I’m a bit off since I took Wednesday off, so this post is a Belated Scrivener Saturday.

Apart from planning, outlining and writing Julius in Scrivener, I also use it for this blog and for organizing the online content for HAND/EYE Magazine.

This is how my binder looks for the HAND/EYE Scrivener project:

I recently started to play around with the freeform corkboard. With this feature, I can place my index cards wherever I like and I can also customize the background.

To use the freeform corkboard, you can access it by clicking the icon that looks like stacked cards at the bottom of the page.

You can arrange them in any order that you like. You’ll notice that however the order is changed, the order of the folders remain the same. If you want to change the size of the cards, click on the icon to the right of the stacked card icon and from there window will open and you can fiddle with the size.


Once you’ve determined how you want to order the cards, click on the Commit Order and a window will open that provides options for how the program interprets your layout. Under Start click whichever option is appropriate (I chose “Top” and the same with under Order From (I chose “Right to Left”) You’ll see that your cards have been reordered in the binder.

If you don’t like the default cork board background or the font, you can change that to suit your sense of aesthetics. To make the change go to the file menu click on “Scrivener” scroll down to “Preferences” and select the corkboard icon.

You can customize the background by going to the “Freeform Background” select “Custom Color” or “Custom Background.” If you select Custom Color, the box of crayons will pop up or you can play with the color wheel option. For Custom Background, you can select any photo that you have on file on your Mac. Here’s how mine looks using a custom color.

Next week, we’ll  learn all about stacked corkboards.