Saturday, May 30, 2009

Making Clipboards

A couple of people have asked me for directions on how to make the clipboards I made last year as gifts for the Seniors. Here's a brief How-To:

These clipboards were a fun project and were easy and inexpensive to make. The kids seemed to like them but of course, I’m sure they appreciated the check under the clamp more than the clipboard itself! A couple of the kids have told me that they actually used them a lot when they were doing their homework in bed.

The clipboards I used were from Walmart and cost 85¢ each. They measure 13½ inches by 10 inches. Last year when I made so many, I did them assembly-line style and it was a big timesaver.

Steps:

Cover the metal clip with masking tape to protect it from the paint.

Spray paint the clipboard. Once the paint has dried, flip it over and spray paint the back side. I used black paint, but any color will work.

Now the fun part! Decorate the clipboard using anything that doesn’t have much texture to it so that the writing surface remains smooth enough to write on. I used crackle paint, patterned paper (glued on with Mod Podge), stamps and embossing powder, stickers, stencils, paint, distressing ink and rub-ons. You’re limited only by your imagination!

(TIP: Since I used patterned paper on most of mine, I made a template out of notebook paper so that I could use it as a pattern to cut the patterned paper out.)

To Use Crackle Paint:
After the base coat of paint has dried, crackle the front of the clipboard to gave it a distressed look. You can find crackle mediums at craft stores. To use it, apply the crackle medium over the base coat of paint using a foam brush and let it dry. Once the crackle has dried, paint a contrasting paint color over the crackle medium. As the top coat dries, it will crack and cause the bottom color to show through the cracks. The brands I used are “Plaid” FolkArt Crackle Medium or Delta Ceramcoat “Crackle”. Both work equally well. You can use any colors that appeal to you. On most of my clipboards I used patterned paper cut to fit the center of the clipboard with crackled paint around the edges.

I tried to personalize each clipboard by using patterned papers that represented the person’s interests (soccer, basketball, music, ballet, etc.) I also used rub-ons or stickers to spell out their name.

Once I had the clipboard decorated, I used a clear spray to seal and protect it. I didn't even bother wrapping the clipboards - I just put a card with a check in it under the clamp.

Feminine Finishing Touch:
On the boards I made for the girls, I tied an assortment of ribbons around the clamp.

Here are pictures of some of the clipboards that I made:







Thursday, May 28, 2009

You Just Never Know


Last weekend I was shocked and saddened to hear the news that a great guy that I've known for over 30 years had suddenly passed away. I met Nick in college. He was one of those guys who was really handsome but didn't seem to know it. He treated everyone so nice. After college we attended the same church and we had several mutual friends so I've seen him off and on through the years at various events and parties. It was always great to see him and his wife. They are such fun and sweet people - the kind of people you just enjoy being with. Last Thursday night Nick and Rhonda went to see the Lion King. It was late when they got home, so Nick went to bed. Everything seemed normal until Rhonda couldn't wake him at 5:30 Friday morning. The cause of Nick's death has yet to be determined. He was only 50 years old and he was gone so quickly and so unexpectedly. Tuesday was Nick's funeral. It was huge and everyone there seemed to be in a state of shock. It was one of the saddest funerals I've ever attended. Nick leaves behind a beautiful family and many friends who will never forget how wonderful he was. It was obviously apparent that he was highly respected and loved by everyone he knew and he will be missed by all who crossed his path.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our New Little Fur Baby!

Kim surprised me with this little sweetie on Friday! He had a friend who had adopted her earlier this year, but found out the hard way that his little girl was extremely allergic to cats! She's been declawed and spayed and needed a good home. She's really little and really playful and has spent the weekend tormenting Gizmo and Riley. They are not happy campers at this point, but hopefully will accept her soon. We've had a hard time finding a name that everyone likes, but I think we've settled on "Mona". We'll have to see if it fits.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

What a busy week! We've had company coming and going and in-between Jenna moving home from the dorm, work, doctor appointments, shopping, and cooking and cleaning getting ready for company, I've been trying to do some of the Creative-Scrappers Birthday Bash challenges. It was fun, but I didn't get a lot accomplished. Here are the sketches I managed to squeeze in:

One Hour Challenge:
In the interests of full disclosure, I finished my page, but didn't like it and went back to change things so this actually took about an hour and a half to finish up. The picture is of Jenna and some friends at her graduation open house almost exactly a year ago:



Spring Is In The Air Challenge: (using butterflies in our layout)

Jenna took these pictures when she was doing "quiet time" at Quartz Mountain camp this past summer. The journaling is from one of my favorite hymns: "This is my Father's World and to my listening ears all nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres:


Use Something Non-Scrapbook Related:

The Converse tag was taken off of a Coverse shirt Jenna bought. I retrieved it from the garbage when I was empting waste baskets. A friend of hers took the picture and I thought it was really cool!:



Three Picture Challenge:
These pictures were taken many years ago while we were enjoying a warm winter day hiking at Martin Nature Park: