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When we were living in Paris last year, I collected hundreds of photos with the intention of using a few of them to adorn what I knew would be bare walls once we returned to the US.

I meticulously divided my folders into color palettes, textures, locations, etc., and spent a large amount of time brainstorming ideas for them. Huge canvases? A collection of 16 in small frames?

Right in the middle of brainstorming, I stumbled upon this brilliant idea by Sarah Palmer. And another interpretation by Click. Wind. Repeat. Yes! A perpetual calendar comprised of photos you take yourself? This was the inspiration I needed.

I already had some of the photos I needed to complete the project, and spent the next few weeks and subsequent trips to Paris collecting the rest. Evan got involved and suddenly the project took on a life of it's own. We decided that perhaps if we liked what we got, we'd go beyond the DIY version for our own walls and make it available in our shop.

When we assembled everything on the wall, we were thrilled with the collection, and so we moved forward with our plan. The challenge was in the printing. Our DIY version looked okay, but felt pretty flimsy on 110lb cardstock, which is as thick as most at-home and even commercial digital printers can handle. So we took the plunge and had the entire 49 photo collection offset printed on 17 point, uncoated paper. What a difference! The paper is delicious and I'm thrilled with the quality of the photos.

When I see the finished collage hanging on my wall, I'm so happy because each photo is a little piece of Paris I adore.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Evan is of course completely responsible for the video (how does he do it?!?), which is part experience, part how-to.

And special thanks goes out to Catherine Mangosing for designing or package. Thanks, Catherine, we love it.

They're available in our esty shop and at Little Brown Pen.

If you'd like to make your own, photojojo has a a great tutorial.

367 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lindsey

Awesome!! The video looks amazing!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sweet fine day/Jenna

Niiiiiiice you guys!!!
(uh, can i pick your brain about printing? having the same issue)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Vana

amazing! Are they for sale?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Benson

looks great and you're right—amazing video! What memories and a fun project for others to attempt (on a OCD spelling sidenote- on your shop page- isn't the correct spelling "license"?)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Carina

It looks great. What a fabulous idea.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Alicia

These are fabulous!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Jenna – Of course! We spent the better part of the month dealing with printing. I have an awesome printer near my parent's house in PA.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Vana

had to comment again…didn't even see the video the first time. Wow!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Benson – Thanks for catching the typo! I gasped and ran to the actual package to make sure we hadn't spelled it wrong there. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Benson

…make that "an" OCD

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