Friday, March 12, 2010

Clipboard Coverings

Hi friends! I’m Jessica. (aka, daughter, middle child, teacher, girlfriend, dog lover, Martha Stewart wanna be) I will be visiting you every other Friday to bring you a creative snack. I love creating new things and making old things a little cuter. Be sure to check back to see what I’ve cooked up. Thanks for stopping by.

As a teacher clipboards have become part of my right hand. With so much paper work, clipboards are a great way to stay organized. So why not be cute during your day job?

MATERIALS: clipboard, scissors, Mod Podge, sand paper, screwdriver, roller, sponge brush, various paper choices

The first thing you want to do is detach the clip from board and cut the paper product of choice to the size of the clipboard.

I am an avid reader of Skirt Magazine, so I chose to use a page from the latest issue to use as my clipboard covering. You on the other hand could use any paper choice of your liking (wrapping paper, brown bag, newspaper, scrapbook paper…you get the idea).

Next, spread an even layer of Mod Podge on the clipboard, immediately apply your paper selection and smooth out any wrinkles with a roller (which you can get from your local craft store).

Once the paper is smooth, apply a generous layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper. (allow 15-20 minutes of drying time).

After the board is dry, trim any edges with an exact-o knife and sand corners in a downward motion to create a smooth finish.

Finally reattach the clip and start putting your clipboard to work, with a new and improved look that is personal to you.

This week I will be linking up to these parties, come and see what great things are out there!


Patrice March 12, 2010 at 5:38 AM  

I love these! Perfect! Now I just need a cute personalized one for my classroom... hmmmmm..

Tiffany March 12, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

These are awesome! I love the papers you chose to use! Perfect. I need to make one of these. Thanks!

Erin A March 12, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

Cute!! I think stay at home moms need clipboards too, hmmm...

Anonymous March 12, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

Wow very cool. Just love all the possibilities here.

Anonymous March 12, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

Hey Jess, I love it, I need to make a couple of these, one for me one for my foster daughter, it will be a good craft project for us one rainy Saturday. TFS!!!
Betty Boop

TBonesMom March 12, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

Holy cow, that is the cutest idea! I am pumped...I will totally be making several of these even if I don't need them! Sweet. Thanks!!

TBonesMom March 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

p.s. That page from Skirt is so perfect...I want it...

TBonesMom March 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

p.s. That page from Skirt is so perfect...I want it...

Shannon G March 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

These would make great gifts for my kids teachers at the end of the year!

Unknown March 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

What a cute blog you have. :) Becoming a follower...... Have a great day!! :)

Morgan//Nuts and Bows March 12, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

I LOVE this idea and the paper you used was totally awesome! Thanks for the great post!


Jen Creed March 13, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

How fun! Off to rack my brain to figure out who I know could use a clipboard haha.

Anonymous March 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM  

This is the best thing I have seen in a long time! Great idea Jessica! I will be back to see more!!!!!

Jenn March 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

You have a fabulous blog! I am your new follower!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions March 13, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

This looks so much easier to do when you can remove the clip part! I did mini ones that had a different clip that I couldn't remove ~ a pain to cut around. Love the paper selections you did!

Jessica March 13, 2010 at 7:29 PM  

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments!

One Cheap B*tch March 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

I also did some mini ones and the poster before me is right, you couldn't remove the metal piece so you had to cut around them. What a pain!

Your's is great!

Mama Thompson March 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

Visiting from the Girl all are amazingly crafty and I am having a ball looking around your blog and all your great ideas...can't wait to see more!

Funky Junk Interiors March 14, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

So cute! I'd never want to use them for paper as they look so nice just as art!

I've put you up on the SNS sidebar for the weekend. :)

Thanks for linking up!
FJ Donna

Anonymous March 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
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Gina March 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

I saw a similar project in Creating Keepsakes magazine recently, but this is a whole other way to do it and I love this idea too! I happen to have Mod Podge so this would be super easy and quick for me to do. Yay! :)

I just discovered your blog today and I love it. Your projects and tutorials are great! You have a new fan.

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something March 15, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

terrific project!... so glad that I stumbled in! I am visiting by way of New Friend Friday at TGC. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week! until later...

Life is 5 Minutes Long March 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

I HAVE to do this!!!!

Karen The Graphics Fairy March 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

These are adorable!!! What a great site you have here!

anythinggoeshere March 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

How did you reattach the metal clip part back to the board part? This is the part that always hangs me up.

Jessica March 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

Joan@anythinggoeshere: All you have to do is reattach using a Phillips screwdriver. Look for this type of clipboard if you consider doing this project (it will make the process much easier) Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

The No Money Mama March 17, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

I love this!

Amy@TheLemonCottage March 19, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

Great idea! Love it.
I just found you through Funky Junk's SNS party.
Love your blog, you have a new follower!

Anonymous March 21, 2010 at 2:47 AM  

Hello. And Bye.

Treacy March 21, 2010 at 5:37 AM  

Great idea!! I have looked for clipboards in several stores. I have not find one that has screws. They all have a permanent looking rivet type thing attaching them to the board. Is there an online source you know of?
Thank you for the tutorial!

Jessica March 21, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

Hi, I actually bought mine at Micheal's Craft Store. Good luck on your search.

Lemon Tree Creations

Gina M. March 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

Do you think modge podge would work for plastic clipboards as well? To adhere the paper properly?

Anonymous April 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

Wow, beautiful. I agree clipboards are a must for the teaching profession.

Anonymous April 17, 2010 at 4:46 AM  
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator. October 18, 2010 at 6:42 PM  

Found this blog hopping while cooking dinner. LOVE these clipboards. I was just in Goodwill today and they had an entire box full. I will now have to go back and try to snatch them. Good idea, thanks.

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