It’s gettin’ crafty up in here: Inspiration Board!

February 19, 2014

Whattup guys?! I hope everyone is having a great, short week! (Thank you, Mr. President.) Okay, now let me start this post off by saying I really am not the craftiest person you’ll ever meet so you can take these high expectations you have and toss them right out the window πŸ˜‰ Just kiddin’. (No but seriously though, I’m not kidding.) I have lots of great and crafty ideas but I have a really hard time making them… you know, real. I also don’t like getting my hands dirty. (You should see me when I bake, which I do love to do. It probably takes me twice as long because I’m rinsing my hands every time I get something on them.) (Told ya I was weird.) There were lots of (hilarious) lessons learned during this project and it all turned out just fine, so with all of that being said and now that your expectations are super super low, let’s get started.

Around Christmastime, my in-laws were cleaning out their basement and came across a ton of old frames. There was one in particular my mother-in-law had that was SO awesome, I about did flips when she asked if I wanted it.  I loaded that bad boy in the car and knew exactly what it would one day be: a Real Live Pinterest Board (yes, also known as an Inspiration Board or Vision Board) for my home office.

The wood frame was pretty discolored at the bottom (otherwise I would’ve kept the cool cream/antique color), and it was a little bent and had some cracks in the corner, but was otherwise in pretty good shape. The first thing was to clean it. I just used an old washcloth and some water (totally professional and legit) and then made sure it was dry before painting.

Before gold spray paint^^

For the paint, I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Pure Gold spray paint and sprayed two coats. (Spray painting in the dead of winter is super fun and only requires a few million extra layers.) I let the frame dry, for 48 hours, on a towel on our kitchen table and made X eat in the family room for 2 days. It’s just the price you pay when you’re married to such a crafty lady. And now he knows.

Next up was the cork board. I ran to the best place on earth, also known as Michael’s, to pick up the actual board material (sounds so official, doesn’t it?) After looking at my options for the cork board, I realized that for this project I would want to get a thin cork board and put it over something else that would be squishy enough (told you this was official) to hold the push pins. SO, I bought Elmer’s Foam Board, White (although the color didn’t matter since I was going to cover it with the cork), 20 x 30 x 3/16 in.  This really was too large but their smaller size was too small and they didn’t have anything in the middle, so I figured I could use the extra for something later. The cork board I bought was adhesive backed cork board.

Funny story now. I was talking to one of the guys who worked at Michael’s, telling him about my project and just comparing different materials, and he did recommend I use an exacto knife for a cleaner and straighter cut on the foam board. So, I bought one. And that’s when things went downhill during this craft. Come to find out, there’s a how-to video for this exercise, however it wouldn’t have mattered if I’d watched it.

1. Sturdy surface? Check. Kitchen table.
2. Exacto self-healing mat? Um, more like an old towel.
3. Exacto knife? Check.
4. Clean cut?  Not so much, like, at all, never, bad bad bad.

Guys- I butchered the crap out of the foam board. (Lesson learned!) It was terrifying and a reminder of why I don’t craft more, especially with sharp objects. So please ignore the unclean and crooked cuts in these next pictures.

After measuring my frame, I cut both the cork board and foam board to size. I actually cut a larger piece of the cork board because I had it in my head that I would fold over the edges. (Don’t ask me why. I thought it would hold the cork in place better?)
 Place foam board on sticky side of cork board^^

Now, I actually do not recommend folding over the extra pieces of the cork. Reason being is that this cork board is so thin and will split on the sides. It wasn’t a huge deal in the end because the sides would be hidden in the frame, but it also made my board wider than I wanted and was harder to push into the frame. (Lesson learned!)

(Bad) folded over edges^^

No one will ever know^^

 Aaaand again, hard as heck to push into the frame due to the folded over cork^^

Next? Hang, and start pinning!

Obviously I have lots of pinning to do, but that’s the fun part! Aside from the cutting massacre and poor folding choices, I’m happy with the outcome and it was truly a cheap and pretty easy project. (And just think. For YOU it will be a lot easier since you are most likely already a true crafter!)
Do you have an Inspiration Board in your home or office? How often do you switch out your pins? Speaking of pins, I am now on the market for some super cute push pins. Do any of you have a favorite push pin shop? πŸ˜‰ 
If you have an Inspiration or Vision Board, I want to see it! Include the link to your blog in the comments section below. 

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