Wait, I was supposed to start with this.
It was dubbed, "The Green Thing".... and I decided that I just did. not. like. it!
You know when you do something and you TOTALLY expect to love it? And then it falls flat? Then you try to convince yourself that you love it because you want to sooooo badly? And you can't?
If you don't know that feeling, you're not missin' out.
Annnnnd you're lucky...
Because I hated it. I just couldn't convince myself that I loved "The Green Thing," and the longer it was up there, the more my dislike grew.
I decided that it was time to start my gallery wall, so I referred to this photos for an idea on where to start.
Little did you guys know that I did those sizes intentionally, thinking that this layout would be what I would want! Oooooh, sneeeeeeaaaaaaky!
So I needed:
1 - 20x20
7 - 8x8
2 - 11x14
$45 for all the prints I wanted...
No way that was gonna happen.
So I opened up Photoshop, created a 36x48 canvas, and laid out the prints I wanted.
Pulled up Staples.com and went to order an engineering print.
$4.99 for a 3'x4' print ($5.14 after taxes). That holds the pictures in the sizes I needed... Well, not really, but I'll get to my big "oops" in a sec...
I cut the pictures out with at least a 3/4" border around all sides.
Used some scraps to create 8x8 frames (well, I did the other sizes, too... but didn't take a picture)
Then I wrapped the pictures around the frames like a present. I used glue sticks to adhere the sides of the photos to the boards. I know a ton of you would have probably used Mod Podge, and would have probably put a coat of Mod Podge on the top of the photos... but I have never had luck with Mod Podging photos to stuff, and they always end up looking like a child's craft... So this worked for me!
I did this for all of the 8x8 and 8x10 pictures (remember how I said I needed 2 - 11x14s above? I somehow totally spaced, and got 8x10s... oops!)
The 20x20 got taped to a piece of cardboard, and thrown into a frame I built out of 2x2s and used some leftover paint on..
I hung the 20x20 first, and used my laser level to mark the nail spots for the 8x8s.
I had to put the 8x10s up since I did all that work, but I absolutely plan to change them to 11x14s soon.
'Til then, I can honestly say that I love this. Much more than "The Green Thing"....