Memory Lane Gallery Wall

So, I think I found my creative mojo folks!!  Yay!! We have been blessed with some beautiful weather around here the past several days, and I took the chance to do some spray painting projects that were on my list.  
First up was to work on a gallery wall for my girlie’s room.  She had some pics set aside when she moved rooms that she said she wanted in frames, so I decided since she was out of town this weekend I would do something special with them for her.
Months ago a friend posted a pic on facebook of a bunch of frames she was getting rid of. I don’t remember how much I paid for the lot – but it was a great deal!!
So, out of those, I chose the ones that worked best with the photos I had.  I removed all the glass, guts and backs of each frame {tip – somehow label the guts and the frame if you are doing a bunch all at once to make sure you get the right guts back in the right frame}. I chose a glossy black spray paint and went to work.
For the insides, I wanted to do more than just put the picture in.  Not wanting to spend the $$$ on mats, I opted for scrapbook paper and some paper tape. {I think the tape came from the dollar tree – it was bought during the holidays on impulse 🙂 – glad I did because it works great here!}
I simply cut the scrapbook paper to fit each frame and then attached the photo with the paper tape.  {Don’t you love that sparkly gold paper tape??}  If she gets tired of these photos, easy-peasy to remove the tape and insert new ones without damaging the background paper or the photo.
After all the frames were ready.  I moved on to the hanging and arranging.  Gallery walls used to terrify me.  But, after doing a couple, I now know that there is no wrong way to do it.  It just needs to look pleasing to you!  🙂
The gallery was going above her vanity table, and around the mirror.  So, I first positioned the mirror.  Then, I measured my space, and found a spot in the floor to arrange the rest.
After that was done.  I just started building the gallery.  Two pictures at a time, to get a cohesive look.  
In the end we have something that we both will surely love!!
Who could resist smiling at this cuteness everyday??
My girlie will soon be 17 (in 12 days!) and I hope that seeing these photos everyday will bring back sweet memories!!
So much love for my mini-me :).

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  • red in oz

    This is lovely 🙂 I have a picture walled planned for our lounge and I love the idea of mounting some of the pictures with tape instead of just the standard way. My dad has the equipment for cutting mounts and the mounting board is actually very cheap – I've just bought a huge A1+ sized piece for £5 from a local art shop so it's worth looking into mounting your own pictures. I found you from the DIY party link up.

  • Kimberly Lewis

    You always bring the coolest ideas to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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