Today I am super excited to be participating in Kristen Duke’s Decorating with Pictures Series. She’s got an incredible line up of over 50 blogs sharing their ideas and inspiring photo projects. For my project, I want to share with you guys the small gallery wall I put together for our bedroom and the DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard that I made for it. After you check it out be sure to pop over to Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke to enter to win the giveaway to Strawberry Mommy!
I had some 11×14 photos printed from our family photo shoot in December and when I ran to IKEA for some RIBBA frames I quickly realized their RIBBA frames don’t come in that size (they are slightly off at like 11.5×15 or something close to that). So instead of using this photo as I had originally planned I wanted to create something a little bit different that could accommodate a large photo but wasn’t your average photo frame. After a little brainstorming I came up with this monogram photo clipboard.
For this project I grabbed a piece of scrap wood that was leftover from making this hanging chalkboard. I dry brushed the whole thing with some white paint. Then I sanded it down in a few areas with fine grit sand paper to get the perfect weathered looked.
Then I hot glued a large bulldog clip to the board. (Make sure you test out precisely where you want the clip before securing it with glue.)
The monogram came as an afterthought really. I was going to put some sort of quote here but Silhouette was acting funny. One of those happy accidents, I suppose because I think this turned out way better. I created a stencil using my Silhouette on a 8.5×11 piece of card stock for the monogram and est. date.
I used a small craft brush to paint in the stencil. I used a dark blueish gray, the same color as the dresser that the gallery wall sits above. Only using one coat with very little paint, just dabbing it on. I knew I would want a distressed look so less paint is better for sanding. After allowing it to dry for several minutes I sanded it lightly with fine grit sand paper. I gave the whole thing a coat of protective wax as a finishing step.
Besides being absolutely FREE, my favorite thing about DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard is that you can easily switch out the photo! I love when happy accidents result in something so one of a kind and lovely, don’t you? I’m loving our new gallery wall space. If you want to see how I made the gold heart couple’s art check out that tutorial here.
Be sure to visit Kristen’s blog to see the entire Decorating with Pictures Series and enter to win the Strawberry Mommy Giveaway! And if you’d like to stay connected with me I’d love to have you follow along on Instagram or Pinterest!