Photo clipboards, food photography and a question for you

04 Nov

This weekend I was determined to work on a project I’ve been thinking about for some time. I knew that this was probably my only weekend in November to work on it, because this is a hectic month for me. This ingenious way of displaying one’s photos came from Liz over at Love Grows Wild. The minute I saw the thumbnail for the post in my Bloglovin’ inbox, I knew it was going to be something I’d like to try.

In fact, if you know me, you know I don’t necessarily do all the steps of a project in order. I have the end goal in mind and put the pieces together later. In fact, I took the photos for these long before I ever got my wood or the sander for it. I knew I wanted to do it, and so I gathered the items to photograph and just saved the pictures for later. Some people see this as an inevitable way to let these types of projects fall through the cracks and never get around to finishing them, but I’m the same person who bought a car with a manual transmission once without even knowing how to drive one! My dad test drove it for me. {I kid you not. True story.}

I won’t repeat all the details about how to create these beautiful clipboards, because Liz did a great job of that here. Her food photography and that of many others I follow has inspired me to try my own hand at it. I’m just a hobbyist, but I think it’s fun to see ordinary objects we use every day from a different angle or perspective. One of my favorite food photos from Liz is her cappuccino and chocolate cupcakes. Need I say more?!

Okay, so back to the boards. These were just as easy to make as Liz described them to be. I used the same materials, except that I bought a board at Home Depot in a slightly different size (1x12x8). I asked the closest employee to cut it into squares for me.


I ended up with eight 11.25″ x 11.25″ squares. Did you know that 12″ boards are really 11.25″? How does that make any sense? That’s almost a full inch less! I was pleased that he took the time to measure the squares for me as he cut to make sure they measured correctly though. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also bought a an electric sander for this project and I am convinced it’s one of my best purchases for this and many future DIY projects. Who knew I’d ever enjoy using a power tool. Not the men in my family. That’s for sure!

I sanded them down with my new handy sander and cleaned off the dust. Then, I stained them, wiped away the excess and sanded them lightly one more time. You don’t have to do this step, but it really helps to get a more rustic look from the edges and corners. I added a light layer of Minwax Finishing Paste. The only tricky part was adding the clips evenly and equidistance from each side. Since my boards are 11.25″ x 11.25″, I marked 3″ from each vertical edge and 1.75″ from the top (horizontal edge). I dislike measuring and usually try to eyeball things, but this wasn’t the kind of project I wanted to mess up, especially because I used superglue to adhere the clips to the boards.

In the end, I made four boards, but I only put up three. I fully intended to use four, but the space just looked better with an odd number of boards and photos. I have the fourth one still to place somewhere, but I haven’t decided yet where I’ll hang it or what photo I’d like to use.

Speaking of decisions, I need your help! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I used two photos on my boards, both inspired by photos that Liz shared on her blog. I took a few more and I’m not sure which to print. I’d like to keep the food theme going here, as these are hanging in our dining room, but I would also like to switch out the photos for each season. Cinnamon and pears remind me of fall, so these two definitely made the cut.




And here are the choices for the third board. Feel free to also suggest another food/fruit not shown here that reminds you of fall.


brown eggs_1

Raspeberries_1Okay, these might not say “fall” to you, but they seem to photograph well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thoughts?

I can see lots of uses for these boards, like a place to hang notes, children’s artwork, grocery lists, appointment reminders and lots of other types of photos. They’re lightweight and the dark wood looks really nice against a light wall. I’d like to stain the other four squares that I have left in a gray stain that I saw recently. I think they’d look great in another room with a different photo theme.

Which photo would you choose to add to the third clipboard? Can you think of another food or fruit that might also look nice in this display?


Posted by on November 4, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design, Photography


4 responses to “Photo clipboards, food photography and a question for you

  1. thelovelyphotog

    November 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Beautiful boards and photos! This is a great diy project I want to try it really soon I think you should give a pop of color with a red fruit, Apples or berries would be great in the middle ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      November 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it really is a fun project and it’s something that you can use in any room and for any theme of photos. I like the idea of a pop of color as well!

  2. Lisa Wagner

    November 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Maybe Indian corn?


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