Grace Notes

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April 13, 2019

Why You Should Create an Inspiration Board

Why You Should Create an Inspiration Board

Words: Hayley Solano
Photo credit: Hayley Solano

Surrounding oneself with inspiration is a simple and special way to add magic to your day. I love displaying an inspiration board in my workspace to spark creativity and remind me of all of the beautiful things that make my heart sing! From magazine clippings, ticket stubs, and polaroids, to handwritten letters, receipts, and beloved quotes, there are countless items that can easily be displayed as reminders of life’s beauty.

Below are a few tips to put together your very own display of inspiring mementos!

Tips for Creating an Inspiration Board:


1. What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Before you begin putting together your inspiration board, make a list of things that make your heart sing. Maybe it’s a scene of your favorite movie or the chocolate chip cookies your mom made when you were little. It could be the way the sky looks after it’s rained or the song that instantly lifts your spirits.

When your list is complete, search for photos or mementos that represent each item. For example, you can print an image of your favorite movie scene or type out a special recipe in your favorite font.


2. Treasured Memories

Next, gather souvenirs that transport you to your most treasured memories. These can include anything from receipts, faded photographs, handwritten notes, or even pieces of jewelry.



I always love browsing through Bella Grace for inspiring words! Scan and make copies of magazine pages featuring heartfelt quotes or handwrite them yourself for a personalized touch.


4. Get Creative

Now that you’ve compiled an assortment of beautiful inspiration, lay each item on a flat surface and experiment with different ways to arrange them. You may want to organize your pieces of inspiration by creating piles according to color. This will allow you to discover which items coordinate best.

Once you have decided on an arrangement, take a picture of it with your phone. Reference this photo as you pin the items to your inspiration board.


5. A Dash of Sparkle

As a final touch of inspiration, it is always fun to add elements to your board that catch the light. You can hang necklaces or bracelets or even use earrings instead of thumbtacks!


What would you include on your inspiration board? I would love to hear what inspires you most in the comments below!


Hayley Solano is a creative soul and blogger from Southern California. She believes in celebrating the little things and that each moment holds the potential to become a beautiful memory. She excitedly welcomes you to follow along on her Instagram page where you’ll discover a community of kindred spirts. For more inspiration, visit her blog at:


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Comments ( 13 )

  1. Hanna

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    This is just what I needed! Love these tips. Just made the list of things that make my heart sing. Can’t wait to create my inspo board 🙂

  2. Melanie

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Now I am very inspired to create an inspiration board! I love your ideas!

  3. Michele

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I use favorite fabric swatches, paint color palettes, favorite art pics, quotes, ATCs, collected ephemera and pieces of my own art.

  4. Anna

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I’d love to follow Haley on Instagram. What is her IG name?

  5. Josephine Berneche

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I have been saving bits of art, collage, small charms, favorite sayings. Now I know what to do with them . Making a inspirational board would be a great idea, instead of leaving all my favorite things in a file folder. THANKS

  6. Hayley

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    That makes me so happy, Hanna! Enjoy creating your inspiration board! ❤️ -Hayley

  7. Hayley

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I’m so glad, Melanie! Have an inspiring week! ❤️ – Hayley

  8. Hayley

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Anna! You can find me on Instagram at: @hayleysolano 🙂

  9. Hayley

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    That’s wonderful, Josephine!! Enjoy creating your inspiration board! ❤️-Hayley

  10. Hayley

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love that, Michele! Mixing in your own creations is always a special personal touch! ❤️-Hayley

  11. Cindy

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I just found this and it is exactly what I have been looking for. I have a bulletin board begging for me to use it and I have been looking for just how I wanted to
    Thank you!

  12. Meg

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    The last few months I have been more intentional on creating space and opportunities for the little joys, the touches of magic, inspiration and beauty. I simply found myself in a season where I wanted to engage with my life and surrounding in a new way. Adding a board is another creative way to do this!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Charmaine Semon

    April 19, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    Your magazine is exquisite!!!
    It touches my soul every time!!!
    Thank you for softening my day!!!

    I would like to subscribe to the magazine.

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