just call me mart(ina) stewart!

I like to think that I’m a crafty person, but when it all comes down to it, I’m not. I get distracted or disappointed in how the project is coming out so I just put it off to the side and move on to the next one.

That being said, I was walking through Walmart and found these cool 4×4 frames. I didn’t know what to do with them, but I bought them anyway. Because, why not? When I got them home I realized that I would have to cut pictures to fit the frame and that’s not something that I enjoy. I went to Google and looked up places that print odd sizes. I found Nations Photo Lab. You guys, I’m in love! They have everything! They offer 3 different finishes, you can make proof prints if you’re a professional photographer, they’re great for graduation photo sets. They print on metal and canvas which I will probably take advantage of for Christmas. So, I placed an order for wayyy too many 4×4 prints of my favorite photos. I also ordered some wallet sizes because I found all of those plastic inserts that I bought at Claire’s a million years ago. And again, why not?

The prints came and I still didn’t know what to do with them. I wanted to incorporate some of my other frames and make a collage of varying sizes but I had no idea how to go about it. Whenever I try to do things like that they wind up coming out crooked because I have no patience with tape measures and levels.

Finally, I was looking around my room and, you know when you see things everyday but then all of a sudden it’s like you’re seeing it for the first time? I noticed that the wall to the left of my door needed updating. score! I already had things up there but they’ve been there forever and now I had a reason to change it up. I took down what was on there and started to arrange the new photos to see how they fit. That’s when the light went on.

AN INSTAWALL!

I used the Command Picture Hanging strips to hang them without having to put millions of holes in my wall. Thankfully, I had the foresight to put the pictures I ordered into PicMonkey first and edited them a bit with some filters and the like. Now I have my very own instagram page on my wall. What’s great is that since they’re all hung on velcro, whenever I want to change a picture, I could just pull the frame off, replace the photo and stick it right back on the wall. I’m sure things like this are all over Pinterest, but I’m proud that I figured this one out myself. let me have my moment!

DSC_0068What I also love is that I have more room at the bottom and at the top so if I wanted to add more, I could. Except for the fact that I went on to Walmart’s website and they’re all sold out of the frames in this size so I have to wait until I could get to a brick and mortar store.

I think the cherry on top of this instasundae is how cheap it was*. Online, you can get a set of 6 frames for $6. In the store, they’re sold in sets of 2 for $2. The prints are 26 cents each, which is more than Shutterfly or Snapfish but I’m willing to pay extra to not have to cut them down myself. The velcro strips are usually about $9 a pack, which is high because you don’t get that many in a pack (I think the biggest pack has 8 sets in it. Each picture needs 1 set.) I was able to find smaller packs at the dollar store so I stocked up.

I wish I could do this on every wall of my house but I don’t think my mom would appreciate it. wait until i move out. instawalls for everybody!

signature*i purchased all of the supplies with my own money. i was not given anything for free nor am i being compensated for writing this post.