I take an insane amount of pictures. Before the digital era (B.D.E.), I had triple prints printed of every roll of film at my local Costco. It was often costly, considering how many pictures included closed eyes, chopped off heads, and even unflattering butt shots of myself taken by a then toddler.
My mother and mother-in-law however, loved the B.D.E., because they constantly were getting my extra pictures. Now I take so many more pictures, but they are saved on my laptop or shared here or on social media sites. My immediate family is pretty plugged into social media, but some of my extended relatives wouldn’t know the difference between Twitter and Instagram if their lives depended on it. So uploading pictures to a family Shutterfly account is about to happen.
After 7 months, we are finally feeling settled. We sold most of our belongings and have slowly bought only things we absolutely love. We have had a couch in the front room for two weeks and are waiting on two leather sofas for the back family room. As I was taking pictures of the back room, I noticed I had many empty frames that had been displayed for over a month. Why? Well, honestly I have no idea. It certainly isn’t because of a lack of available pictures. So I declared the need for immediate action, thus the birth of Operation Print Those Pictures!
Our family room has a hanging, lighted arrow that I bought on my trip to Roundtop, Texas. I specifically searched and purchased vintage and new frames that were of different sizes, especially height, to help fill in the gap between the locker cabinet and the arrow. The yellow frame was originally a very dark brown frame that I livened up with a couple cans of yellow spray paint. I am waiting on an enlarged print from our family photo shoot from last winter to fill that frame. (Sam constantly rearranges the pictures and this is what she decided on for the picture. Not bad for a 3 year old).
I have a large format printer (Canon Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer PIXMA Pro9000) here at home, so I went crazy printing out pictures. I printed out pictures from Instagram, Facebook, my computer, my camera, and my i-phone. I tried to print out pictures that pulled at my heartstrings or told a story. I prefer a picture connected to a story or memory over quality of the image, most of the time.
*** Note: The quality of Instagram pictures starts to decrease when printing larger than 6″ x 6″ (I printed them out as large as 8″ x 8″ and was happy with the result, but is a bit more grainy in appearance).
I also loved hanging my letterpress tray in the new house. I made this years ago before Samantha was born, when we were just a family of 5. I was inspired by a similar project by Ali, and had fun collecting various wooden blocks, letter press letter, and scrapbooking supplies to fill the tray. My tray was bought by a friend when she visited a Utah vintage shop. I used E-6000 glue to attach the metal/wood pieces and used dimensional foam glue dots to attach the pictures. I simply measured each tiny section and printed photos. The printing and assembly took one evening, but the cleaning of the tray took several hours as it was filthy.
I bought this next wooden piece from Pottery Barn’s home office supply section of their catalog two years ago. I bought it with the intention of using it for our Christmas advent activities as seen. You can read more about that here.
I still want to use this as an Advent Calendar, but I love the piece and wanted to figure out a way to use it the other 11 months of the year. My answer – fill it with pictures that tell a story. So the boxes are approximately 5.3″ square. I already had the jigsaw cut books (STORY) that I had purchased at Found, located in Mesa, AZ. I spent a couple of hours and printed out the pictures a little larger at 5.5″. The pictures are slightly angled/bent to hold them in place. I love this arrangement, because it isn’t permanent, but I’m enjoying pictures that were previously sitting on my computer or phone. I can also add update the piece with new instagram pictures as I feel led.
Let me challenge you to print those pictures and fill your home with the memories of great stories!
What ways do you display your pictures in your home?
Blessings sweet friends,
Thank you so much yesterday for your encouraging, kind, and humbling words in welcoming and loving me back to the blogging world. I am not even able to express how much it touched me. And of course, Jeff, simply smiled at me when he came in from work tonight and said, “Welcome back.”