one yourself.  I choose to make one myself, it takes more time but you’re able to configure the pictures just how you want them.  There is a 100  page limit, but I kinda of like that, it makes you have to select the very best photos.

Cost for one of these is about $109 + shipping BUT they have discounts all the time.  I waited for a 70% off discount and got mine for only $45 and that includes shipping!

Here are some pics of our most recent yearbook for 2013:

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I put in a “table of contents” at the front with the highlights from the year:

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And here are a few pages from the book:

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Our yearbook from 2012 is a little different, here are couple pics of that one:

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We liked how this one turned out too, but we decided to go with the fabric cover this time around.

And here they are sitting on our cabinet next to the fireplace:

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I think we’ll be sticking to this system.  It’s an efficient way to keep all those memories alive!  Definitely worth the small amount of time and money in my opinion.  🙂