Please welcome experienced crafter and guest blogger Amy, from the blog “Mod Podge Rocks”.
I like clipboards yes I do, I like clipboards how ’bout you?
I’ve had several people tell me recently that they are working on clipboard projects, either for themselves or for gifts. I decided that I wanted to do one too, so I took a dive into the stash and this is what I came up with.
A little research reveal that clipboards are hot for back-to-school this year – but not the typical brown slab with a silver clip. This year’s clipboards are fun and funky . . . and easy to personalize. They are also way easier than you might think. Just follow this tutorial for fabulous results!
Scrapbook paper – 2 coordinating pieces
Acrylic paint – coordinating color (I used Sky Blue)
Spray paint – coordinating color (I used Apple Green)
Chipboard letters and/or coordinating embellishments
Ribbon – all from my stash
Mod Podge Gloss, 8oz.
Flat paint brush
Craft Knife and Mat
Start by removing the clip at the top and set it aside. Time to paint the board. Paint one side, allow to dry, flip over and paint the other. Do this at least twice depending on your paint color – I did mine three times because my paint was a little lighter and I wanted great coverage. Set aside to dry.
While you are waiting for the paint to dry on the clipboard, spray the clip. I had this extra paint laying around which happened to coordinate. Lucky me, right? Either buy spray paint (there are baby sizes now), or use outdoor paint such as this. You can also use regular acrylic paint, but you’ll need to seal it with acrylic sealer so that it doesn’t scrape off.
While both the board and clip are drying, measure and cut your paper. My clipboard is 9″ x 12″, and I decided I wanted two pieces of paper that met in the middle. Therefore, I measured out two pieces of paper, 9″ wide x 6″ tall.
Cut both sheets of paper with your craft knife. Lay them out on the clipboard (which should now be painted and dry) and make sure that they fit.
You laid out the papers on the board – remove the top piece and cover the board with Mod Podge. Put on a medium coat, and make sure to get the corners well. You’re probably going to put on more than you think. Lay the top piece of paper down and smooth out with your fingers.
Okay, so the top piece is down. Repeat the process with the bottom piece.
Now that both pieces are down, you can use either your fingers or a brayer (like I am above) to smooth both sheets down thoroughly. If any Mod Podge comes out the sides, wipe it away with your paint brush. Allow these sheets to dry for 15 – 20 minutes, and then Mod Podge over the top of them. Allow to dry, flip over and then Mod Podge the back of the clipboard to seal the paint. Allow to dry for at least an hour.
This is always the fun part for me! You’ll notice that when the Mod Podge dried, I replaced the clip. I also laid out some ribbon that I had in my stash, a large brown piece and a thinner orange piece. I had some chipboard letters to make the “Notes” saying down at the bottom, and I had a sticker to adhere to the clip. I glued everything down with craft glue and allowed to dry for 24 hours.
Here’s the finished clipboard again. Notice that I tied some ribbon at the top too – they were about 10″ pieces that I just knotted through the hole. I call the ribbon the “piece de’la resistance.” That’s French for something really cool! Enjoy your clipboard, and as always I encourage you to use papers, colors and embellishments that fit your style. Don’t forget, above all else, have fun!