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Initial Memo Board

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to keep your work and craft space tidy and organized. While I want my storage to be functional, I also want it to be pretty.  Because of this, I often find myself adding a bit of decoration to ordinary items I find at the office supply store.   Here’s a project I came up with to turn a plain cork board into a Decorative Memo Board.



I designed my memo board with a green and yellow color theme, but any color combination would work.


Here’s what you’ll need to get started: 


  • 12” x 18” framed cork board – I selected a black framed board, but if you choose a natural wood frame, try painting it a fun color that works with your office space.
  • Assorted Decorative Scrapbook Paper – my papers were from My Mind’s Eye, BoBunny Press and BasicGrey
  • A piece of Galvanized Metal Panning – this is the outside metal that frames an air conditioner unit.  It’s available at your local hardware store for around $6.00 a sheet.
  • Mini Chip wood Letter
  • Wood Circle – 3 ½” dia
  • Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro adhesive tape gun



Step One:  Cut your decorative papers into 1 1/2” square pieces.  For my 12” x 18” cork board, I needed a total of 19 squares


Step Two:  Place your paper squares around the edge of the cork, starting at the top left corner. Place your first paper square and then continue placing squares down the left side—your squares will only reach about 11” down the left side of the cork, leaving the cork at the bottom of your board open.  Repeat along the top of the cork and down the right side.

Once you have laid out your squares, adhere them in place using your Glue Glider Pro Adhesive Gun.


Step Three: Create a finished edge around your paper squares by gluing ribbon (DA66) around the inside edge of the squares with your Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive—this adhesive is awesome!



Step Four:  Cut a piece of the metal panning to measure 10” wide x 6” tall.  Layer ribbon along the bottom edge.  I layered the green dot ribbon (DH27) over the green pleated ribbon (379-15-66), and then layer the narrow stripe ribbon (BK31) on top of the dot.

Adhere the metal piece to the bottom of your cork board with your Glue Arts Glider.  The metal piece creates a place to hold notes with magnets.

Place a piece of the Bazzill Die-cut paper edging along the top edge of your metal piece to give it a finished look.


Step Five:  Cut a circle out of one of your decorative papers to cover your chip wood circle.  Adhere the decorative paper to the wood circle.


Step Six:  Paint your wood initial in a color to coordinate with your color theme, and glue it in the center of your wood circle. Adhere the initial circle to your corkboard with adhesive foam dots.  The foam dots will raise your circle up a bit, giving your design a three-dimensional feel.


Step Seven:  To add some additional detail to my cork board, I placed clear Bazzill Buttons at each corner of the ribbon framing the cork.  I then added a length of green satin ribbon to the hooks behind my board, tied a bow, and used the ribbon as my hanger.


As a final touch, I wanted to create some decorative push pins and magnets to use on my memo board.  For the push pins, I glued Doodlebug Design Boutique buttons and Bazzill Jewels to the top of clear push pins.  Small circle magnets were used to create my decorative magnets.


I am so excited at how great my memo board turned out.  Just the touch I needed to dress up my work space.  I hope you’re inspired to make a decorative memo board of your own.



Blog Posted By: Shelly Dozier-Mckee

  1. samantha sibbet

    Very cool Shelly! I really like the patchwork squares along the edges.

  2. Charlene

    What a super project! Aren’t you clever to use the metal sheeting and the cork…two great surfaces! I love the Glue Arts products too!!

  3. Andrea

    This is darling. I like that it has both cork and magnet.

  4. jen shears

    so fun!!! love the papers & ribbons you chose-and I agree- that adhesive is awesome!

  5. Pam Loris

    What a fun project! My space needs a little sprucing up! Thanks for sharing!


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