What on earth did we do before Instagram?
It’s the perfect way to capture and share all of life’s little moments. For me that means delicious food, pretty things, and anything else that catches my eye. It’s like a time capsule of memories that takes up zero space, and with all the great Instagram printing services out there (my favorite is FoxGram!) it’s never been easier to order your snapshots and display them.
Remember that post I did furrrever ago about the Monthly Photo Display Project? Well, I decided to retire our old frame. It was a great find, but taking apart the back each month to put in a new photo was such a pain. Also, the fact that it already had defined portrait/landscape frames limited our photo choices. I tend to take a lot of landscape pictures.
I tossed around the idea of making a photoboard for a while, and this is what I came up with. A bunch of random supplies made a pretty awesome board for displaying our photos. It sorta just came together. I love it when that happens.
In the early stages of brainstorming, I came across these little clipboards at A.C. Moore for one George Washington a piece. So, I did what any sane crafter would do and bought a dozen.
Then they literally sat in our office for over a month. Then I made the string art piece and fell in love with the canvas-wrapped corkboard I found at A.C. Moore. (I spend a lot of time there if you couldn’t already tell that.) So, I bought another one later on to create a completely different kind of board (it’s been tabled for now – more development is needed). And then a couple weeks ago I was like EUREKA and realized that I could combine the unused corkboard and elements of the clipboard to make our photoboard.
I didn’t need the wood bases – just the clips.
Projects that require alignment take forever for me – my inner-perfectionist needs the spacing to be just right. It’s a process that I love to hate. Am I alone?
I then took a fine tipped pen and made dots where I would need to place screws.
Man, I haven’t bought a bottle of wine in a long time. But hey, at least my corkscrew is getting some cork action, right?
Then to make the screws fit easier in the cork, I lightly pressed them in the holes before screwing them in. Then I laid the clips back on the board and screwed them into the cork. This took a bit of coordination. (Sorry for saying “screw” so much.)
Once all the clips were screwed in, I turned the whole thing over and secured the screws with the little hex nut thingies.
As a final touch, I took a white opaque paint pen and wrote the months on each clip. This is the versatile part of the project – you could decorate the clips however your heart desires.
The final product – with and without pictures. As the months progress, I plan to add more snapshots from fun things we do. What I like is that I have enough space to add bigger pictures (4×6) if I want to. And since the clips hold them in place – no holes from tacks!
I’m really happy with how this turned out. Would love to make another one with less clips for work-related projects.