Our Design Process

We Make Story Walls Easy

Wherever you are in this journey called life – we can help you live closer to the joy and connection that is your story.  Whether you are a super busy human who wants to live in the presence of a story wall but wants a professional to create it, a seasoned do-it-your-self-er and like to specify every detail of a project, or somewhere in between.  Don’t sweat it…  We will work with you – where ever you are.  For those looking for a done-for-you service, we work with you to create the story wall of your dreams.  And for our DIYers, we have made creating a collage as easy as choosing your child’s school picture package.   

We love the work! It’s beautiful! We love the pictures of our kids and the way it turned out! Ellen was super easy to work with and very helpful helping us decide on pictures and the arrangement of the design. Thank you so much!
— Neena, A. 3500 miles away in California
Wall Art Design Process
 

Whether you choose our custom collage service or one of our collage packages, we make designing your gallery wall easy.  Feel free to reach out to us before you place your order if you have any pre-order questions or concerns.  We are happy to consult with you.  

When we receive your order, we'll send you a link where you can upload your images. If you do not have digital versions of your images you will have to scan them.  For the highest quality consider using a professional service.  Scan My Photos offers 600 DPI scans of photographs, negatives, and slides for approximately 30 cents per scan. The questionnaire covers everything from asking you a bit about the story you are telling to specifying your preference for the anchor image (your most important image around which other images will be arranged).  In a few short days we send you a first draft of your layout. Once you review the layout, send us any changes you would like to see such as size of images and placement within the collage. Once we update the layout we will send you a revised file for your approval.

For custom collages, it starts by sending us an image of the room that shows where the wall art will be displayed along with the dimensions. After placing your order, you can either upload via the link we send you or send us an invite to a Dropbox full of photos. Some clients want a  little input and some simply say, "Surprise me!"   Where here to make you happy, so we'll work with you however you wish. For any questions on our process, just contact us directly. 

 

Learn How We Design and Create Your Wall Art

 

Step 1: Design

Once we know where your collage will be displayed, receive your digitized pictures and the answers to our questionnaire, and know which image is most important, we will begin designing the collage. Here are the steps that are taken to create your wall art,

  • Your images will be selected, edited and sized.
  • Images are edited using Adobe Photoshop for contrast, color, sharpness, and consistency.
  • We size your images so that they come together to form a narrative. When viewed together they will tell your story.
  • Once the first layout is drafted, we email you a .PDF version of the collage for you to review. This is your opportunity to fine-tune the design. Let us know your thoughts.
  • If you would prefer, mark up the layout and send us a scanned version of the changes you would like to see.
  • We will revise the layout and send you a revised draft.

Three draft layouts are included in your purchase.

Step 2: Production

Once your design is finalized, we begin the printing process. Images are printed on the highest grade of CARB compliant Baltic birch plywood. Birch is a highly renewable resource! The inks used in the printing are low/no-voc inks, called UV curable inks, which are solvent free. These colors will stand the test of time as they are printed directly onto the wood, and will not fade.

Step 3: Hanging Your Wall Art

We make hanging your wall simple. Every project comes with easy to understand instructions, a graphic diagram that shows where to attach your images and peel and stick 3M Command Strips for hanging the artwork. The only tool you need is a level or a downloadable level app for your phone.  For iPhone click here. For Android click here.

Custom Hanging Solutions

Custom hanging solutions are available if you need to hang your wall art on a surface other than sheetrock or plaster. This may include, brick walls, barn board or uneven surfaces. Micro nails may be required for commercial applications. If any of theses special applications apply to your home or business, we can discuss your needs during the design consultation. If you have questions now, contact us here. 

Custom installation is available if your location is within a two-hour drive of Barrington, New Hampshire. If you would like our team to install your wall art contact us for additional information.