Monday, May 20, 2013

Memoire Visuelle

As I prepare for my trip to Paris in September
I wanted to create an inspiration board
Last year I saw a post on my friend Betsy's blog My Salvaged Treasure's where she made this great cork board with a wonderful printed Eiffel tower on it!  I fell in love!  
I contacted Betsy and she was so wonderful and said she would make me a piece of burlap with this stencil on it.  
I was so excited and she was so generous to take the time to do this for me!
This is how Betsy's turned out and was my inspiration!  I kept looking for a frame and did not find one I liked.  So I finally decided to just put it on a cork board!
This really ugly cork board was found at GW for under $3....
first thing I did was paint the frame black
I trimmed the burlap to 'fit' and used a spray adhesive to attached it to the cork board
The burlap was hard to trim to the exact size so I decided to edge it with ribbon or tape.  I didn't have wide enough black tape and I was so impatient I decided to use this decorative tape I had bought at Michael's on clearance.  I like how it looks and it was easy to apply.  To make sure that everything stayed where I wanted it too, I used these great tacks I found on clearance at Marshall's.  Very 'frenchy' looking!
I must say I am really pleased with how it turned out. It has a few wrinkles but I'm hoping that as I add items to the board it won't be so noticeable! I'm not very 'crafty' but I had so much fun doing this, it's encouraged me to try some other creative endeavors! 
This is going to be part of a display I'm working on
Here's a sneak peek!
Thanks again to Betsy for all your help!

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Wishing you JOY,

Linda

32 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

From the looks of your beautiful new board, I'd say you're craftier than you think! It turned out great...:) The best projects usually start without a real plan and just evolve. I can't wait to see the rest of your display...:)

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Betsy is such a sweetheart and I know you are loving this. A great way to look forward to your big trip! ENJOY!!! Sweet hugs!

Chatty Crone said...

I don't know Betsy but I know she is nice. What a great gift and she did that for you. You are so loved Linda - by me too! See you this week. sandie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love it Linda! You figured out a way to make it work in the frame you had, very crafty and clever. The tape is the perfect finishing touch. Won't it be fun to fill it up with pictures of your trip to Paris?

Nellie said...

Such a nice board, Linda! I thought of you when I toured the Symphony house here a couple of weeks ago. There was a bedroom with images of the Eiffel Tower! I was quite taken by it!

Hugs,
Nellie

sissie said...

Hi Linda,
I love your pretty inspiration board. I know that you are getting so excited about your upcoming trip to Paris.

hugs
Sissie

Olive said...

Paris in September sounds lovely. This will be a great inspiration and dreamy way to think of it. xo, olive

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love it, Linda! It sounds like you are well on your way to getting ready for your fabulous trip!...hugs...Debbie

Pondside said...

That's a very pretty and practical reminder of all that you're going to see and do on your trip!

Donna Wilkes said...

It will be great to inspire you on your trip!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Linda, that is just the bee's knees! Love it! What a great friend to make the piece for you, and how talented you are to mount it so cleverly! Love this.

XO,

Sheila

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Looking very "frenchie"! You did a great job and lots of inspiration for your up coming trip!
Warmly,
deb

Susan said...

Hi Linda....Ohhhhh, cute cute cute. I'm so EXCITED for you and your upcoming trip to "gay Pari." It will be so wonderful! Susan

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a great idea, looks wonderful. I am sure when you get back from Paris you will fill it up with sweet mementos of your trip.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I love that! Beautiful! Betsy is such a sweetheart! September is the best time to visit France! So fun!
Karen

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It looks wonderful, you must be getting so excited!! Betsy is a sweet heart!

Carol

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Looks great... How exciting to be going to Paris!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Debbie

Diane said...

What an adorable project! You will have "all Paris, all of the time" now! Oh, how I wish that I were headed to Europe this year. I think it will be next year, before we cross the pond, again. I cannot wait to see all of the picture and read all about your adventure, when you return. Yipee!!

Susan said...

I love it...and you tacked my card to it, <3 I'm so bummed that Paris is on hold for me since my friends bailed on me. The wife is a FTC lawyer and has a big case she has to prepare for. Oh well, I'll just live vicariously through you, my friend, XOXO

✿Carol✿ said...

Love how your inspiration board turned out, Linda! Will you be seeing the same things you saw last time, or will you be checking out some new spots? Can't wait to see all of the highlights. September will be here before you know it!

Melanie said...

Love your Paris inspiration board! I'm not very crafty either, so I know what you mean about doing something and then being pretty amazed at yourself for how it turned out. :-) I love your little Paris plate...I have the same one, only for London.

the cape on the corner said...

what wonderful paris inspiration! love how the cubbies are getting in on it!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How nice of Betsy to make the burlap print for you. You did a great job putting your new memo board together!

Jenny said...

That is a super cute idea Linda!

I love how it turned out!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I think the board looks bloody great and I want to go to Paris if only we could afford such a trip

Art and Sand said...

Love your burlap board.

Have you visited Castles Crowns and Cottages for the France - Simply Irresistible party. http://wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com/

I just finished visiting every post. Oh, the photos of France are wonderful and there are tips for what to see and do.

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

This is terrific! I've been thinking of making something to keep up with blogging parties & "what day to post what", I might use this idea. Thanks for sharing, and have a great time on your trip.

ImSoVintage said...

I think it looks perfect, Linda and I am so excited about your trip.
Hugs,
Laura

Kathe said...

Beautiful! I love the vignette you are creating Linda! Before you know it, you'll be on your way to Gay Paree!

Alycia Nichols said...

You are doing exactly the thing every person should do when planning a big trip! Not only does it get you super excited (as if you could get any MORE excited!!!), but it helps to mentally prepare for the minutiae of the trip. You were able to create something memorable and fun for not a lot of money. That's money you'll have saved for your trip!!!

Annesphamily said...

Oh Linda, this is so pretty. You did a wonderful job putting this together. You have mush more talent than you credit yourself with!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I like how you are preparing yourself for Paris!! That is such a neat idea - what a wonderful blogger friend and to display it the way you are doing it!! WOW! Not too much longer till Sept.