Last summer Susie and I worked on a bulletin board for Library Card Month. For various reasons and circumstances the bulletin board stayed up all year long. It was never my intention to leave it up so long, but one day just kind of ran into the next one.
After taking the board down the last week of school I vowed to not be stuck uninspired for the coming year. One day during a quiet few minutes I looked at Susie, our library assistant (but I hate typing library assistant because she is the beating heart of our library), and said, “Get out your phone. Pinterest. Bulletin Board ideas. Go!”
For 15 minutes we used our phones (Pinterest is blocked by our filters) and wrote down ideas for the entire year. Anything was fair game and our list quickly grew!
I printed a stack of my Bulletin Board Planning Guides and started sketching out each idea. If you’d like a copy, the PDF is here. The beginning of my summer binge marathon of Buffy was a nice companion to all the sketching and planning I did.
The next night I decided which font would work for each design. The night after that I typed all of the letters into a document I set up to reverse outlined letters so that I could quickly print the letters on cardstock.
A few days later I started printing the letters, put them in a gallon Ziploc with the sketched out plan, and now I have a stack of Ziplocs with a pair of scissors stashed by my couch.
TV time is cutting time. By the time September comes along I should have most of the hard work of the bulletin boards finished! When it comes time to put up the bulletin board, I’ll have all of the parts and I’ll know how they should fit on the wall.