I love a series of photos like everyone else, but I also think they can be quickly overdone. I think the key to a good collage is to find balance in size, use different textures, and implementing objects to break of the monotony of them.
Another favorite of mine is using my kids’ artwork. I think it keeps the eye from being overwhelmed by photos, and it adds some interest. That hand that my son drew has been quite a conversation piece among guests!
If you have the space, I think wall shelves are an excellent means of showing off collages. It allows you to add some depth and perhaps some personal objects.
My dad passed away, but I am reminded of him through more than photos. A postcard I bought in Colorado at my brother’s wedding reminds of some personal things my dad and I talked about at my wedding. And I framed a letter he wrote to me on the day I graduated from college. I was reading it so much, it was getting worn. :)
If you haven’t seen this already, you must see what Lauren did to her entry. I don’t know that I could have visualized this, but it’s brilliant!
Also, Layla wrote a great post yesterday on the use of old vs. new frames. I love it. Go read!