Friday, April 21, 2017

Hall Decor that Brings Generations Together with FREE Printable

When we moved into our home there were so many blank walls everywhere. Surprisingly we didn't need much more furniture, but we definitely didn't have enough decor for all of the walls. One of the most challenging areas for me to fill, were the four walls leading to our three upstairs bedrooms. Since our family would see these walls all the time, I wanted to put something important up. Even after months of shopping around, nothing seemed quite right. It wasn't until I felt the excitement in starting to figure out my family's ancestry, that the idea came. After asking my mom and mother in law for pictures of our family's ancestors, our "memory lane" started to come together. Then, with another section of the hallway to fill, the rest of the idea came to put pictures up of our family now, as well as finish off the hallway with a 24" x 30" print of the Family Proclamation.

Read on to hear more about what the Family Proclamation is, as well as get your own large FREE printable (that can be printed as an Engineering Print for $3).

I was surprised to see how excited my four boys were to see their ancestors' pictures. I think no matter how old we are, there is something special that is felt when we see and hear about the generations that came before us. It gives us an identity that is bigger than us, and I know that is valuable for all ages.

Going through countless ancestors' pictures was a neat experience. Imagining the hopes, dreams, and lives they all had in the different centuries in which they lived made me think of my hopes, dreams and life a little bit differently. I would have wanted to print out every single one of them, but due to budget limitations, I settled on some of my favorites.

My ancestors are in the two pictures on the left (don't you just love that man's mustache?!) And my husband's ancestors are the three on the right. The middle picture is the graduating class from Northwestern University in 1901.

Thanks to Michael's for having 70% off these simple black frames with mats when I was on the search for cheap frames that looked classy enough. These two walls are directly across from one another, and make up the first half of our hallway, and are just to the left of where you come into our home.

We were excited to find pictures of old stores on both sides of our families. One was a hardware store, (the one two from the left,) and the one that is a little more in focus is a grocery store that was before items were refrigerated. The picture that is most in focus is a picture of my grandparents shortly after they were married. Having recently lost my grandpa to a car accident, I love being able to still see him.

Since my Michael's purchase added up quicker then I wanted it to, I still had another half of our hallway that was left blank. I then remembered that I had some framed photos of each of our boys, as well as of my husband and I. They filled the majority of the remaining blank walls wonderfully...


But there was still one remaining wall, the one at the very end of the hallway, that needed something....and then the idea came when listening to my church's "general conference." I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka Mormon Church). Every April and October our Prophet and apostles speak to the world via the internet and several TV networks. After listening to their inspired messages, and being reminded of the Family Proclamation, I knew this was the last thing our hallway needed.

Before I explain the Family Proclamation printout, I want to explain what the Family Proclamation is to those that are not of my faith. "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" was a statement that was read in 1995 via broadcast by the then current prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley. No new doctrines or policies were introduced, however the leadership of our church felt inspired to put all of our church's teachings on the divine purposes we have as individuals and families into one document. Some of these teachings are:

  • Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.
  • The family is ordained of God and central to God's plan.
  • All human beings are created in the image of God.
  • As a beloved spirit son or daughter of Heavenly Parents, each person has a divine nature and destiny.
  • Gender is an essential characteristic of human identity before, during, and after life on Earth.
I find this document to be sacred, and want myself, and my family members to be see it's valuable doctrine regularly. 

I found several large versions of it on Etsy.com, but didn't want to pay $15 + shipping to get a black and white printout on a large piece of paper. Instead I set out to put together one for myself, and would like to share it with all of you. 

Since I've had a large frame lying around for year, I decided to make it for that frame's size, which is 24"x 30"...I think that is a typical size for poster frames (which are really cheap). I was going to make my own frame using reclaimed wood, but then realized my whole hallway had black frames with white mats, and thus kept the cheap black frame as is.

Engineering Prints / Blueprints Printing

I used to always send my engineering prints (large black and white prints) to Staples. Recently I found that OfficeDepot offers them a little bit cheaper. The smallest size is 24" x 36" which is $3.39 currently. I upload my file online and they email me when it is ready to be picked up. Super easy and super cheap. I had them print this file on 24" x 36" paper, and then cut it to fit my frame. That's it!

Click here to be taken to the PDF file if the JPEG file below doesn't work well for you.


It is the perfect finish to our "Family Hall," and bridges the generations wonderfully.

I hope that this document works for you too, and that you can add something meaningful to your walls for only a few dollars!



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