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A couple of months back, I splurged on four gorgeous 16×20 weathered-white wooden frames at the craft store (using a coupon or a sale for each one, naturally). It was uncomfortable to spend so much on frames, even though they were going to be a focal point in my newly redecorated home office.
But … I had no idea what to put in them.
I did, at least, know where they were going. I’d built an extra-long frame ledge running above the area where I work at the computer. I left the frames empty for a while, thinking I’d buy some art prints or maybe make my own. I knew I didn’t want to use photos, since we have a ton of photos everywhere else in our home.
Then it hit me: I was going to make them into “real-life Pinterest boards.”
Not the boards filled with sewing ideas and new recipes, but the (mostly private) boards where I saved quotes and inspiring thoughts. I love meaningful quotes and find myself always going back to them, so why not have them where I could easily see them every day?
I went crazy clicking through Pinterest to round up my favourites and download them. There easily more than 200. I also did a Google image search and grabbed some more there. Then I selected them all and printed four per page so they’d be roughly the same size.
If you don’t have a printer at home, it’s about 14 cents to print a black-and-white page at Staples. Printing everything in black and white keeps it more cohesive and “art-like” than a blur of clashing colours.
I cut apart my quotes and decided each of my new frames would have a theme: one for writing inspiration, one specifically for the motivation required to write a book, one for creativity in general and one for working toward goals.
Then it was just a matter of choosing a favourite for each theme, laying it in the centre of the page that came inside the frame, and filling in the area around it with the rest of the quotes. Once I was happy with the layout, I’d use a bit of tape to stick each quote in place.
I’ve had my collages up for a couple of months now and I still love looking up at them while I work. It’s funny how the perfect quote often jumps out at me when I really need it, like “The desire to write grows with writing” when I don’t feel motivated to get started on something, or “Step away from the screen and make something” when I need a computer break.
If you also like a good inspirational quote, I hope you give this project a try. You could collect quotes about anything you’re working toward, like getting more exercise, eating healthier, finding a job, changing your spending habits, starting a new project or learning to go easier on yourself.
Sometimes we all need a little reminder — right there, in black and white.