A few weeks ago, I was selected to host an HP Photo Party via Houseparty.com. YAAAAAY. And then a week or two after I was selected to host this party, I received a GIANT box of goodness. Some of which to keep for myself, and a lot of which to disperse to mi amigas. Also, when I say GIANT, I mean GIANT. It was lovely.
Inside the box were three coupons I had been anxiously waiting for. Especially after Melissa took our pictures. I just couldn’t wait to get a few of those bad boys up and on our walls. You know, to #warmupyourwalls. The coupons were for a mounted 5×7 photo, a mounted 8×20 photo, and a 16×20 wrapped canvas. Off to the interwebs I went to place my order!
First, let’s talk about the Walmart website. Not too bad. Easy to navigate, and everything you need is pretty much within 3 clicks from the homepage. I had to first sign up for an account (naturally), and then could get to ordering. BUT WAIT! Just for signing up, I go 25 free 4×6 prints. YAY! So then I uploaded the photo I wanted to use for my 8×20. Initially, I was a little disappointed that the site didn’t specify what would happen on the edges, or that I couldn’t really manipulate/ scale the image within the software. (This changed in the end.) On the sad side, I couldn’t order both the 8×20 and the 5×7 in the same transaction, because the total exceeded $25 (my coupons restricted me… if you’re paying for them online, you can totally order as much as you want in one transaction). BUT WAIT! Because I ordered the 8×20, they just went ahead and sent me another coupon for another free 5×7.
Okay, Walmart. You’re winning me over.
Same-same procedure for the 5×7(s). Overall, the software was pretty easy to use, although I didn’t have complete control. Which stressed me out a TON… you know, being a designer and all.
I headed off to the store to place my order for the 16×20, and pick up the others. Buuuut wouldn’t you know I selected the wrong walmart to print these things to and ended up driving further out to a different store? Right. Anyway, I used this bad boy to set up and place my order.
So here are my final notes on the quality of the prints:
- standard photo paper mounted to some kind of foam-ish block with aluminum-wrapped edges
- the photos are mounted and then trimmed to size in-store. Which is fine, if you’re not a stickler for the details of having a COMPLETELY straight line and 90 degree-corners. There’s a little wiggle room in there for error.
- The canvas looked AWESOME. I’d totally get that again.
Once I got home with my treasures, I immediately set to hanging them up. You know… #warmupyourwalls and everything. I’ve been wanting to do another collage-wall in the house, and after being validated by my favorite blogger, I went for it and hung up all kinds of wedding/ dating/ lover memorabilia. And I had a big blank wall in our hallway that needed some oomph.
First, I started arranging all the things I wanted to hang on the wall. Rearranging. Arranging. Back and forth. I had to bust out a glue gun and fix/ adhere a couple things at this point, which made me feel extra-crafty.
Since this gallery wall isn’t set up on a grid and is more of an “organic” shape, I didn’t feel the need to measure anything. Just hang up one thing at a time– but I did start with the larger pieces and fill in with the smaller ones. (I used nails for this, since all the frames were fairly lightweight.)
And viola! My pictures are hung. Yay! Next week, we’ll chat about the party itself and how I still have glitter on my floor.