Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cute Clipboards!

I made these clipboards today after having pinned them on Pinterest for months. I can't claim that these were my idea, but they sure were easy! Here's how I did it....

Went to Hobby Lobby and bought:
Mod Podge (matte variety)
12x12 Scrapbook Paper - NO CARDSTOCK (it bubbles really bad!)
Thin, matching ribbon (each single ribbon is about 7" long after it is cut)
Foam brushes (one fat and one skinny)

Went to Walmart and bought:
wooden clipboards (with the long clip, not the circular clip up top)

Had at home:
Pushpin or Exacto Knife
Corner Rounder (scrapbooking accessory)

 I measured the paper to fit the clipboard, leaving about a 1/4 inch of the clipboard exposed.

I also cut out part of the top of the scrapbook paper to make room for the clip at the top.

 I then rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder (or you can very carefully round them yourself if you're cool with that).

 I then put the paper aside, and using the foam brushes, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge starting at the top of the clipboard. I brushed from top to bottom. After the entire board was covered, I used the pushpin or Exacto Knife to carefully poke a tiny hole if I saw an air bubble. You can also use your hands and fingers to smooth the air bubbles out as well. I let it dry for about an hour. After an hour was up, I applied a small letter C (for Christi :) to the bottom left hand corner with a tiny bit of regular glue. My mom cut this letter out with her new Cricut. :)

I then applied another coat to the entire board, including the letter, and watched for bubbles again. I fixed any I saw with the Exacto knife, and I let it dry. I then gave it a THIRD coat and let it dry before I put on the ribbons!

After the mod podge dried, I tied a double knot with the ribbon on the clip, and lightly curled the edges. You might also want to cut the ends diagonally to help with fraying. I did this with the entire roll of ribbon I bought (3/8') @ 15 feet.

It was SO MUCH FUN! I must give a shout out to The Frugal Girls for the idea and the directions!

The finished product!
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