While some may want to strip their corkboard of excess paper and visual clutter, others prefer adding a sense of wild visual design to the cork background. One great way to do this is to make a collage on your corkboard.
A fun and simple way to create a collage is to use magazines. You can either cut out images, or use entire magazine covers. For a "retro" look, pick up a stack of old magazines on the cheap at a thrift store. While you're there, check out some old vinyl album covers to see if any of the images would look good in your collage. Use them in their entirety, or cut out images or band logos from the album covers to use in the collage.
If you have some paperback novels that are falling apart, you can also use their covers for your corkboard collage, or tear out the inside pages to create a background of "word soup." Images from DVD cover-inserts can also make for a fun visual splash, and inexpensive movie posters can usually be purchased at DVD rental shops.
Next: Go big (or small, whatever).