Saturday, January 16, 2010

Family Picture Arrangements

No I'm not MIA. Unless you call major focus on my house MIA. I thought I would have more time to blog during break but alas I've completely ignored you. All for a good cause though...my house.

I've been working on the following project for a month and a half. It's taken me that long to gather old family pictures, buy frames, arrange frames, re-arrange frames, find picture mats that fit frames and purchase vinyl lettering.



So how did I accomplish such a symmetrical picture arrangement you ask?

First, I purchased a package of frames from Walmart...an after Christmas sale. I picked up 13 frames for $13. Once I realized what a killer deal this was, I went back and got a second set. I didn't use all of them though. Only enough to make a perfect symmetrical square of pictures.

Starting on the floor, I arranged the pictures several different ways.




Once I was satisfied with the arrangement I hung them. I'm not about to mislead you at this point...there are several dozen holes in the walls behind those frames. I'm anal retentive when it comes to this kind of stuff. I moved each frame until I was satisfied.





Once the frames were in place, I then went through my old pictures and limited them to my favorite. I wanted to keep an "old" theme to this arrangement.

Here are a few...

That cute little guy in the front left corner...the one with the trouble making smile on his face...that's my dad.


This is also my dad...he's so darn cute!

This is my Maternal Great Grandparents holding my Grandfather...

My Maternal Grandparents. My Grandma was 15 and Grandfather 30 when they married.
(check out their washing machine to the left)

My mother when she was 16...

My Paternal Grandparents during the depression. The little girl who would have been my Aunt Carolyn died when she was 1 1/2 of spinal meningitis.


The man on the left is my Paternal Great Grandfather. He is pictured here with his brothers...NO it's not the James brothers.


I printed the pictures at Costco and placed them in the frames.




I also purchased these double sided sticky dots to keep the pictures in place.

The vinyl wall letters are from a local company called Polka Dot Skull. They customize any saying for a reasonable cost. Mine was only $19. I was able to choose the font, size and saying.


And there it is...first project of 2010.

18 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This looks absolutely fabulous. I have a similar grouping in my hallway. Do you have textured walls? I find that the vinyls don't stay up on my walls.

Jenglamgirl said...

You did an AMAZING JOB! it looks so professinal, way to go!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your wall of pictures looks fabulous! You did a great job hanging them. Thanks for telling us how you did it (and for being honest about all the holes!!!) I love the vinyl too, they are just perfect above pictures. Great job!

xoxo
Jane

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You did a wonderful job. How fortunate to have all the old pictures. they are truly a treasure. hugs ~lynne~

ceekay said...

Love it! I hope you put names and dates on the back of the frames....just an idea. My kids don't remember stuff like that too easily, so I mark a lot.

Connie said...

You have encouraged me! I have a long hallway upstairs that is still blank. That would be a great project. I love it Brandy!!! You are back even if it's only once in a while...we still love you!

Connie

Connie said...

Oh yeah...I have lots of holes behind my frames too! :) Connie

Martha said...

That looks wonderful! I am actually working on a similar project for my living room!
Thanks for sharing!
Martha

3LittleByrds said...

Looks great. I have this same project on my to do list but haven't gotten to it yet. You've inspired me.

sherri said...

That's awesome! Great job with the picture hanging! This is the very project I was working on all day yesterday...I'll post about it soon, But I can relate to how much work it is!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Wouldn't it be a scream if we were "distant" cousins?? I always enjoy finding someone else that enjoys their things as much as I do.. thank you for swinging in.. you brightened my day...hugs ~lynne~

Tamara Jansen said...

What a stunning vignette. I love it!

Christa said...

I just love the way you decorate. I am pouring over your old posts. Love your ideas. Thanks for sharing them. I am redecorating my family room and need ideas. I really like the way yours is pretty AND comfy.

chacha said...

Those old pics are so great. They're beautiful. I love old American photos - it's super interesting to me.

Also, those desks in your dad's class - I totally sat in a desk like that in kindergarten (it was an old school built near 1900).

Ruby Red Slippers said...

AWESOME!!!
I LOVE what you did-and I love how you told us the stories behind each of the neat pictures-Love it!

Angie said...

Wow, it looks sooooooo good! I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time. Just gotta decide what wall to put them on and get all the stuff. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Ros said...

Brandi, these pictures are amazing! You have arranged them all so beautifully. My heart has been pining for something similar, but I haven't done anything past that because I KNOW it would take a lot of focus, just like yours did. I learned a lot from you about making picture groupings work. Thanks for teaching me! Hope you are loving school this semester =)

Bobbie said...

I have those same frames!! I just dont know how to do the wall like you did!!

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