how to create your own inspiration board

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As I tore away the September page in my calendar on my inspiration board, I realized I needed to share a very important part of my dorm room – my inspiration board! Inspiration boards, very similar to bulletin boards, are a staple that I believe everyone should invest in, whether it be for their work area, bedroom, or dorm room.

 

Before leaving for school, I was determined to bring my inspiration board with me for my dorm room, but it was entirely too large for our four door Element. I was so proud of my inspiration board at home, and would often post about it on my Instagram, generating many comments and questions from my followers.

 

Inspiration boards, much like the artifact prints in my last post, are interchangeable. I love being able to remove items and redecorate my board every couple of weeks, making my work space feel fresh and new.

 

In this post, I will provide some essentials to help you jumpstart your inspiration board, including INSTAX photos and DIY inspiration cards. Keep reading for your ultimate guide to creating your own unique and one-of-a-kind INSPO board!

The Board

First, the board itself. You can find a bulletin board at pretty much any craft or office supply store. I bought a standard bulletin board at Walmart and then painted the entire board white. I wanted a simplistic backdrop for all of my clippings and photos, but you can keep the board brown or paint it your favorite color!

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Calendar

To help keep track of the weeks and important dates, a calendar is a college essential. I purchased this simplistic calendar from Becket Hitch. I love the minimalistic look of it and it matches my grey, white, and black aesthetic. (#goals) I attached the calendar onto my board with command strips, another major college essential.

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INSTAX Polaroids

Inspired by an Urban Outfitters post once again, I decided to hang some INSTAX polaroids onto my INSPO board with white string and black clothespins. I actually took photos of my Artifact prints with my INSTAX mini camera, creating up close shots of my photos. If you are looking for an INSTAX camera, I would suggest checking out Michaels craft store. They almost always have online coupons that you can use in-store to purchase your polaroid camera!

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DIY INSPO Cards

Need some inspiration in your life? Create some DIY inspiration cards to hang onto your INSPO board. I created these and hung them onto my board using washi tape. All you need to make these is some card stock paper and a black felt-tip marker. I always scroll through my “inspire to be” board on Pinterest to get some ideas about what inspirational phrases I want to include on my cards. Affirmation phrases are always a great pick-me-up to look at while working and under stress.

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Photographs, Cards, & More

Lastly, I like to keep photo booth strips and some of my favorite photographs to put on my inspiration board. They remind me of the people I love and friends from home. I also hang small business cards and other miscellaneous items from craft shows and art shows on my board. I have a small box that I keep all of my INSPO board items in, making it easy for me to swap them in and out throughout the year.

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That’s it for now! If you have any questions about inspiration boards or think I missed something, let me know in the comments down below! As always, check out my social media accounts and my newly made four floors up twitter account, linked in the sidebar.

xoxo,

madauer

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