Hi, friends! Today I’m excited to share a super fun project with you. I did a little one-day makeover in the most neglected room in our home. It’s a huge improvement that I can’t wait for you to see. I don’t want to spoil the video for you, though. So I’m sshhh-ing.
For this project we are working with our longtime friends at Canon USA. They make my absolute favorite photo printer, the Canon PIXMA iP8720, which I use nearly daily in my studio. One of the things I love most about it is that it can print 13×19 inch (or large format) photos at amazing quality. For the project, I needed photos that were 12.5×12.5 inches to fit the record frames, so it was super easy to print these out. I LOVE big photos. I used all iPhone photos for this project. It felt good to print out some memories that could have gotten lost in my sea of phone photos.
Do you guys like my new improved space? This space is now a second dining room (a “party room” if you will…), and it’s located between my kitchen and dining room. The perfect place to play records while we’re cooking dinner!
I should note that this isn’t the first time I’ve done a record frame project. I did one about seven years ago (eek!) that is somewhere deep in my archives. My friend Tara Whitney inspired it with her beautiful record frame wall. (Side note—if you’ve never seen Tara’s photography, it’s gorgeous!)
Also, I got my record frames at Michael’s, but you can find them just about anywhere that sells frames. They’re easy to find and cheap.
I am SUPER happy with our upgraded record space. We’re slowly collecting more records, and in the meantime, I figured it was a good spot for a few cookbooks, my painting stuff, some oranges (haha—not sure about that one… it makes sense in my brain), and a pair of headphones.
Thanks so much for reading! I am working on a post about my home printing process, so if you have any questions at all regarding printing at home, gimme! xx. Elsie
P.S. If you’re in need of a photo printer, Canon has their PIXMA iP8720 on promo $50 off ($249.99) and their SELPHY CP910 is $5 off ($94.99) until Feb. 14!
Credits: Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.
This is absolutely adorable!!! I am literally walking around my house trying to find an empty spot on the wall to do this.
Super cool idea, so Dainty and Chic!
Amazing as always! I LOVE the look of this wall! I have so many great Instagram photos I’d loved to see framed. Wonderful!
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They are 12.5×12.5 inches, 300 DPI.
I used iPhone photos (without instagram filters) and sized them from there and they are not very blurry or pixelated. 🙂
Hi Elsie, what resolution did you print the pics at? I know instagram usually scales down the size.
hi elsie! love this wall/project. question for you about home printing, i always see you guys mention the canon printers that you love and was wondering how you feel it compares to getting your photos printed at a store or photo lab. your thoughts on the quality versus cost for supplies, paper, ink, etc. at home would be greatly appreciated! just debating if it’s worth the cost to buy everything, it seems like you use yours pretty frequently though. thanks 🙂
fun wall! love it and really into the simple space makeover.
i am most curious about your home printing process! a few of my questions re:
printing pictures – about how long does an ink cartridge last (how many pages/photos? i would love a breakdown of costs for home printing and an approximate cost per photo. what program do you use to set up photos to print (i’m guessing photoshop)? would love a tutorial on importing photos and setting them up to print at different sizes!
I’m obsessed with this. It almost makes me want to settle down and stop traveling the world! lol
Love this idea – we have a Canon printer that I really need to use more AND a huge blank wall in our living room that would really benefit from an Instagram photo gallery!
Can I ask if you used a special type of paper (photographic, matte, glossy, a specific weight) for this project? And do you customise the printer settings before you print? I find that my photos don’t print quite as crisply / brightly as I expect. Thank you 🙂
So fresh!!! Love it!!!
Thank you! 🙂
Hi Christina! That’s awesome! Elsie printed 13×19 photos and then trimmed them down to fit. You won’t need Photoshop to do this DIY, just access to a printer (check out your local print shop if you don’t have one at home. 🙂 -Jacki
Quick question! I am getting started on this project right now and am super pumped! I’ve never acted on an ABM idea so quickly before. 😀 But I’m not sure how to make sure my pictures will print out 12.5″ x 12.5″. How do you format them to that size? I’ve tried looking for an answer online, but can’t find one. Sorry for my ignorance.
(Oh and I don’t have Photoshop. Do you need it to do this project?)
Thank you!!! 🙂
I love to play “what-if”, so what if you use a couple of your great images in the frames for doors on the great shelving unit. It would not be too hard to do. So cool!
I love it! This really makes me want to print out my Instagram photos and make a gallery wall! I am totally crushing on that record player too!
I absolutely adore how this came out!
Super cool idea, so Dainty and Chic!
I would also love to see a DIY on how to build theses shelves!
I love everything about this idea. I am definitely using this for a wall in my room. Bring on the DIY projects.
I love this D.I.Y! I have been following this blog for years and I still love it. You guys are doing a fabulous job and I will continue looking forward to more posts!