So Friday, this happened:
About time, right? I obviously used the trace method for designing my wall (thank you, Pinterest!), and I am oh-so-glad I did. If you've never seen this done, prepare to have your life changed! I traced all the frames onto some leftover wrapping paper, then arranged them on the wall (I recommend using painters tape if you have it; I didn't, so I used scotch tape and just was extra careful removing the paper when it was time). I then used the "toothpaste trick" to determine where to place the nail--I put a small dab of toothpaste on the hanger(s) for each picture, then lined them up with their respective paper representatives, and pushed gently. This left a toothpaste mark where the nail should be, and the toothpaste wiped right off the pictures themselves. Once I hammered in the nail, I removed the paper place-holders and hung the pictures. It was by far the easiest time I've ever had hanging frames, and there aren't a million nail-holes in our walls--something we'll be grateful for when we move out of the apartment!
Here's the finished product:
Overall I'm really happy with how it turned out (although I just noticed that one of those small pictures is crooked, so I'm gonna have to fix that before I go crazy!). It feels much more personal and homey to me than our previous arrangement, and I'm thrilled to finally have a little gallery wall of my own.