Holidays are just around the corner and, before you know it, you’re going to have family members from all over poking around your house, wanting to help in the kitchen, complaining that your TV is too complicated and that they just want to see the game, and wondering loudly why you don’t have any pictures of them around the house anywhere.
I can’t help with the first two (though, man, I wish I could); but I can help with the later.
Artifact Uprising helps you get the pictures off your phone and into the real world. They have a variety of photo products, including calendars, photo books, and prints with wooden display blocks all purchasable from their app or website (I prefer the latter, since the app tends to hang on my Photo Library with its 45,000+ pictures). They have some really nice print products that just launched – like a floating frame; but for this project I needed a lot of pictures. So I went with a couple of 25-picture print sets (at $22 each) and grabbed a walnut display block while I was there for an extra $18.
The set of square prints arrived quickly, printed on heavy card stock – perfect for surviving being handled. The walnut block was really nice as well – I had picked up their original block last year as a Christmas present and was impressed with the heft of the piece. All their wood blocks are made from fallen “wastewood” from trees affected by beetle infestations, so rest easy knowing you’re not killing a tree just so that you can display your photos. If you’re not a wood person, they also have lovely new cork and brass desktop display options.
Next, I got some twine, a couple of nails, and a whole mess of small, white clothespins. I strung the twine between the two nails (taking care to wrap it around the nails so as to avoid it instantly ripping out of the wall), and put up the pins at roughly even intervals (don’t make yourself crazy trying to space things out at this stage, you’ll only make yourself crazy).
Then I handed the stack of fifty pictures to my daughter and told her to go for it. A few minutes later, she’d picked out her favorites and hung them up, the leftovers set aside to choose from and cycle out when she gets bored with the current pictures (incidentally, they can also be displayed on my desk in the walnut block). It took maybe fifteen minutes and most of that was spent deciding what pictures to hang but my daughter loves it. It’s a simple thing she can do herself to change up the decorations in her room. It also goes a way towards breaking up the impressively massive wall of purple-pink that’s behind her bed but, hopefully, you don’t have that same problem.
My oldest was feeling a little left out, so I contacted my friends at Pop Chart Lab to see if they had anything new that could jazz up his walls. They’ve got a drool-worthy collection of infographics of every sort, from types of whiskey to magical objects from Harry Potter, to, as luck would have it, their recently released a poster featuring all the various species of whales and dolphins, arranged so that you can get a feel for their relative size. It was perfect for my cetacean-obsessed son.
The poster is a great quality print. The stock is nice and heavy, so if you just get the print without any mounting options, you might need to lay this underneath your mattress for a day or so to flatten it out (it ships rolled). The colors are soothing and I love the design. Like most Pop Chart posters, it’s informative and engrossing. I’ll find myself lost in the details of it whenever I come into his room, even though I’ve already spent plenty of time staring at it. It’s 18 x 24 inches, so it covers a nice chunk of real estate and will only set you back $29.
Thanks to Artifact Uprising and Pop Chart Lab for providing materials for this review. Be sure to check out their websites for more options and products and get inspired to update your walls this fall.