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DIY :: Map Covered Clip Boards

June 3, 2012

These days, everyone and their mom is upcycling clipboards as handy storage in their office, inside cupboards, on their landing strip, on their car’s headrests….. It’s a clipboard-crazy world out there and I love it. I purchased a bunch of grungy clipboards about a month ago knowing at some point I would find  something to do with them (they were crazy cheap and I was in a pretty impressionable mood…if I’m not careful, it can be a pretty deadly combination!) I found the paper at a craft store while on the hunt for chalk markers and I double-love the mapped out results.

The scrapbook paper I found was the exact length of my clipboards so the only alteration I made was rounding the corners. Tracing the portion around the actual clip was a bit trickier. I used a ruler to measure where the clip started–because it’s at an angle, I had to make two measurements to mark on the scrapbooking paper. I marked the bottom measurement first (the longer of the two), making made sure it was as exact as possible because there’s less wiggle room with this one. Having the longer of the two measurements marked out allowed me to tweak the angle for the curved section (you might have a better idea of what I’m talking about if you check out the first picture). If not, here’s a handy step-by-step tutorial from Jane’s Apron (plus it includes the MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL):

  • Measure your clipboard and cut a rectangular piece of paper to fit.
  • Slide the paper up under the clip, matching the bottom of your paper with the bottom of the clipboard.
  • Fold over the paper at the top where it hits the bottom of the clip base (the hardware secured to the board under the top clip).
  • Mark your folded paper with two little marks on each side of the clip base and remove the paper from the board.
  • Unfold the paper and add a mark at the top mid-way between your two clipboard base marks.
  • Starting at your top mark, cut away a triangle shape (where the base of the triangle is along your folded line between the two clip base marks).
  • Slide the paper under the clip again matching the base of your triangle against the clip base.
  • Use your fingers or a small embossing tool to “fit” the paper around the rest of the clip base. These will be your lines for cutting so make them nice and crisp (I use my nails).
  • Turn the clipboard over and use a pencil to mark around any excess paper (like at the corners).  I do this on the edge of a table so I can keep the clipboard flat where I’m marking.
  • Remove the paper again and cut away the rest of the clip base and any corners that you marked.

Voila! You’ve got yourself a fancy clipboard!  The whole thing took about 10 minutes for six of them.

The quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson and reads:

“For each new morning with it’s light,
for rest and shelter of the night,
for health and food, for love and friends,
for everything thy goodness sends.”

You can buy your own copy here!

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