Rita Konig’s collection of photos (featured in Domino, Oct 2008 issue) was my inspiration for this photo wall.
Below is a template so you can easily create your own mosaic wall display. It’s 5×7 in size and includes the white border, a clipping mask, and also the cut lines. If you choose to get them printed as 5×5’s you won’t need the cutting guides, but these will definitely come in handy if you’re printing them as 5×7’s. note: if you don’t want the white border edges for your layouts, don’t use the clipping mask included in the template. Instead, resize your layout (to 5×5, 300dpi), then drag and drop your layout file to the template while holding down your SHIFT key (holding down the shift key ensures that the file is centered with the document).
eta – updated with instructions per reader request
These are the materials I used to assemble the wall display:
1. a leveler (+ pencil)
2. mounting squares*
The first time I assembled the photo wall, I “eyeballed” the positioning and the entire arrangement ended up looking like the leaning tower of pisa. So, I (carefully) peeled off the photos and drew horizontal guide lines on the wall using a leveler and pencil. If you’re really good with eyeballing/guess-timating, then you can feel free to skip this step.Tip 2: adhering photos to wall
I used double sided mounting squares to stick the photos to the wall. No specific reason for using this adhesive over another except that they were in my stash of craft supplies (left over from my paper scrapping days) and readily available. Place mounting squares along the entire top edge of the photo, then place on the wall.
*update: the double sided mounting squares didn’t work for long. I ended up replacing them with poster strips by 3M – and they are AMAZING.