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April 10, 2006

Weekly Challenge: create a decorative clipboard!

I love clipboards. In my office ... at this very minute ... there are at least four. I also hang one in my pantry to quickly capture items we need from the grocery store. Then, I take my clipboard to the grocery store when I shop. (Here's a hint ... if you want to look organized ... take a clipboard to the grocery store.) I have yet another clipboard in my car for keeping track of mileage and dry cleaning coupons. Needless to say ... clipboards are this girl's best friend. (OK ... that's taking it just a notch too far ... but I do love the utility and practicality of the clipboard.)

But there's just one problem. The clipboard, function aside, isn't so much fun. I mean, the standard issue clipboard is brown ... how fun is that? (And remember, this blog is all about having fun getting things done, right?)

So ... here's the solution. What do you think?

Clipboard_project_1

This is just a regular brown clipboard embellished just a bit. I made this one for a designer show house I'm helping out with ... so it's a bit more subdued in color than if I were doing it for myself ... but I think the French paper looks pretty cool and will work great in the French country kitchen the designer is doing for the house.

So ... wanna make one? Here's how. Start with a piece of patterned card-stock slightly larger in all directions than your clipboard. Next, using a piece of scrap paper, create a template for the notch by the clip. Trace this onto the patterned paper and then, cut out the notch.  Apply a thin layer of decoupage onto the clipboard and position the card-stock into place. Let dry and then sand the card-stock edges using a foam sanding block. Next, apply a second coat of decoupage, this time on top of the card-stock. Let dry, and embellish with ribbons and a pen.

Have fun ... and if you make one, send me a picture!

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Jeanette

OK, I'm inspired. I'm going home tonight to make a decorative clipboard for my pantry. I need to be more organized about my grocery shopping, and I think you just resolved it for me!

Carrie

I have a clipboard just waiting to be altered! Thanks to you and Jeanette for the fun inspiration!

Gretchen

I made one over the weekend, it was so much fun! I posted it in my blog!

http://gretchenschmidt.blogspot.com/2006/04/altered-clipboard.html

Thanks for the inpiration!

T-Wan

I love the clipboard but for the life of me I can't figure out how I'm suppose to work around the clip. Please help.

shannon

I am new to crafty things and I'm interested in the clipboard idea. What is decopage, where do you buy it, how do you use it? Thank you for your help!

julie

I absolutely LOVE that clipboard and I plan to make it as gifts. However, I can not figure out how to get the tiny template hole I made for the clip that is attached to the board over the big clip.
Also...I want to use larger size clipboards...where do you suggest I get large size decorative cardstock/paper?

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