Inspiration boards are such a great way to keep all of the random bits and pieces of inspiration you come across, organized and in one creative spot for viewing. There are so many different ways of creating an inspiration voard, so it's very easy to create something that fits your style and also fits the space you have.
You can hang a variety of clipboards on the wall and clip ideas onto each board. This would be a great idea if you were wanting to keep your ideas more categorized and separate, of if you wanted to give each member of the family a board of their own.
If you had a large wall space to work with, say above a desk, you could hang several thick wires across the wall, and hang inspirational items from there.
Or one of the more common types of inspiration boards is to use large bulletin boards, or even old frames, and either lean them against the wall or hang them up to use.
I decided to create my inspiration board by using a mix of the 2nd and 3rd images you see here. I took a few older frames that I happen to have laying around, spray painted them black, and added a 12x12 piece of cork to the inside of each frame. I looked for items I had handy around the house, and found some wire that I was able to string across the frame, securing each end with a metal thumbtack.
I hung colorful metal paperclips along each length of wire, so that my daughters could hang things that they love all over the "inspiration board".
You can paper craft your own inspiration board as well. I love how Kim Watson used a bit of chicken wire and mini clothes pins to create an inspiration board to celebrate her family's summer activities.
Summer pinboard by Kim Watson. As seen on page 122 of Mixed Media Scrapbooking, a special issue from Creating Keepsakes magazine.
See how easy it is to combine metal and paper? That's what mixing mediums is all about: creating unique looks. To learn how to easily create metallic frames for your scrapbooks using foil--and get a free journaling card download and a chance to win prizes--hop over to the Creating Keepsakes blog.
--Laura Vegas, CK Dream Team member
Now for the challenge. Create your own inspiration board of any size or color incorporating some metal--wire, paper clips, badges/flair, mesh, foil, or whatever works for you. Then share it for a chance to win this prize from American Crafts, BoBunny Press, Clearsnap, Jillibean Soup, Karen Foster Design, Me & My Big Ideas, and Pebbles.
If you'd like to participate in the challenge, here's what to do:
- Create an inspiration board based on the challenge above.
- Upload a photograph or scan of your layout to the Club CK gallery. (how to upload to the gallery)
- Leave a comment below with the URL link to your layout in the Club
CK gallery; for example, your comment could look like this: "Thanks for
the great challenge! Here's my project:
Your images and comments must be posted before 9:00 am MDT on Monday, July 30, 2012, to be considered for the contest. We apologize, but we are unable to ship internationally. If you are chosen as a winner and do not have a U.S. address, you will be offered a year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine instead of this prize.
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