I’m one of those weirdos who rarely changes photos out of frames. I don’t know if I’m afraid of offending a photo or a memory or if I’m just stuck on idea that only that photo belongs in that frame, but it’s a tired problem. It could also be that I’m lazy about editing, ordering and picking up photos. Who knows?
I’ve always been a photo-snapping fool with the majority of my images being admired then forgotten on my hard drive. Owning an iPhone only stepped up the sad ratio of digital images to physical images. I’ve taken so many photos, but I’ve done hardly anything with prints.
A number of things have happened lately that just made all that change. Christmas gift cards, new year goals, IKEA and the Mpix iPhone app are the major players.
I started with a plan to make a four by four photo-block collage in our entry way. I wanted to do it inexpensively and easy to change out so I could continually rotate current photos for older ones. That idea got pushed out of the way by the idea to use magnetic strips for Stickygrams. But while I was searching for not-industrial-looking magnetic strips, I found curtain wire at IKEA for $6.99, and it included 12 clips. Stickygrams were out, and I set out on the hunt for the best deal for prints. Enter Mpix, the site I prefer to order all my photo prints from, regardless of size or amateur/professional status.
I’ve had the app on my phone since the recent release of 4×4 inch prints, but I hadn’t yet pulled the trigger. While other Instagram-printing sites are selling their 4×4 inch prints for prices like 24 for $12, Mpix sells their prints for $0.29 each, and you can upload and order directly from your phone using the app. I ordered 42 prints for $16 (including shipping) on Friday and hung them up today, Monday.
I decided on three rows, our wall studs set the wire length at 32(ish) inches, then Rob’s practiced eye took over for the spacing (and hanging), setting each row about 8 inches apart. Because the clips rotate a bit, I decided to double up on the photos, placing them back to back on 12 clips per row. That also lets me hang twice as many without overcrowding the wire – win!
I couldn’t be happier with my new display and am so happy I was able to spend less than $40 to bring my idea to life.
Just finished THE NIGHT CIRCUS & now starting my first Neil Gaiman book - NEVERWHERE - for book No. 31 of 2013!
Booooooooooze. Today was HARD. I normally read to de-stress, but I can't even concentrate enough for that. I need to de-frazzle before I properly de-stress.
Stopped at the library for 2 holds that came in & walked out with +3. I wanted more, but with 18 books at home, I held back.
Half birthdays count, too! #triplets
I don't think they'll mind me running at the park a few times a week. #triplets
Happy, red face! The trails are MUCH friendlier to my apparent lingering shin splints. I would've gone longer, but this is my 1st time on these trails, & I had NO clue where I was going. Next time!
Has atone bought these @yogabbagabba undies for their littles? Curious about sizing. I have 3 tiny hineys that Carter's 2-3 undies struggle to stay up on.
Mama can find time out ANYWHERE.
I can't imagine having #triplets before digital photography.
First @crocs! Wonderful service at the new @concordmillsnc store. #triplets
My froyo date is a little short & can't help but yell "ECHO!" in a good-acoustics store, but he's cute & a good kisser.
Look what came in the mail! #triplets
Genius. Their Greek yogurt was too thin with smashed strawberries, so I added "Super Letter" cereal, aka Alphabits with a Super Why box.
Southern belle. (Tutu count: 3.)
Tackle-hugs x3! #triplets
What, you don't wear your socks as mittens? #outcold #ERFing
Happy kiddos! #triplets
NAILED IT. ☀
Boo ya! I was 4 books behind, but I've rallied! Onto book No. 30! #ABeautifulMess #amreading
Because I'm a total lightweight & don't parent while even slightly drunk, & because I finally found plain sparkling water (not club soda) - fizzy, no-rum mojito water FTW!