a creative partnership

I’ve got quite the exciting announcement to make today! I’ve been bursting at the seams to share with you the fact that a. I’ll be teaching a bit again (yep- I’m a former teacher turned wedding blogger) and b. I’m going back to school! But don’t worry – this blog isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s going to get even better.

Custom Wedding Inspiration Boards from Burnett's BoardsTo explain, I present to you our very official sounding press release:

This month Sara Burnett, editor of the online Burnett’s Boards, and Kylie Carlson, founder of the web-based Wedding and Event Institute (WEI), have announced the formation of a creative partnership. Burnett will be creating new course material on that ever-so-important marketing tool for wedding planners today – the inspiration board – for WEI making her the newest member of the WEI Experts.

“Sara has positioned herself as an expert in the field of inspiration boards,” Carlson says. “She has been very successful in business and in marketing, making her the ideal person from which our students can learn,” says Carlson.

In less than a year, Burnett created a successful blog in the saturated bridal blogosphere and has earned the respect of older and more established wedding blogs. One aspect of Burnett’s blog and the courses she teaches is that of inspiration boards. Burnett’s course will cover many elements of this art form such as how to work with wedding clients in the first step of inspiration generation, source images, and how to format, create and then share these boards.

In the spirit of creative partnerships, Burnett will also be taking and blogging about WEI’s Certified Wedding Planning, Styling and Design Course, focusing each post on a specific aspect of the course. For example, one post might be on storyboards and the next on the psychology of color at an event. The posts would be published roughly over the same period it would take for a student to take the course and can be used as an addendum to the course.

“I’m thrilled to be taking this course from WEI,” says Burnett. “As a newcomer to the field I definitely need to learn more about the areas of the weddings and events industry that I’m not yet familiar with. Education can never be undervalued and I can’t wait to share some of what I learn with my readers.”


So, in the spirit of sharing some of what I learn with my readers – I wanted to share with you an idea and design that occurred to me while working through the very first unit of the Wedding Planning, Styling, and Design Course. The first unit is really a ‘get to know you & you get to know the course’ type of unit, and part of the assignment at the end was to examine your own strengths and weaknesses and how those will affect you not only throughout your time with the course, but in your career.

One of my main weaknesses is organization. I have a home office and obviously I do all of my work on my computer (mostly my desktop but sometimes my laptop). Leaving the current disorganization of my actual office space aside, I can’t even manage to keep my computer organized. I’m one of those visual people. I use the space on my computer’s desktop, I don’t tuck things away into neatly organized files like I should because I have to see them to know where they are and see them to know what to do next. Before turning in my first assignment to WEI, there were inspiration boards sprawled across my screen at all times, files with styled shoots hidden behind the boards, files with half completed inspiration boards hidden behind those, and then countless sticky notes (the computer kind, not the real kind) sprinkled around on top.

Christine Kerr, the instructor for the course, talked about how your work space can affect you creatively – and it’s so true! In my case my creative space is my computer  Sometimes there are days when I am just itching to create an inspiration board, I start working on it, and soon give up because the files I pull and drop get lost…buried…scattered, and the ensuing effort and time it takes to find them all drains the spirit right out of me.

So I thought – why not create a desktop background that serves me the way I need it to? One that is visual, one that will actually work with the way I use it and be able to move things around on like an actual office desktop? So I did, and I wanted to share it with you because I know there are others out there just like me!

As you can see I’ve added text to mine to denote where things should go:

functional desktop image

And I’ve also created a version for you! Just click on the one below, save the image file, and then open it in your favorite photo editing application to add the text for the categories you need.

functional-desktop-wallpaperMy creative space is no longer a mess and I’m working much more efficiently now. And trust me, it feels soooooo good to be organized!  But what about you? I’d like to know: how do you keep your creative space organized?


custom illustration created for Burnett’s Boards by Devastatingly Darling Decor

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. LOVE IT! Thank you for that great idea. I’m doing the Diploma in Wedding Planning Styling and Design, and also made a discovery in unit 1 – when I want to design and really think about things I sit on the floor or lounge on the bed to really think! So I ditched the chair by the design desk in my workspace and all works great! It’s fab when something you are learning makes you think about things in a different way. Best of luck with the course, looking forward to your updates. Dee

    • Oh that’s such a good idea! I recently upgraded my office chair to a ‘big & tall’ (no seriously… it’s for oversized men, the box it came it said it was graded up to 500 pounds… but it’s VERY cushy) chair & I’m much happer now 😀 Will have to start looking for a great day bed as well!

  2. This is FANTASTIC NEWS !!!
    Yahoo Sara !! Way to go !!

  3. well done lovely, great news xxxx

  4. Exciting news indeed! You must be on the go 24 hours a day!! I just realized I’ve been organizing my desktop in kind of the same way- certain files in certain areas. What a great idea to split the screen up like an inspiration board- I’ll be doing it this way from now on! : )

  5. Congrats, this is awesome! 🙂

  6. I have a similar setup as you for my desktop organizer. Branded, of course! haha And then my studio management software (Pixifi) and Google calendars keep me organized. I’m kinda obsessed with organization… enough to the point I have a Pinterest board. haha! http://pinterest.com/bitofivory/organizational-love/

    • Wow – just cruised your organization board and there are some great ideas!!! Love the rock climbing clamp thing (I’m sure there’s an actual name for that) with the hair ties!

  7. Congrats Sara! That’s awesome! Maybe one day I can grow up to be like you 😉 super excited for you!

  8. How fantastic! The course sounds amazing – congratulations on such a great partnership!

  9. Congratulations Lady!!! I’m so very excited for you!

  10. Congratulations Sara! Wonderful news – I’m so glad you’re getting recognition for your talent and creativity. It’s great that you can use your skills as a teacher to teach others how to rock their own inspiration boards x ps. Love that illustration too!

  11. Congratulations on your new venture-I love seeing small business grow-there is hope for me!
    I am exactly like you in terms of organisation! My photos and work on my computer is everywhere. I keep saying I need to spend a day making proper folders and name them! I am told off by hubby all the time when I complain about not being able to find anything!!

  12. 1. This is GREAT news! 2. Seriously, that background is genius.

  13. I’m so excited for you! Congrats on this new partnership!

    The desktop organizer is gorgeous and genius! I’m massively disorganized, and my desktop clutter is horrifying. I’m totally going to use this.

  14. Congratulations Sara, thats great news! The course sounds amazing xxx

  15. Such fantastic news, congratulations Sara!

  16. Congratulations!

    The desktop organisation idea is awesome!

  17. Congratulations, so excited for you Sara – and how lucky are the students of WEI, to have the opportunity to learn from the best! 🙂 x

  18. What an exciting step all around…for you, for WEI, for your students! And NOW I know why I can’t create those gorgeous boards inspiration boards…I’m one of those people who actually keep their computer files tucked away in virtual folders. Now, I have an excuse to just continue swooning over the fabulous ones YOU create!

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