Inspiration boards have always been something I enjoyed doing. When I was in 8th grade (or 9th, I don’t entirely remember), I covered an entire wall in my room with pictures, quotes and magazine clippings. Ever since then an inspiration board was something I always loved to have.
When I moved my “office” from the bed to an actual room in our house, I knew an inspiration board was something I would inevitably put over my desk. My husband, Brandon, built me a cork board that spans the entire wall that my desk sits on and I could not be more excited about it.
An inspiration board is basically just a collection of images, quotes and really whatever you’d like to include that serves as inspiration for you.
Why Make An Inspiration Board?
If you are anything like me, you are constantly saving images whether it be on Pinterest, instagram, or from magazines. Having an inspiration board allows you to keep all those things in one organized place. A place where you can look at them daily and remind yourself to stay inspired.
Inspiration boards are a great way to visually remind yourself of your goals. I honestly don’t do this enough with my inspiration boards. I tend to keep them more inspirational than practical. However if there is a place you want to go, throw an image of that place up on your board. If there is a mantra you want to live by, but that up on the board. Being reminded of your goals on a daily basis is a great way keep yourself in check and make sure you are always working towards them.
Obviously. Who doesn’t want to be inspired everyday? As I mentioned above, I’m constantly looking for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram, but it can be extremely overwhelming. Keeping a collection of images in a place where I see them daily eliminated that overwhelming feeling while still allowing me to feel inspired.
Creating Your Inspiration Board
Pick a Theme
I tend to change my inspiration board with the seasons, so that is, more often than not, my theme. When looking for images to save, keep the theme in mind. A color scheme will also help. Having a theme and cohesiveness to the board will not only add to the inspiration of it all, but it will help to keep your board looking organized and intentional, rather than just a bunch of random images stuck to your wall.
However! If a theme is not your thing, don’t stress about it. After all, this is for YOU and there really is no wrong way to do it.
Start Collecting Inspiration
Obviously Pinterest is a great place to start with this. Pinterest is basically an inspiration board after all. I always start with a secret board on Pinterest and pin anything and everything that I feel inspired by at that moment. Looking through old magazines is also a great way to collect images for your board as well as Instagram. Once you’ve got a good collection, you can go through and pare down what works with your theme and what doesn’t.
Organizing the Board
The larger the board the more intimidating this can be. When my husband first installed mine, i was completely overwhelmed and thought there was no way I was going to be able to fill it. I find it easiest to just start in one corner and work your way across the board. There will be plenty of rearranging and reorganizing of the images as you go. Step back every once in while to make sure you like what you see. It can be a tedious process, but once it’s complete it’ll feel so good…and inspiring!