There are have a few big things that have happened this year (like moving to Nashville from Missouri), but I have to say that my favorite thing that’s happened so far was the week we spent in Paris back in May. This trip was a total dream come true for me and is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was a little girl watching old movies like American in Paris and Funny Face. I’ve been wanting to make a Paris photo album, but with the move and settling in, I probably won’t be able to get to it anytime soon. So I thought I should at least make some photo art for the new house to remind me of our dreamy week in the city of lights. Paris is such a big experience, and I wanted to have a rather large reminder of our trip. So I settled on an oversized tiled photo from one of the pictures I took on the trip.
We're working with our good friends over at Canon USA on this post, and I'm using the new Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer, which is insanely easy to use. I'm not really the tech savvy one, and I got this set up at my new house all by myself, no problem. 🙂 Plus, as you can probably guess, the quality is always amazing and perfect for a project like this.
So, first you’ll want to open your photo in whatever photo editing software you have (I’ll show you what I did in Photoshop) and crop your photo to a square. Go into “Image Size” and increase your photo resolution up to 300 dpi in 10% increments. So, if you start at 72, go up to 77 and hit OK, then up to 85 and hit OK, then up to 93, etc. until you get to 300. Repeat the process with the document size until you get to the overall size you want (mine is 38 inches). Use the ruler and guide lines to make a grid of your photo divided into as many equal sized squares as you want (just divide the final square width by how many squares you want to get how big the squares should be). Make sure that the size of the squares can fit on an 8.5” x 11” page if that’s the biggest your printer can print.
Once your grid is made to the right dimensions, zoom in and use the rectangular marquee selection tool to select the area within one of the squares. Copy the selection and open a new document the size of your printer paper dimensions and paste the image onto that document. Print the document and continue to do that with each square until all the squares are printed. Print and lay out your tiles in order so you know what piece goes where, and mark a number at the top corner so you know where it goes in the picture.
Use spray adhesive to attach the photo to the mat board and use an X-Acto knife and ruler to cut the photo out (you may need to create crop marks around some of the pictures before printing if the color is so light you can’t tell where the photo stops).
Use thin washi tape to create a grid on your wall so you can see exactly where the tiles should go (use a level if you need to). Then mount each tile with either small nails or something like command strips on the back of each photo. Once your last photo tile is up, remove the tape and you’re ready to stand back and see the full picture!
I love that every time I look at these classically Parisian buildings, I’m immediately taken back to standing in front of the Musée d’Orsay by the Seine where I took the picture (after having just eaten a crepe of course!). I feel like I’m counting down the minutes until we can go back again someday, but in the meantime, I guess I’ll have to be content with my Parisian photo mementos. Oh well, c’est la vie! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.