Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY Book Page Inspiration Board

I was very inspired when I saw this wall of book pages on much more than the birds.  (Super cool blog by the way.  You should check it out.)  Anyway, I was tempted to duplicate it in my room, and I still might someday, but for now, I decided to start smaller and just cover my bulletin board.
Here's before pictures of me and my sister's bulletin boards.
 My side had some of my favorite photos that I've taken.  I liked it, but I wanted to try something new.  My sis's side had drawings and postcards, a dream catcher and....stuff.  Surprisingly, she gave me permission to take it down.  :)  So the first step is to clear off your bulletin board.
Step 2: Tear out a bunch of pages from an unwanted book or two.  Book-lovers, this may be hard for you.  For me, it felt almost sacraligious, but now I'm glad I did it.  Just make sure it's a book you don't want to read someday.  :)  I used two books for a little variety, but you could easily use 1 book or 7 depending on your preference and how many boring books you have lying around.

 Step 3:  Glue down your pages.  I used a plain ol' glue stick, but you could also use tape or scrapbook adhesives.  I don't know how easy the pages will be to take off, but I'm just gonna cross that bridge when I come to it. 

 I started gluing in the corners and worked my way in from the sides so that I knew it would line up.  (And yes, that is my teddy bear watching the proceedings.)

 Step 4:  If your adhesive works better than mine did, this step might not be necessary.  I just spread some books over the board to keep the edges of the pages from curling back while they dried.

 Step 5:  While the glue dries, gather your inspiration!  Browse magazines, catalogs, websites or your stash of treasures to find pretty things to put on your board.  It doesn't have to have a theme, or match your decor or look like any other inspiration board you've seen.  Just pick things that make you happy and that you like to look at.  The wonderful thing about bulletin boards is they can be changed as often as you like, so there isn't any long-term commitment risk involved.  :)

 Step 6: Arrange your pictures and use push-pins to attach them the way you like them.  I like how mine turned out. 

 My sister let me take over her board as well.  I wanted her to put things that she liked, but she said she didn't care.  We ended up picking a few "themes" for me to find pictures for.  Like pirates, ships and old bottles.  Of course, I also ended up putting a few other random things I liked on there too, like mushrooms.

So there you have it!  This is actually a super easy DIY and I really love the way the book pages look.  It makes your board look full even when it's not, but at the same time, it's a neutral, non-cluttered background.  And let's be honest.  I just love book pages.


Abigail Guegain said...

Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog! :)
I really like the boards you made! They are really cute :)

Niki said...

You're welcome. Thanks for visiting! :)


Katie said...

I love this Niki, what a great idea! Just found your blog - new follower! Love Katie xx

Niki said...

Thank you! :)