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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

{back 2 basics} 733--a creative blog

Super excited to be visiting here at brown paper packages today.  I am such a fan of Kierste!  She is really the sweetest person in the world, and UBER-talented to boot!  My name is Kim and I blog over at seven thirty three.  I love to share party ideas, free printables and general crafty fun.  I also offer blog design, in fact I did the design for brown paper packages.  If you're in the market for a new design, stop on by seven thirty three - - - custom blog design.  I'd love to help you out!
Today I am going to show you how to make a mini-clipboard to hold little notepaper or sticky pads - these are perfect teacher gifts.

DIY Mini Clipboards

Supplies Needed:

Chipboard | Mod Podge | Medium Binder Clip | Paint Brush
Scrapbook/Decorative Paper | Bright Paper or Sticky Notes

My day job is a Marketing Director for an Office Furniture dealer and we have a constant supply of fabric and finish swatches.  I was going through our library and was cleaning out the obsolete product when I noticed that some of the finish samples looked like they would make perfect mini-clipboards so I set a few aside.  If you don't have access to finish samples, no worries!  Chipboard would work perfectly as well - look at some old notebooks- I bet you could cut the perfect shape from one of the back chipboard covers.  My samples were 3.5" wide by 5" long and were the perfect size.


I created a design on the computer with my children's teachers names that fit the dimensions of the finish sample and printed it off.  {You can also use scrapbook paper, ribbon, whatever you want - get creative!}

Decorative/Scrapbook Paper

Cut your paper to just a smidge bigger than the "clipboard".

Trim Paper to Size

Brush a light layer of Mod Podge Matte onto the front side of the "clipboard".
Adhere the paper.  Work out any air bubbles and crease the paper along the edges.

Brush on Mod Podge and adhere paper.

Using a fine grit sandpaper sand down the edges of the paper.  Starting from the top and angling down and out (this is key when you do the backside because you won't want to take off any of the front side paper or tear it up from the board).

Sand edges

Once you sand all the edges, add another layer of Mod Podge Matte on top of the paper.  Let dry completely and then turn over and repeat for the backside.

Add a layer of Mod Podge over the top.

While the clipboard is drying, grab your binder clip and some paper.  Cut a small strip of paper to size, add a layer of Mod Podge to the clip and adhere the paper to it.  Set aside to dry.

Cover binder clip with Mod Podge and adhere strip of paper.

Skip this step if you are using a post-it notes.
Using a paper cutter or scissors, cut up your paper (I used Astrobrights) to create your notepad.
I went with 3" x 3" squares.

Astrobrights Paper Rainbow

Put the pile of paper onto the clipboard and clip into place with the binder clip and you're done!
A super sweet Back-To-School gift for your child's teacher.

DIY Mini Clipboard
Finished Mini-Clipboard

Happy Creating! ~Kim
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Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger/Blog Designer by night. She lives with her husband, three beautiful children, and her dog and cat. You can also visit her design site, seven thirty three – – creative blog design.  For even more seven thirty three fun, like her on Facebook or follow along via Twitter!



Blogger Jillian said...

So cute! Can't wait to attempt to make this! Thanks for sharing.

September 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Laney Namanny said...

always on the look out for a cute teacher idea, thanks

laney namanny
testing pins to see if they really work or not

September 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM  

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