5 Ways to Display Your Photos
As I mentioned last week, I am terrible when it comes to printing photos. I think nowadays it is too easy to take photos and forget the real reason we take them in the first place. I am sure, like me, many of you are guilty of being snap happy yet the photos are buried away on your phones and laptops never to see the light of day again and isn’t that just such a shame! Since Craig Dearsley’s last post on printing your photos, I have made it my mission to make sure I get all my photos ready for his next post on how to display them – after all isn’t this the reason we take photos? Without further ado here is Craig to introduce you to some creative display ideas that will have you making the most of your photos in no time at all.
Hello again, I am going to continue the printing pictures theme from last time. Here are 5
interesting and creative ways to display them proudly in your home.
Photography by Two Peas in a Bucket
Scrapbooking is a great way to capture your memories all in one place. A scrapbook can be used
to display pictures and other souvenirs which remind you of an event. If a scrapbook is put together
properly, it can really tell a story.
We have started a scrapbook for our wedding photos. We found some plain matt black scrap
books from Paperchase and have used coloured washi tape to stick it all down, I would also advise
using glue on the back of the pictures and souvenirs.
You will need – A scrapbook, this can be any type of plain book, some glue (prittstick is good),
coloured washi tape, maybe some fancy pens for writing important dates or quotes. A retro style
motex embossing label maker would be a really easy way of adding stylish notes + headings.
Difficulty – Scrapbooking is very easy, but you will need to commit yourself to finishing it.
2. Photo Clothes Line
This is a very simple way of displaying pictures and it is also very easy to change around when you
get bored. Again, like scrapbooking, you can also hang souvenirs on your photo clothes line.
We have a small photo clothes line on our fridge, the string is held by magnets and the picture are
held on with mini pegs.
You will need – Plain string, coloured string, ribbon, (or anything string like really), if you are going
to use the fridge you will need magnets, or if you are going to use a wall you may need drawing
pins or small nails. There are lots of options for fixing the pictures to the string, you can use pegs,
clips, bulldog clips, or even use paper clips.
Difficulty – Once you have the materials, this is really easy and doesn’t take a great deal of
3. Mismatch Frames
Photo frames are quite a conventional way to display photographs. A lot of people choose to have
matching frames all in perfect order, which is fine, but I like to use mismatched frames.
Mismatched frames look good fixed straight to the wall, or on a shelf. I really like the look of
mismatched frames fixed to the wall up a staircase. It’s also good to throw in a mirror or other wall
mounted object into the mix.
You will need – Some mismatched frames (charity shops are a good place to look for mismatched
frames), wall fixings (Ikea sell a good little wall fixing kit) and shelving if you would prefer the shelf
Difficulty – The most difficult thing about this is getting the fixing to the wall, everything else is quite
straight forward. You don’t even have to get the pictures in line with each other. You can start off
with two or three pictures and add to it over time, which makes it a much less daunting task.
Photography by Amy Alexander// Amy Del Planto// sisterintheNYC.blogspot.com
There are a number of ways you can make your printed photos into a collage, the most
conventional way would be to place multiple pictures in a large frame. This looks good, but there is
a much more interesting way. Using washi tape or blutack, stick multiple pictures on a wall, on a
door, on the fridge, pretty much wherever you want (maybe not on the oven though).
We have covered our otherwise very bland kitchen cupboards with pictures, it’s so nice to look at
while you are waiting for the kettle to boil. We also have a collage of pictures above our computer
in our little officedrobe, its lovely to look up and see all those happy times!
You will need – Washi tape or blutack.
Difficulty – Really easy!
Image by Ellie Gillard
5. Professionally Printed Albums
All the above ideas are DIY based, this is very much an outsourced method of displaying your
pictures. There are a number of printing companies out there and the quality of product will vary
dramatically from one to the next.
You could use one of the printing companies I suggested last time, they will provide you with a
professionally printed album that will be perfectly acceptable. If you are looking for a high quality
album for pictures you want to cherish, you will really benefit from spending a bit more time and
money on a high end product.
Here are a couple to have a look at:
Folio – Folio are one of the leading professional photo album
companies, a lot of wedding photographers use Folio for their high end products.
Queensberry – Queensberry are another market leader in
professional photo albums, again like Folio, a lot of wedding photographers use them.
Both companies have a range of bespoke products to suit your taste. It really is worth spending the
time and money on these albums, because they are very high quality and built to last.
That’s it from me for now, hope to see you soon
Much Bespoke Love
Craig & Emily x x