Thursday, December 22, 2011

What Inspires You?

I took up running in February of 2011, and decided I wanted a pretty way to display my race bibs. I keep them in my bedroom on a wall I frequently face, and they serve as inspiration to me. I have completed two half marathons, which is what the 13.1 sticker stands for (the number of miles) and I plan to run a full marathon (26.2) sometime in 2012. I put that on there to push myself and to visualize myself doing the full marathon.

Finsihed Inspirational Memo Board

Here's how I made this on a budget. The ornate frame was originally gold and had a picture of my grandfather in it. It was collecting dust in my basement. I took it apart, cleaned it up, and primed it and hand painted it my own mixed shade of a creamy white. Next I took a thick foam core poster board and cut it to size the back of the open frame. I used spray adhesive and applied cork from a roll I bought online (these are available at office supply stores). Then I ironed a piece of fabric I liked, and used spray adhesive to attach that to the top of the cork. It was that simple! Then I flipped the frame over, used a heavy duty staple gun and attached the backing to the frame. I also added a saw tooth hanger so I can hang it on the wall.

Jeweled Pushpins

The last step was to take thumb tacks and a glue gun and attach old earrings, buttons and cabochons onto the thumb tacks. Then I put all of my bibs, stickers of the mileage and an inspirational saying on the board using my jeweled tacks. This was super easy and I love the outcome!

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