This was my pinspiration for today's craft. This picture came from A Girl and A Glue Gun - a great blog full of crafty ideas. I've seen a lot of decorated clipboards out there, but I really liked these.
This was a really cheap and easy to make craft. I already had the scrapbook paper and mod podge, so I only needed the clipboards - which I found at the Dollar Store. The most difficult thing about these clipboards was getting the paper to fit around the clip at the top. I made a template with a blank piece of paper, then used that template to trace all the other tops. I finished the boards with three coats of mod podge ... I might add a few more coats ... I've been known to knock my coffee over on my desk on more than one occasion. I do have a tip - I used wood clamps to hold the clip open to apply the mod podge and let it dry. It worked like a charm!
My youngest thought it would be funny to "pop" up from behind the chair just as I was taking the picture. Too funny!
I made 4 boards for myself. One for Language Arts (I use a clipboard when I'm conferencing with my students, completing running records, keeping track of DRA testing, etc.). One for Phys Ed - I always bring a clipboard to the gym with me (makes for quick and easy assessment and observation), and I need one for coaching (volleyball season is just around the corner). One for homework (I keep a board to keep track of completed homework, and assignments coming in). And one extra - for whatever I want. Voila! LOVE them! I wanted to keep the turquoise theme going, but I wanted them to be bright and colourful, too. Mission accomplished!
And the best part ... this morning when my girls woke up excited to see what craft I had finished last night, I surprised them with clipboards of their very own. Which makes me THE BEST MOMMY EVER!!!