Guam-talent love board
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For so long I’ve wanted a nice way to display all the items we’ve collected over the years from some of the awesomely talented people from Guam. This is what I came up with and I think it turned out to be the perfect first display item. I’m sure I’ll have to make more or find other ways to display the many more items we will be collecting in the future, but for now this is perfect for what we already have.

I got the idea from amsister’s stickies display. After deciding this was the type of display I wanted, I got to brainstorming. I remembered the large frame we had where the glass broke and I knew it would be perfect. I removed the broken pieces and pulled out the staples and it was ready to be put to good use once again.

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A while back I had bought the military green material from Goodwill for a couple dollars. The white material was left over from the hub’s halloween costume (which, by the way, I sewed together myself).

I laid the material on the cardboard and cut strips about 6 inches wide. The length depended on where the material would be on the board and I just made sure they overlapped. Then I started sewing the strips together. After about an hour of measuring, cutting and sewing it started to come together and was looking mighty fancy.

When I was done sewing all the pieces together I realized I hadn’t decided on what to use for the strips. Then I remembered that amsister’s board used ribbon. She went with me and I bought a roll of brown ribbon. I started by sewing the ribbon on to cover the diagonal lines where the white met the green. Then crossed them to make squares and sewed the places where the ribbons met. I flipped the board over and sewed down the extra cloth that was flapping all over the place, then pushed the finished product into the frame.

Adding the ribbon

Once the board was in place I got to test my new staple gun. Let me tell you, it was so much fun that I wanted to find other things to staple. Don’t worry, I haven’t found anything and didn’t go staple crazy (yet). Once it was done, I collected all the stickers and cd album covers we’ve bought and/or collected over the years and put them on the board.

The final product was almost as good as I imagined it to be. It’s not perfect, but I like it.