Friday, March 12, 2010

altered clipboards...Jillibean Soup style

While at my scrappin' retreat last weekend I managed to snag up some new Jillibean Soup papers...hands down one of my absolute favorite companies. Then, when I got home from my weekend, there was a box of goodies waiting for me. Double bonus!!

Anyway, I've been wanting to make some altered clipboards for a while now. And I finally got a chance to do that this week. I wanted to make more than just a clipboard to make it more useful for my needs. So this is what I came up with:
I covered the clipboard in the JS paper, inking the edges first. Originally I was going to cover the entire thing in Mod Podge but then ended up skipping that because I liked the way it looked. I will tell you that I was very generous with the adhesive though. The clipboard was longer than 12", so I actually cut about 2" from the top and left a gap between the top and bottom pieces. That's where I ended up adding the other strips of paper.
I had some leftover magnets from another project so I used those to hold the notepads (from Papertrey) in place. That way, when I'm done with a notebook I can create another one to put in it's place.
You can see that the cardstock was cut to fit around the top of the notepad and comes down about another 2" in the back. I simply measured the notebook and made 2 score marks to fit around the top. The front was stamped with the 'Take Note' stamp set from Papertrey in brown StazOn.
Then I simply embellished the top of the clipboard and it was finished! I'm really loving that Martha Stewart butterfly punch lately. So cute!

Now, my daughter saw what I was doing and requested one for herself (of course!). So I used the new Easter papers to create hers...
You might notice that the notepads are a bit skinnier. For hers I used some leftover notepads that I had cut myself for a different project. After making hers I think I like the wider notepads better (but she's 8, she doesn't mind!)
These notepads were also thicker and the paper didn't want to lay flat like on mine. But that's ok.
Aren't those little bunnies cute?! Olivia loved them :)

She wanted one notebook that she could list her books to read so the stamp set worked out perfect for that. She was very happy with it...can you tell?!
She's a big reason why I love crafting. The look of excitement on her face when I make something for her...just priceless!

And as you can see she's making very good use of her notebooks...
Do you like the "tatoo" on her arm that my son gave her?? My son has one on his arm, too :) And based on her clothing choices I think she's trying to match her notepads. Hmmm....

Any questions on how I made this, just leave a comment!


Kim's Treasures said...

I love these! Great job and pretty paper!

Kellie said...

I love the clipboards. Too cute! Very useful.

jenjen said...

Michelle --

That is just adorable. I love it. What a great way to keep track of things!


Mara... said...

FABULOUS!!! I love Jillibean and their new releases are fantatic. And I love your notebooks, too!!! Great projects.

Betty J Pagley said...

Just did a clipboard for a teacher gift. You have taken this to a whole new level! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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