Fatherly Stuff: Give the Gift of Great Memories with WeMontage

Aug 28, 2013

Give the Gift of Great Memories with WeMontage




As a father of two boys who are literally growing by the millisecond, I am more aware than ever of how precious my time with them truly is. It feels like I’m in a Ferrari and I’m speeding down life’s highway and everything is just whizzing by my window like lampposts: Here, then gone in an instant. 

In order to “hit the brakes”, I sometimes find solace in going through our family pictures. There’s something profound about looking at a photo and allowing the imagery to transport you back to a happy memory.  I like to think of it as recapturing some of the moments in my life that would have typically been lost in time.    My wife enjoys putting together great picture combinations through creative methods such as photo albums, books and mugs.  Like most families, we also have photos of some of our favorite memories strategically placed around the house. This way, visitors will not only get welcoming vibes, but ideally will really get a sense of who we are. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of her work. 

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

― Marc Riboud



So when I was contacted my fellow Connecticut blogger Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life about an opportunity to check out WeMontage, I didn’t hesitate! 


What is WeMontage? 

 WeMontage is a fun, simple and innovative way to display some of your favorite photos by condensing them into a collage that is then printed as removable wallpaper. The fabric of the wallpaper is high quality and the adhesive is strong enough to stick to any wall over and over again, even on textured surfaces!

WeMontage is the brainchild of CEO James Oliver, a father of twins who got the idea after watching a show on home improvement channel HGTV. On this particular episode, they were putting up giant photo collages on the wall of one of the rooms. After trying to duplicate the process, not only did he realize that it was harder than it looked, but he able to provide this service for the general public. And his business was born. You can read more about his story HERE .Below are a couple of examples of what they look like:


 WeMontage - Put your family photos on removable wallpaper!



WeMontage - Put your family photos on removable wallpaper!
Pretty cool right?

I was given the opportunity to test out the site and create my own montage. First, I had to set up an account, which was super easy.  From there, the user-friendly interface and allows you to upload pics from virtually any digital storage space you can think of such as your desktop, your Google account, Dropbox and more.   You can take your pictures and start creating albums and choose from different system-generated montage combinations that are programed to optimize the visual quality of the photos. There is also a “settings” section that lets you choose the background color, (space between your photos) as well as the size. At this time, the minimum size that can be ordered is 6x 4 feet. However, I spoke with James and they are planning to launch a smaller, entry-level size of 3ft x 2ft in the near future.

From about 4 different albums and over 70 pictures, we finally settled on about 20 photos from our wedding day. When our montage arrived, I eagerly opened the package and was very impressed with the quality of the pictures. The fabric of the wallpaper was smooth and thin, but very durable. This was put to the test when I, in all my wisdom, decided that I could put it up by myself. The montage ended up sticking to itself. I thought I was doomed, but I was able to pull it back to normal pretty quickly. Luckily my wife, who is a kindergarten teacher by trade, had a lot of experience putting up contact paper, so she lent and hand and provided a good strategy of sticking the one end of the montage to one side our dining room wall and slowly rolling it out to the other end. I again must give credit to my wife: if she wasn't around, I'd probably be wearing the montage right about now!

Thin, smooth and most importantly, removable!


It took maybe 60 seconds for us to put the 6ft x 4ft sheet on the wall. Compare that to putting up picture frames and the time savings alone is obvious. After a celebratory high-five for a job well done, we took a step back and took time to admire our handiwork:

 
If one picture is 1,000 words, how many do you think you can get out of these?


 Everyone who has visited our home since we put it up has been in awe of our WeMontage. They are also equally impressed with the cost and ease of ordering and installation.


How Much Does it Cost?
At only $10 per square foot, the price is definitely right. Imagine hanging 15- 20 photos on one wall. Then imagine having not only pay for the prints, but also for the frames (which is usually the most expensive part). You would also have to worry about hanging up the photos securely in order to prevent them from falling off the wall. All of these problems go away with WeMontage, as is it a safer, more ascetically pleasing and much less expensive than the alternative. Also for a limited time, you can use the code FATHERLY in order to save $50 on any WeMontage purchase. This coupon code is only good for one week, so take advantage of the savings while you can!


Who Is WeMontage For?

WeMontage is the ideal item for any and everyone who has an appreciation for the beauty of a great photograph. It is the perfect accessory to any home and is an excellent gift idea for a number of scenarios that include but are not limited to:


  • Celebratory gift for your spouse or partner (anniversary, birthday, etc.)
  • Grandparents who love showing of their grandkids
  • Homesick college students who want a keepsake for their dorm room
  • Small business/professional who is looking to add character to their home or business office

  
 There really is no limit to the personal or gifting potential of WeMontage. As long as you own the pictures, you can be creative as you like. Gift certificates are available one their website effective Wednesday, 8/29, so pick one up today!

Quick Reminders:
  • Use coupon code FATHERLY for a $50 off discount (good through 9/4)
  • You can create an account and check out the WeMontage interface for yourself at no cost or risk to you
  • For more info (and great pictures), check out WeMontage on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Question: What room would you set up your WeMontage in? Or, Who would you purchase a WeMontage for?
*Disclosure: I was provided a montage for free in exchange for this post, however all opinions are expressly my own*

60 comments:

  1. I have been searching something like that for my livingroom wall and maybe for the nursery too. Seems like high quality product! Will check it out, thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure, Ave! The WeMontage fabric is lightweight, but also durable. I'm certain it will be an excellent compliment to any room in your home!

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  3. It came out beautiful!! I love mine and as soon as the smaller sizes come out, I'm planning on having my daughter make one for her room too! It's such a great gift! And I could definitely see giving someone one of these as a wedding present!

    When we took off the backing on ours, instead of doing it a little at a time like you are supposed to, we took it all off and parts of it were sticking together. We thought we were doomed! But we were able to pull it apart a little at a time and there were no marks whatever, which is the other thing we were afraid of! Its a great product and a great way to showcase the special moments or your favorite pictures!

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  4. OMG this is a fantastic idea!

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    1. It definitely is, Erica. I looked around online and WeMontage is offering a one of a kind product. We have our coupon running this week so be sure to check it out and take advantage of the savings!

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  5. That is awesome! How much time do you save having to print out and put up all those frames! ...which I just did in my bedroom;

    I would love to do something like that when I get married!

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    1. Great! I hope you bookmark WeMontage.com and keep them in mind when the big day comes!

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  6. This is so cute. I will definitely be bookmarking this page for a future gift idea.

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  7. Thanks, Kyle, for such a great post about WeMontage.

    If any of your readers have a question, they can email me directly at james@wemontage.com. Hopefully, the fellas will chime in with their thoughts about WeMontage as a gift for the special women in their lives.

    Cheers!

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  8. I love this collage!!! What a way to decorate a room, thanks for this idea.

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  9. That looks awful.I was not aware of this. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a neat idea!
    I can think of a few places where this would be a wonderful project.
    Bet this one isn't a #PinterestFail :0)

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  11. Wow, these are so beautiful. I wish I could have one for my new apartment with my boyfriend. <3

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  12. This is absolutely brilliant. It would, in essence, appear to solve all of my problems when it comes to ideas about decorating with photos! Thank you for this :)

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  13. This is an awesome concept! and great point about saving money on frames!

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  14. Sounds like a fun concept, worth checking it out.

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  15. Wow! I love that! Heading over to the site now to check it out. I want one for my living room.

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  16. I like that idea and there are so many possibilities. Also, it's easy to change and add fresh new ones!

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  17. Your collage turned out amazing! Frames are so expensive and I can never get them straight on a wall, plus all the damage from nailing, so this seems like a great solution!

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    1. Thank you! When you do the math for the cost of printing pics and frames, you'll see $10 per sq ft is a steal

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  18. I'm so happy everyone is loving WeMontage!

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  20. Wow, what a cute family you have! I really like this idea of the montage of photos. Thank you for sharing this idea. I am going to show this to my husband and kids so we can pick some photos for our own Montage.

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    1. That's excellent to hear, Janeane! I'd be interested to hear how everything turned out, please contact me fatherlystuff@gmail.com and let me know!

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  21. This is so cool! Thank you so much for sharing, this is absolutely fantastic. I love the idea.

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  22. How great is this! Love that your children can look up and see the love of your wedding day!

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  23. These look really great! I used to have something similar but nothing anywhere near as nice. I can see that there are many uses for these.

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  24. That's really cool and a fun way to engage conversation.

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    1. That's right, Emmy. You can arrange your WeMontage to create any story you wish!

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  25. I saw this recently as well on another blog and love the idea. This will make great gifts for grandparents as well. Almost like a family tree portrait.

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  26. Your family is beautiful! I love the collage you put together - it shows the love!

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    1. Thank you Joanne. It was certainly a wonderful day filled with love

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  27. This is such a cute idea! I would probably hang this all up in my livingroom. I LOVE pictures hanging up in my home. :)

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    1. A living room would be a wonderful place for a WeMontage

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  28. this is a lovely way to decorate! LOVE the pictures you chose

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    1. Thank you Cyndie. It's definitely a great way to celebrate that special moment in my life

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  29. Very cool... I love displaying photos so I really like the sound of this!

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    1. Great to have a guy's perspective weigh in, Ian. What type of photos would you display?

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  30. Love this idea! I have countless of favorite photos of my family. This is perfect!

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  31. Another great gift idea on my lists! Thanks for sharing about WeMontage. You have a beautiful family!

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  32. Kyle I love this idea!! Looks beautiful :)

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  33. This is such a cool idea! This is something I'll have to remember for sure. This would be an awesome gift.

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  34. Wow - this is such a good idea! I definitely would love to get something like this for my in-laws for Christmas of my daughter. They would really enjoy this, I think!

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    1. I bet they would. Grandparents love any and everything related to their grand-kids!

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  35. This is wonderful! I agree about how hard it is to hang multiple pictures, have them not be crooked, etc. I definitely would purchase this for my daughter and son in law so they could make one of them and my 5 grandchildren!

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    1. Sounds great Cindi. When/if you do buy a gift cert, please feel free to contact me and let me know how your experience went!

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  36. I agree this is cool! My husband loves taking pictures and we have so many that we never get to enjoy--they are tucked away who knows where. This would make a great gift. Yours turned out fabulous.

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    1. It would definitely be a great way to put those pictures on display! Thanks for stopping by!

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  37. I need to check them out.. I have been wanting a huge collage of pics of my girls. I now have to wait until my son is born but I will be getting some done from them.. I love having pics up but I hate the cluttered look of frames and dust that collects on them that have to be cleaned every few days.. this will save me a lot and look so beautiful

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    1. That's great news, Carmen. Glad you're hopping aboard the WeMontage bandwagon!

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  38. This is awesome! I dodn't even know this exsisted!! I am so doing this! Thanks Kevin!

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    1. It's Kyle LOL... but yes, Jenny Im glad you are now aware of the Awesomeness that is WeMontage!

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  39. OMG.. how awesome is this... I love the clean, neat look of this yet you can display SOOO many pictures.. I loved the entire wall covered, that was soo cool.. thanks for sharing, I had never heard of this... I think I have an idea for my office now :-)

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  40. That is such a cool idea! I did something like this on one of my walls, but mounted everything myself and used photos from all the places I traveled to.

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  41. Wow, I've never seen this before, I love it!

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    1. Glad you like it, Danielle. Be sure to stop by the website and organize your own WeMontage for free

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