In our new home all of our walls are white. While I love the brightness it brings, I wanted to add some contrast to all the whiteness. The black and white photographs are perfect for this. I plan to fill up most of this wall with pictures of our ancestors.
Here's what I did to make this project easy and affordable:
1. The pictures are just copies printed on my laser printer at home. My wall is near a window and I don't want real photographs to fade. Printers nowadays print beautifully and it's cheap to make your own copies and you can easily crop it to fit your frame. Many of my family's pictures have already been uploaded or scanned into our computers. But if I find one that is not, I will scan it, or I will actually take a picture of it with my own camera (cameras are good now too), upload it, and then edit and crop it as needed.
2. I re-purpose old frames, find them on sale, or buy at the dollar store. We are on a budget at our house and frames can get very pricey. I have found some great ones at Dollar Tree, from my own stash, and yard sales. I also will save my craft store coupons to get some favorites that I find there.
This is just the beginning. I started with our grandparents and great-grandparents. As I find more family pictures and frames I will expand. I have found FamilySearch.org to be super helpful in finding and sharing photos and names (and it's FREE!). Have you tried it?
I figured out my arrangement on the floor before I put it up.
It's been very interesting looking through family pictures and finding the ones I love.
And really that's it! So easy to add your own personality and style and fill your empty wall with a family tree.
Try visiting Family Search and see what you find. They have tons of resources for finding your family roots. It's free to sign up, and free to use (always). Love it.
Also, if you are interested in February there is an annual family history conference called RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's a huge conference for a very affordable price ($19 and even a FREE family day). They have over 200 classes, keynote speakers (like Laura Bush), entertainment for the whole family, and exhibitors. It's a 3 day event and I am so excited to attend for my first time this year.