July 11, 2012

Staying more organized all year long

Along the same lines of the "Board of Great Things" it's better to be organized and know when certain occasions are, such as a dentist appointment" and not be fumbling around trying to remember where you need to be and at what time.

An organizing board that allows you to change and update when needed and stylish, yet functional is always the best way to go, but there aren't a lot of choices out on the market that serve every purpose and are still pretty enough to hang anywhere in your home.

This project gives you just that and allows you to customize it to your liking and change it when you want with different color options and combinations.

Here's how it's done!



Starting with any size picture frame and paint swatches/chips you want to create an attractive board worth displaying anywhere in your home.  I have created three different color patterns to change out for the seasons.  Bright colors for summer, greens and earth tones for fall and light blues and cream colors for winter.  

The paint swatches/chips can be picked up anywhere.  I grabbed a few at a time every visit to Home Depot and Lowe's and finally had enough to create my board.  They are free and come in a variety of colors to pick from.  I have even seen ones in the shape of Mickey Mouse, so the possibilities are endless really.

Start by taking your frame apart.  Mine came with a matting board so I just held onto that for a later project.  You can get a frame with a matting board and use it, just make sure your frame is large enough to be able to see past your matte board once it's all assembled together.

Using the back of the white sheet that comes with the frame, lay your colored swatches/chips down in a pattern you are seeking and begin gluing them to the white sheet.  I also used a piece of cardboard from another frame just to make the layout stable enough to move and flip over without it bending or creasing.  Simple white glue works fine for this project.

Place your color swatches/chips against the glass of the frame and replace the back.  That's all there is to it!

Simple, yet effective and stylish too.  Using a dry erase marker you write directly on the glass and wipe clean with a towel or dry eraser.  Changing out the color pattern backs from season to season keeps the board hip and stylish all year long.  You can play around with different colors and see what works best for you!
Happy Organizing!

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