Taking a few minutes today to answer a FAQ: “Where did you get that books poster you have in your office?”
It pops up on instagram from time to time, or in photos I take for the blog.
The short answer is: I made it, and you can too, because I am not crafty-talented, and the only reason I could pull this off is I was motivated by the love of the beautiful book covers. My inspiration for this was Design Mom, who shared something similar on her @DesignMom instagram account once upon a time. I believe she was actually in the Penguin offices when she snapped the photo, which made it all the more delightful.
You can make something similar for yourself, and you can make it as simple or complicated as you choose, but here’s the quick-and-dirty version of how I made mine.
• Postcards from Penguin (available in your local bookstore if you’re lucky or on Amazon)
• Photo squares (from Target)
• Foam core board (from Hobby Lobby)
I laid out my postcards in an order that made me happy, and then I attached them, one by one, to the foam board. It felt a lot like my old scrapbooking days. (I did this at a friend’s house, in the company of an actual, legitimate artist, and she was appalled at my ROYGBIV arrangement. But you’re the one who has to live with it, so do whatever makes you happy.)
I did not build a frame for my foam core board, which means it warps slightly, and has since the moment I attached the first photo square to it. If this bothers you, get a frame. If you don’t care, you’re in good company.
The whole project took me a thoroughly enjoyable two hours. (I toted my supplies to a friend’s house for girls’ night, where we all worked on our own projects or just sat and chatted, and if you’ve been procrastinating on your crafty projects I highly recommend this approach.)
I’ve been living with it in my office for nearly ten months now, and it still makes me happy every time I see it.
I’m not much of a crafty type, but this DIY was worth it.
If you ARE the crafty sort, and have tips on how to do a more professional (ahem) take on this project, I’d love to hear your tips in comments, along with any other great bookish DIYs. Thanks in advance!