Sunday, February 18

new board


Since practically always, I've been just a little of a saver: snipping out and picking up photos, cards, notes, tickets, fliers---little things that I like the look, feel or sound of. I'm not a scrapbooker, so these minute objects of affection get saved in envelopes in folders in the drawers of my desk (I sometimes find them tucked in pages of a book), until I do something with them.

In high school, these relics and collectibles were relegated to the inside of my closet doors (usually band posters, high school dance photos, birthday cards from my grandparents, quotes, notes from my friends: a bright pink Post-it in my dad's illegible penmanship that read: "Ali, Mandyjean called to say she loves you" was taped next to a Van Gogh print alongside a hymn) simply because my mother did not allow so much as a pinhole to mark the walls in her home.

In college, I kept a bulletin board stamped up with these little inspirational/lovable tidbits, but with the newfound liberty that leaving home brought, some made their way to my apartment walls or the perimeter of my vanity mirror.

It's a habit I've never gotten out of. I updated my "board" on Saturday morning (now that I have my own home, I don't want so much as a pinhole scarring my walls, either). Some things are old old old, and I think, so very me. They're the things I love the most and never take down, irreplaceable. Others are brand new.

I enjoy the prints and patterns people invent, seeing my name written in the handwriting of people I love, whimsical editorial or candid photos, beautiful combinations of words, postcards of my favorite art pieces I've seen in person, decades-old school photos and anything else that rings true or good or funny.

The board is a tangible subset of me, kind of.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it girl...that is the kind of scrap booking that i enjoy as well!! i was actually hoping to arrange a mini bulletin board for my dad for his birthday of our fam and grand kids...but never got around to it... i now know the person to contact:)!!!
love you,
jenny j

Kim said...

Good idea Ali, your board looks terrific!

jordan said...

I have one of these but I don't update it every week! Wow! That is devotion.

jamieanne said...

Seeing that board makes me happy. So you. Every bit of it.

marta said...

ali, this is the best type of 'scrapping'!! i haven't updated my board since jamie's soiree. you have inspired me. i especially love the girl kicking her leg up on the right. such bliss. thanks for sharing. i also like the idea of saving little post-its. you are so creative. it's oozing.

ali said...

Marta, that is a real compliment coming from you.

Jordan, did I say that I do this every week? Uh-oh. Because I certainly don't. The idea is monthly, but it's usually every other month.

tiffany said...

Love it, love it, love it! You need your own TV show.

laceyJ. said...

I do recognize some of the same things on your board that you had when we were roomies... Glad you're still at it!

jordan said...

Oops. I read it as "It's a habit I've never gotten out of. I update my board on Saturday morning."

:)

Lorilee said...

Ali.. so cute. my journal is usually packed full of all this kind of stuff I like to save---but the board is such a great idea so that you can see all of it frequently-- and to share with others. I did recognize a bunch of anthro catalog photos--definately ones you want to remember!
And guess what? I found those same LIFE books at the DI this weekend, and thought they were so cool, I had to snatch them up. Our brains must be connected somehow!

Chelsea said...

Love it! I have always kept an inspiration board too. Working in retail planning, I have found that buyers and merchandisers use these a lot to come up with each season's pallette and I always get so excited for each one! This inspired me to create one for each of my wedding clients when we are planning flowers and decor.