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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Organization Station-(Phase 1)-Living Room-Clipboard Redo



Fancy Clipboards huh?? Do you like them? Do you want to make some of your own?

Then today is your lucky day because I will show you how!
Yay!!
(I'll give you a moment to catch your breath)...

These ultra fancy clipboards (Dollar Store Special) are playing a small role in Phase I of my "Orgnization Station: Living Room/Office Revamp for my Sanity!" (I'm thinking that's finally the name I've landed on for this Adventure) If you've been following me on my Organizational Adventures then you know what I'm talking about...if not then go here to catch up on all the happenings and be in the "know."

So, if you remember I have dreams...BIG dreams of my office space someday revolving around this beauty.

The hubs has agreed to build it for me, (It's in writing now and out there in the blog world so he's locked in...that was no accident on my part). The hubs works weird and crazy hours and doesn't always have a lot of "spare time," so I have yet to lock in a date for when I'll be seeing this bad boy!

In the meantime, I had to come up with some kind of system to get myself better organized. So here is my current system...
Yes, that is a wall of clipboards...to be fair it's not an entire wall...just a piece of the wall. They are keeping me more organized though. I have one for the store, another for the blog, one of course is dedicated to my work over at Giverslog, and the last one is for my current orders that I'm working on. They work fine, but they are boring to look at, and I spend a lot of time looking at them, so I decided to make them a little more happy!

I got these clipboards at the Dollar Store, for a surprising price of a dollar (awesome price huh?),
after I stripped them of their paperwork I gathered up all my supplies for this project.
Some super cute scrapbook paper (12x12)
Mod Podge, a pencil and a spongy paint brush and I got to work.

You'll want to start off by cutting down your paper to just a little bit bigger than the clipboard.
After that, I put the paper on top of the clipboard and traced out where the clippy part of the board is like so
I cut that part out, so that my paper would slide right around it and have a snugger fit.

Now it's time to Mod Podge!
For this part I am generous with the Mod Podge, cover the clipboard pretty good and thick.
Slide your paper in place and you want to make sure it sticks really good! I use a scraper tool to do this. I actually use the one that came with my Silhouette, but if you don't have anything a credit card works just fine. You want to add firm pressure, but be careful not to rip the paper. I start from the middle and work my way to the edges (helps reduce bubbles). I go over it a few times, make sure to get a good firm seal on the edges. Fair warning this part does get a little messy so have a towel close by.
If your edges are longer you can Mod Podge the back side, glue them down and seal the edges like we did the front side like I did here.
And Voila!
You've got yourself a fancy little clipboard of your own!

At this point it's really a matter of preference whether you want to Mod Podge over the top or not. Some people don't like the way it looks, some do. If you do, it will give it a sheen finish, but you may see the streaks, and there is a possibility bubbling will become an issue especially if you are new to working with Mod Podge. I for this project decided that I wanted a more sheen look so I did go over the top.
When I go over the top I use just a little Mod Podge, I find this way I reduce the bubbling factor. It's kind of a trial and error process to figure out what works best for you.
After you cover the top set it aside to let it dry...it actually dries pretty fast a couple of hours and mine were good to go.
Here they are all finished up and fancy!
Here they are back in their rightful spot on the clipboard wall.
I know that my papers cover them up pretty good, but every now and then when I'm working I catch a little glimpse and they make me smile!
So go give them a try and happy crafting!!

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