Getting organized in style!

By Katharine Swan On Monday, October 24, 2011 At 1:51 PM

Although I've been working on my novel for some months now, I decided recently that I wanted a way to get a little better organized visually.  I have an outline, but I wanted a visual stimulus to help keep me focused and organized, so I decided to put a bulletin board over my desk.  The idea was to post the images I've been collecting (representations of my characters as well as intended book covers), notes with details I don't want to forget, and that sort of thing.

I looked for a bulletin board at Target, but the cheap, plain ones are so hideous, I couldn't bring myself to even think of hanging on in my pretty little office.  Instead, I thought of buying a custom one, one covered in fabric.  I checked on Etsy, and there were tons of them, but none were quite what I wanted.  I did get some good ideas, though, so I went looking for instructions for making my own, and found this: Fabric Covered Cork Board Frame Tutorial.

Making one myself looked easy enough, so I shopped on eBay until I found a frame I liked: big enough, inexpensive enough, but still vintage.  Then I browsed Hobby Lobby's site, found a few fabrics I liked, and took the frame in with me to make sure I got one that went well with the frame.  Add a roll of cork, some hot glue, a staple gun, and a felt backing, and I had this:

Fabric covered bulletin board with vintage frame

It didn't take me long to make, and it's a much better look than a plain cork board, don't you think?  Choosing my frame and fabric based on looks instead of price caused it to cost just as much as some of the cheaper ones on Etsy, but it's what I really wanted, so I don't mind a bit!


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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

Nice! Think you can make me one? I could use some inspiration these days. Now where are the pictures with the inspiration attached?

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

I could indeed make you one. I have plenty of leftover fabric, if you like it, and I think enough cork too. I'll just have to keep an eye out for a frame.

As for the pictures with the inspiration attached... Soon. Have to finish assembling all the inspiration first. :o)

Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

Aww, that's kind to offer. I'm not picky about fabric (I'll be covering most of it anyway), but seeing as how I like Victorian decor, the frame might be tricky. But seriously, if you find a nice one, I'll reimburse ya!

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

I will keep an eye out and let you know if I find anything! Do you prefer wood finish, painted, gold finish, etc.? You probably don't want a Victorian shadowbox frame because there won't be much room for the bulletin board -- most of the time, those frames are big frames with small openings. LOL But we go antique shopping fairly regularly, so I'll keep a frame for you in mind!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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