I love crafting with Mod Podge, the almighty glue and sealant. I found an old clipboard, but it was discoloured from water damage and the metal clip component was slightly rusted. This clipboard was the perfect base for a cutesy transformation. This project is very easy and is great for first-time Mod Podgers.
What you need:
- Mod Podge
- two coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper
- scissors/paper cutter
- sponge brush
- measuring tape or ruler
- corner rounder scrapbooking punch (optional)
Covering the Clip
- First, you will need to create a template to cover the clip portion of the clipboard from your scrap paper. I simply held my paper over the clip and roughly traced the shape, leaving a metal border around the edge for style.
- Cut out the template from the scrap paper. Hold the paper over the clip and judge if you like the shape. Tip: fold the paper down the middle to be sure that your shape is symmetrical.
- When you are happy with the template’s shape, trace the shape onto your first piece of scrapbooking paper and cut it out.
- With your sponge brush, brush a liberal layer of Mod Podge over the metal clip and the back of your paper.
- Smooth out the wrinkles in the paper with your fingers.
- Brush Mod Podge over the top of the paper and over the metal sticking out, making sure to seal the paper to the metal by leaving no gaps.
- After twenty minutes or so, apply a second coat of Mod Podge for good measure. While you’re waiting, you can work on the base.
Covering the Base
Yay, by this point, the hard part is over: the board itself is completely flat, thus it’s easier to smooth out the wrinkles in the paper.
- Measure the distance from the bottom of the board to the base of the clip (while the clip is open). Add a two millimeters to this measurement so that you can slip the paper between the paper and the metal just a smidgen. Write down the measurement.
- Measure the width of the clipboard and write down the measurement.
- With your paper cutter, cut your second scrapbook paper down to the proper height and width. If you don’t have a paper cutter, use scissors and be sure to cut straight and true.
- Test the paper size by placing it under the clip and sliding it as far as it will go against the base of the clip. If you are unhappy with the size, trim until it works for you.
- Since the clipboard has rounded corners, I wanted the paper to mimic this. Use a scrapbooking corner rounder punch on each corner of the paper, or round the edges with your scissors manually.
- Mod Podge time! Brush the Mod Podge liberally on the board and on the back of the paper.
- Line up the paper, press, and smooth out all the wrinkles.
- Apply a smooth layer of Mod Podge to seal it, ensuring your edges are tight against the board.
- Allow it to dry for 20 minutes, then apply a second layer.
You now have a much prettier clipboard. Lucky you! I use mine to keep track of my sowing, germination, and planting for my balcony’s tiny garden. What will use your fancy clipboard for?