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Management Boards

Written by Jenna Carlson

Written By:  Jenna @ Lucky Little Mustardseed

Ladies, we are managers.

Plain and simple.

We wear so many hats, and the only way to succeed in our crazy-busy doing, as we ladies all know, is we HAVE to be organized. So, whatever role you find yourself in, here’s an idea: what if you created boards for each of the items you managed? Call them management boards if you will; somewhere to post everything for each thing you think about, fret over, etc.

Now, I love to repurpose things; not sure if its my farm girl upbringing or my need for the creative, but its ingrained in me [I’m a D.I.Y. junkie]. For this project, I will be reusing two pieces of framed artwork I’ve been hauling around with me for years – not for the artwork but for the frames. I knew they would come in handy someday.

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Supplies:
Frame(s)
Roll(s) of Corkboard
Foam Board(s)
Spray Glue
Acrylic Paints
Painter’s Tape
Spray Paint
Drop Cloth
Foam Paint Brushes
Hot Glue & Accommodating “Hot Glue” Gun
Hanging Hardware
Tape Measure
Hammer
Tacks

Well, let’s get started. Prepare your frame(s) for the project. Remove all the insides including glass and any hardware.

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Layout a drop cloth in a well ventilated area. Make sure to weigh down all the corners of the drop cloth. Place the frame(s) on top of the drop cloth. Shake the spray paint. Paint the back of the frame(s) first, let dry, and then, paint the front. Leave to dry.

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Roll the corkboard out onto a flat surface. Lay the foam board directly on top of it. With some sort of blade [I used my trusty neon green Stanley utility knife], use the foam board as your guide and cut the corkboard to the exact same proportions.

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Remove the foam board. Shake your can of glue. Spray the glue onto the foam board completely covering one of its sides. Once covered in glue, place the corkboard on top of the foam board, pressing firmly back and forth until both are smoothly adhesive to each other.

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Here comes the fun part. Tape out whatever design you want onto the corkboard using the painter’s tape. Remember to take in account how much of the frame will cover the outside edges of the corkboard as it will affect your design.

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When taping out your design is complete, carefully retrace the painter’s tape with your finger to ensure its contact with the corkboard. Some paint may leak underneath as cork does have pores. Paint your design. [I did three layers per color.]

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After the frame(s) and the corkboard design(s) has dried, use a hot glue gun to squeeze small amounts of glue throughout the inside of the frame(s). Place the corkboard into the frame and press down of all edges.

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Cut a piece of wrapping paper for the back of the frame(s). Using the spray glue again, spray the glue all over the backs of both the foam board(s) and the frame(s). Firmly press the paper down onto the spray glue. [It’s a nice “finishing” touch.]

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Last step is to install hardware and get to hanging!

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Think of the possibilities . . . mother of three children? Create a board for each child. Organizer of a book club? Make a board for the group. Owner of a business? Create a board for your livelihood.

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I made two boards; one for my Homebird Upholstery business and the other for my blog: Lucky Little Mustardseed.

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For whatever reason you make a management board, I hope it gives you a specific location for your life’s responsibilities.

About the author

Jenna Carlson

Jenna is a Nebraskan transplant living in sunny San Diego, California. She is farm-raised, corn-fed, and knows more than she cares to admit about making a mean mud pie. Before moving out West in Spring of 2009, Jenna earned two music degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney while playing “on-air” host for Central Nebraska’s FOX affiliate, Fox 4 & 17. She’s filled the past four years of her life with small office jobs, auditions galore, and a few booked gigs. Along the way, though, Jenna learned some tough lady lessons about herself, falling out of love, and how to keep the happy/creative side to life. Now with her classically handsome boyfriend (yep, Cupid found her again) and their three, four-legged kids, she’s a part-time actor, full-time upholsterer, and witty blogger of Lucky Little Mustardseed: A Truthful Evolution of Self, Happiness, & Everything Creative in Between. Oh, and she loves oversized PJ’s. She does. She really, really does.