RA series: The 4 best resources for beautiful boards and flyers

This post is the second installment in my RA series here on Honeybee Joyous. This coming weekend, I’m heading to the annual VACUHO conference as part of my school’s delegation. It’s basically a conference for RAs at colleges all across Virginia and I’m so excited! I went last year and had a great time, and I think this year it will be even better. So, in the spirit of the Residence Life hype I’ve been feeling lately, I thought I’d write an RA-related post this week. In this post, I’ll be running through four  essential resources for when I sit down to design my bulletin boards. I hope you find something useful here!

{Let me know in the comments which resource you’re most excited to try and give me some suggestions for the next time I do my hall’s bulletin boards!}

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1. Dafont / Fontspace

Microsoft Office comes with tons of fonts, but sometimes you just really need a font that will give you different Jack Skellington facial expressions with each letter you type. If you’re serious about taking your bulletin boards to the next level, super fun fonts are the perfect way to do it. I think dafont.com and fontspace.com are the best sites you’re going to find for all kinds of creative fonts. Whether you’re looking for a specific movie font or just want to browse for some inspiration, both of those sites have tons of free and easy-to-download choices to really spice up your bulletin boards.

Last November I did a board called “Mythbusting Thanksgiving” where I broke down some of the popular myths in American culture about the first Thanksgiving. I was able to find a font that looked just like the Mythbusters font from the TV show and it really made the board pop!

Just be careful to note the licensing permissions on the fonts you download. If you’re just making killer bulletin boards, you don’t have to worry about them, but if you’re making a graphic for your blog or designing a logo for your organization, you want to protect yourself legally and avoid using a font you don’t have the rights to!

2. Canva

Ask any of my good friends and they will tell you that I’m absolutely obsessed with Canva. This website is a godsend. The gorgeous templates and user-friendly layout help make graphic design super easy. When I volunteer to make flyers for an event, I always use a Canva template, and people tend to be really impressed with my design skills. I use Canva to make all of the graphics for this blog. I even made custom business cards on Canva and had them printed and delivered through their print service. (If you know me in real life, hit me up for a business card, they’re super sweet!)

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I recently used Canva to make this flyer for an area-wide event with my RA staff.

Canva’s not just for bloggers and killer flyer-makers though! I also use Canva like crazy when I make bulletin boards. Even though my handwriting is pretty darn nice, it always looks neater to have something typed. However, it doesn’t look very polished just to print out a Word doc and staple it to a board. My go to move is to design something cute in Canva, print it, and mount it on a background paper so there’s a cute little border. Guess what? It’s also FREE! There are some upgrades you can pay for, but I’ve been exclusively been using the free features (excluding my business card purchase) for the past three-ish years and I have no complaints. Honestly, I will never stop singing the praises of Canva. Check out some examples of how I used it to create bulletin boards below.

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This is a classic example of the method I was talking about above. This board goes over some ways my residents can focus on their future with a fun cloud theme!

 

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I made all of the typed stuff in Canva, including making my own Mickey Mouse collage so it looks like I mounted the information on Mickey paper!

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This is a fun interactive bulletin board where residents can match pictures of pets to pictures of their hallmates. You can’t see the pets in this picture because they’re all in the “bag o’ pets” but I made all of the resident and pet graphic images in Canva and it really helped make them look polished and uniform.

3. Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the best resources for bulletin boards there is. Just search “RA” or “bulletin board” and you’ll find tons of creative, elaborate, and punny ideas. Doing boards is a creative outlet for me so I like to come up with ideas on my own, but when I’m at a loss I always turn to Pinterest. When I come across an idea I like and may try, I pin it to my RA ideas Pinterest board and come back to it when I need some inspiration.

The trick when it comes to Pinterest is adapting the ideas you see there to become your own. Somebody might have done something beautiful on a gigantic board, but maybe you only have a little board to do. Browse Pinterest for inspiration, but be creative and adapt the ideas for your own needs!

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I did this board last year and got the idea off of Pinterest. The version I saw was on a bigger board so they could fit more tips, but I worked with what I had and adapted the inspiration photo to fit my own board.

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I did this “That’s what she said” bulletin board last year for women’s history month. While I got the idea from Pinterest, I picked out quotes that were meaningful to me from women that I admire.

4. Other RAs

And of course, no RA advice post of mine would be complete without the reminder to go to other RAs. Whether you’re new to the job or not, your fellow RAs are going to be some of your best resources because nobody gets your job like they do. Bounce an idea off somebody (feel free to email me if you want to talk!), ask for bulletin board advice, even swap boards! You can use all the amazing online resources all you want, but nothing beats the advice of somebody who’s been in your shoes.

{If you liked this post, check out my first RA series post! In that post I give you tips for how to make awesome bulletin boards that will really impress your residents. Let me know in the comments if you’ve used any of the resources I mentioned in this post.}

  • I love all of these ideas/resources. The “That’s What She Said” board is so cool! Very creative.

  • LEWAL

    I had no idea an RA convention even existed! These are all amazing resources that I would have never thought of using to create boards.

    • I went to the convention last year and it was awesome! I’m really excited to go again.

  • Azanique

    Canva has literally be a lifesaver for me! Such a great program to learn how to design basic graphics.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Angeline Holub

    Such cute boards! I wish I was good at arts and crafts. Love them all : )

    • Thanks! I love making boards. It’s so relaxing for me. (And I definitely sometimes use it to procrastinate on homework)

  • Sydney Power

    Love you bulletin board on “ Change your Words Change your Mindset. There is nothing like the power of positive thinking! Thanks for all your great tips – Canva here I come.

    • Thank you! I totally agree. And girl Canva will change your life

  • DeAndrea Martin

    Do you use the free version of Canva or paid?

  • I love your bulletin board tips! I am not in college anymore but loved all of the cool bulletin boards I used to see! makes me nostalgic!

  • Tori Dunlap

    Canva is my favorite tool for creating awesome graphics and images!

    Tori || Victori Media

    https://www.victorimedia.com

  • I have some friends who are RA’s at different schools so I need to send them this!! So good!

    xo
    Grace | miss-graciela.blogspot.com

    • Thanks for reading! I hope your friends find this post helpful!