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Memory Boards & Photo Collages for Funerals

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3 Unique Ways to Create Funeral Memory Boards & Photo Collages

Memory boards and photo collages are a staple at funerals for many reasons. One reason is the same as to why the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" exists. Pictures can tell a story of life and make memories last forever.

If you recently lost a loved one, creating a memory board or photo collage for the funeral or memorial service is a great idea. With so many different layout and design possibilities, you may be asking yourself — how do I create one that will truly stand out?

Here are three unique memory board and photo collage ideas from which you can draw inspiration.

Collect Original Prints

In this digital age, people print photos far less than they used to. But if you want to experience true nostalgia, gather photo prints of your loved one that are already in existence.

Look through old albums and scrapbooks, and ask family and friends to do the same. Don’t worry if what you collect seems too little, even if you have a handful of photos, that is enough to make a heart-wrenching photo collage or memory board.

The different textures and shapes of pictures printed over the years will come together nicely. Collecting photos from others is also an excellent way for many loved ones to feel included in creating this special farewell.

Use a Chronological Layout

What better way to remember the life of a loved one than by recreating it in visual form? To do so, you’ll need a few pictures from each stage of life, starting from infancy. Then, depending on the age of your loved one or the number of photos you have, you create a very detailed timeline by days, months, years, or decades.

Arrange the photos from youngest to oldest or vice versa. If you want to add more creativity, try arranging the chronological order of the pictures to follow a shape or wavy line.

This idea is to create a lovely way to time hop and look back at the evolution of your loved one’s life.

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Arrange Photos in the Shape of Letters

Use the initials of your loved one’s name to create an unforgettable photo arrangement. You can use the initials of the full name or use the first letter of the first name. You could also arrange photos in the shape of a word like love, life, or another word that is significant to your loved one.

If you are designing this digitally, you can use one photo across multiple letters to create a one-of-a-kind collage, similar to split canvas prints.

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Are You Ready to Create a Memory Board or Photo Collage?

Now that you have the inspiration to create a distinctive display to honor the memory of your loved one, it’s time to get started. First, remember to reach out to family and friends for photos, even if you feel you have enough. Then, you can create a complete story within your photo collage or memory board with the various pictures you gathered.

If this project is too time-consuming for you to complete, consider one of our personalized memorial posters. These customizable posters are like traditional memory boards and photo collages but allow you to add unique touches easily. If you need help getting started, contact us.


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