Creating a Gallery Wall

Disclosure: This post is financially sponsored by Adorama Pix.  All opinions are my own.Gallery Wall-1

For the longest time, this wall was called our “wedding wall.”  You can actually view our wedding wall here.  I really wanted to get rid of it.  I mean it’s been almost three years and I’m a little sick of looking at the same pictures over and over (I get bored easily).  Mr. Charming was not so ready to get rid of it, though, but I finally was able to convince him when our daughter was born.  I wanted a gallery wall to display our favorite pictures, both of people (our daughter!) and of meaningful places.  I put the above gallery wall together to do just that and I think we love it.

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OUR GALLERY WALL

I wanted a gallery wall where I can interchange some pictures as the months go on.  Some of the pictures of the two of us, the baptism pictures, and one of Miss K’s pictures will be replaced with newer pictures as she ages, we visit somewhere new, and as other life events occur.  But, for now, these are the most important pictures to us so they are what I have started with and will probably be up for a good time.  The canvas, the center image, the acrylics, and Miss K’s first picture will most likely be permanent parts of the display, though.

A. Zimbabwean sunset on acrylic.  Many of you probably don’t know my husband was actually born and raised in Africa.  He immigrated here when he was about 14 and I know they still hold a big place in their heart for Zimbabwe, in fact family still resides there today and they had a family reunion in Zimbabwe last year.  So, when I saw this picture they was taken last year I knew it would be a great way to incorporate where he came from into the wall.  After all, they always talk about the incredible beauty of the African sunsets.

B. Extended family picture.  This was taken at Miss K’s baptism and includes our best of friends as well because they are family, too.

C. Canvas family illustration.  I purchased this last year of the two of us plus our animals.  I wanted to have a little portrait of our family before we had kids, you know the first two and a half years of our marriage.

D. One year anniversary portrait.  I wanted to take annual pictures regardless if we have kids are not just to see how we change through the years.  Our second annual pictures included the baby bump, but for our first annual pictures I kind of did a “cherish the dress” session because I was a little disappointed with how little pictures we got from our wedding day of just us two.  You can see more from that session, taken by Elizabeth Buergler Photography, here.

E. Hanauma Bay in Hawaii panorama on acrylic.  We honeymooned in Hawaii and I don’t have many pictures from our honeymoon hanging in our house.  I took this opportunity to get this panorama on an acrylic to mirror the acrylic sunset.  We snorkeled in this bay and I’ll never forget we found a giant sea turtle and started just swimming behind him/her for several minutes.  Such a glorious little creature.  Ever since then, I’ve kind of had a thing for sea turtles.

F. Miss K at 3 weeks.  I took this picture along with a few others of her in a pink tutu.  This is my husband’s favorite picture from the session and I promised my husband we would include it in the gallery wall.  You can see another picture from the session here.

G. Second annual family picture.  This was taken by Elizabeth Buergler Photography in November, in which we also did a few maternity pictures that you might have seen on Instagram.  I wanted my husband and I to be in the center because, well, I love my marriage to him.

H. Miss K’s first formal picture.  Taken at the hospital by the hospital photographer around 12 hours of age.  I believe this will be a permanent picture in the gallery.

I. Two more pictures from our second annual family portrait session.

J. Family group pictures from Miss K’s baptism.  We did smaller group sessions of our families: my husband’s immediate family, my immediate family, our “second” family, and our closest group of friends.

K. Wedding flowers.  I include a mention of these because the tall pink flowers and the gold candles were on our sweetheart table at our wedding.  I have help them unaltered since then as decoration.  The middle flowers are just there, possibly temporarily until I find a better replacement, to kind of fill in the gap.

HOW TO DO THE GALLERY WALL

The key to the gallery wall, like many gallery walls, is mixing and matching.  I wanted to mix and match frames and media on this wall.  Adorama Pix is so great because they offer so many different size options for paper, acrylic, canvas, and metal prints – this was something I felt was lacking from some competitors.  For my Hanauma Bay panorama, they printed it 8×17.7 inches because that was the size of my panorama!

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Once I found the frames and received all the artwork, I used the Command Picture Strips in size large to put up most of the pictures because they are a little more stable and required a lot less hassle than nails: all I did was rip off the stand on the frames, put the strips on the frames, and then put the frames on the wall.  This requires two people so that one person can stand from afar and make sure it all lines up.

** A side note: some of the heights and widths didn’t match up on purpose because I wanted to mix and match both frames and media, however there is a small discrepancy between this template and my actual wall gallery: where the asterisk (*) is on the template I say 11×14, however I used an 8×10 on my wall because that is the largest size I was able to get for that newborn shot of my daughter so I ran with it anyways using a frame for an 8×10 instead of a frame for an 11×14 which would have matched up in symmetry better.  I do recommend using an 11×14 picture instead of an 8×10, though.

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