Ok, so I finally took down all my Christmas Decorations on Monday. I had just moved into this house right before Christmas so we went from unpacking straight into Christmas decor. When we moved here we went from 1376 sq ft to 2192… a wee bit bigger than I was used to (which I LOVE). BUT this showed me how much I don’t have to hang on my walls!
I have seen some awesome gallery walls lately and I want to do one! I’m a pretty visual person though, so for me to just bust out with a bunch of picture frames would probably end in some sort of epic fail and then I would have nothing to blog about except how NOT to do a gallery wall!
So let’s take a look at my living room wall.
There is nothing on it right? I know people say to hang paper and stuff on the wall, but I wouldn’t know what to cut out and let’s face it.. that takes some time! I will do that when I have bought my actual frames! So what is a visual girl to do? Oh! Did I mention that I am also a very symmetrical person? I have a hard time with balance, everything has to be the same on one side… I don’t necessarily like this about myself, but I have a hard time visualizing things that aren’t that way. I like asymmetrical designs.. my brain just won’t take me there though!
Try to figure out a way to see what it could POSSIBLY look like before you start cutting up a bunch of paper and buying a whole lot of frames!
I made a digital gallery wall!
Here is what I did
-I took a picture of the wall I want to turn into a gallery
-Opened it up in Photoshop Elements (which I love by the way)
and started adding some frames from the little section in the program (not sure what it’s called… but you know what I mean right?)
You could totally do this in paint if you wanted and just add squares and rectangles, but I figured I should use this since I have it ; )
All those little words.. yeah those are telling me to insert pictures, but I really just wanted to play around so I left them just like that. This always me to see what kind of shapes I even want to start looking for. It’s not exactly how I want it yet, but I’m visual, and I also change my mind a lot… when I finally get it how I want it, I’ll just know : )
Pretty cool huh?
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Great idea with this! It's such a great way to plan out what you want to do before you wreck the wall!
Megan Wynn Volnoff says
Cool idea? Hello! Why didn't I think of that?? Love it! Sharing on my facebook page!
That is a good way to do it! We went from about 1700 ft to 3000, but are back down to 2600, I miss that extra 409-I.e my craft room
This is so smart! What a great idea! When you actually put the photos up I learned this great trick to put some toothpaste where the hanging thing on the frame is, press that on the wall where you like it – and then you can see the toothpaste and know exactly where to put the nail!
I'm excited to see your final gallery when you get that done!!
Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies
Johanson Family says
you know, not sure if you'd wanna do this but I've seen picture frames (cute ones) made of vinyl.. so you can just stick the picture in the center and the vinyl holds the picture up as it also is the frame! Remove when you are tired of them and probably less expensive than buying a bunch of frames.
Kristina @ ReMadeSimple says
Pretty high tech! I just did my gallery wall and just winged it-but this is a great idea!
That such a great idea! I laid mine out on the floor, but it's still hard to visualize on the wall.
Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook says
I am coming over right now so you can help me with my wall!!! :)
[email protected]' says
Such a great idea! And it is easier on the back than planning it on the floor, which I did!!
Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says
That is a crazy cool idea! Photoshop is great! Thanks for linking up…
Kate @ craftwhatever says
What a great idea! I use PSE all the time and never thought of this!! Much easier than cutting a bunch of paper to tape on the walls!
How clever!!! I love it! I am so glad you linked up to our party this week!
the cape on the corner says
this is super helpful-wish i had the photoshop skills. i like this arrangement.
Emily @ 52 Mantels says
GREAT idea!! I am definitely doing this next time I hang a gallery wall. I usually just wing it and then ended up patching a dozen holes. Oy!
Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says
AWESOME! Emily, me too! XO, Aimee
great idea i think ill try it thanks
[email protected] says
Holy cow…this looks just like my gallery wall in my family room. I had to take a double take. It looks awesome by the way :).
You really should check mine out (it will make you smile)…http://hatingmartha.blogspot.com/2011/10/family-room-on-cheap.html Of course your pictures look waaayyyy better!
Hi Ashley, just wanted to let you know that I featured your project today. Yay! Such a clever idea! Stop by and grab a button if you would like.
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