I created a grouping in my hallway using the frames and old photos. Most of mine are family photos but if you don't have access to such photos there are 1000's for sale in antique shops, junk stores, as well as Esty and Ebay that can be used.
You will need:
old pictures of varying sizes
old frames of similar color
hammer and nails
Command Adhesive strips
Once you have everything gathered together, measure the wall space the frames will take up. Layout your frames on the floor or a nearby bed to get a visual of how you want the wall to look (keep inside your measurements). I only worked with the frames during this stage...no pictures yet.
Add nails to the wall to hang the frames using the small level to keep things straight. Once the frames were in place, I started adding the larger photos with squares of Command adhesive (or another adhesive that will not damage your photos).Ruby Rose awhile back...it fit perfectly here. The oval frame with the beautiful convex glass was a gift from my friend Sande. She purchased it while we were in Paris together in 2012 (a gracious gesture to say the least). I added my favorite little photo booth pic of my mom then hung it with a bit of vintage ribbon to take up more the the space inside the large frame.
Moving down the hallway, I added a simple shadowbox I created for a past CHA show booth display made from a small cigar box. It has my maternal grandparents wedding photo taken December 2, 1914.
And the last section, a large black frame with my parents wedding photo. The inside edge was a weird peach color so I painted it with Tarnished Brass Distress paint.
The last layer is the small photos that you see taped to the wall with Washi tape. A super easy way to make the wall appear unplanned and haphazard which is what I like.
And we're done!
I can add more frames and more pictures in the future if I so choose or take it all done in a matter of minutes. I think the biggest mistake people make in decorating is never doing anything because they're afraid. Decorating should be fun and make you feel like you really "live" in your house. Don't worry about nail holes...they can always be filled later! Don't let fear stop you from being creative, because really, what good is a box of old family photos if you just leave them sitting on the shelf? And if your afraid of damaging the photos... just a make a color copy (even if it is a black and white photo).
remember the 4 stages:
1. measure wall space
2. layout frames to fit measurements
3. add frames to the wall
4. add main photos and ephemera
5. add smaller photos with washi
cheers for a great week!