Saturday, January 12, 2008

Altered Clipboards

Gracie Mae & I went to Buffalo for a Scrapbooks 'n' Stickers day with Kim Hughes. Kim is the proprietor of Scrapbooks 'n' Stickers. Her website is currently under construction, but I believe it will be live this week so keep checking back. I found Kim Hughes at a Creating Keepsakes Convention two summers ago, when I took one of her 12x12 layout classes. Her designs are fun, fresh and use all the cool new embellishments. She is a distributor for Junkitz and Tim Holtz and her new web site will have Tim doing video projects. I can't wait.
Well, anyway, when I received an email invitation to attend an entire day of scrapbooking with Kim in Buffalo, I did not hesitate; and believe me, she did not disappoint. We did three 12 x 12 layouts using all the latest and greatest scrapbooking stuff; we made cards and an altered clip board; plus, she sent us home with enough stuff to make more cards, a bookmark and a cute door hanger.

One of Kim's signature projects and one of my favorites is making altered clipboards. We made a cute Christmas themed board at her scrapbook day on which I displayed Roscoe's Christmas picture. After making Kim's project, I was inspired to make my own clipboard with Stampin' Up! papers & ribbons. I made one using the new Bali Breeze Double-Sided Designer Series Paper and another one using the new Ginger Blossom papers. The accompanying cards were stamped using the Fabulous Flowers set which is available in the current Stampin' Up! catalog.

To make a clipboard of your own, you need to cut paper strips of several different widths and long enough to just wrap around to the back of the clipboard. You also need to cut several different ribbons, again, long enough to reach around to the back of the clipboard and some shorter lengths to tie through the clip for added fluff.
Adhere the paper strips to the clipboard with glue stick. My tip for you is to rub the glue stick directly on the clipboard and be very generous about it. Then lay your paper strips onto the glue-coated clipboard and smooth it down so there are no air bubbles. Use mono adhesive to adhere the ribbons. Apply the mono adhesive directly to your ribbon strips and position them at the seams where the papers meet. As I mentioned the papers and ribbons should be long enough to just reach around to the back of the clipboard so that you can then cover all the ends by adhering a piece of cardstock over the back-again with glue stick.
I hope you enjoyed this fun project. Thank you for visiting. EdieB

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