Thursday, 9 July 2015

Wall of Wisdom

If you love a good quote, saying, expression or motivational poster maybe you'd like to create a "wall of wisdom".
framed quotes

Our new house has a good sized downstairs toilet (privy, lav, loo, cloakroom, john, WC ... any more names?) It is much nicer than the teeny one we had at the old house but possibly the most boring d├ęcor on the planet. It was just a white box.
In the old house we created a "wall of wisdom" by writing quotes, sayings, expressions directly on the wall using sharpies. It was simple, fun and always a talking point but had two major flaws: the sharpies smudged when splashed with water and when we moved we had to leave it behind. For the new smarter loo I wanted to recreate the Wall of Wisdom in a better, cuter and more flexible way.

The only casualty in the move was the glass in a large wooden picture frame. The frame itself survived so I gave it a few coats of white spray paint and used it as the basis of our new wall. One of the best things about the wall we had in the old house was that anyone could add to it as they wanted. I was keen to keep that interactive element so thought by using a glass-less frame and label stickers to organise the space this could be an ongoing thing.

As well as my big ol' glass-less frame I reused a couple of frames that I'd spray painted turquoise years ago (from our bedroom at the old house) and a couple of Ikea Nyttja frames in red. I also picked up a load of very cute Martha Stewart stickers on sale at our local Staples store. The colours of these stickers were perfect for the colours I had imagined for our new Wall of Wisdom.
wall of wisdom

I did have to buy a large sheet of poster board, which I cut to fit the frame. Without the glass the back was too loose and the white board gave me a great base to start sticking.

When we did this at the old house we had made a list of all the quotes and expressions in alphabetical order. Just so when someone had a new one we could quickly check it wasn't already there! You think you are going to know what up there but we'd had a couple of duplicates that I had to paint over, it's worth making a list.
I scoured the internet for the quotes and saying we wanted to keep from the list, looking for cute printable versions in the right colours.
1:http://www.lovepapercrafts.com/free-printable-home-decor/
2: http://sarah.theworkexperiment.com/hurihia-to-aroaro-ki/
3: http://brightlybeautifulblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/you-will-always-look-lovely.html
4: http://nhne-pulse.org/quote-vivian-greene/
5: https://www.umpquabank.com/fromcanyonville/#inspiration-1

I also used quite a few from this lovely collection from Thirty Hand Made Days


The rest of the small quotes that are printed are either picked up from pinterest and I can't find the source or I made them myself. I used my old favourite Picmonkey to make some, I created speech bubbles on word documents and added text boxes, and I added text boxes over bits of clip art.
Everything else I hand wrote, in my best writing, onto the cute labels with coloured pens.
I just started in one corner and worked my way up. I tried to keep everything straight and lined up, and I tried to keep a good balance of small and large items.

I actually did the smaller red frame first, kind of like a practice run, then moved onto the big frame.

In the old turquoise frames I used 2 beautiful printables that I printed out their original size.
The "As we arise each morning" printable quote comes from Simple as That and the "Change your Thoughts" one comes from Mama Miss.

The Map art quote is one I made. It's really simple to make with your computer, printer and an old map book or road atlas. 
I had come across two road atlas's when packing for our move and held on to them with a map art type project in mind. It's a good thing I kept both as I had a bit of a fail on my first attempt! You can see the full tutorial, including details of my blunder and how to avoid it, over at The Pinning Mama here.

framed quotes, sayings and expressions

I love our new Wall of Wisdom SOOOO much! There are a few gaps on a couple of the stickers so more fabulous quotes can be added in the future.
It really represents all of the family too, quotes from everyone from Jane Austen to Doctor Who, Shakespeare to Dumbledore, The Dalai Lama to Star Wars!
framed quotes and sayings

It took a little while to get this all together, not the quickest project I've ever done but at least now people have something to read whilst they are in the smallest room in the house!
If anyone spots their quote art here and I've not linked it to your source, please do let me know and I'll get that linked properly. I've included everything I could find, but one of two things I used from pinterest had links that went nowhere and Google image search wasn't able to help me either.
All the top quality photos in this post were taken by our daughter, you can find her website here
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I'll be linking up this project at all these lovely link parties, pop over for a look at loads of projects from other blogs.

28 comments:

  1. Great idea! What a wonderful way to personalize and beautify a boring spot in the new house--and carry over a tradition from your former residence! (lv-usa)

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  2. I'm dropping by from the Home Matters link party. This is such a great idea! And I love the sayings that you have, too. You're so clever and creative.

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this idea (and a couple of others) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up at http://grandmaideas.com. I think my readers would LOVE this idea, too.

    My linkup is open Wednesday through Friday at midnight Mountain Daylight Time. So there isn't much time to link up today. I hope to see you there! If you can't make it, maybe you could participate in my link up next week.

    I also have a giveaway where you can win 3 movies (Woman in Gold, Big Eyes, and The King's Speech) and a $25 gift certificate. I invite you to enter my giveaway. (There aren't too many entries so you have a great chance of winning!)

    All the best,
    Nina

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  3. Wow what a great idea! I am thinking this would work great in my classroom too, and it would be fun to let students give their wisdom input.

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    1. Ooo yes, that would be so lovely. A talking point too, do they all agree with the different sayings and quotes? A couple of old saying we had up before have been missed off this time as our middle one didn't like how some expressions seem to contradict others. Now we've only got philosophies we all agree with!

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  4. What a great idea and so cute! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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  5. I absolutely love this idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Friday Favorites! Michelle OurCraftyMom

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  6. At the tippy top of your post I was thinking, some may find that beautiful decoration to be a bit overwhelming. Then I see you put it in your bathroom. Perfect place for such a wall!!

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    1. Ah yes, Momily Homily, you probably wouldn't want this over your fireplace would you?! A little downstairs loo feels like the kind of place where it's ok to put a fun project like this.

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  7. A wall of wisdom is such a great idea! The big one reminds me of sketchnotes, which I love!

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  8. This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. What a wonderful idea a wall of words, love it

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  10. What an amazing and inspiring project, I love how you've put it all together.

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  11. I love this idea! And I love that you left room for more quotes! Saw your post over at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Thanks for sharing! Pinned it!

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  12. It's always nice to have something to read. What a good idea.

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  13. What a great idea! This would be nice to put up in my kids' room. Thanks, pinned :)

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  14. I love the idea of a Wall of Wisdom, the closest I've come to this is my son writing 'Dumble' on his bathroom door :)
    I love your choice of colours :)

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  15. I love this - what a cool idea. Guests must spend ages in there reading it all for the first time! xx

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    1. Aha, Elsie - that would be telling! (but yes, sometimes, and most people comment when they come out!)

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  16. Great ideas! I absolutely love how you incorporate all those different quotes and passages. The colors are amazing! Thanks for sharing with Friday Favorites. Please come back this week to share what you have been up to this week. I pinned this wall art to my DIY Wall Art pinterest board as well! :)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie, glad you like it. It's a real talking point in the house now.

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  17. Hi Julie! I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this great project at Friday Favorites which will be live tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing & hope you will link up again. Have a great day! Michelle OurCraftyMom

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    1. Ooo, thanks for letting me know Michelle, I'll pop by and say hi.

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  18. love this idea!! Just wish I had a spare wall that i could do this on!! LOL!!

    Thanks for visiting!!

    hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Ah yes, Debbie, I've seen photos of your place, you already pack a lot in don't you?!

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  19. This is awesome.. I love this idea..I am a big fan of wall arts, So it simply fun trying this one :) thanks for sharing :)
    btw I am a happy follower :)

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  20. What a great idea! I love this. I could do one with running quotes on to inspire me out running again :)
    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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  21. Love this idea! Happy SITs Saturday!

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  22. I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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