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Ribba Wall Display: Frame Layout Process

As I mentioned, the last time we went to Ikea we bought a bunch of Ribba frames. David finally agreed to let me put up a family photo wall, in the hallway, and I am in the process of laying out the frames to best fit the space. If I had my way completely, I’d be putting up a display wall in the greatroom, where these photos might actually be seen. However, the hallway is as far as the husband is willing to concede. (Wives out there, if your husband is the kind that gives you free rein with the decor, count your blessings).

Now, about our hallway – it is short, dark and narrow. Did I mention dark? Yes, there are hall lights, but we don’t use them during the day, and at night only if we’re looking for something. I’d love to install a sky tube (mentioned here), but I have my work cut out for me if I want to wear the husband down enough for that.

Arranging the frames was trickier than I thought it would be. I knew I wanted a somewhat symmetrical grid, and the same amount of space between each frame, but the sizes that the Ribbas come in make that difficult. I now know Ribba frames are best for those who prefer a random or asymmetrical approach (this one is a nice example).

With all the frames on the floor, and a measuring tape handy, I began to shuffle them around, sort of like puzzle pieces. This was the first layout I was happy with, but it was too long for the wall space.

This is the best possibility so far, and what I’m probably going to use. It is much more linear than I initially wanted, but again, if I want a certain amount of symmetry (and equal space between frames) this is probably my best bet. It is also fewer frames, and therefore photos, than I had wanted to use.

And now the hardest part – picking the photos. So many to choose from. Wish me luck!

 


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Animal Magnet Photo Holder


If your a photographer, you’ve probably already heard of Photojojo. Most of it their offering is just quirky, gadget-y gift items, but there are a few neat things. The Animag Photo Stands are cute, for instance. If we had a shelf for photos around here, they would make a fun display. Feeling crafty? Here’s some basic advice on how to make your own.


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Giving a boost to baby art

Chloe had her first finger-painting session last month, shortly before David’s birthday. I warmed up the kitchen, sat Chloe in her high-chair wearing only a diaper, and taped a sheet of paper down to her tray. A few globs of finger-paint in various colors were applied to the tray surface and directly onto the paper. She didn’t get it at first, and I was glad she had eaten recently or I would have been wiping a lot more paint from her mouth. By the end there was quite a mess, but several sheets of “drawings”.

From this:

To this:

To help her make a card, I used an exacto blade to cut out a fish pattern (her dad’s favorite sport) on cardstock before placing a piece of Chloe’s artwork behind it. Voila! Instant birthday card from Daddy’s special little girl. We also made a similar piece of art for Chloe’s Grandpa Feldkamp for Christmas, but I forgot to take a picture of it. Instead of lots of little fish the cut-out consisted of two more-detailed trout silhouettes.

A while back I came across a really good post on displaying baby and child artwork, but now I can’t find it. However, a quick “What to do with kid art” search pulled these other interesting display ideas from Tiny Decor, CookieMag, Real Simple and Parents.

P.S. I used cardstock for the paintings because the non-toxic kids paint can soak through thin paper pretty easily, causing possible tearing if baby tries to pull at the edges. Despite the heavier paper, they still wrinkled while drying so I placed them under some heavy books after they were completely dry to flatten them back down.

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