As you may very well know by now, pinboards are extremely popular, taking the creative community by storm. From color inspiration boards to typography boards, collections of all things inspiring are growing by leaps and bounds. We LOVE a pretty board! It get's the creative juices flowing and ignites ideas we may have never thought to try before. A board can represent a culmination of style - bringing voice to the artist at heart. It's a wonder then that they're super addictive..and totally fun!
This week, in observance of the pinboard trend, Crate Paper is putting forth a theme that captures the style and likes of it's design team members. Our CP Gals have constructed their very own personal pinboards, each shedding a glimse on their passions and everyday life using a fine-tuned blend of Crate Paper collections - with a few odds and ends thrown in. This first board, from Stephanie Bryan, converts into a mini album - check it out!
Expressing myself through photos and paper crafts is like to therapy to me. I usually find most of my time spent documenting the events and happenings of my children and our family. But every once in a while, it's nice to reflect on myself and who I am. Creating my own identity board using the Styleboard collection was the perfect way to make 'my story' visible both to me and family.
To create my identity board, I started by removing the glass, matte and backing from a 20" x 20" frame and then lightly spray painted it gold. Once the open frame was all dry, I used a staple gun and twine to create a random criss-cross pattern inside the frame.
I went through all of my pictures on my computer and printed off a sheet of photos that "spoke" to my personality at this given moment. I included pictures of my favorite places, favorite flowers, pretty craft supplies and baby feet! I also added a few of my own personal tags and papers.
Using the Styleboard collection, I created small canvases for my photos. The journaling cards and card stock die cuts were perfect for acting as a base. I even pulled a few of my favorite journaling cards and die-cuts to stand alone and represent part of me on my identity board.
I added simple embellishments, words and frames around my photo for added interest and texture.
I also made several pinwheel flowers from a few Styleboard patterned papers to act as accents on diagonal corners of my painted frame. These flowers are so easy and fun to make! You can see a video of the process here:
After my identity board was completed, I had a few extra trimmed Styleboard papers and photos left over, so I decided to create an "identity" mini album. As I grow and my likes change and evolve, I plan on punching a hole in the cards on my identity board and will add them to this mini album.
The various size of papers, photos and embellishments of this album is what I love most. And it completely speaks to my personality. I like things a little messy, but with a lot of order.
For a cover, I typed a quote onto vellum and added it inside of a die-cut frame. I love how the vellum gives you a little peek of the next page.
Each page is kept pretty simple with words, and/or photos and small embellishments.
Of course, I had to add my children into my "identity" book. They so help define who I am at this point in my life.
I'm looking forward to watching this book evolve as my personality and "identity" change! Thank you so much for joining me! I so hope to have inspired you to create your own identity board or identity mini album!