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» Use your photo board in a variety of ways
» Find and print your images
» Use HP Smart Web Printing
» Get quality results with HP ink and HP photo paper
» Assemble your inspiration board
» Position your photo board in the right spot
» Learn more
A pink photo board on brown wall


Whether you need ideas for an upcoming project, a dose of creative motivation, or a little help reaching a goal, having a source of inspiration to draw upon can be incredibly valuable. HP has everything you need to easily print photos and other images to make your own inspiration board.

Use your photo board in a variety of ways

Wedding photo inspiration board
Establish the mood and tone of your wedding with an inspiration board, such as the one seen here by Cassandra Lavalle (cocokelley.blogspot.com/).

Design inspiration board
Katherine Black (kathblack.blogspot.com) pulled together images from various sources for this living room decor inspiration board.
An inspiration board is a group of photos and other images assembled together, usually on a bulletin board, used to inspire and motivate. There are several reasons why you might want to create your own:

Reach a goal–Create an inspiration board as extra encouragement.
  • Compete in a marathon: Include photos of athletes, finish lines, or a pair of desirable new running shoes.
  • Adopt a healthier lifestyle: Add images of healthy meals, yoga poses, or calming nature scenes.

Plan an event–Ensure your special event is all you dreamed it would be.
  • Wedding: Incorporate dress designs, possible wedding colors, honeymoon spots, flowers, and more.
  • Dream vacation: Use travel photos, old maps, and hotel ads to help plan your trip or inspire the perfect locale.

Encourage creativity–Use a photo board to stir your imagination.
  • Make a board focusing entirely on color, texture, or a specific theme.
  • Take "before" pictures of a room you'd like to redecorate, and, next to them, add photos that will help inspire the "after" results.

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Find and print your images

Woman scanning a necklace
With an HP All-in-One or scanner, you can include a 3D object on your photo board without adding the original item.
HP Photosmart printers offer a range of features to help you easily print photos and images for your inspiration board.

  • Several HP Photosmart printers, such as the HP Photosmart Premium Web All-in-One, allow you to edit and print your photos using a touchscreen display-no PC required.
  • Print some images in black and white or sepia to create contrast within your photo board.
  • Scan and print photos of cherished objects, slides and negatives, or magazine clippings using an HP Photosmart All-in-One.
  • You never know when inspiration will strike. Take photos for your board using your camera phone or other handheld device. You can even use the HP iPrint Photo application to wirelessly print photos from your iPhone or iPod touch.

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Use HP Smart Web Printing

Screen shot of Smart Web Printing in action
With HP Smart Web Printing, select only the content you want and paste it into your personal Clip Book for easy storage and access.
Use HP Smart Web Printing to collect online images for your photo board. HP Smart Web Printing is a free software application that offers a simple way to print from the Internet.

  • Print only what you want: Take small pieces of text and images from multiple websites and transfer them to one convenient document.
  • Print selections immediately: Have the option to select, cut, and print a portion of a Web page instantly.
  • Store and organize: Paste your Web content selections into your personal Clip Book for convenient storage.
  • Edit your selections: Organize, resize, or add text labels to your selections before printing.
  • Save resources: Combine Web page selections instead of printing entire pages to help conserve ink and paper.

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Get quality results with HP ink and HP photo paper

Woman on floor with photos
Enjoy brilliant colors and high quality images when you print your photos using HP photo paper and Original HP ink.
For vibrant, long-lasting prints for your inspiration board, use Original HP ink and HP photo paper. Check out the advantages of these specially formulated HP supplies:

  • Original HP ink is designed to work with HP papers to ensure that the ideal amount of ink is released and absorbed into the paper.
  • HP Advanced Photo Paper dries quickly and is water-resistant, making it ideal for photos that may be immediately shared or handled often.
  • HP Premium Photo Paper provides vivid color and works well for prints and reprints of high-resolution photos.
  • HP Premium Plus Photo Paper has exceptional fade resistance and produces professional-quality photos that last for generations*.

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Assemble your inspiration board

Photos attached to string with clothespins.
If you don't have the room for a bulletin board, you can always improvise! Photo courtesy of Deanna Staffo (mischiefandmadness.blogspot.com).
Just as there is more than one way to become inspired, there is more than one way to arrange your photo board prints.

  • Traditional bulletin boards and pushpins are great no-fuss options.
  • Purchase corkboard or hardboard at your local arts and crafts store and use an old (or new) frame as a stylish border.
  • Instantly transform the side of your fridge into an inspiration board using magnets.
  • Don't have the space for a large bulletin board? Utilize the space you do have by hanging your photos from ribbon or string using clothespins or clips.

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Position your photo board in the right spot

Pink photo board near desk
Designer Jennifer (LilMissCupcakeS.etsy.com) keeps an inspiration board near the desk in her craft room.
Whether in the office, the bedroom, or your kitchen, it's important to place your photo inspiration board in a place where you'll be able to see it at the opportune times. For instance:

  • When trying to reach a personal goal, place your board in a spot where you can view it in a quiet, more reflective setting, such as your bedroom or even the inside of your closet door.
  • The office or home office is an ideal spot when your board is helping you plan an event where a sudden moment of inspiration could necessitate a phone call or e-mail.
  • Lastly, remember that a photo board can go in any location that's helpful to you. Wherever you need inspiration is where your board should be found.

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Learn more

» See more articles on taking better photos
» See more articles on printing better photos

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*Based on light fade testing under glass using HP Vivera Inks on HP Premium Plus photo paper and HP Premium photo paper, according to Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc.

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