Thursday, February 23, 2012

Inspiration Board Tutorial

I have been wanting to make an 'Inspiration Board' for a while now, and finally had a chance to get her done. 
Supply List:
- Large Frame 
- Paint
- Cork Board (Large enough to fill your frame)
- Wooden Dowels (Mine are around 3/8" Diameter)
- Fabric to cover Cork Board (I used linen)
- Stapler
- 3/8" Staples (To upholster the fabric to the cork board)
- 1/2" Staples (To attach the cork board to the frame)
- Curtain Clips 
I was able to come up with this sad looking bureau frame last year and knew I would find a use for it some day.
She had some carved details that needed a bit of a facelift.
After a gentle sanding,  the frame got a fresh coat of light gray paint.
An old cork board was cut slightly larger than the inside of the frame and covered/upholstered with some pressed white linen.
My oh-so-clever husband then drilled some holes into the frame sides - approx 3/4" deep.
He cut 3 dowels to the length needed and gently twisted them into their new homes.
 A stapler was used to attach the cork board onto the back of the frame.
And, here she is now - in all her dressed glory!
 My inspiration board has an eclectic mix of photos and objects.
 Vintage doilies and laces are hung on the board to keep me inspired for an upcoming project.
 Faux vintage typewriter keys were glued onto tacks to add a bit of charm.

I made these with #8 Finish Washers (available at any hardware store) which were glued onto tacks. Some scrapbook letters were glued into the Finish Washers and allowed to dry. I then gave the sticker fronts a coat of Mod Podge to seal them and once dry, filled the washers with 'Glossy Accents by Ranger'. I then let them dry overnight.
 The dowel rails are used to hang miscellaneous objects on.
 I envision hanging cards, tags and other embellishments from them in the future.
I added some simple curtain clips onto the rails for a quick way to add and remove items.
 The frame details are subtle, but add so much character.
 I am so glad that I was able to get this project done as it has given my creative spirit a much needed lift.
I can change out the photos and objects to fit my mood and keep the creative juices flowing.
I hope you are able to make your own inspiration board and fill it with all the things that inspire you!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Linky Party Follower Hop

Reblogged from Cheri at Its So Very Cheri
Many of you have probably already heard that

GOOGLE Friend Connect will go away

on Feb 29 for any one that is not with blogspot
but rumor has it that it is being completely phased out for everyone soon

 BUT

there is good news
There is a NEW awesome tool–Linky Followers
It has so many amazing features (that GFC never had). If you have not signed up you should. (yes you can have both.)  I love the new tool so much and want everyone to enjoy all the new features.
…and did I tell you its super easy and FREE!


What better way to celebrate a fun new blogging tool than to have a party
so break out your poodle skirt and saddle back shoes cuz’ we’re having a LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOP

RULES:

1. you MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.

{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS to participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3.Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER
just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE 
Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.
You can grab the party button code in the FOOTER at Its So Very Cheri
You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers(see rule #2)

…So do ya want to go Cruisin’?

I plan on HOPPING from BLOG to BLOG to follow everyone who follows me.

Every Wednesday I will rotate the Linky Follower Party Hop and my PIN tag party here at Its So Very Cheri.
This is a Blog Hop!
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