Monday, September 3, 2012

Made 4 Math - Decorated Clipboard

I use a clipboard when I walk around and check homework, but who wants to use an ugly brown clipboard?? Last summer I covered two of my clipboards with different scrapbooking paper, but I wanted to re-cover one of them because I wasn't happy with the way it turned out.

I started by ripping off as much of the old paper as I could and then using some sandpaper to try to make it an even surface again.

Then I went through all of my scrapbooking supplies looking for cute paper for both the front and back of the clip board. My clipboards are a little longer than 12 inches so I have to use two pieces of paper if I want to cover the entire surface. While going through my scrapbook stuff I found this SUPER cute paper that I NEED to find something to do with!

And I must really REALLY like it because apparently I bought another sheet at some point!

So these are the two color combo options I was debating between. I ended up choosing the pieces on the left.

Once I had my paper selected I traced around the clipboard and cut off the excess.


I decided to do the front and back of the clipboard in reverse pattern.

Now it's time for some Mod Podge!!

Ok so now here is the sad part of my paper kept puckering as I was trying to put it on. I was trying to flatten it out by using the paint brush, but I ended up brushing so hard the color on the paper started to rub away :( 

But I didn't give up! I ripped off the paper and tried again....and then I thought to myself "maybe the paper is too thin and that's why it is puckering" so I chose a thicker piece of scrapbook paper and tried AGAIN. Lesson learned...thicker worked!!!! I also decided to just paint the front of the clipboard instead of trying to cut paper out to go around the "clip" part of the clip board.

Aaaaaaaaaaand here is my finished clipboard. 

 So cute!! And I actually like this paper better than the blue and the green polka dots :) SUCCESS!!!