DIY Office Corkboard Makeover

I bought a big corkboard last winter to hang in my office. The first thing I used it for was to help organize details in a series I’m working on, but I’ve since pinned all sorts of writerly crap on it.  The only problem was that it didn’t look all that great, with the unfinished wood frame and lack of any sign of decoration, so I decided to bling it up a little yesterday.

Bulletin Board before empty

It measures just under two by three feet. That’s plenty of room, but I wanted a section on one edge for index cards that represent WIPs, project ideas, and things I need to do.  After I painted the frame, I used red rickrack to create a separate space for those index cards. Then I added some red ribbon crossing in the open space. Push pins hold all that in place instead of glue, so I can change things around as I need to for story boarding or whatever.  Below is a close-up, to show the detail and pretty sparkles in the black paint.

Bulletin Board Detail

It only took an hour, but I think it looks a hell of a lot better. Here’s a before and after shot, with the same index cards. Makes a difference, huh?

Bulletin Board Before and After

Laptop Bling for Writing on the Go

laptop Bling

Most of my work happens in my home office on my PC, but sometimes I like to escape have a change of scenery. My laptop comes in handy for writing on the go, whether I’m traveling, at the library, or clacking away at a chapter on the patio to get some fresh air.  I decided to decorate my traveling workspace because, well, personalizing stuff is fun, life is in the details, and bling is pretty.  🙂  The new decal on the front makes me happy. The ethereal butterfly dissolving into little ones reminds me of the series I’m working on, and it looks so much cooler than the plain lid did.

laptop minionsMinions beside the keypad taking selfies encourage my characters to misbehave, and what more could an author want?

What do you think? How do you personalize yours?