Monday, 5 May 2008

Altered Clipboard


It is my dear Mum-In-Law's birthday tomorrow so I decided to make a little handmade pressie for her. She is an avid gardener and has the most gorgeous garden packed full of colourful flowers and plants. I wanted to make something relevant to her hobby and useful too. Inspired by a project I saw in a wonderful book by Sharon Currier called Spray Paint Paper Craft, I decided to alter a clipboard that I bought a year ago and hadn't got around to changing it!!

I started off altering the board by sanding the whole of the front of it so it had a "key" to work onto. I used Adirondack Dabber in Purple Twilight for the base, painting it on with a soft brush. Once this was dry, I chose some heavenly papers by Basic Grey from the Fusion range. I cut the paper to fit the board and added an extra torn piece to the bottom to create a pocket to keep seeds in.

I then cut up some white paper and used a repositionable tape to make a "post it" note style pad. I inked some Cut & Dry foam and blended this over the top sheet of the pad and stamped To Do onto it.

I used a stitch stamp for the paper, to make this look like it had been sewn. I will add that I could have sewn it properly...I do have a whizzy sewing machine but I have not got the first idea how to use it!! I am so stupid with things like that!!

I used Grungeboard Mini Alphabets and painted them with the same paint to make a little title for the board and then sanded the letters to make them look a bit shabby.

Before I stuck the paper onto the board, I used a background crackle stamp by Crafty Individuals, stamping using Gold Dabber as I have lost my gold ink pad!

I covered part of the clip with Goss Boss and then embossed with gold powder to make the colour match in more. The charms i used were all silver so I used my fave Krylon and coloured them gold and then added them to the board.

The pencil is a cheapy one from Tesco which was yellow...eek, far too bright, so I scraped all the paint off and then sanded it, making a little flap so it could be stored on the board itself.

I cut out a flower from the paper and then added a little dragonfly charm to the centre of it and finally added some ribbons to the top of the clip.

I think this is about all I did with it....I am really happy that I made this and Mum-in-Law loved it...and loved the seeds too :O))

Thanks for looking

Hels x


Andrea said...

bet mum in law was pleased, its wonderful and a fabby pressie xx

CraftyC said...

Irs gorgeous Hels, think anyone would be chuffed with a gift like that!!

Hazel said...

I'm not surprised she loved it.

Anonymous said...

Thats gorgeous. What a thoughtful gift.

Angie C said...

Beautiful gift Hels - truely gorgeous

** Shaz ** said...

Stunning gift Hels love it xxx

Angelnorth said...

Great project Hels! It's lovely to get something that's both personal and has been made with love so I'm not surprised you m-i-l loved it.

Joy said...

I'm drooling over this, It's absolutely fantastic I want to make one xx

Lesley said...

Looks great, fab idea for a pressie! xxx

Ruthie said...

Love the colours. Great gift

Linda Elbourne said...

What a lovely thoughtful present Hels - I love this more than I love Magnum lollies X

Bee said...

I bet m-i-l was pleased with it, what a lovely and thoughtful present.


Craftyideas said...

Its gorgeous. Wonderful present. Love RachelP xxx

Hels said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments x

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