Gratitude: DIY Heartshaped Photo Collage

No.84

14th Oct 2014

Being a parent isn’t always easy, it can challenge you and drive you bananas BUT I have learnt to try and take it in stride by reminding myself in those challenging moments how amazing being a parent can be too. Which brought me to my next crafting project, creating a photo collage with a Instagram inspired theme. Just think about how many photos you have of your loved ones, probably so many that it would surprise you if you went through them all, so I took those moments captured over the last year and half since our Sweet Pea was born and made a huge collage to remind us how great we have it.

I wanted a place to reflect and feel gratitude when things feel tough or when I needed a lift, and to be able to just look up at all those moments that fill my heart with so much joy and I can focus on what’s important – the little moments in my daily life. Sometimes the moments are big and celebratory and others are just moments we captured when Sweet Pea was learning something new, being silly, showing her personality or just smiling and laughing. I love it and I hope you do too because being grateful can be an amazing daily practice.

Want to create your own Gratitude Heart Collage? Here is how I did it:

  1. Dig up all the photos you want to use and create a New Folder on your computer for easy access. If you post on Instagram, great collect those photos because they are already square and you’ve added fun filters to them and you can download them off your phone to use.
  2. Send the photos out to order for print using companies like huggleup - Sticky 9 -  PRINTSTAGRAM or the many other online companies that provide an Instagram printing service. 
  3. When you have all the photos printed find a large space to lay them all out, I used our queen sized bed because I didn’t have the free floor space with a toddler running around.
  4. Now you are ready to begin creating the heart shape with all the photos. I liked having them all laid out first so I could see what I had and what I wanted to use. For example I put a lot of the sentimental photos in the heart center.
  5. My photos measured 3″ x 3″ in size. I started laying my photos out from the middle strip of the heart. It will be the longest strip of photos and I used 11 photos.
  6. The next 8 strips have 10 photos and I placed 4 strips on either side of the long middle strip. When placing all of the strips, use a ruler and measure  1 1/4″ up to start creating the heart shape.
  7. The next 2 strips have 9 photos and they are placed 1 strip each on either side of your heart. They will be placed 1 1/4″ down from the adjacent strip.
  8. Then the next 2 strips are placed the same, have 8 photos and they will be placed 1 1/4″ down from the adjacent strip.
  9. The last 2 strips have 6 photos, will finish the heart sides off and be placed from the top 1 1/4″ down.
  10. Once you are happy with your layout you can start taping the photos together vertically using a strong clear tape.
  11. Last step is to measure the place on the wall where you want to mount the photo collage. Again I started from the center and worked it out like I had on my layout space. Keep in mind when you are mounting that the center of your heart is the lowest point, if you want to be centered on your wall. I used a strong double sided tape to mount the photos and put a piece of tape on either end of the strip but smooth down the strip before adding the bottom piece of tape to avoid bubbles and to keep the strip straight.

*This DIY does not include the steps for laying out the Photos in Photoshop to print at home yourself, if people would like to see that I can do another blog post outlining how I created the Photoshop Template. Please leave a comment below if that’s something you would be interested in.

One Response

  1. I love it! It’s a great idea and you have done a beautiful job. I recognize a lot of my favourite photos of our sweet pea, and there are some new ones too. One thing is sure, Regan is a happy and lucky little girl. I look forward to having a closer look at all the photos when we are with you at Christmas time. xo

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