I've created some fancy clipboards before, but today I'd like to show you a little different version. Every time I go to an estate sale, I look for old clipboards in the pile of office stuff. I usually get one or two for a dollar on the second day of the sale, when prices are discounted. If you don't have vintage clipboards on hand, new ones can be substituted.
To make these, you will need:
Decoupage medium (Mod Podge Matte works well)
Vintage jewelry pieces or buttons
Vintage wallpaper, scrapbook paper, or wrapping paper
Ink for aging the edges (I like Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Antique Linen" or "Vintage Photograph")
As you can see in the picture below, I started with a motley collection of clipboards I purchased at estate sales:
After you have selected your paper, place your clipboard on the paper and trace around it, then cut out the paper. That's the easy part. Next, you have to make a cut to allow for the clip attachment at the top of the clipboard. I was able to do this by flipping the board over, and placing the paper on the back of the board:
I was able to see where I should make angular cuts by looking at the front and back of the board. It wasn't a perfect method, but it worked for me:
Here is my cut piece. Believe it or not, it fit quite well once the clip was lifted up:
The next step is spreading the decoupage medium evenly all over your board. I like to keep the clip lifted up with one hand while applying the glue underneath, that way it won't stick to the paper later:
Now slide your paper onto the board, and under the clip. Press firmly around the clip area, and smooth all over the board. Use of a brayer is helpful if you have one. Let dry about a half hour.
Once dry, I like to sand the edges with a sanding sponge if there is any paper overhang. You can also use some Distress Ink to age the edges and make your clipboard look more vintage.
If you have air pockets in your clipboard, you can slice them with a razor blade and press down.
Next, give the clipboard a topcoat everywhere except under the area where the clip touches the board.
As a final touch, I embellished the silver clips with some vintage jewelry bits using E-6000 glue. Because the glue doesn't set up right away, I had to prop up the clipboards at an angle while they dried.
This one has a fun earring for an embellishment:
I found a rhinestone buckle shaped like an "X" and another little sparkly bit for this clipboard:
Here are the finished clipboards:
It wouldn't be one of my craft projects without a Cheswick photobombing:
If you would like to order some of my vintage wallpaper, you can contact me at email@example.com Another source for unusual paper is The Paper Source.