A DIY Stenciled Inspiration Board

Monday, November 10, 2014

    We look for inspiration everyday, in many places. I have read about achieving your goals, by placing them on a board, and looking at it daily. A place to organize your thoughts, where, what & how will you get to your next goal. The far off future goals too. Now you can see where the idea for the DIY stenciled inspiration board came for this post. In my Fall Mod Podge Pumpkin post I mentioned buying two carts of goodies at +Michaels Stores. I bought several framed cork boards that were on a great clearance sale.
To be honest I struggled with what would be the best approach to make this board inspiring. Then in a series of unrelated life circumstances, I was in Pompano Beach, FL. looking for document boxes with Prince Charming.The Office Depot was having a clearance sale because, they were moving. I found what I needed at the store 30% off and Gelio Gel pens for 50% off. Hmm. This would work on the cork board but, now what should I stencil?
DIY Inspiration Board, Silhouette Flourish, #44437 Design,
I chose the inspirational phrase by Kolette Hall and +Silhouette America Flourish design.

 First I un-grouped the phrase, sectioned them into the words I wanted together. Then I grouped them together again. as you see below. Next I un-grouped the flourishes added them to the phrase in strategic places. When I grouped each set of words and the flourish pieces I welded them together.
DIY Stencil Inspiration Board, Inspire, Believe, Create, Imagine, Silhouette
I used vintage contact paper I found while cleaning our neighbors flooded basement.  I used the Silhouette vinyl setting for the blade setting and double cut. This was my first time cutting vinyl so I was very nervous. I did not cut the word into sections with the Cameo. I just used scissors because, I was not sure where wanted to separate them on the board. 
DIY Stencil Inspiration Board, Hope, Dream, Embrace Life, Flourish, Silhouette
I weeded out the words and placed the Glad Press and Seal over the stencils. Then I used a scraper to adhere the Press and Seal. Once it was on I carefully removed the backing to the contact paper and pressed to on the cork board. I used the scraper again to assure the stencil was placed securely and peeled back the Press & Seal.
DIY Stencil Inspiration Board, Vintage Contact Paper Stencil, Gel Pens,
The gel pen gave me a deep rich color with no bleeding or leaking under the stencil. I did use a scrap of wrap between my hand and the board to keep the color from smearing. It was only in the side of my hand a tiny bit but, not on the board at all.
DIY Inspiration Board, Materials List, Silhouette, Glad Press N Seal, Cork Board Frame, Gel Pens
Here is a list of materials I used to create this DIY gift.
Well it certainly inspired me because, I am giving myself one week to organize, and complete my craft room. I had to stage this vignette since my craft room is a disaster. Shhhh! It was my little secret until I started 
DIY Stencil Inspiration Board, Mod Podge Pumpkin, DIY Dollar Store Butterfly Design Clips
#OperationCraftySpaceRevolution on Instagram. Now! It is not a secret anymore. Would like to join the fun? Post your before, or during picture on Instagram with the hashtag above, and virtually support each other while we prepare our craft rooms for the holiday rush. What goal would you put on your Inspiration Board? Please answer the question in the comment section. I would love to know what you dream for the future. 

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Until next time,
Karen Marie

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architectureofamom said...

Super inspiring! Love it!

Unknown said...

Your inspiration board is awesome! I love your designs and how you placed them on the board. I'll be watching your craft room progress for any pointers, mine is a disaster.

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

What a cute and thoughtful gift! Good job!

Pam - GetSilvered. said...

I love all the inspirational sentiments. The pin up board looks great and the gel pens really showed up perfectly against the cork.

Anonymous said...

I have a cork board that hangs over my desk in my office and think this is a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

Pitter and Glink said...

This is beautiful! I have an inspiration board, but I think yours is even more inspirational than mine. :)

Karen Marie said...

I am glad you love my Inspiration Board. You are so sweet to take time to comment. A little comment love feels so encouraging.
Thank you,
Kare Marie

Karen Marie said...

You are my personal cheerleader and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Tomorrow is a full day of #OperationCraftySpaceRevolution. Wish me luck.
You are the best,
Karen Marie

Karen Marie said...

Carrie, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am so glad you like the inspiration board.
be creative today,
Karen Marie

Karen Marie said...

I am so glad you like my inspiration board. I am happy the way the gel pens color popped off the cork too.
Thanks so much for the encouraging comment.
Karen Marie

Karen Marie said...

Thank you for visiting and stopping to leave such a nice comment. I think sharing is the best part of blogging.
Have a creative day,
Karen Marie

Karen Marie said...

You are so sweet. I am sure yours does a great job for you. Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave such a nice comment.
Have a creative day,
Karen Marie

Salvage Sister & Mister said...

Great job. I love it!!!

Karen Marie said...

Thank you for your kind words.
Karen Marie

Chic California said...

Beautiful project! Thanks so much for sharing at the Be. YOU. tiful link party!

Karen Marie said...

Chic California,
I am so glad you liked the project. Thank you for visiting. Please come by again soon.
Have a Creative day,
Karen Marie

George J. Bilbo said...

This is such a wonderful idea. I love it. I'll do some for my family. I think a simple wooden inspiration board is a good idea, too.

Tori C. Stigall said...

Hi..I want to stencil my step risers…What stencils are good for that?? I don’t want anything to busy..maybe swirls…or an all over pattern like that

Jane said...

Great share, Karen !
It look very beautiful.
I will try to make one

Tom Bradly said...

I think adding the stenciled wordings added a bit of flair in that inspiration board. Lovely design!

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Ryan said...

What a great way to remind you of your goals in life. They are so easy to forget! I want this in my home and have to tell my wife about your stencil art. This project might be right up her alley. Great designs, thanks for the inspiration :)