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clipboard photo wall | roseville lifestyle photographer

I posted an iPhone snap of a recent house project when I did a Clickin Mom’s Instagram takeover in December…  It got over 80 comments from people asking how I did it, where I bought the supplies, what size everything was, etc. So I thought I’d do a little blog post here on exactly that!

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The hallway in question is very long and skinny with no windows or natural light so all the pictures I have are pretty… well, terrible. Most are iPhone snaps, and I just took a couple right now with my big camera and it didn’t really make a difference. They’re all bad… iPhone or otherwise. But they are pictures nonetheless so here we go.

We moved into this house about a year and a half ago. It’s fairly small so I had it decorated rather quickly, but this hallway in particular always nagged me. It was perfect for a gallery wall. A few large pieces wasn’t going to cut it because the hallway is so narrow, the viewer wouldn’t have enough space to back up and see it from a distance. And I knew I didn’t want to do a “traditional” gallery wall because I have a huge one on the stairs adjacent to this space. Here’s an image of that (disregard the Christmas garland… it’s the last decoration we have up and taking it down means I have to vacuum the stairs and I’m just not ready for that kind of commitment right now…)

DLH_8986-5Anyway my wheels have been spinning for a while in regards to what to do in that space. Once I found some mini-clipboards I was SOLD! I could picture exactly what the final product would look like, how to space them on the wall, what size prints to order… all of it. I had a bee in my bonnet and I didn’t stop until the project was done (which was really fast, actually, thanks to Amazon Prime and Costco)

So for this project I used these mini-clipboards found HERE (2 sets of them, 24 in all), a laser level, a tape measure, a hammer, some nails, and 5×7 bordered prints from Costco (if you go the Costco route, just make sure you turn OFF their color correction because it is terrible!). I ordered the prints the same night I ordered the clipboards and both in my hand within two days, and it went so fast the whole wall was completed that night! SO GREAT!

I hung the clipboards in 3 rows of 8. I knew I wanted the middle row to be about eye level, so I picked a spot on the wall placed my laser level there running horizontally down the wall. The clipboards themselves measure 6×9 so I placed a nail every 8 inches along that line, knowing that would give me one inch of space on each side of the clipboards once I hung them. The nails block the laser line, though, so once I got the nail hole in place, I removed the nail and used that same nail for each hole, until I had 8 holes in the row. I measured 10 inches down from the first hole to start the bottom row and repeated the process. Then I measured 10 inches up from the first hole to start the top row and repeated the process again. It was seriously the easiest thing ever and they line up PERFECTLY, which works great for my slightly perfectionist tendencies. Here’s a photo of the wall between the bottom two rows, and the final top row.

12247844_10208181727848883_2996660000660768079_oAfter that, the hardest part was selecting the images to place in the clipboards. I like having options so I printed about 50 images from Costco in portrait orientation at 5×7. The VAST majority of these images were shot in landscape, but I used Costco’s cropping tool to change the orientation. I had no idea if I was really going to like an image in portrait orientation until I saw them in person which is why I over-ordered. I was surprised at how many I still loved, even though it wasn’t how I had originally intended the image to be.  I just thought I’d mention that because I got a lot of comments from people saying they wished they shot more in portrait orientation so they could do this project in their space as well.  But don’t let that stop you, because most of my images weren’t shot in portrait orientation either!

Here are a few big camera snaps from how it looks today.

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This hallway makes my husband and me smile every time we walk past it, and I frequently find the kids looking at the images. In fact, I’d say it’s about time to switch some out so they can find some new ones up there. I am really excited to see what ends up being included here in the next few years..

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