What is an Inspiration board?
An inspiration board is any contained area that inspires you toward your goals. Your goals can be professional, creative, or personal in nature. Some people make one for each project they do, such as interior designers might put on paint samples and fabric swatches to put a room together. I made one as a part of an organizational exercise. the idea was to have your goals and desires right out there for you to always see, always remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing,(or at least what you should be doing.)
What do you need to make an Inspiration board?
- backing – this can be foamcore, canvas or cardboard. It should be sturdy enough to take a fair amount of glue and big enough accommodate a lot of pictures
- Adhesive – glue sticks or photo mounts work well here. Repositionable glue might be good if you like to switch it up now and again.
- scissors – regualr kitchen scissors will do, but if you have ones meant for fine paper cutting, go for it!
- words – from magazines, books, newspapers, or from you computer. Inspiration can come from a single word, a favorite phrase, or song lyric.
- Pictures – Again magazines, catalogs, books, and computer images will help you on your way.
- pen – optional; if you can’t find the words you need, you can write them. Best to have a sharpie or marker that won’t bleed onto the other images.
- Frame – this is optional. I framed and hung mine so I could see it everyday.
You also need about two to four hours of time to sort, glue and design your inspiration board.
How do you make an inspiration board?
- Gather the supplies listed above
- Cut out images and words that speak to you. My inspiration board was about what I wanted to have in my life, why I wanted an organized life, and what I wanted to accomplish. So I have images of a woman writing, a clock to represent time, pictures of fabulous crafts and such.
- Group the images and pick the best ones. If you want to be a better cook, you don’t need four images of filet Mignon. One will suffuce.
- Layout the images on your backing. Don’t glue until you are satisfied with the arrangement.
- Happy? ok, now glue it down one image at a time.
- Let everything dry
- Add any writing you want to add, Heck add glitter if it inspires you. then frame it and hang it.