The first step is gathering a collection of photos and mementos that you would like to display. The number of them will depend on the amount of display space you have. However, you might want to wait to decide which wall in your home to use until you can assess what you have to display. Sometimes the subject matter of your mementos will inspire you to use a specific room, such as the family room if your collection contains primarily vacation mementos and other souvenirs or photos of time spent together as a family. Don't be afraid to gather more items than you feel you have room for, since then you'll have plenty to select from. While you're at it, gather up any old picture frames that you can find around the house. Shadow box frames work especially well, but any picture frame will do.
Once you have your treasures collected, it's time to start planning how you will display them. Choose a wall in your home and measure it to find out how much display space you have. Cut a large piece of paper the same size as the display area, gluing paper pieces together as necessary. The reverse side of large rolls of wrapping paper can work well. Lay the paper on the floor or on a table. You will use this piece of paper to plan your arrangement, which will make things much easier than trying to imagine what they would look like on the wall. Assess your gathered items to see if they can be grouped into meaningful collections. If so, see if they can be mounted together in a single frame. You can also add personality to the wall by including other decorative items, such pieces of art which complements your overall theme. For example, a metal tree art piece could accentuate a collection of multi-generational family photos or mementos, as a tribute to your family tree. Move the items around on the paper until you find a pleasing arrangement. Purchase additional shadow boxes or frames if necessary to properly display all your items. You can remove the glass and mat from a standard frame to allow the display of dimensional objects if desired.
Once you have an arrangement that you like, it's time to hang everything on the wall. Transfer each item from its place on the paper to the corresponding area on the wall, measuring if necessary to ensure accurate positioning. Use picture hooks and other appropriate wall hardware to hang each item securely. Reposition the lighting within the room so that it properly highlights your new memento wall. One or more wall mounted candle holders can also be strategically positioned to add interesting light and focus to the wall. When finished, stand back and enjoy your artistic creation.
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