In fact, one of my blogging friends recently posted about her photo wall that she created at her home, if you're interested you can see her hints and tips here. Since I was only halfway through my own wall collage project when she posted on hers, I was lucky enough to be able to use her tips myself!
You'll see in the inspiration photos at the top that some of them have rigid spacing, while others were more chaotic and random. I decided to go with the less rigid, more imperfect look figuring that way if one of them got moved a little bit it wouldn't drive
This first image shows the start of our wall collage. You'll notice there are several gaps (frames I didn't have yet, or were being painted), some unmatched frames, there are even some frames with no photos at all. Had I not already started my collage, I would have followed Rachel's tips and spread them out on the ground first....but a few extra little nail holes never hurt a landlord right? RIGHT! Moving on....
This second photo was taken about a week later, after I'd gotten more of the photos printed, and decided what I wanted to add to that previously awkward gap. I'm lovin' the monogram thing lately, (also went with that theme for our wedding welcome bags) so I picked up a wooden "J" and spray painted it silver. It fits the space well, and because its hanging with a lean I think it adds a bit of whimsy to all the straight lines of the frames.
I used a lot of pictures from Hawaii (both wedding and trip) to brighten the wall. They looked so sharp against the crisp white frames. When I got an email offer from "canvas people" for a discounted canvas print I jumped at the opportunity. I knew it would add just the dimension I was hoping for on the wall collage. Eventually I'd like to add a little console table underneath to collect all our important things: keys, wallets, and dog leashes and keep them in one easy to access place.
While I don't feel like the wall collage is "done" its at least "shareable"- is a piece of art ever really finished? I'm sure we'll be tweaking things here and there on the wall collage for as long as we're in this house, and really that's the beauty of it. I'll probably start an envelope to keep favorite photos in so we can easily switch out the photos in the frame and re-vamp the wall collage without much effort. I like to change things seasonally so I love that this is so manageable. All in all this was such a fun experience, and one that I'll re-create someday when we own our own home...only next time I think I'll use a level :)