A covered clipboard to organise all your to-do lists
Are you like me and like to have beautiful stationery. It makes lists of chores seem manageable! I also love clipboards – I seem to own quite a few and find them perfect to keep all the lists I use to run my life (I love ticking items off a bit too much)! I spotted a blank A5 clipboards in a local shop and couldn’t wait to make it beautiful with the Bird Ballad patterned papers and matching Free as a Bird stamp set. These papers are just gorgeous and work so well together.
Initially I considered covering the whole clipboard but the shape of the clip was a bit awkward and it looked messy. Instead I went for a piece Pool Party mounted on a piece of the beautiful Bird Ballad paper. The birds are silver embossed on the pool party. I chose silver to compliment the clip. “A little note” is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set; it is embossed in white. I couldn’t resist adding paper to the back of the clipboard as well as it is so pretty!
Keep a pen handing attached to the clipboard!
Adding a pen is a great especially if you are using your clipboard on the go. I made a hole with a cropodile and threaded a doubled over piece of elastic through tie-ing it in a knot on the back. To ensure it didn’t slip off I added an embellishment, from my stash, on the front on one side of the elastic first. A button would work equally well.
Add a covered notepad
Luckily I also had an A5 notepad looking to be beautified. The notepad is a simple lined one but comes without a cover – I sourced mine from ebay. It is really easy to add a cover from a piece of the Bird Ballad patterned paper. Use your grid paper to measure the width, length and depth/spine and cut a piece of paper to the correct width. Score at the length of the notepad and again the width of the spine. (You can fold it over the notepad if you prefer rather than measuring.) Use some tear & tape, double sided tape, on the spine and on the back to stick the patterned paper to the notepad.
If you are in a rush you can leave it there but I chose to add an embossed image of the birds as well on a Stitched Rectangle die. Instead of using silver embossing powder again I wanted it to be Pool Party.
So do you know the trick to get any colour embossing? You can ink up the stamp in versamark then the colour ink you want before stamping it. Then use clear embossing powder. If you don’t want to own all the embossing powders I would go for Gold, White and Clear. Gold is essential for Christmas. White always looks good and you can use clear with any of the ink colours you own.
There is also a 1 1/2″ banner behind the embossed image. Flag the ends with your Banner punch or use your grid paper to mark the middle, 3/4″ and use your snips. The Banner punch is a bit of luxury but one I love using!
So let the list making commence! Please shout if you need help with anything. Here is a link to the products I used in my online shop. I’d love to see your clipboard and pad.